I missed the recent brouhaha on the fisheries forum, but it raised a question in my mind... The two quotes below from that thread exemplify the situation surrounding the gist of my question(s) (Bold emphasis mine).
Under what circumstance would any public board member or nominee, deem it appropriate to anonymously post opinions or engage in debate on an internet forum about subject matter even remotely related to his/her nomination or position? Is this even remotely scrupulous, regardless of what is posted? Does this not, at the very least, create potential for the appearance of impropriety? Is there ever any legitimate reason do this? I can think of no reason other than to play dirty backdoor politics. To me this kind of behavior is extremely unprofessional and unethical. What am I missing?
Allow me to shed a little light on this situation, as it's somewhat unusual. Many members do not use their real names on this site, and it's our policy to respect that. Sometimes they reveal their name to the community and later wish they hadn't. We respect their rights to privacy in those cases as well. None of that constitutes censorship or a cover-up on our part. We're simply respecting the wishes of our members concerning their personal information.
This site has long enjoyed a politically-neutral posture for the most part. While each of us operating on the administrative side of the site (admins, moderators and the site owner) have opinions on many of the topics posted here, and are not restricted in any way from posting those views, the site itself maintains a posture of neutrality when it comes to politics. This includes the operations and appointees of the Board of Fisheries, the Board of Game, and other such organizations. In short, there is no agenda in this situation other than honoring a member's request for privacy.
A word of advice, if I may. Anyone out there who may consider appointment to a position in fisheries management, game management, or any other political position would do well to decide in advance what they want to reveal about themselves on this site, and the potential fallout for doing so. Some choose anonymity and others will choose transparency. It's an individual decision, and this site will respect either choice.
http://forums.outdoorsdirectory.com/...9-BOF-NomineesTo Brian and Michael,
If I ever get appointed to the Board of Game or Fish, you have my permission to let people quote me from this forum using my real name ￼.