diberry - 10:38 pm on Apr 29, 2013 (gmt 0)
First: not every website is a business. Some sites, for example, post political views as they try to make the world a better place. These folks are harassment targets already.
Second: do you guys not realize there are a millions ways for the unscrupulous to hide who they are in business? If not private reg, then something else. TOI isn't talking about gaming the system before it's been started - he's talking about doing stuff business already does! You don't even know who you're doing business with half the time in offline life, LOL. Shell companies, holding companies...
Third: not everyone can get a PO box, or afford one even if it is available. Way to silence those people.
Four: some of us run unrelated sites and don't want our competitors or the engines to link them. Using our names or a single company name for all of them links them. Using private registration does not. (And don't come back with "Well, set up a company for each one!" That's a minimum of $800/year in California, and that's just too much to demand for people to "buy" the anonymity that has always been enjoyed by wealthier businesses.)
You missed moxie's point ..in many countries ( you know that other countries than the USA exist .right ) you can't get a PO box without having a full business registration with all the accompanying overheads..
France is a good example..no PO boxes without being a registered business..
So..you post something that some religious nut doesn't like..and next thing is.. your wife or kid is opening the door to a crazy with a gun/knife/sword..
And like I said, even though I'm clearly an evil spammer for using PDR, I have a contact form on every site. It doesn't contain my home address or real name, but it does shoot an email straight to me, and unless you're just a spammer, I answer. I thought Google actually DID ding sitesfor not having that and a privacy page, and that's a far more sensible metric (maybe they should make it count more, too).
Backdraft, I think YOU are the one who needs decaf. Take a step back and re-read some of what you're saying in here. I am not a spammer. Dinging people for PDRs might get some well-intentioned poor folks and rabble rousers offline, or prevent people like me from ever having started up, but if you think for one second the unethical can't find 16 other ways to hide in plain sight without breaking a sweat, you do not know how unethical people operate.