Google Nymwars, redux

I'm told that my Two Point Plan for pseudonymity was discussed at the Google all-hands meeting on Friday.

Every week, Google employees internally vote up the questions that they want the executives to answer at the meeting, and this one made the list, so CEO Larry Page read this aloud to the whole company:

jwz says, the way you "support" pseudonyms is as follows:

  1. Stop deleting peoples' accounts when you suspect that the name they are using is not their legal name.
  2. There is no step 2.

Can we do this?

To nobody's great surprise, his answer was a very long-winded "no".

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