The following day, Ryan wrote that he had been contacted by Unvarnished’s founder to discuss some of the concerns Ryan had raised in his first blog entry:
In speaking to Kazanjy, I gained a better appreciation of the problem Unvarnished is trying to address. It’s the same that Eric Goldman has been thinking about (PDF) for years: the virtual impossibility of getting a frank review of an employee without fear of blowback, legal or otherwise. Unvarnished allows “anonymous” reviews, in the sense that it obscures the name of the reviewer from view. The reviewer herself accrues a reputation, can be blocked from the site, and can be revealed in the event of a defamation suit.