I couldn’t agree more strongly. There are use for anonymity, such as spousal
abuse support groups, substance abuse recovery groups, corporate or
government whistleblowing. But anonymity is anathema to community. You
can only judge people on their written words in the online environment, which
means you need to be able to compare what people say today with what they
said in the past. Anonymous chatrooms shouldn’t be banned, but neither
should they be confused with communities where people are willing to put
their name on their words.

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