I frequently run against an issue when submitting stories from Ferrous Systems here: I think there’s an ambiguity around the use of the author field and I have the gut feeling there’s different information needs here.
As an example, this story is written by Jorge, not me: https://lobste.rs/s/f2uvgf/structuring_testing_debugging
Strictly speaking, I am not the author - so if the author field is just there to mark the author in the replies, I should not check it.
But I am a managing employee/owner of that company. So I’d like to disclose that - even though I think the content is relevant for this platform and interesting - I have an interest in it being posted here. I am not ashamed of doing so, but it feels bad to not to be open about this - it enables readers to give feedback on that front. This is crucial, as I e.g. do not just submit every post here.
The submission guidelines are no help here and probably be extended.
I see multiple possible solutions here:
I know that there’s people who’d prefer if this case just wouldn’t exist :). Yet, I believe disclosure is the best way to deal with this situation - it enables us to actively work against e.g. people who use lobste.rs as a content spreader only.
FWIW, I’m willing to send patches if e.g. the moderators here have a favourite.
[x] I am the author of this text ;)