I sent this letter to the bitcoin-dev mailing list:
Dear Bitcoin Core folks:
I really appreciate
I feel that having succinct and specific statements like this are very
helpful, for users and potential collaborators. I feel like that even,
or especially, when I personally disagree with some of the assertions
or strategies stated therein. So thank you very much for taking the
effort to do it!
I do have one request: would you please disclose the names of the
authors? I understand that the statement has been ACKed by a number of
people, but that's not the same thing. I also understand that there
are presumably multiple authors, and a grey area of people who
contributed a little, but perhaps not enough to be counted as
co-authors. Despite all those difficulties, having the names of
authors of statements like this is important, both for evaluation, for
facilitating communication, and for the historical record.
If for some reason you're uncomfortable publicly claiming your
authorship of a document like this, then please pick a persistent nom
de plume for this purpose.
I feel that this is important, and that by publicly signing your name
to your words you can significantly increase the positive impact that
your words can have.
Here's the response from the moderators:
Zooko, thank you for your post and the suggestions.
Obviously the post is not intended or appropriate content for the
bitcoin-dev list but be sure to know your email will be forwarded on
to the correct people and that it is appreciated.
Well that's probably the nicest rejection letter I've ever gotten from a mailing list moderator, but I'm still disappointed that my plea did not get posted to that mailing list.