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Just who are the Bloggers/Commenters on MI Patch?

You're not supposed to use aliases on Patch, but commenters do it anyways. So that begs the question: Who's PatchBlogging?

As for me, I would like to know just who's blogging and/or commenting on Mercer Island Patch and/or the other AOL Patch Online Publications.

Having filled-out Profiles would help. What do you think?

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Jerry Gropp Architect AIA May 30, 2012 at 09:25 PM
. As PatchReaders well know, I often Blog and/or Comment on Mercer Island Patch. It's really nice to know who reads and/ or responds to what I may write. Agreement is not as important as thoughtfulness is. J-
Jerry Gropp Architect AIA May 31, 2012 at 02:27 AM
. SD- I knew this would be your response. I've operated in public for a very long time. I suggest you take your kind concerns above down from Patch and eMail me so we can have a private correspondence on these matters. My best- JGropp2@AOL.com
Kendall Watson May 31, 2012 at 05:32 PM
This is actually an interesting conversation that I've been meaning to address for some time, Jerry & Snoozingdog. Patch does ask that you not use aliases, but we do not require it. The two competing interests of dialogue vs privacy often find a compromise that we often see here on Patch. Jerry echoes the concerns of many others in the community I've spoken to, asking for more disclosure of just who it is that comments.
Jeanne Gustafson May 31, 2012 at 09:45 PM
I would suggest that there is not much privacy online anymore as far as basic info goes, regardless of how we may protect our comments on a site like Patch. For example, I was visiting my parents recently, advising them to be cautious about phone calls from "distraught grandchildren" in light of recent fraud cases. I then "googled" my mom's name to show her how much information there is about her on the Internet despite the fact that she's not a big user, aside from email and a very bare Facebook profile. We found her address, her age, names of a number of her children in connection with her, and lots of other stuff, just from public records that are now available to anyone with a browser. So, in my opinion, it wouldn't be harmful to her privacy in any real way to use her own name to comment on a site like Patch, (though she might choose not to let people know when she's out of town ;-) ). I think when people choose to blog on a community forum, there's generally a great benefit to people knowing a little bit about them so they can gauge where the information they read is coming from.
Jerry Gropp Architect AIA May 31, 2012 at 10:12 PM
. Thanks Jeanne- Of course I agree with what you say above. Long associated with various publications- architectural and otherwise, I realize it's hard to say anything in public without it entering the Public Domain. Jerry-
Kendall Watson May 31, 2012 at 10:33 PM
Hey neighbor! Jeanne, I'd say you're right on target with your comments. Verified commenters, that is, people who you know or trust that they say who they say they are, are usually afforded much more weight when considering their ideas. It's sort of like political advertising (and what, in my opinion, makes the Citizens United decision by the US Supreme Court so pernicious), where unknown persons are now allowed to stay unknown while they get an idea or message out under what appears to be a legitimate guise with no limit on what they can spend to do so. You can't prove there is an agenda here, they say, "it's merely the exchange of ideas." But knowing the actual, verified source of where the information comes from is also valuable information on making judgments based on what you hear.
Jeanne Gustafson June 02, 2012 at 02:33 PM
I agree, Kendall. The way I handle the issue for myself is by not saying things in any public forum that I wouldn't want anyone to see, though I've certainly seen instances where the desire to comment under a pseudonym would be understandable. I work at Sammamish-Issaquah Patch, and I've had a few people send their comments to me privately by email on sensitive issues because they wanted to share their opinion with me but didn't feel comfortable posting with their names for various reasons. That's a good balance, I think. People are more likely to feel like they contributed to a productive conversation if they back it up with their name and reputation. I look at it much like newspapers' editorial pages, which to my knowledge have never allowed anonymous letters. On a community site like Patch, each person has to weigh individually whether that's worth giving up the small measure of perceived privacy afforded by commenting under a "nom d'écran."
Jerry Gropp Architect AIA June 09, 2012 at 05:33 PM
. Jeff- I just like to know who's responding to what I write. Retired, I'm not marketing- just letting my PatchReaders know where I'm coming from. And how about you? Jerry- (with a J-)
Jerry Gropp Architect AIA June 09, 2012 at 11:55 PM
Jeff- As to your: "This really isn't the forum to air a life story Jerry."- at this point in my life I feel I have some things to share about home design as I've practiced it. You don't have to read it if this is of no interest to you. And your filling out your own PatchProfile doesn't have to mean airing (your) "life story", just tell us PatchReaders just a little bit about you Jerry-
Bonnie Beddall June 10, 2012 at 03:30 AM
Anonymity makes for a more honest discussion, and Im glad that Patch allows for this. I've been enjoying posts from all of the contributors to patch, and I don't feel the need to have more disclosure of the identity of the commenters.
Jerry Gropp Architect AIA June 10, 2012 at 11:03 PM
. OK- Let's all comment with or without our PatchProfile. After all, what's important is the comment & the thought that has gone into it. The more the merrier. Jerry
Jeanne Gustafson June 14, 2012 at 05:53 AM
This can certainly be true in many cases, Bonnie, and luckily being quite local in scope, Patch sites don't tend to have those unpleasant flame wars that some websites experience. Whenever a comment is inappropriate, there's efficient and speedy recourse available, which is good to have in the toolbox. Mostly, we can count on it being our neighbors in the immediate and surrounding areas weighing in on discussions.
Jerry Gropp Architect AIA June 14, 2012 at 08:58 PM
JeanneG is right- "unpleasant flame wars" have no place on MI Patch. Let's keep it that way. J-
Jerry Gropp Architect AIA June 18, 2012 at 10:20 PM
. There have been a lot of good dialogs on Patch lately. As anyone can plainly see, this makes for a better on- line publication. I wonder how many "hits" MI Patch is getting each day. Well-targeted, I should think a lot. J-
Jerry Gropp Architect AIA July 14, 2012 at 05:45 PM
. Snoozingdog- where are you? We miss your pithy comments. As you may remember I had made my Barnes and Noble "NookColor" into a Low-Cost Tablet Computer using an Android N2A card at about 1/2 the price of an iPad. You were right in saying not to do this. I've pulled the chip. JG-

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