Pros and cons of anonymity (19)

1 Name: 404 - Name Not Found : 2015-09-20 15:31 ID:zkNVEXtT

* It's difficult to be prejudiced/biased against a poster because of who they are
* The focus is on the idea not the person who says it
* It is possible to say whatever opinion you like without repercussions
* It's easier for people to get away with contradictions
* It's easier for people to get away with for instance running away from the argument if they lose and then coming back in a different thread with the same opinions that were refuted earlier
* It's difficult to get to know a person. This means that one has to rely on the assumption of a shared culture to understand how that person thinks (not sure if this is true or not but it's an interesting idea)
* It is possible to speak in whatever tone you like without repercussions
The more anonymous the medium the more extreme the above points get.

2 Name: 404 - Name Not Found : 2015-09-20 18:50 ID:CJbibN7X


  • It's more comfy, in a small site you can just start participating right away without feeling like out of place.

3 Name: 404 - Name Not Found : 2015-09-22 07:16 ID:eOky+6ZO

4 Name: 404 - Name Not Found : 2015-09-22 21:30 ID:hab+k91V

Problem with getting to know people better is that it harbors a disease that lingers through every single shitty internet forum... The circlejerk.

5 Name: 404 - Name Not Found : 2015-09-26 22:05 ID:zkNVEXtT

6 Name: 404 - Name Not Found : 2015-10-01 17:27 ID:zkNVEXtT

8 Name: 404 - Name Not Found : 2015-10-04 10:00 ID:zkNVEXtT

since admins and mods can generally(?) see some sort of identity (IP, hashed IP, internal ID on talkboards etc) could some post confirming/denying that anonymity makes people into dishonest hypocrites?

9 Name: bps!!+u1+mB+S (Admin) : 2015-10-04 15:09 ID:Heaven

You can already see poster IDs on most of the boards (not DQN and maybe a few others though), which --- as far as your question goes --- amounts to the same as seeing IPs.

10 Name: 404 - Name Not Found : 2015-10-05 19:59 ID:JlYIhB3x

You don't need to sign up!

11 Name: 404 - Name Not Found : 2015-10-09 15:53 ID:Heaven

but they don't work across threads or when a poster uses sage

12 Name: 404 - Name Not Found : 2015-10-16 09:11 ID:Heaven

13 Name: 404 - Name Not Found : 2015-10-28 16:55 ID:Heaven

14 Name: Bypel!y/zA3nqygs!!j/WxuqrX : 2015-12-09 21:55 ID:Heaven

Considering these disadvantages I have decided err on the side of nature (identity is more natural than anonymity) and make more of an identity for myself.

15 Name: Bypel !y/zA3nqygs!!j/WxuqrX : 2015-12-10 16:43 ID:zkNVEXtT


  • People spying on you can only identify you for the posts they have seen you write.

16 Name: 404 - Name Not Found : 2015-12-10 19:08 ID:oP6ua1lX


  • People still treat anonymous boards the same way they do regular forums and try to gain seniority by arguing about who's been there longer, even though there is no way to actually tell and it doesn't matter.

17 Name: Bypel !y/zA3nqygs!!j/WxuqrX : 2015-12-11 20:26 ID:zkNVEXtT

One advantage of identity is that reputations could be damaged by committing logical fallacies or using dishonest arguments so there's an incentive to think about what you say and be honest. On the other hand though in some communities reputation could be damaged by simply expressing certain beliefs.

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