False Attributions and Anonymity – Protecting Ourselves and Our Sources
Lost Messiah, May 29, 2016
Dear Readers, Critics, Contributors, Colleagues, Friends and Followers:
Today we were contacted by a few people who were apparently alleged to be directly linked to Lost Messiah. We were not provided details nor do we know the individuals in question.
This is not the first time someone has tried to place ownership of this site on one person or a group of people; and we are fairly certain it will not be the last.
As many of you are well aware, anonymity has its reasons and its benefits. Authors write books under pseudonyms and bloggers post as anonymous posters to protect their identity for whatever the reason. We here at Lost Messiah have decided to follow that path and fight daily to keep it that way.
We do not begrudge others their anonymity and we would be grateful if whomever is posting attributions would show us the same respect.
To the gracious persons who sent us emails today, we highly value our anonymity. We wish to remain as such and would therefore not attribute our site to anyone. We apologize to you for any inconvenience and are making these comments publicly so you can provide them to whomever is falsely linking you to our site or our site to you.
Many of our posts have been provided to us by email or through our tips page and we will only post an attribution or a “hat tip” when asked to do so or when we are explicitly given permission to do so. Otherwise anything you send along will be posted with great thanks, unending appreciation and a level of protection we work hard to insure.
Finally, any emails you send to us are privileged. When you contact us, please keep that in mind. While this site is a blog, we try to hold ourselves to the same level of journalistic integrity when it comes to our sources as professional journalists. While we reserve our rights to some editorial latitude, we will not edit the work of our contributors unless they wish us to do so. Unless explicitly permitted to do otherwise, we will not divulge a source unless by virtue of court order, written permission, law enforcement demands or other legal directives, and will only then do so under protest and after we have given our source sufficient notice to apply whatever legal means he or she may have available.
We thank you for your readership, tips, criticisms, contributions, ideas, patience and passion.