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Anonymous Idaho Blog Site Aborts

On her Facebook wall, Jill Kuraitis writes of an attempt by an anonymous individual to start a website for political discussion in Idaho, called She and several of her Facebook Friends were turned off that the individual planned to keep the identities of the blog administrators private. Seems the blogger contacted Jill and discussed his plan, after she promised not to reveal who he is, other than to say he's an academic from Idaho living/studying in another state and had approached this project from the viewpoint of academia. Writes Jill: "He was startled to hear that certain journalistic standards were more appropriate, and had not thought of it. He was chagrined to think that the blogging community, for the most part, was wary, and didn't really see why until we talked about it more. When I pointed out that, in my opinion, doing business in secret puts one in the company of spies, thugs and thieves, he got it." Jill goes on to say that the guy has pulled the website and plans to go back to his advisory board to re-tool.

Question: Would you want to be part of an discussion blog site dedicated to Idaho politics whose administrators were totally anonymous?

D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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