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11-19-2010 @ 6:11PM
I'm curious - I can't enter an article anyway because I'm in Australia, but why are pen names unallowed? As the forum RealID fiasco pointed out, some people are wary of allowing their real names to be associated with WoW, so you won't have as much submissions as you could as a result.I'm sure there's a good explanation for it, I'm just curious.
11-19-2010 @ 8:12PM
We're paying you for the articles submitted, and it's our journalistic standard here on WoW Insider to publish our articles under our real names. If we're going to say something, we're going to own up to it. : ) We have turned away promising applicants for various positions because they were unwilling to publish their work under their real name. That's a deal breaker for us.It might surprise a lot of people, but we do try to be professional here at WoW Insider. Being willing to own up to what we publish is a large part of that. There's no hiding behind a persona. We see it as very different from Real ID. We won't make you use your real name to comment on our site, but we sure will if you want to publish content here as a professional freelance journalist/blogger.
11-19-2010 @ 8:16PM
I didn't see it that way at all, thanks for explaining it. :)
11-19-2010 @ 8:26PM
@ AlexThe pen name thing kind of sucks. I submitted two pieces to be copyrighted under a pen name. If I ever get published I fully intend on using a pen name. I don't agree with the philosophy that anything written under a pen name is not professional or less worthy. I do respect you guys as a staff and the guest writers. I understand your feelings and company line about the pen name issue but for you to infer that it is less professional to use one is a bit off putting to say the least. I think there might be a whole lot of authors out there who might agree.
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