Guiseppe and Yankee Whiskey Papa have both weighed in on Christian Chensvold's "outing" of "Richard from WASP 101. Both feel that Christian was wrong, as do I. According to YWP, he already knew who "Richard" really was, and so did several other bloggers -- and they chose to keep it a secret.
(Guiseppe, by the way, was "outed" last fall by the Boston Globe, but I take it he allowed it, as he cooperated with the feature story about him, and still prominently links to it on the homepage of his blog. I had always assumed that he was already "out," because I naively thought that Guiseppe Timore was his real name; the possibility that it was a pseudonym never occurred to me.)
But, even though I agree that "Richard" should've been allowed to keep his anonymity, he made himself a lightning rod with his persona and outlandish stories (many of which I still think were fictional, or at least embellished). As I've written, I not only always wondered who he was, but whether he was even real and whether his blog was meant to be serious -- or whether it was extremely subtle satire and he was supposed to be some kind of fictional character, like a sophisticated sociological experiment or a very involved, Andy Kaufman-esque joke.
By contrast, I also enjoy Yankee Whiskey Papa's blog, but I've never wondered -- nor cared -- for a second who he really is. If someone "outed" him, I admit I'd probably Google him out of curiosity and read what I could find for maybe five minutes. But, unless it turned up something really interesting, I'd quickly get bored and forget about it -- and I certainly wouldn't care enough to write about it even once, much less multiple times, like I am with WASP 101.
Anyway, it looks like Chensvold unwittingly made himself the villain in all of this. I wonder if he now wishes he could undo his decision.