Posted by Dinah on October 6, 2003, at 16:24:32
In reply to Re: starting over under a new name, posted by Dr. Bob on October 6, 2003, at 16:12:34
I guess that's true. We only know that you were contacted, not what you said. I've known of poster name changes that were not known board wide, and I haven't disclosed the new name yet I don't think of myself as giving approval. Probably because I both privately and publicly oppose the practice, and openly urge people to reveal their old identities.
So I'll ask you directly. Did you say that it was ok to start over in an encouraging way? Or did you just agree not to rat out the poster, admit that it wasn't against the rules, and suggest that they come clean?
And I'm in the air about changing the rules. I do see a very few cases where a change of identity without disclosure is appropriate. Namely in the case of safety. If Gracie was able to come back with a new name, I would certainly understand her not wanting to use the old one. And if she wasn't able to openly acknowledge the change, I couldn't fault her for that.
But perhaps there could be an official discouragement, if not an absolute (and probably unenforceable) rule about changing identities without disclosure, for reasons other than personal safety?