Dan Alaimo wrote:I don't think there's a rule that covers this discussion [using real names]
Dan just called Lakewood Observer founder, Jim O’Bryan, a liar.
For years and years Jim has trashed other online media outlets by claiming the Observer is the only website that requires “real full names” for its users. Jim screams that this shows accountability and brings credibility to the project. He uses this stance to place the project on a pedestal. People can be identified and held accountable for their words on the Deck, according to Jim. It turns out this is all a lie, Jim has been lying for years, and all in the name of bashing opposing sources according to Dan. The Observer does not have a rule in place that requires “real full names” according to Dan. So why all the lies for so many years by Jim?
So, who is lying?
Jim in his claim that the Observer requires “real first names” while trashing of other online sites?
Dan in his claim that that the law does not exist on the Observer?
Which one actually knows the rules around here?
These rules do seem fuzzy. Jim states that the rule exists in the Terms of Agreement when signing up. Dan implies that is not the case and that Jim is lying. Dan claims the rule does not exist. The Observer and Jim do not enforce the rules, if they do exist as Jim states they do, by allowing people to not use “real full names” and only use initials. So, by Jims own meaning of having “real full names,” does this diminish the accountability and credibility of the Observer - something he hangs his hat on while bashing others? Should it?
Don’t shoot the messengers on this one, just making sure that the Observer is as credible and accountable as it claims to be. It is always tough when someone points out fallacies and holds others accountable – in this case, are the Observer and Jim accountable? Why has he lied about this all these years?