I would like to have an open discussion about stake pool operator privacy and its value. I just finished listening to the most recent episode of the Cardano Effect (awesome show, thanks a lot @rickymac and @philpa ) and I get the sense, not only from discussion there but elsewhere too, that building your trusted identity in the community is synonymous to sharing your real life identity in public or that it’s somehow included.
I’ve been working as a cybersecurity specialist for the past decade and I am very conscious and (maybe overly) sensitive to my privacy. It was even mentioned by Marco in the podcast that what may seem as a mundane amount of ADA now may become a substantial fortune in 1, 2 or more years down the road and it’s good to be prepared for that.
Being public introduces a risk for you that some attacker might try to find you in real life to get to your ADA. By breaking into your house or way way worse. Your pledge amount is public so you are advertising a minimum amount of ADA that you are controlling. And on the internet it’s hard to take it back.
I understand that it’s much easier to build (social) trust if you know who you are talking to, if you can look up their linkedIn profile, facebook page etcetera, but for me, for now, it’s not worth it yet. I look forward to hear what you think.