Un-named Observers

Subject: Un-named Observers
From: "Regan S" <>
Date: Tue, 09 Nov 2004 08:49:50 +1000
For various privacy reasons, many feel unwilling to disclose their full name - including myself, especially when archived birding-aus messages by a particular person appear in Google when his/her name is searched for. I'm quite happy to use my first name and initial, however, which I hope is sufficient to prove my authenticity. If anyone really needs to know my full name, they can correspond with me personally.

I do, agree however that invented names are annoying and somewhat unacceptable. Any number of larrikins can sign up to birding-aus with a ridiculous invented name and report hoax sightings. But then again, I don't think this occurs often on birding-aus anyhow, and one can always invent an authentic-sounding pseudonym.


From: "Gemfyre" <>
To: "Alan Morris" <>,<>
Subject: Re: [BIRDING-AUS] Un-named Observers
Date: Tue, 9 Nov 2004 06:26:26 +0800

I've noticed in this group actual names are the done thing. I find in most areas of the net using a nick is more common for security reasons - perhaps old habits die hard for this person? I am known as Gemfyre or Cosmos everywhere else on the internet, I only reveal my name to people I feel I can trust.

Belinda (or Gemfyre - Cosmos is reserved for My Little Pony related stuff)

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