The IT Skeptic Comes CleanTired of commenting from the shadows, the IT Skeptic reveals his identity.
Okay, so now you know. So why did I choose to be anonymous in the first place?
A fourth reason, related to the first, was to avoid any embarrassment to colleagues on the committee of itSMFnz (New Zealand). I was concerned that some overseas itSMF people might not appreciate the itSMFnz newsletter editor giving them stick, and they might make life difficult for the New Zealand executive. (The New Zealand committee have always been in the know, and unanimously supportive).
In the early days of the blog this was probably the right decisionit saved hassles and it made the blog a bit more interesting. With the progression of time, however, anonymity has become increasingly farcical. All the people who might make waves, along with a tribe of others, know exactly who The IT Skeptic is.
I hope the probability of anyone objecting has declined since the blog has established credibility and a track record for fairness (or at least even-handed unfairness). In addition, the itSMFnz editorials are written by my regular self demonstrably free of Skeptic subversionwell at least no more than any good editor would exhibit. Ill let the readers judge for themselves.
Furthermore, on the blog I spend a fair amount of time campaigning for transparency and community involvement in itSMF and other ITIL bodies. Any attempt to stifle debate now would just be grist for the mill. And, even though I strive to establish as much credibility as possible, reading comments on the blog and other websites showed that anonymous writing in general suffers from diminished integrity.
There is also a fundamental inconsistency in an anonymous blogger advocating transparency and disclosure. And I was unable to challenge anonymous commentators on my blog to identify themselves when they made attacks on other people.
There are some distasteful corners of the Internet, where people air opinions and attack others in a manner they simply would not be able to before the emergence of the Internet. There are forums and sites that are no better than scribblings on toilet walls, or the malicious gossip whispered amongst a bitchy few. But now this rubbish is broadcast to the planet. As The (former) IT Skeptic I have no desire to be associated with this kind of social deviancy.
I conclude that anonymity has its place:
But, in general, blogalistic integrity is (hopefully) enhanced by standing behind ones remarks.
Now you know.