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The introduction of real names (also known as family names, last names, and surnames) emerged from the need to administer a modern state. With Real Names governments could more easily serve their citizens: track property ownership, inheritances, collect taxes, maintain court records, perform police work, conscript soldiers, control epidemics, etc.
At JacksonHeights.nyc Real Names translates to Real Residents, and joined with moderation and accountability, helps create trust. Setting a process for determining Real Residents is this page's focus.
A key goal of the JacksonHeights.nyc Initiative is to create a trustable source for presenting local information.
To create this trust we need to effectively identity and sort hoax, falsehood, opinion, and error from truth and the pertinent.
Veracity is the currency we seek and associating Real Names with posted content is an essential first step in achieving this goal. Using Real Names of Real Residents is fundamental to achieving that goal.
Real Jackson Heights Residents
Imagine you're walking down 37th Avenue and someone approaches you with some neighborhood news about an overcrowded school, a building fire... And you recognize the face, maybe even know a name to go with it. Depending on previous experiences with that person, you'll decide to pass the news on or not.
For over a century this "face-to-face" (this includes public meetings and phone calls) has been our neighborhood's most consistent, trusted, and influential news channel.
More recently, digital transmissions have become part of neighborhood news milieu. With the 2016 national election demonstrating that there are huge potential flaws with digital transmissions, it behooves us to examine our own.
Here we look at the naming policies of three digital services that focus on Jackson Heights and have a measure of local control.
In development (i.e., this page)
The JacksonHeightsLife.com discussion board does not require users to identify themselves. As stated in the Registration Agreement:
You have the ability, as you register, to choose your username. We advise that you keep the name appropriate.
Rarely are real names selected as usernames. A September 28, 2018 review of the 100 registrants on the second of 40 pages  of the service's nearly 4000 registrants, showed only 7 that appeared to be "real names" - with first and last names of registrants. 93% were nicknames. And of the top 30 posters, only one used what appears to be a real name.
JacksonHeightsLife.com  The real name policy on JacksonHeightsLife.com states in part, the following:
Respect others' privacy: Because of privacy issues, it is against the rules of the board to post anyone's full name, address, or any other personal information (e.g. email address, phone number, etc.) without permission. The only exceptions to this are for individuals are already public figures (e.g. celebrities, elected officials), or who openly use their names on the internet (e.g. a blogger who writes under her/his own name).
There are approximately 3,800 subscribers to the JHFamilies Listserve (March 2019). This group is for parents, caregivers and families living in Jackson Heights, NY who are interested in building a community with other families. The service is operated by Yahoo, a Verizon subsidiary.
- This is a restricted group.
- Attachments are permitted.
- Members cannot hide email address.
- Listed in Yahoo Groups directory.
- Membership requires approval.
- Messages are not moderated.
- All members can post messages.
Recent Real Name Experiences
- A regular JHFamilies listserve contributor, whose full name and email address are readily available for all to see, declined to use a full, or indicative name when signing up for a wiki account. Stalking was one concern expressed. Thomas Lowenhaupt 16:56, 12 February 2018 (UTC)
- German court says Facebook's real name policy is illegal - https://www.theverge.com/2018/2/12/17005746/facebook-real-name-policy-illegal-german-court-rules
A German court ruled that Facebook's real name policy is illegal and that users must be allowed to sign up for the service under pseudonyms to comply with a decade-old privacy law. The ruling, made last month but only now being announced, comes from the Berlin Regional Court and was detailed today by the Federation of German Consumer Organizations (abbreviated from German as VZBV), which filed the lawsuit against Facebook. Facebook says it will appeal the ruling, but also that it will make changes to comply with European Union privacy laws coming into effect in June, according to Reuters. "We are working hard to ensure that our guidelines are clear and easy to understand, and that the services offered by Facebook are in full accordance with the law," a Facebook spokesperson said.
- Common belief holds that online behavior would improve if credentialing systems required use of real names prior to granting a posting/comment permission key. But let's be cautious, The Real Name Fallacy says this is not to be believed.
Current Requirements and Options
Currently, access to the JacksonHeights.nyc asks the registrant to enter the following.
- Username (required)
- Password (required)
- Confirm password (required)
- Email address (required)
- Real name (optional) Real name is optional. If you choose to provide it, this will be used for giving you attribution for your work, i.e., posts to the system, if not, your Username will be used.
Establishing Neighborhood Resident Bona Fides
- Sign up online.
- Post card with authentication code mailed to resident's Jackson Heights address.
- Resident enters authentication code online.
Related Wiki Pages
Other "Work" Pages
- Administrative Matters
- Appropriate Content
- Consensus information
- Governance Process
- Outreach Projects
- Project Revenue
- Real Names
- To Do List