Please identify yourself if commenting about other people

Since I am posting about the candidates for the itSMF International Board right now, it is timely to remind readers of a blog policy: please identify yourself if commenting about other people.

So far comments about the Board have been OK - I am just acting pre-emptively to avoid having to edit comments. I don't want this blog to be a forum for personal attacks. I hope most readers share my distaste for the sneaky, lurking or bitchy aspects of internet anonymity. If you want to make an observation about somebody's capability, or to speculate on their motivations or integrity then the honourable thing is to do so openly.

I realise some peope are unable to do that because of their position, and I certainly don't want to discourage whistleblowers like Dr Linden! I think the right thing to do in that situation is to email me on the side and identify yourself. I assure you a number of people could vouch for my discretion re contributors' identity.

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