"You and Katie have both called me a troll for having an opinion."
called you a "troll", it's because of the way you've argued
(or, more likely, failed
to argue) your "opinion".
"There is no need for this gulf between opinions. It's needless because there are good compromises that meet the needs of both sides."
You don't have to convince me, and you probably won't. These aren't views I came to on a whim. I've used
a pseudonym, I've had it outed (in spite of being careful), and I've got some underlying reasons, having to do with the nature of things like "identity" and "reputation", for taking the viewpoint I have.
You evidently haven't managed to convince Google. I note that Skud's poll of those who were suspended (http://infotrope.net/2011/07/25/preliminary-results-of-my-survey-of-suspended-google-accounts/
) got a spectacular 119 respondents, and Identity Woman's call for a "million persona march" has received, in addition to her actual call, a single response (http://lists.shesgeeky.org/lists/arc/millionpersona/2011-08/msg00001.html
This supports my view that there's a lot more volume than actual numbers affected behind this.
Anyone who thinks a pseudonym is going to protect political speech in an age where the "Patriot Act" is in full force is absolutely
Anyone who believes that a pseudonym is going to protect them from someone determined to out them is operating out of a completely false sense of illusory "security".
Those who claim to speak for the "disempowered", where there have so far proven to be no actual disempowered-using-pseudonyms to speak for themselves — and I've looked
— sound just a little
In the course of these discussions, I've been treated not only to outright and repeated invasions of my
privacy, but to diversions, derailments and tone arguments which would make those in favor of pseudonyms scream with outrage if the tables were turned.
People have been demanding immediate change, and threatening dire consequences if it's not given to them. Maybe it's actually time to show Google just how "dire" those consequences are.
"It's not a "love it or leave it" as some have suggested."
At some juncture, it's got
to be. If you're going to stand around saying "THIS IS INTOLERABLE!"
, then you've got to show you mean it by no longer tolerating it. If you don't, then that suggests that you're simply making a pretense of outrage, like throwing a sort of verbal tantrum and threatening to hold your breath until you die
if you don't get your way.
At some point, you've got
to put a little skin in the game.