The Standard vigourously defends the use and privacy of pseudonyms, but questions arise over how they are used there from time to time.
There has just been another curious mix-up, starting here:
Colonial Viper quickly spotted and pointed out Daveo replying to himself.
So which Daveo was Te Reo Putake? That’s quite an odd explanation.
Also curious – I wonder how Te Reo Putake knows what Daveo’s email address is? I’ve never seen him named as a Standard moderator or administrator, although it’s been apparent he has been commenting on behalf of Labour leadership.
As explained, Te Reo Putake used to comment under the pseudonym ‘The Voice of Reason’ until a year ago. And occasionally since, these computers and IP addresses can get confused sometimes. Especially so when recently the same person was also commenting under ‘Anon’. See for example:
Date published: 1:59 pm, January 24th, 2013
Very confusing, this Voice of Reason/Te Reo Putake/Anon/Daveo character.
I happen to have seen evidence of another Standard regular accidentally posting under an alternate pseudonym due to sharing a computer or IP with someone else, or something.
We do not disclose any information to third parties. This includes what you add to your profile that is not public on the blog. In particular your real name and e-mail. Similarly if you are not logged in and enter a comment, we do not disclose the e-mail you enter on your message.
E-mail addresses are only used by the sysop or moderators if they need to contact you. This will usually be because of your behavior or other peoples behavior to you on the blog. Sometimes it will be used if we’re really interested in something you wrote.
IP’s are only used when looking at moderation and banning. We will often look to see other pseudonyms have been used by the same person on this site. Very useful when dealing with repeat offenders.
Only some repeat offenders.
Some time last year a Standard moderator appeared to ban Te Reo Putake. That may not seem surprising because Te Reo Putaki frequently breaks the rules at The Standard. What was surprising was the flurry of confusion that followed, then it was said that the ban was a mistake. Someone even said that Te Reo Putake could never be banned.
Of course the pseudonym mix-ups may just be computer errors. As lprent keeps saying, The Standard is just a computer.
But some people make mistakes. It could be a mistake to always trust the use of pseudonyms at The Standard.