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Re: Bug#296369: ITP: spin -- Powerfull model checking and softwareverification tool

On Wed, 23 Feb 2005 22:26:04 +0000 Lewis Jardine wrote:

> It is the convention in most mailing-lists, newsgroups, etc. connected
> to Free software that you identify yourself by your name, not some 
> pseudonym or 'handle'.

I don't agree.
I'm a subscriber of various Free software related mailing lists and some
of them have a well established tradition: nicks[1], anonymous
senders[2] and nyms[3] are welcome.
I personally have nothing against people willing to hide their real
identity (we care about dissidents when reviewing licenses: why
shouldn't we care about them when ruling mailing list policies?).

[1] i.e. people that use nicknames rather their actual name in their
[2] i.e. anonymous remailer users
[3] i.e. nym server users

> I don't pretend to speak for Debian, but I 
> haven't seen a single person (apart from yourself :) that doesn't use 
> their real name on this mailing list. I would therefore surmise that
> it is the convention here to use your real name.

I don't think it's a convention: it just happens to be so...
I didn't find this "rule" in

> No-one minds which email address you use (this is for the computers to
> worry about); the objection is that the name you attach to it (the bit
> outside the <>s, which is to let humans know who you are) should be
> your real name, not the meaningless 'OSS'.

Your real name or your real nick (that could be "OSS"!) or your real nym
or an anonymous remailer's fictitious user...

> If you're worried about keeping your name a secret, bear in mind that 
> you've let it slip at least one on this list :)

I don't think OSS is worried about hiding his real identity: in that
case he'd better use an anonymous remailer chain...
I think he just happens to like using "OSS" as a nick (for obscure junk
mail filtering reasons...).

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