Not sheepish, but individ-ewe-al
2011-07-30 08:56 am (UTC)
You're absolutely right,
. I was trying to write a balanced post and give reasonable consideration to the side of the argument that says that real names lead to politeness. But the honestly that side of the argument is incredibly flimsy in so many ways. And you've hit on a key one, the assumption that people have a single consistent identity across all their roles. Of course they don't, the most elementary psychology would tell you that! Common law use names don't help, and there isn't a clear barrier between handles and use names.
This discussion only increases my suspicion that Google is lying or wilfully ignorant here. It's not about politeness at all! They want real names because it makes it easier for them to sell premium, highly targeted ads. And because of the Facebook effect where people will automatically trust content that appears next to a photo of a person or a name that looks plausibly personal. That would explain the stupid pattern matching thing of thinking that real names have to look like standard Anglo-American two-part names and not contain dictionary words.
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