moTi - 12:06 am on Feb 14, 2013 (gmt 0) [edited by: moTi at 12:22 am (utc) on Feb 14, 2013]
well, i accept that it's a general problem to identify the website owner. in germany, we have something called "impressumspflicht". that is, you need to provide full details on your commercial website of who you are. and if some competitor (mostly) discovers, that you don't have your full name and address in a subsection of your webpages, they can sue you.
personally, i'm okay with a legal notice containing the personal information. you know how to contact the owner when needed and the whole web appearance looks more professional and trustworthy to the user.
on the other hand, considering that all other countries don't demand that kind of identification, it can be also seen as a locational disadvantage. webmasters in other countries can remain under the radar - more often than not you find at most a simple contact form and nothing else. but as a german resident i am obliged to full disclosure.
so, actually i'd like to rank higher than my competitor from the netherlands then.. would be fair, don't you think? makes you sometimes feel like naked in public where every other person around you is clothed and staring at you, really.
i agree with the view, that global consensus regarding webmaster information is desirable. i think the common state of legal affairs is absurd. but it's not eric schmidt's assignment to enforce equal duties. it's a political/juridical question, you will have to let the countries decide. google as the new internet government or what?
[edited by: moTi at 12:22 am (utc) on Feb 14, 2013]