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Keith (kgf0) | 164 comments The Anonymous profile says:

Books can be attributed to "Anonymous" for several reasons:

* They are officially published under that name
* They are traditional stories not attributed to a specific author
* They are religious texts not generally attributed to a specific author

Books whose authorship is merely uncertain should be attributed to "Unknown".


Meanwhile, the Unknown profile says:

Books can be attributed to "Unknown" when the author or editor (as applicable) is not known and cannot be discovered. If at all possible, list at least one actual author or editor for a book.

Books whose authorship is purposefully withheld should be attributed instead to "Anonymous".


Now it seems to me that the final statement there is correct: an unknown author who deliberately and permanently withholds their name AND is undiscoverable is almost the definition of Anonymous. Yet this appears to conflict with the existing profile definition on the Anonymous profile. Official position from the PTB?

What led me to this question is Unsafe at Any Altitude, which IMHO should be moved from Unknown to Anonymous (and from there to the crackpot bin, but that's a separate issue).


message 2: by Lobstergirl (last edited Sep 17, 2010 05:07PM) (new)

Lobstergirl | 3558 comments What led me to this question is Unsafe at Any Altitude, which IMHO should be moved from Unknown to Anonymous

I agree. I changed it.


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