Personally I'm with the writer who says this:
Why should people be allowed to post anonymously? I'm damned if I know. I've always found it sinister. In the Agatha Christie novels I loved as a child, the anonymous letter was a standard trope for evil in an otherwise ordered and safe community. Those who advocate web anonymity seem able only to marshall the most feeble of arguments in its favour.A while ago I used to post comments anonymously - and I could see the point in it if there were a serious discussion going on where it might be appropriate to try out radical ideas you didn't want everyone quoting as 'your' view, or where you wanted people to read the remark carefully rather than judge by the contributor (so avoiding the ad hominem reaction).
But the fact is, the only general 'value' in anonymity seems to be that it can mask people's identity whilst they're being rude.
I've tried various ways to get people to comply with this (see the note in italics) and I still can't understand why, especially on a Christian blog, people want to be able to post comments but not own up to them - but there you go.
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