"[A]nonymity is a shield that can be abused. And one that human curiosity will eventually want to strip away. If a blogger develops a big audience, it’s only natural for the audience to wonder who’s talking to them. Anybody can have an opinion. It takes courage and conviction to put a name to it. Good night and good luck Mr. Rick, whoever you are." Michael Mayo, "Blog-eat-blog-world," Mayo on the Side, Sun-Sentinel Blogs, December 20, 2007
Michael Mayo's opinion is of special interest because he is the "first cause." Mayo was the author of the article on gay prisoners which Rick lampooned on Stuck on the Palmetto evoking the wrath of the Daily Pulp's Bob Norman, who questioned how Rick was able to blog 24/7, which caused Rick to panic at the prospect of being exposed and to act exactly as if he had been (which he never was), shutting down his blog, dumping 6000 posts, 100,000 comments and his sidekick, and leaving one question on everybody's mind — Who is Rick?