Hi, Alan! It is good to see you here. I think about anonymity a lot because even though I’m pretty honest on public forums like Twitter, there’s still like 90% of thoughts I keep behind private DMs and text messages with friends. I can tell you that these conversations are some of the most interesting and necessary needed to really address EDI in open education or libraries, but it’s not always safe to do so. I think it’s relevant in this space because even for this group, I know I’m still going to show up and decide how much I’m willing to share.
Short story time: even though, in my opinion, LIS Microaggressions was/is (it’s still technically functional) not particularly radical, this work led to a really ugly incident in which a conservative news reporter did a public records request of my work emails, found some “dirt” and wrote an article that led to some conservative forums inciting their readers to send tweets, emails, and calls to a member of our team directly, with some of it directed my way. We received a lot of hateful messages, and I don’t think I ever fully recovered from that experience (part of why LISM is semi-defunct). I think this incident (among others) are one of the reasons why I think open work needs to be critically examined as not all things ought to be open. And different people and communities have different stakes for working open!