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Anonymity in public

For better or worse, I'm a public figure in the Koinos community. A very small part of the world knows my name, my face, my voice, and a lot of my thoughts. I started The Koin Press (and BurnKoin and KAP) knowing that I could talk about my work publicly. For me, that was important.

That said, I do love the idea of psuedo-anonymity. I think it's an important feature of using the internet. If I had to hand over my real identity to every website I wanted to use, I would use a lot fewer websites. I support blockchain partially because it extends your anonymity to your money and your ability to authenticate with applications. You don't need a "real" identity, and that's awesome.

Personally, I don't like keeping secrets. It's one of my principles that I won't work on a project that requires me to be anonymous. Sure, I'll do some work for clients, or talk about someone else's ideas and keep all of that secret. It's a fine line, but to me that's just client privilege. I won't take a founding role in an anonymous project.

It's not an ethical decision, just one of the principles I've chosen to live by in this space. I fully support your desire and ability to remain in the shadows. I may even change my mind on this in the future if it comes down to my personal security or some other more important principle.

The point is that I don't want to be secretly associated with my own projects. If something went wrong, people lost money, or some other kind of issue came about, I would want to face it head on. I don't want to hide behind my anonymity. That just delays the inevitable day when someone figures out I'm the one behind it all. Building in public avoids that issue entirely.


P.S. Think you can change my mind? I'd love to hear your opinions.