The Web Editor was unhappy with what I posted in response, and asked that I remove his name from the piece, which I have done.
[Update: The Web Editor sent a follow-up email with this request: “Also, my name remains in a comment underneath your first post. Please remove it.”
I’ve complied with his request. Readers who happen to know his name are asked to refrain from including it in comments.]
Below is the brief email he sent me this morning:
I find it wholly unprofessional of you to post our correspondence without waiting for my permission. Had you waited, I would have asked you not to publish my email or at least not include my name. By offering to remove identifiers like my email address, physical address and phone number you acknowledge the risks involved in being named on a site like Gates of Vienna. But by leaving my name and place of work on your post you have left me exposed to anyone with an internet connection. The decision to include my name is particularly odd given that you use a pseudonym instead of your own name, Edward S. May. If I am to be named on your site, let it be known that I find your “counter-jihad” repugnant and dangerous.
[name removed at the Web Editor’s request]
I sent him the following response:
Mr. [name removed at the Web Editor’s request],
I am sorry to learn that you feel this way.
Actually, removing identifiers is simply common Internet courtesy as practiced by bloggers. It is a sign that I considered yours a friendly email. If you had been antagonistic and vituperative, I would have included your email address, postal address, and telephone number in my post. That is standard practice for bloggers when they receive hate mail.
I left your name in the piece because you are a public figure, with an archive page in your name at the Standpoint site. However, to honor your request, I have now removed your name from the text of the post.
Concerning my use of a pseudonym: that is a continuation of my practice from the days before I went public. If you were a regular reader, you would be aware that I publish under my real name at FrontPage at other sites. I have been fully public for a number of years. Perhaps you have heard of the practice known as “branding”…? I was “branded” as Baron Bodissey at Gates of Vienna beginning in 2004, and Baron Bodissey I remain.
In my new post I will make certain that our readers are aware that you find our mission “repugnant and dangerous”.
I trust that the changes I have made meet with your satisfaction.
a.k.a. “Baron Bodissey”