The IT Skeptic defends his anonymity

See this forum thread for a discussion (hopefully) of some criticism of the IT Skeptic, including over anonymity

An extract from my remarks:

Why be anonymous? Three reasons:
1) I can comment without restraints that might be imposed by other roles I perform in my profession
2) I can avoid nasty emails and heated debates at conferences and meetings. I imagine my physical safety could be an issue with a few of the comments I have made
3) it's fun

I believe (and hope) that anonymity does not reflect on credibility. People can judge me by the quality of my content and my arguements, and the integrity of my position. I stand behind those. I welcome debate and criticism like this in order to refine those further.


Keep stirring the pot...

I could care less who you are...what I do care about is a lively debate and honest opinions...keep being's healthy!

I too, thought about remaining anonymous (with a blog title like "Fear & Loathing on the Raod to IT Service Management Excellence" who wouldn't?) but as Popeye said..

aye YAM what aye YAM... I could go on about the Real Voyage of Discovery, but won't blabber any more....

John M. Worthington
MyServiceMonitor, LLC

You are a very naughty man

Seriously though, it's hard to take critics of anonymity seriously. I just wonder what percentage of people posting on forums actually do use their real identity? In a sense it inhibits artistic freedom, even ignoring the risk aspect of painting a giant target on your head in some circumstances.

Journalism thrives on anonymity, and always has. Those who object really ought to consider what the problem actually is, and what the internet would be like if we all had place our passport number next to every comment we made. Not a lot of fun.

Personally I like the skepticism

As one anonymous blogger to another, I think I understand your reasons for remaining anonymous.

As for the skeptical attitude, personally I don't interpret your posts as an attack on ITIL so much as a reminder to everyone that you have to be pragmatic about it. Take what works for you in your environment. If there isn't a case for it, then don't. I agree that there are a lot of people who follow ITIL blindly (I fell foul of this when I first discovered ITIL) and we do need someone reminding us from time to time; at least I do ;)

(Grr... I hate this image verification, 3rd time I've made a mistake according to it)

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