I understand your point, and mostly agree with it, but the difference is the public can access this board, therefore this is essentially “on the record” with the public. If it were a private, passworded board, I’d say it’s more “off the record.”
With message board posts in particular, I do believe it’s a publication’s duty to actually contact the supposed “quotee” and verify they did indeed say it; I could register as “Derek Smart” somewhere and post that I am the Son of God, and if they quote that, well… it’s like the old OMM running gag of "[email protected] told us this…" How does anyone know that’s really THE Derek Smart and not just one of his many fans. Or maybe it’s that Battlecruiser neural net AI gaining sentience and posting on its own.
I think news sites, game magazines etc that treat these posts as official news do everyone a disservice by causing developers to think twice about taking part in light hearted, non-game orientated discussion.
I agree, but that’s the reality of being a “public” figure. Everything you say has more interest to more people. You get to reap the rewards of fame (or infamy), but they can also bite you in the ass.
Steve, you won’t even register to post as officially steve bauman, is this so you have some plausible denial to your posts?
Well, I suppose I could do that, though I can’t imagine anyone accusing me of posting things under any name on a message board without showing proof I said it. Oh wait, yes I can.
Anyway, I don’t register because I’m lazy and only visit once a week or so and never think to do it.
In a way, this is no different than people, professionals mainly, who post under handles so it doesn’t interfere with their “real” work. If their boss at some law firm or button-down corp did a search on google and found them calling people dog-fuckers on some POE message board under their own name, there might be some hell to pay. Or at least heck.
Same goes for Tom Chick, or me, or Derek Smart. Though Derek could probably call someone a dog-fucker and people would just say, “Oh that wacky Derek Smart. He so craaaazy.”