"WHAT WOULD LIFE be like if everything you did was
signed? Every action, every professional accomplishment, every faux
pas you ever committed would have your name on it. Whenever someone
wanted to see what you accomplished in your career, it could be
recalled in detail. There would be no spin doctoring, no fudging
the details, no claiming victory when there was nothing but defeat
in sight. Naked truth would be in the open for all to see.
Is this frightening? For some folks, yes. Complete
accountability would be especially terrifying to those who seem to
make a living by moving from job to job before they can be held
accountable for the mess they caused along the way.
But complete accountability is a way of life in the open-source
community. People involved in open source really do sign everything
they do. Your name becomes your brand. Maybe some people will
choose colorful nicknames for themselves, but when it comes to the
things that really matter, anonymity is in very short supply."