This, pretty much. I like to keep my online and offline life separate. I've used the same online handle for a *long* time, and have left quite a history trail. But I don't go around offline broadcasting what that handle is. Nor do I like to have much identifying information available online.
One reason for this, among many, is that as a Wikipedia admin, it's practically in my job description that I'm going to be pissing people off now and then. I enforce rules, and often enough am telling people that they, or their band, or their company, or their organization, etc., do not meet the requirements to have a page on Wikipedia. People do not like being told NO. And limiting their ability to track me back to my offline self just seems like a prudent way of handling things.
DISH is currently in the middle of one of these with Time Warner. Something like 8-10 TW channels have been gone from DISH for a couple of weeks now, including CNN, Cartoon Network, and others. The biggest annoyance, personally, has been Cartoon Network, which was one of my son's favorites. But with them gone, we're doing without quite fine. And the longer they are gone, the less important they will be whenever they eventually return.
Not to say that his actions up to this point have been smart, but that would take the stupidity to a new level. So far he's been attacking someone who 1) doesn't particularly want to fight back, and 2) has been going out of her way to take the high road in the whole thing.
Going after TechDirt (or better yet PopeHat) would bring directly into the fight some of the people on the internet most guaranteed to fight back, and fight back hard. About the only internet personality/entity worse to go after would be Randazza. :)
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