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All my words here represent me and not any organisation I work or have worked for.  Yet it could easily be misinterpreted (deliberately or otherwise) that when I talk about certain topics, I am representing the view of my employer or so on. I could lose my job if that happened.  I've experienced first hand the dishonesty of some journalists who have taken my opinion from a blog which I'd written under my name and quoted me in the paper completely out of context.  This was about 4 or 5 years ago.

I'm willing to back up my words but I'm not willing to make myself vulnerable to some nutter taking a dislike to me and harassing me for it. My name is not common and it is easy enough to find me. Stalkers are not fun.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Mon Dec 31st, 2007 at 06:08:56 PM EST
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This is a touchy issue. The problem is that it cedes too much authority over one's life to one's employer.

I can understand people in certain professions being required to suppress their own personal opinions. Two that come to mind are the staffs of legislators and judges, and military officers.

Having said that, I think being required (even implicitly) to hide one's identity because of fear of interference with one's employment shows a defect in current employment arrangements. Unfortunately I see no practical way to fix this.

Perhaps the limits on one's personal liberty would be a topic for a future discussion.

Policies not Politics
---- Daily Landscape

by rdf (robert.feinman@gmail.com) on Mon Dec 31st, 2007 at 07:13:12 PM EST
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My employer wouldn't treat this too harshly (they are aware that I blog here) but we are a representative umbrella organisation and a political one at that. So if a member organisation chose to take issue with my opinion voiced on a blog, that puts my employer in an awkward position.  As I said before, I don't trust our local journalists and with good reason.

But that still doesn't solve the issue of my personal online safety should some troll or person with a grudge decide to harass me.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Mon Dec 31st, 2007 at 07:25:35 PM EST
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Trust me on this one.  "They" "know" who you are.
Conviction and patriotism should overide this.  They are completely tied up with other "wars".
by Lasthorseman on Mon Dec 31st, 2007 at 10:56:23 PM EST
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