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List member identity - Some ideas

Jul 24, 2009 05:29 PM
by Messenger

>From time to time, out of the blue, new members come on board who are very
knowledgeable about the recent historical matters and display intricate
knowledge about TS and no one seems to recognize them or seems to know them.
Also some of them are from non English speaking countries and display
unusual facility with the use of language which normally takes a long time
to acquire. All these make some of us wonder if these are real people or is
someone is using a pseudonym to avoid taking personal responsibility for
what they talk about in the list.

I have been thinking why not ask some of these new new participants about
some personal details such as their TS branch affiliation, if any, where
they live, and names of other theosophists in their area they know and other
information to confirm their real identity. Since the theosophical community
is minuscule in the world, most theosophists tend to interact with others
over a period of time and is very difficult to keep a low profile and hide
their persona and hence discovering any masquerade is not difficult.

There are going to be exceptions. In rare cases, not towing the official
line may affect the room and board of the individual and no one wants to
affect the livelihood of a fellow theosophist and by the same token, these
individuals should not become unofficial strong proponents of the official
line under a disguise, no matter how unreasonable or untenable the official
line is.

I thought of throwing this open to feed back from others on the list.

Messenger (aka MKR)

PS: Unpaid ghost writing and participants acting as fronts for others, is
another issue we may address in due course.

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