Anonymous Posting (200)

1 Name: Anonymous 2005-03-15 23:13 ID:Heaven [Del]

Good? Bad? Trip- and capcodes only sensible for mods and admins? Useful for suggesting more contributors than just Sling!XD/uSlingU? Good for a community with no vanity and attention whoring? Or promoting trolling and DQN behaviour?


2 Name: Anonymous 2005-03-16 00:51 ID:Heaven [Del]

Many of my best posts(or those that got the best reaction) were made anonymously. At the time I wouldn't have made them if I had to use a name, because I was afraid of being wrong.

>Useful for suggesting more contributors than just Sling!XD/uSlingU?

That requires more sources of material to contribute.

>Good for a community with no vanity and attention whoring?

Yes, with some light moderation. Zero moderation and you end up with Usenet.

>Or promoting trolling and DQN behaviour?

I think trolling is only promoted as readily as the community bites the flamebait lures. I get the impression that on futaba trolling is largely ignored and/or embraced, if that makes any sense.

3 Name: Anonymous 2005-03-16 01:05 ID:Heaven [Del]

Anonymous wins the internet. Let people ID themselves if they want, but don't force them.

As for suggesting a big community, personally I look at the quality/quantity of posts instead of who posts them. Do people REALLY care who posts stuff on an imageboard where 99.99% of the stuff isn't by the poster anyway?

4 Name: Anonymous 2005-03-16 01:39 ID:Heaven [Del]

> I get the impression that on futaba trolling is largely ignored and/or embraced, if that makes any sense.

It does. There's entire boards on devoted to collecting kopipe (like the Yoshinoya rant), trolling material and strategies and so on. You could say that the Japanese are pretty much familiar with their usual forms of online communication (never seen anyone on Futaba ask What's sage? ^^) - somehow the same does not seem to hold true for the west / rest of the internet.

5 Name: Anonymous 2005-03-16 04:46 ID:W+qRrxwL [Del]

I completely agree with you about fear of being wrong getting in the way of non-anonymous posting. I'm also afraid that if I end up being right, I'll become falsely committed--obliged to being committed, even--to what I said. Even if I'm open-minded and admit to being mistaken, it'll be difficult for me to politically back down from an old stance if my name is attached to it.

7 Name: Anonymous 2005-03-17 00:49 ID:W+qRrxwL [Del]

The western world has few usual forms of online communication. The brand-obssessed North American culture likes to distinguish itself at every available opportunity instead of building on others' existing work.

Everyone has their own forum, their own commenting system, their own skins and interface quirks, their own unwritten rules, their own memes, and so on. Unlike 2ch's function as a huge melting pot that blends every culture into every other culture and produces a kind of meta-culture where everything more or less fits in, western online communities are less expansive and less forgiving of elements that don't conform to expectations.

If 2ch culture can be described as a de facto standard, then western online culture may be described as many warring standards (PHP/Perl, DVD+R/DVD-R, PDAs/handsets, you know the sort).

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9 Name: Anonymous 2005-03-17 11:29 ID:IuvbR8Nj [Del]


There used to be Usenet. There still is, but it's long since stopped being relevant to anyone except old Usenet people and a few people who stumble in on Google Groups.

Me, I always felt web forums were a huge step backwards from Usenet. But 2ch-style boards aren't too bad. Much more simplistic than Usenet, but that might not be a bad thing.

And Usenet doesn't require registration.

10 Name: Anonymous 2005-03-18 16:08 ID:W+qRrxwL [Del]

Usenet isn't as anonymous as a 2ch-style board. As long as a message can easily be traced to its source, there will be things that are left unsaid for fear of commitment or retribution.

That said, I don't use Usenet enough to know about how different newsgroups and their users interact, compete, cooperate, or such.

11 Name: Albright!LC/IWhc3yc 2005-03-18 20:28 ID:rYg6vEN6 [Del]

Any message board that logs the IPs of posters is no less anonymous than Usenet...

12 Name: Albright!LC/IWhc3yc 2005-03-18 20:29 ID:rYg6vEN6 [Del]

Heck, actually, it doesn't have to be the message board doing the logging; it can be the web server itself. Just about every web site out there logs the IPs of its visitors.

13 Name: Anonymous 2005-03-18 20:41 ID:W+qRrxwL [Del]

Well, yes, but then you'd have to manually sort through the server log and timestamps and correlate particular posts or posters to particular IPs, and factor in transparent proxies and all that fun stuff.

Usenet gives you an email address, a message ID traceable back to a specific user, an IP address, and a user-agent right in each message's headers.

14 Name: Anonymous 2005-03-18 20:52 ID:Heaven [Del]


True, but usenet is spread over several servers with many different admins. At least one a centralized site, the set of people who are responsible for not disclosing (or not even logging, as 2channel claims to do for any posts except >>1 of every thread) IPs.

15 Name: Anonymous 2005-03-19 09:18 ID:Heaven [Del]


Even 2ch logs. however, with boards like this you are still anonymous. Proxies. Mavelous things. Bounce off a couple and huzzah, tracking you down is 20x harder. Do it from a public place: even harder. The internet is more anonymous than people realise.

16 Name: Anonymous 2005-03-19 11:07 ID:ccD1qlfv [Del]

The only thing worth all that work is something that you can never be caught at, like child porn.

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18 Name: Anonymous 2005-03-19 11:22 ID:51F7cLeX [Del]

I have been considering making some sort of truly anonymous message board, with strong crypto for transmitting messages and identity proofs, plus certain countermeasures to traffic analysis (padding messages so that they're always the same size when transmitted, so that somebody eavesdropping can't connect you to a message by its length, and possibly also delayed posting to stop identification by posting time). That would still require setting up the web server not to log, and also it would require users to trust that you did this.

It's an interesting problem, but not one I have much time to work on.

19 Name: Anonymous 2005-03-19 12:06 ID:Heaven [Del]

the internet is less anonymous than you realize... most proxies log the ips of people who use them, and most public proxies aren't configured very securely...
as far as posting from a public place... there are fairly easy ways of tracking you down even then, but you'd probably find out someone's trying to track you down before they would find you...

20 Name: Anonymous 2005-03-19 13:04 ID:Heaven [Del]

Well, if you truly wanted to go anonymously, you'd probably have to look into systems like Share, Waste or Freenet, which are mainly used for filesharing - but could still be used as some vast dump of encrypted proxies, sending, receiving and hosting entries in order to create some kind of otherworld usenet.

21 Name: Anonymous 2005-03-19 17:02 ID:W+qRrxwL [Del]

I don't need absolute, guaranteed anonymity. I just want enough of it to not have to be concerned about whether voicing a controversial opinion is going to kill my future. Freedom of speech is moot if I constantly have to watch what I say or risk tainting my reputation for all time.

22 Name: Anonymous 2005-03-24 09:10 ID:Ds22OeQ8 [Del]

>most proxies log the ips of people who use them

many open proxies are actually worm infected boxes where the user is totally unaware of being used as a middleman. one can also chain the proxies so that it's virtually impossible to know what ip belongs to the original poster

23 Name: Anonymous 2005-03-24 15:26 ID:Heaven [Del]

itt you are either Anonymous or Albright or Sling

24 Name: Anonymous 2005-03-24 16:20 ID:Heaven [Del]


26 Name: Anonymous 2005-03-26 11:11 ID:Heaven [Del]

27 Name: Anonymous 2005-03-26 21:43 ID:InwGHJsX [Del]

Simpler is better.

Do we need a name field at all? What should it be used for?

28 Name: anon!21anon4H3U 2005-03-26 23:15 ID:Heaven [Del]


Id'ing people with knowledge. A rep isn't always a bad thing, esp. if they need to be known, i.e. WAHA, assorted mods.

29 Name: Anonymous 2005-03-27 02:51 ID:W+qRrxwL [Del]

Interesting how some people's attitude will change completely when they know who they're talking to. Sounds to me like you're talking more about ownership than reputation, though.

30 Name: Anonymous 2005-03-27 03:12 ID:Heaven [Del]


Are you a commie?

31 Name: Anonymous 2005-03-27 03:42 ID:Heaven [Del]

What if I'm also an anarchist, a humanist, a behavioural psychiatrist, a plague bearer, a blasphemer, and a person who slips down slopes?

32 Name: !WAHa.06x36 2005-03-27 16:32 ID:51F7cLeX [Del]

I always wanted to be a person who slips down slopes.

Also, what if I know who I am talking to even when the other person is anonymous?

33 Name: Anonymous 2005-03-27 16:40 ID:Heaven [Del]

> Also, what if I know who I am talking to even when the other person is anonymous?


34 Name: anon!21anon4H3U 2005-03-27 22:26 ID:Heaven [Del]

>>Also, what if I know who I am talking to even when the other person is anonymous?

Ahh, the mysterious knowledge the interbutt imparts on us...

35 Name: Anonymous 2005-03-28 17:07 ID:W+qRrxwL [Del]

> Also, what if I know who I am talking to even when the other person is anonymous?

Refer to everyone and everything impersonally. The >>number equals the idea and the idea equals the >>number. There is no "who", only "what".

36 Name: Anonymous 2005-03-28 17:14 ID:Heaven [Del]

> There is no "who", only "what".

Very zen

37 Name: Anonymous 2005-03-29 21:53 ID:InwGHJsX [Del]

Zen? why not Buddhist in general? Yeah, you'd have to exempt Pure Land Buddhism, but those are a bunch of nutballs anyway.

38 Name: Anonymous 2005-03-30 15:30 ID:Heaven [Del]

I really like how they enforce Anonymous on Futaba's /b/: No name field, no subject field and both are missing in the actual post as well, only the date remains which can then be added to with a sage or something else through the e-mail field. Awesome!

39 Name: Anonymous 2005-04-24 21:53 ID:Heaven [Del]

I think it's funny how pretty much every westerner who is new to Futaba/2channel style boards is chosing a nickname by default. This can be observed pretty well at the increased posting rate on the iitran discussion board ever since they started doing the Emma anime fansubs.
There are three possible reasons I can come up with why this is the case:

  • They don't even know about the option to stay Anonymous on these kind of boards.
  • They are used to using names and being identifiable by those names (while probably none know about how ID codes nor tripcodes work).
  • They don't want to be Anonymous - the whole concept of anonymous posting is not alien to them but rather undesirable. They want the attention, the recognition, the identification.

40 Name: Anonymous 2005-05-17 05:11 ID:Heaven [Del]

> They don't want to be Anonymous

thats it, but its not like everyone acts like that.

41 Name: Furi!EuK0M02kkg 2005-05-29 09:00 ID:qgE54GIS [Del]

Hey, a cool thread. Who was that guy asking where the analysis and study was..? </rhetoric> This is it!

I feel the difference between anonymity and ID is a difference in purpose. The "entities" (seeing as we're disconnecting the human from the equation) that remain anonymous are here to express pure thought and ideas. It's just like a public square where you walk into a discussion and make comment.

Part of the reason could also be lazyness, but that doesn't apply when the form autofills, and I don't think anyone here posts so voraciously that they can't stop to enter details.

And those that give an identity? As >>39 said, perhaps people don't know about the option to stay anonymous. I'd agree that newcomers perhaps don't know about the choice.

Force of habit? Sure. I know that's the case for me. But there must be more to it than that...

We don't want anonymity. I think we've definitely hit the nail on the head here.
Choosing anonymity means foregoing any sort of identification. I'm heavily interested in security, and I'm always security concious, but I still choose to take an identity, as you can see.

So what is it? Perhaps it's a sense of community? I know I like to come in and I laugh gently, something usually like "Oho, more quality posts by Sling". We like to imagine we know people. I'm sure many of you have very fucntional (open to interpretation) relationships with people online that you've never met before. It's everywhere, not just here. Online game clans, for just one example. It's there alright. But it goes deeper than that, I'm sure...

When we eschew the cloak of anonymity, we take on an identity. This is inescapable. We are someone, whether we acknowledge it or not. The fact is, humans want an identity. Nay, they need it. Humans are by their very nature a social animal. Now that, is a real meme (unless we've recently found a gene for "society").

Humans need other humans. Society is what makes us whole. But without an identity, all humans are similar. We may look different, but it is our capability for individual thought that sets us apart. If you dissolve that individuality, as tends to occur in communist society, humans lose their sense of identity.

Contrast this to a meritocracy (something like capitalism). Now, your identity is everything. Your acheivements mean nothing without an identity to associate them with; the stronger the better.

With the loss of other identifiers that the internet has brought with it, an identity is now more important than ever. Without things like a voice or a face or a body to represent you, your entire presence is within this fragile identity. Outside this board, neither you nor I exist. Not in the same way.

It's intersting to note that while an identity is needed in "The Wired" (to borrow a term), that identity is often disparate to that present in what we understand as reality. Many people are very different in the Wired. Part of this is clearly the fascination that comes from reinventing oneself. But it also further highlights the fact that humans want an identity. Many online identities are far "stronger" or overt than in reality. What we see is people struggling even harder to create an identity for themselves.

These identities are naturally transient. Nothing lasts forever on the internet. Not really. Posts will age and be pushed off this board. Companies and websites collapse; people change. Nothing will compare to the length of a human life. Is it this temporary quality that makes our identites in the Wired burn ever so much brighter?

Anonymity is a concept. It is a tool, it is a weapon, it is a shield (it may well save your life, depending on your actions and where you live). But it is not absolute. Humanity can never embrace anonymity; not totally. Otherwise, humanity would cease to exist.

42 Name: Anonymous 2005-05-29 09:29 ID:Heaven [Del]

>>41 studies sociology

43 Name: Furi!EuK0M02kkg 2005-05-29 09:51 ID:qgE54GIS [Del]

I wish. How about we just say I think too much?

44 Name: Anonymous 2005-05-30 12:44 ID:InwGHJsX [Del]

>>41 would fail sociology if he studied it.

> Humanity can never embrace anonymity; not totally.

I guess you need to take a trip to

45 Name: Anonymous 2005-05-30 15:41 ID:Heaven [Del]

>Contrast this to a meritocracy (something like capitalism). Now, your identity is everything. Your acheivements mean nothing without an identity to associate them with; the stronger the better.

Or something like an image board, where your only worth is in the text or images you supply to the whole. Only in this case anonymous achievements can mean something, if an idea can catch on.

>Humanity can never embrace anonymity; not totally.

Internet forums hardly encompass the entirety of the human condition.

People want to be the big name, the well-known poster. They want to be recognized by their online buddies and lord it over the "noobs". On almost every forum of that other kind, postcounts and registration dates become a mark of seniority which influences the reaction to anything put forward by the author. Now, not every member in any forum behaves this way, but enough do to make the pattern noticeable. In most general discussion forums you'll often find one or two extremely long threads dedicated to inane little games that are little more than an excuse to keep traffic flowing. They are usually dominated by a small circle of regulars who seemingly have little to do but play message board games. (see also shii's second bullet point Recently this kind of thing has expanded into posts earning points towards RPG-like stats, displayed under their names for all to see as if to say "look at me! look how much time and effort I've dedicated to this! respect me!".

46 Name: test 2005-05-30 16:04 ID:Heaven [Del]


There are a lot of people with tripcodes on 2ch. They even introduced a system recently which enables you to register an account on the site.

47 Name: Anonymous 2005-05-30 17:30 ID:InwGHJsX [Del]

Yes, but mainly the tripcode users are registering, and it's still 70-90% anonymous.

48 Name: Anonymous 2005-05-30 21:13 ID:Heaven [Del]

> They don't even know about the option to stay Anonymous on these kind of boards.

I think that's a lot of it. They're prompted for name and email (or recently "link") so they fill in the form because they're not sure how the forum works. It doesn't say those fields are optional.

> People want to be the big name, the well-known poster. [...] respect me!".

What was your point with this? We already know trinket-laden forums encourage junk posting... it doesn't mean that's the only way things can be.

and I suspect >>41 would consider a telephone number to be an "identity".

49 Name: Furi!EuK0M02kkg 2005-05-31 08:15 ID:Heaven [Del]

Like I said, I don't study it. But I am going to proffer my thoughts on the matter.

Yes, or an imageboard. I was highlighting the differences between (for example) capitalism and communism, of which imageboards could be considered a hybrid in terms of the ideologies found there.
Movements/ideas/concepts don't need a figurehead, but the gist of what I was saying is that people feel the need for recognition, if not reward, for their efforts, whatever form that may take. Note that this is dependent on their social background. I'm going to say that I assume such behaviour (desire for recognition) is more common in capitalistic societies.

Correct; internet forums don't encompass the entirety of the human condition. I was making some very general statements about human behaviour here; not specific to imageboards. Apologies if that wasn't clear. If one were to state it mathematically, it could be said that the uptake of anonymity is a proper subset of the human condition as we see it. Imageboards are also a proper subset of the human condition. Clearly there is some intersection of these two sets, but neither is a subset of the other. (apologies again, my analogies suck, and contrary to how things may appear, I'm not particularly articulate)


> People want to be the big name, the well-known poster. [...] respect me!".

Just futher affirmation of what we believe, I think. I hate to say it, but I don't think we can squeeze much more out of this one, unless the direction changes.

No, I don't consider a phone number to be a discrete identity, but I think it's certainly a significant facet of one, for many people nowadays. Last I heard, mobile phones were quite popular with modern youth. Your phone number is how your friends reach you, talk to you, and send you (shudder) indecipherable fragments of perl. ^_^

People make relationships, get fired, get told about someone dying, etc. by SMS nowadays. If you want to talk about phone numbers, I certainly think mobile phone numbers are an important part of an identity. I don't want to say it's part of the identity directly, it's just a path to communicate to someone, but the fact that it's there changes how we communicate with each other, and indirectly affects our identities.

I think an identity is what you make of it. If a phone number is all that identifies an entity, that's an identity. An identity is what you present, but is absolutely subjective. The way we interact with other people means that we have a different identity for each person we communicate with, though similar as most of them may be.
Point in short: there's nothing that says an identity is a true and accurate representation of an entity. But my identity here as "someone called Furi who wants to blather about the human condition" is no less valid than my identity for which I have a house address, credit card number, and if you're American, an SSN.

50 Name: Anonymous 2005-05-31 11:27 ID:Heaven [Del]

>It doesn't say those fields are optional.

That's true. Perhaps the next release of wakaba/kareha could add "(optional)"next to the name field?

51 Name: Anonymous 2005-05-31 22:00 ID:Heaven [Del]


You know, the individual owners can do that. Change the string in the .pl file.

52 Name: Anonymous 2005-06-01 12:12 ID:Heaven [Del]


53 Name: Anonymous 2005-06-03 11:39 ID:Heaven [Del]

Does he mean "waffle"?

54 Name: Anonymous 2005-06-29 07:52 ID:Heaven [Del]

55 Name: Anonymous 2005-09-24 09:35 ID:U9i3yVaj [Del]

I agree with >>42 that there are different kinds of anonymity, and I think identity versus anonymity is quite apt. You are anonymous(or can be) at almost any forum, if you use a unique name, but you have an identify.

From what I know of 2ch(which isn't much...), it seems to be described as anonymity rather than lack of identify. It seems in most cases you have both, but they do log IPs so your anonymity is really the same as just about any other forum. In reality it isn't that much different than Slashdot or such where you do not have to register to post or can be anonymous (obviously I am not refering to usage). USENET was also easily just as anonymous with the remailer networks and such. Enough of anonymity though.

I can recall instances of where my identity on a forum changed my posting behavior. I do not want to be wrong or look like a fool, even in front of people I have no real interaction with. This reminds me of some experiment with a display in a grocery store that was rigged to fall (like a stack of oranges). When someone grabbed an orange and it did fall, they felt ashamed and some even made excuses to others near that they did not even know and are not to remeber or be remebered by.

I think this reaction has both negative and positive effects. With an identity attached I am less likely to flame someone or criticize them, and I will also avoid criticism. I find myself expressing uncertainty in my statements even if I am realitively sure of them just in case I do turn out to be wrong. I have even not posted on occasions on account that I might be wrong. On the other side of the coin though, I am more likely to double check and verify things in these cases. So you have people more willing to be an asshat if they don't have an identity and at least for me, less likely to put more thought/effort into (some of)their posts.

Another issue is even without a name attached to posts or an ID, most people have unique styles or certain idiosyncrocies that they can be identified by. Should a true identify-free board have an option to try and remove any of such traits?

In the end I do not believe that either "Western" or 2ch forums are supperior. Knowing who you are talking to is very helpful in cases. I would not imagine say.. LKML going well indentity free. I am not sold on whether not having identies by default (or the normal behavior) produces anything of value, however I find it more enjoyable (I guess the situations where I would rather not have an identity outway the ones that I do, and if I do want an identity I am free to choose one). In any situation where you have a choice however, I feel that people should not stereotype based on the choice (e.g. tripcode faggot).

On a side note this little text box is a pain in the ass to me. Task out and it shrinks back down, so I click in it and thus the cursor looses its place! Or if I click on the scroll bar it extends, but the page itself is no longer in the right place so I have to scroll the page down to see the bottom of the textarea!

Finally, as a result of this post not having an identity attached to it I have not bothered to fix things I know I misspelled, because I honestly do not care.

56 Name: Anonymous 2005-09-25 13:28 ID:4YS1i3Qc [Del]

this debate is stupid, there is a name field, if you want to put a name in put a name in, if you don't then don't. There is nothing to debate/argue about it.

57 Name: Anonymous 2005-09-25 13:35 ID:hvL6shl/ [Del]

>>56 is DQN

58 Name: Anonymous 2005-09-25 15:08 ID:XMF+vs7c [Del]

>>56 is my hero

59 Name: Anonymous 2005-09-25 16:07 ID:VMPo/eFU [Del]

>>56 is rather smart

60 Name: Anonymous 2005-09-26 00:26 ID:/vYnITWl [Del]

>>56 for the win

61 Name: Anonymous 2005-09-26 09:27 ID:XMF+vs7c [Del]

You have an AIM name or e-mail because you want to talk with your friends online.

Do you consider the people on a forum your friends?

That's the clincher. Anonymity isn't good for everywhere. I can think of one forum I read where everyone is friendly and wants to know each other well, and on that forum I feel fine using a login name. (2ch has a few of these, too.)
But on some random patch of Internet, you have few friends, and if you know what's good for you, you won't solicit random people to send you an e-mail. On the comments page of a blog, often you will see people call themselves Anonymous even though they don't know crap about "2ch culture". It's just the smart thing to do.

62 Name: Anonymous 2005-09-26 09:48 ID:Heaven [Del]

Of course a lot of users will "abuse" their privilege of posting anonimously in order to be assholes. That's kind of to be expected. On the other hand, you can freely speak your mind and that freedom does not only mean to be an asshole.
Contrary to register-only boards, you don't have to regard other people so much when you speak your mind for fearing you will lose your reputation or friends or whatever. And even if you aren't afraid of that, it's probably still better to post anonimously when speaking your mind freely about some controversial issue or when you take a controversial stance because when other people take offense to that you won't have to deal with ad hominem drama in the following discourse.

Also, it's just easy to make a comment anonimously. No need to register, no need to have an e-mail adress for that, no need to remember passwords. It doesn't get much easier than this.

63 Name: Anonymous 2005-09-26 09:49 ID:Heaven [Del]


> anonimously



64 Name: Anonymous 2005-09-26 12:38 ID:U9i3yVaj [Del]

Does anonymous posting on major boards prohibit making new friends? Imagine 2ch as a bunch of large clubs. If you go to meeting and see someone that is in a lot of the same clubs you are in you would likely talk to them and maybe become friends with them. When everyone in identity-less you cannot see this similarities. "Normal" forums with usernames would allow them still. Ofcourse there is another edge to the sword, people could see you post in conspiracy topics and think you are a nutbag. So it is a wash?

Both have their places. In a technical discussion it is good to know who is known from their knowledge of the area, but not to the point of devaluing anyone who isn't known's input. A place where people discuss controversial topics would probably be better without identies; less preconcieved notions of the post's content by the poster, less personal attacks.

It certainly isn't a new idea or unique idea though, as some seem to think.

65 Name: Anonymous 2005-09-26 13:17 ID:Heaven [Del]

Considering identites: Have you never, on register-only forums, had that weird feelings that all of the other users were the same person, only having multiple accounts to fuck with your mind?

66 Name: !WAHa.06x36 2005-09-26 13:30 ID:Heaven [Del]


This is called the "sock puppet fallacy".

No it's not, I just made that up.

67 Name: Anonymous 2005-09-26 14:57 ID:4f6B1RFV [Del]

That doesn't apply to register-only forums only, of course. I've often felt that way about the chans too... really anything on the internet is like that.

That's what it's called from now on, though!

68 Name: 65 2005-09-26 15:39 ID:Heaven [Del]

> really anything on the internet is like that.

That kinda was my point there. This whole internet business is so disconnected from "reality" that the very concepts of "identity" or "individuality" have their meanings gotten twisted quite a bit.

69 Name: Anonymous 2005-09-26 16:02 ID:p94wezr6 [Del]

I like that. Ad hominem, or more specifically bias, is really easy to do, even if you know what it means and try to avoid it. I think it's good to avoid the careful treading you see on some registered boards.

On more intelligent, not so friendly boards, it's especially important to avoid the positive bias you can often see. The ability to write and think well is a slippery thing, which you have to constantly work to maintain. If people can freely criticize you, it helps a lot.

70 Name: !.38tuXtuXs 2005-09-27 07:45 ID:MnfGRk+D [Del]

I don't mind people who stay Anonymous or use nicks. I finally decided on this tripcode and use it about 50% of the time.

I can see where people who dislike the idea of tripcodes are coming from - yes, trying to attach a very specific name to your posts may seem like you care very much about this idea of your 'self'.

But not everyone's like that. Just because one makes teh choice to use a tripcode even though they could be anonymous, doesn't mean that they're necessarily self-important: on the contrary, they may feel responsible and accountable for whatever they say, be it idiotic, smart, spammy... Or maybe they're just used to the idea of using a nick.

Anyway, it's not like by choosing to be anonymous, you are necessarily doing it out of humility and lack of attachment to your ego. Just by reading this thread I get the impression that there are enough people who do it because of their ego - they don't want their self, their name, their reputation to be tarnished so they decide to be anonymous.

It's not that I'm a staunch supporter of either side, I really don't care - I'm in the middle anyway... for stuff like shiritori I don't bother using the tripcode... I just thoguht about it because I left an anonymous comment at my friend's blog, specifically about this person she talked about in an entry (whom she left nameless, but I knew who she was talking about), and she said if I was accountable for whatever I say and I wasn't afraid of saying what I did, then it would only be proper courtesy to leave a name, such as in letters to the editor. (Well, there's a reason why certain Western communities use the phrase "Anonymous Coward".)
I don't necessarily agree with that, but it's just another thing to throw in to this thread.

71 Name: test 2005-09-27 07:50 ID:Heaven [Del]

> Anonymous Coward

Do not bring slashdot into the hallowed halls of /soc/!

It's infectious! Madness! Death! Frist prost!

72 Name: Anonymous 2005-09-27 08:04 ID:Heaven [Del]

>Just by reading this thread I get the impression that there are enough people who do it because of their ego - they don't want their self, their name, their reputation to be tarnished so they decide to be anonymous.

True, there is that aspect, but there's more to it than just a protection of social standing. If you look through this thread and others on the same subject, you'll see testimonials of people who would normally be discouraged from posting on controversial subjects but did so anyways anonymously so their content wouldn't be judged against the bias created by their previous history of posts. When posting exclusively anonymously(even only within one thread) there is no reputation to build up or tarnish.

When you get into personal stuff like blog drama within a circle of friends, then I can see how it would be necessary to use names.

73 Name: !WAHa.06x36 2005-09-27 08:12 ID:M7a02uBx [Del]

Arguments about taking social responsibility would carry a lot more weight if people posted with their real name and address, and not a pseudonym like pretty much everybody does. A pseudonym only creates a fictional identity, one free from any long-term or real-life consequences.

Anonymous posting seems a lot more honest, in that respect.

74 Name: Anonymous 2005-09-27 12:40 ID:U9i3yVaj [Del]

I disagree that your identity online is free from any long-term consequences. Most people will use the same names in multiple places and it is amazing what a google search alone will pull up (assuming a unique name). It is certainly easier to shed an old identity and make a new one online than it is in the real world, but it is still an identity. If you have a psuedonym that you use all of the time instead of your real one, would that not be more indicitive of your true identity than your real name? An identity is not any less valid just because it is a psuedonym.

75 Name: !WAHa.06x36 2005-09-27 12:51 ID:51F7cLeX [Del]

It's possible to link a pseudonym to a real person, but most people have no idea how to do this. As a matter of fact, most people go out of their way to avoid their online personality being connected to their real one. What is that, but a concerted attempt to avoid consequences from what you do under your assumed online identity?

And I don't think you'll find anyone who manages to use their online identity in offline dealings, so it's hardly a "psuedonym that you use all of the time instead of your real one". I know people who have assumed new identities in their real lives, and that's something on a whole different level than online identities. Let's not pretend that has anything to do with this discussion.

76 Name: Anonymous 2005-09-28 07:25 ID:bq6/mEDS [Del]

My point was not that someone would use their online handle all of the time; it was that there is nothing intristict about a pseudonym that prohibits it from being an identity as valid as any other.

I agree that most people try to avoid real-life consequences from their internet identities; however, that is not that only reason people try to keep them seperate. Most people do not want a random crazy from the internet showing up at their door and stalking them. While that would be a consequence I do not believe it is really in line with what consequences we are discussing (e.g. prejudice).

77 Name: !WAHa.06x36 2005-09-28 08:05 ID:M7a02uBx [Del]

It's an identity, sure, but it's not your real identity. I was just countering arguments along the lines that using a name means taking responsibility for your words by countering that since you are still hiding behind a pseudonym, you're still shielding yourself.

78 Name: WTRoll!HfinAdTohw 2005-09-28 18:22 ID:sIQ1zVJV [Del]

Identitys are lol; I've probably had 8 of them on the chans myself. ^^

79 Name: Anonymous 2005-09-28 20:04 ID:Heaven [Del]


80 Name: Anonymous 2005-09-29 00:16 ID:Heaven [Del]

People who've been on a forced-registration forum for a long time are probably at least vaguely aware of the potential for sockpuppetry. This can lead to a distrust or dislike of new users, and retreating further into a clique.

81 Name: Anonymous 2005-10-01 09:19 ID:08/6HlD4 [Del]

Pardon my lousy English, but what exactly is sockpuppetry? Do you mean something like going on and going on and going on about a subject and nobody listening to you? Or just being an attention whore?

I'm a regular at a certain forced-registration forum and I'm guilty of both, I admit.

82 Name: Anonymous 2005-10-01 09:39 ID:bq6/mEDS [Del]

Pretending to be multiple people. Say you register 3 accounts and then have the other two agree with you.

83 Name: Sling 2005-10-01 12:54 ID:5y5MA/RZ [Del]


84 Name: Sling 2005-10-01 13:01 ID:5y5MA/RZ [Del]

Tho, nymshifting is only changing nym....
While sock puppet is defined as agreeing with yourself.

What if the guy is disagreeing with himself? :)

85 Name: Anonymous 2005-10-01 13:12 ID:Heaven [Del]

> What if the guy is disagreeing with himself? :)


86 Name: Anonymous 2005-10-01 14:49 ID:Heaven [Del]

This might be interesting:

87 Name: Anonymous 2005-10-01 15:12 ID:Heaven [Del]

>>86 The philosophy is spreading? :D

88 Name: Anonymous 2005-10-03 15:00 ID:rnipw/u4 [Del]

It's not like the philosophy wasn't there in the first place. Usenet, forums-you-don't-have-to-register, weblog-comments.

89 Name: Anonymous 2005-10-03 17:41 ID:Heaven [Del]

Usenet has already been covered in this thread, forums where you don't have to register still don't have something as simple as tripcodes to prove an identity and weblog comments are mostly irrelevant for open and free discussion.

90 Name: !WAHa.06x36 2005-10-03 18:24 ID:Heaven [Del]

> weblog comments are mostly irrelevant for open and free discussion.

That's the subject of a future rant from me, by the way. Weblogs are utterly useless for discussion, but that's what everyone's moved to. Hate grows!

91 Name: Sling 2005-10-03 19:34 ID:5y5MA/RZ [Del]

>>87 It may be spreading on the Western side, but I notice more and more .jp imgboards that enforce ip showing. I know at least 2-3 .jp boards where every post has its poster's ip number displayed near it, boards which didn't show those before.

92 Name: Anonymous 2005-10-03 19:49 ID:Heaven [Del]

"at least 2-3 .jp boards" is hardly "more and more", considering that there are literally hundreds of japanese imgboards out there.

93 Name: Anonymous 2005-10-10 23:59 ID:wF/us6tC [Del]

Every idiot newbie these days posts with a name & tripcode, even though it doesn't make any sense and just encourages more and more people to do the same.
There is almost no real need to post with a tripcode at all, yet people on the western boards overdo it very much. It gets really annoying and to the point where the communities don't look much different than your average drama-infested register-only forum.
I stopped posting with a tripcode+name almost completely about a year ago or so after I realized that there isn't much sense to use one except for vanity, attention whoring, seniority shit & other useless bullcrap. It also sets a bad example for other users. I wish more "oldschool" posters would set a good example in this vein and post more anonymously.

94 Name: test 2005-10-11 00:17 ID:Heaven [Del]

If I want to post with a nick and tripcode, I'll post with a nick and tripcode. If you don't want to use one, don't. Stop being a dramawhore about it.

95 Name: Anonymous 2005-10-11 00:20 ID:Heaven [Del]

I know that's you, dawbis!

96 Name: Anonymous 2005-10-11 00:23 ID:wF/us6tC [Del]

It's all fine and dandy that you do what you do (much in the same manner as a man does what a man must do) but that totally avoids the (warning: pseudo-humanities ahead) sociological implications & ramifications that are the topic of this very thread.
It's cool that you have a one-liner like "If I want to post with a nick and tripcode, I'll post with a nick and tripcode. If you don't want to use one, don't." handy but that doesn't adress anything in this thread and it's pretty much an irrelevant statement.

97 Name: Anonymous 2005-10-11 01:16 ID:Heaven [Del]

Heh, nowadays I usually post tripcodeless more than I do with a tripcode.

I think some people though, they want their individuality noticed. And I don't really think it's bad if they do.

As for me, yeah, I do sometimes.

For example, if it's a continuing thread, and I want them to see that I am a recurring, dedicated poster.

So in a way, I agree with >>94.

98 Name: test 2005-10-11 01:38 ID:Heaven [Del]

I dunno. When I see such enlightening posts like >>93, full of wonderfully positive connotations, it really puts me in a frame of mind for serious discussion.

To be honest, I think the entire topic is wankery. That some people actually get worked up over it is ridiculous to me. It's much like watching some bored teen pumped up on bravado and testosterone pontificating about the irrelevant. Who cares?

I don't like boards that require registration, but I also think the people who deem that Anonymous is the One True Way are plain silly. They frame the discussion in such a manner that there can be only one answer. They emphasize the detriments of names, completely ignore any benefits, and do the exact opposite with anonymity. However, reality has shades.

If you don't agree, that's your discretion. If you stay anonymous, and let me do what I want, we won't step on each other's toes. That's what it comes to in the end, and people like >>93 can go jump.

99 Name: Anonymous 2005-10-11 02:25 ID:Heaven [Del]

Somebody write a firefox extension that removes all the names from these boards. It'll be interesting.

100 Name: 93 2005-10-11 03:16 ID:Heaven [Del]

> I also think the people who deem that Anonymous is the One True Way are plain silly.

That's not what I was saying. I was saying there is a strong tendency on the English anonymous message- and imgboards to use names and this is getting out of hand and annoying.
My suggestion was to counter this tendency with a different behaviour for those who actually make good contributions: to post anonymously, so that others will be encouraged to do the same, even newbies. This is not a holy crusade, it's a strategy to break up the crusty /. et al (lol "Anonymous Coward") mindset that still is present which implies that all anonymous contributions are basically worthless or cowardly and that only people with names are good users.
I agree that one extreme should not be replaced with another extreme, but to find a golden middle I think it can be useful to counter one extreme with another for a while. Sorry if you got offended in the manner I was communicating this.

Also, if you really don't care about the whole issue, why reply so verbosely to this thread? It makes you look silly.

101 Name: test 2005-10-11 05:41 ID:Heaven [Del]

> I was saying there is a strong tendency on the English anonymous message- and imgboards to use names and this is getting out of hand and annoying.

Why is it out of hand? Why should anyone care?

> still is present which implies that all anonymous contributions are basically worthless

I never saw it that way, and I honestly doubt most people do.

Are you sure this problem even exists?

102 Name: 97 2005-10-11 06:40 ID:Heaven [Del]

>My suggestion was to counter this tendency with a different behaviour for those who actually make good contributions: to post anonymously, so that others will be encouraged to do the same, even newbies.

How do you know this isn't in effect already? :p

I mean, you know know when a long time peoster is posting as anonymous... but you do know when they aren't.

103 Name: Anonymous 2005-10-11 07:05 ID:Heaven [Del]

> Why is it out of hand? Why should anyone care?

Read the thread, please (no offense)!

In short: I would like to see for the common perception of anonymous contributions to be more like Futaba Channel's Toshiaki/uv (merely representing "everybody", the common, "decent" poster) and not just the snarky, cowardly Anonymous who "does not forgive". Also, I think we are all aware of the things that are ideally avoided in anonymous communities (content of argument over personal drama, etc.).

> Are you sure this problem even exists?


> How do you know this isn't in effect already? :p
> I mean, you don't know when a long time poster is posting as anonymous... but you do know when they aren't.

Of course I cannot know completely... but I do know that a lot of newbies try to establish some sort of name-related identity on the boards (I frequent quite a few) and I attribute this to many "oldtimers" posting with names/tripcodes. Maybe that inference is incorrect, but it seems plausible.

104 Name: test 2005-10-11 07:27 ID:Heaven [Del]

I've read it, and I'm unconvinced. All I see is hand-waving about the human condition and our numerous foibles, and the occasional finger pointed at 2ch (by people who fail to understand the ramifications of scale).

There's a difference between desiring the ability to anonymously post, and desiring that everyone do so.

> Yes.

I prefer concrete examples.

105 Name: Anonymous 2005-10-11 07:33 ID:Heaven [Del]

You won't get any concrete examples, as I haven't run a script on all English sites for the last years, coming to meaningful statistics to present here.
It's a climate I am describing which I experienced myself, and if you aren't experiencing the same, then I'll repeat what I said before: We'll have to agree on disagreeing, then.

106 Name: test 2005-10-11 08:04 ID:Heaven [Del]

I have no problem with that, although I'd rather you didn't get worked up over it (are you >>93?).

You may not be a problem, but others who blindly follow the anonymous ideology will inevitably intrude on me, and that's not welcome. Nor do I like the sterile future that awaits if ever it were to succeed.

107 Name: Anonymous 2005-10-11 08:09 ID:Heaven [Del]

> Nor do I like the sterile future that awaits if ever it were to succeed.

Resentments! Prejudices!

108 Name: test 2005-10-11 08:24 ID:Heaven [Del]

> Resentments!

That's partly it. It's like every idiot comes out of the woodwork when protected by anonymity. Even slapping something as simple as a nick on them causes them to pause.

Look at me. I'm the cause of some of the longest flamewars that have graced world4ch, but you'd probably not guess it by my behaviour elsewhere. Now why is that?

I don't know about you, but I don't like the thought of an unidentifiable mob flaming each other, except as a momentary diversion, which why I prefer a mix of anonymous and names. If the balance is lost you'll either end up with a mob or a bunch of back-scratchers.

109 Name: Anonymous 2005-10-11 08:28 ID:Heaven [Del]

> It's like every idiot comes out of the woodwork when protected by anonymity.

wtfux taught me the opposite is correct.

110 Name: Anonymous 2005-10-11 08:30 ID:Heaven [Del]

> If the balance is lost you'll either end up with a mob or a bunch of back-scratchers.

Call me wapanese but I rather like the mobs over @ Futaba Channel & 2channel.

111 Name: test 2005-10-11 08:32 ID:Heaven [Del]

Comparing the miniscule WTFux to 4chan is a bit disingenious, particularly considering it's inhabited by former 4chan trolls.

112 Name: Anonymous 2005-10-11 08:35 ID:Heaven [Del]

I don't think it's a conincidence almost everybody there posts with a handle, anyway.

113 Name: test 2005-10-11 08:36 ID:Heaven [Del]

Fair enough. Do you think it would be any different if they didn't use nicks?

114 Name: Anonymous 2005-10-11 08:39 ID:Heaven [Del]

Let's put it this way: I think users who are annoying are extra-annoying if they constantly use a handle since their handle is likely to provoke additional annoyance.
Quite a few troublestarters seem to be aware of this.

115 Name: test 2005-10-11 08:41 ID:Heaven [Del]

> if they constantly use a handle since their handle is likely to provoke additional annoyance.

You mean in a Pavlovian sense? That's a valid argument, but even if you remove the nick the idiot is still there.

116 Name: Anonymous 2005-10-11 08:53 ID:Heaven [Del]

> but even if you remove the nick the idiot is still there.

True, but then again: people would be more likely to focus on the content (which is better in this case, IMHO).

Opinions are easy to dismiss. Persons/handles/names draw more attention to themselves.
We are different in this regard and I may have kote-phobia, but these days I tend to be suspicious of posts that are made by people with handles that seem to be troll posts, more than I am suspicious of anonymous tomfoolery - simply because in my experience it is easier to dismiss the latter and just move on.

117 Name: test 2005-10-11 09:04 ID:Heaven [Del]

I see things differently.

Nicks help me quickly identify wheat from chaff. For example, I know Sling is a mass poster, so I was able to do some things to make his posting life a bit easier. When WAHa comments on code or physics, I pay him more heed than some other anonymous. Cosmo Gunny is a friend. Albright, Shii, lolocaust, etc, etc, these people all have different meanings to me.

The reason is simple: I don't have the time to check every little fact that people post. I use a person's prior history as a heuristic in deciding whether their comments are worth consideration or not.

Besides, I actually like it when people use a nick, and I gain some understanding of their persona. A mass of anonymous hold no interest for me. I'm a social being, so identities, however tenuous, mean something.

118 Name: !dkvdmPk2KI 2005-10-11 09:28 ID:Heaven [Del]

I understand your points. But I did not suggest that nobody should ever post with a name anywhere. Nor do I think names are substantial to social interaction.
I'll expand on what I envision in a bit. I should try to be busy with something else right now.

119 Name: Anonymous 2005-10-11 14:56 ID:p94wezr6 [Del]

I think that is a dangerous assumption. Why give these people more credibility than others? Or, why give them less scrutiny than any other well-written post? Is it that hard to simply discard bad posts? For any topic that really matters, you'll have to verify the facts yourself in any case.

As for your time, I think a better metric is activity, and quality of posts. You can't pay attention to everything anyway, so learn to judge quickly, and maybe return to something if it appears you were wrong.

120 Name: test 2005-10-11 19:06 ID:Heaven [Del]

> Why give these people more credibility than others?

Why shouldn't I? Why does society have recognized experts? If some unknown quantity makes claims about linguistics, and Chomsky made the opposite claim, who should I believe? I'm not a linguist.

It does not necessarily mean I toss anonymous opinions to the side either, but I certainly judge them differently. Also, people who build up a good reputation put it on the line every time they post, so they have added incentive to be right.

> learn to judge quickly,

An far more faulty heuristic than judging by names. Ridiculously so. I've studied psychology enough years to know that this just won't work.

But, let's ignore the body of work that exists in that domain for a moment. Let's look at an example most of us are familiar with instead: slashdot. If there's one thing I've learned from there it's that some people are really good at sounding authoritative, and peppering their assumptions with things I know to be true, or likely to be true, yet their conclusions are completely wrong.

Now, I'm a computer nerd. I've been studying computer science for many years, plus quite a few other domains. I've been banging out code since I was 13 or so. And yet some of these people still get through my filter. If they get through me, how does any normal person have any hope?

Going and checking facts doesn't work any more. In the modern world there's so much information (and it continues to grow exponentially) that it often takes years of training in a discipline to even develop a proper framework. Sometimes you don't have a choice but to take the word of experts.

121 Name: !dkvdmPk2KI 2005-10-13 03:00 ID:Heaven [Del]

I am not saying that all reliance on authority in matters of truth and/or correctness should be abandoned.
Clearly, having singular entities that can identify themselves over a longer period of time can have its merits.
There are people who you know you can trust. Many of them set up websites for offsite collections of facts, material, etc., they organize gaming clans, they point out mischievous misinformation, etc. A lot of these people post with tripcodes when they do these things. They are being helpful in their way and it makes sense how they do what they are doing. I am eager to forgive any vanity that might motivate them apart from that.

But on the western imgboards/message boards people with tripcodes/names post far too often for this heuristical authority analysis to make much sense. I don't need to know that it's Kihei^!WkSTz/miko who just posted "very moe." or JohnSmith!gEneRicAvx with "requesting sauce!" as a simple reply to a thread on the OS-tan board. I gain nothing from seeing that it's Sling!XD/uSlingU who makes generic Futaba Channel reposts. I don't care that it was Cockmongler!LOloLoHgnR who just replied with a boring flame to another user.

Of course I am also using the heuristics you mentioned to filter out authoritative contributions. Everybody does that. But it's a total overkill and defeating the purpose of anonymity if the majority of users posts with a handle for pretty much every (worthless) post. It's like a constant influx of static noise to me.

Why should I care or know who makes these posts? Of course, if you are generally interested in the specific, individual personality of each and every user, you will always be interested. But to me, personally, the use of handles on western imgboards/messageboards has been very inflationary in the recent past and my suggestion is to counter that somehow.

122 Name: test 2005-10-13 05:02 ID:Heaven [Del]

> I don't care that it was Cockmongler!LOloLoHgnR who just replied with a boring flame to another user.

If you don't care, then what's the problem?

> defeating the purpose of anonymity

Care to explain how?

I'm also curious about what you think the purpose of anonymity is?

123 Name: !dkvdmPk2KI 2005-10-13 05:30 ID:Heaven [Del]

> If you don't care, then what's the problem?

As I said multiple times already: It encourages other, mostly new users to do the same. Until I end up being on a site/community where the majority of normal/useless/generic posts are from users with names/handles.

Then, it also makes the "heuristic filters" less efficient if I have to check every person because suddenly everybody decides to be a personality. Scanning the name field for two or three mentionable entries in a list of ten is okay for me, Scanning the name field for two or three mentionable entries in a list of five dozen moots the purpose of the whole heuristic thing.
This might be negligible, though.

> I'm also curious about what you think the purpose of anonymity is

Cue the generic Hiroyuki explanation.

See also:

Basically, I wish for a stronger, more natural anonymous userbase.
I think the general quality of community interaction would benefit from that.
Until this is truly the case, such an assumption is, of course, my subjective opinion.

124 Name: test 2005-10-13 06:21 ID:Heaven [Del]

> It encourages other, mostly new users to do the same.

And what's wrong with that?

> it also makes the "heuristic filters" less efficient if I have to check every person because suddenly everybody decides to be a personality.

On the contrary. A heuristic is useless if you have nothing to base it on. I think you're underestimating our cognitive ability to discard irrelevant information (in fact, we're so good at it we toss out a lot of good information too!).


I've always found that explanation wanting, for the reasons I've mentioned above. The only people it seems to convince are those already indoctrinated.

Points 1, 2, & 5 are valid. In fact, 1 and 2 are the reasons (with a couple others) that I believe these types of boards are so successful.

Points 3 and 4 are questionable. 4 reveals a simplistic model of human behaviour, which is obvious to anyone who has gone trolling anonymously. 3 doesn't deserve comment.

125 Name: !dkvdmPk2KI 2005-10-13 06:37 ID:Heaven [Del]

> And what's wrong with that?

I already said that, don't feel like repeating.

> A heuristic is useless if you have nothing to base it on.

For this matter it doesn't matter if everybody posts with a name or nobody posts with a name. Both extremes are making heuristics near useless.
I have already said numerous times before that I do not want either extreme.
As of now, it's too much irrelevant information for me, too many useless, generic posts with names attached. Doesn't make sense, as I said.

> 3 doesn't deserve comment.

orly? I think it's true, and it's one of the main reasons I am advocating this whole thing (btw: there's no point in using the word "indoctrinating" as there's nobody really teaching me or any of us. We're all pretty much newbies with our own opinions in this regard. Simply because my opinions are strong it doesn't make them less valid or less personal). At 4chan, for instance, it has completely gone out of hand (see,99)

> 4 reveals a simplistic model of human behaviour, which is obvious to anyone who has gone trolling anonymously.

I don't think I quite understand what you want to say here. Anyway, this point is valid insofar as point #3 is valid, since trolls striking at other people's reputation is just another way of saying that they are attacking their vanity.

Oh, and if you want my strong opinion in one simple sentence: Posting with a name should be considered a gimmick on these boards, not the norm.

126 Name: !dkvdmPk2KI 2005-10-13 06:40 ID:Heaven [Del]

Come to think of it, I believe I can come up with some additional reasons to that Shiichan list.
I'll post some of them later.

127 Name: test 2005-10-13 06:56 ID:Heaven [Del]

> I already said that, don't feel like repeating.

I missed it. Repeat it, or point it out.

> I do not want either extreme.

Good to hear. Neither do I.

> Doesn't make sense, as I said.

Maybe not to you. Who says it's useless to others?

> orly?

Yes, really. Why do you think enforced registration was created?

> At 4chan, for instance, it has completely gone out of hand

4chan is exactly what I had in mind. What makes you think any other site that size will fare any better? As far as I can tell, 2ch is full of idiots too, it's just that wotaku worship them.

> Posting with a name should be considered a gimmick on these boards, not the norm.

You still haven't convinced me. As far as I'm concerned, it shouldn't matter either way. Why should it?

128 Name: !dkvdmPk2KI 2005-10-13 07:13 ID:Heaven [Del]

> I missed it. Repeat it, or point it out.

Since you asked so nicely: More and more users using names leads to the majority eventually doing that which is in effect pretty much one of the two extremes.

> Who says it's useless to others?

Please tell me how names add any merit if they were attached to the following replies I just copypasted from various boards:

"And wasn't the same (japanese) voice actress both Misato and Excel?"


Wait...Is this actually being made into an anime?"

"when do we get it with fansubs."

"you know waht would amke this better?

"Who is she where is she from? Source please?
She's really cute.

"I totally agree w/you. ^_~"

"needs a real usable resolution

like 1280x1024"

> Why do you think enforced registration was created?

I wasn't there when it catched on but my guess is that it was more of a measure to counter the increase of spamming than trolling.

> 4chan is exactly what I had in mind. What makes you think any other site that size will fare any better? As far as I can tell, 2ch is full of idiots too, it's just that wotaku worship them.

I am not sure what you want to say here. Do you think the situation at 4chan is wonderful and a-okay or what? And of course 2ch is full of idiots, as is pretty much any site on the internet that gets much traffic. Anonymity isn't a tool to counter idiocy, it's (apart from a few other, very nice things) an optional freedom to strip useless names and the attached drama, vanity and other rather stupid side-effects from the contributions.

> As far as I'm concerned, it shouldn't matter either way. Why should it?

Tone it down a bit with the rhetorical questions, okay?

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130 Name: !dkvdmPk2KI 2005-10-13 07:24 ID:Heaven [Del]

Also: If it makes me a "wotaku" if I see certain things working better somewhere else than around here, then so be it.

It'd still be some sort of logical fallacy on your part, of which the show-off latin term eludes me at the moment, but whatever.

131 Name: test 2005-10-13 07:33 ID:Heaven [Del]

> More and more users using names leads to the majority eventually doing that which is in effect pretty much one of the two extremes.

And again, I ask, why does it matter? As long as people have the option to go anonymous, what's the problem?

> Please tell me how names add any merit

In this case, it looks like none. But why does that matter? Being Anonymous would add or detract, just like a name won't.

> spamming than trolling.

That might be, but spam was less of a problem several years ago than it is today; the growth has been exponential. :(

Trolls are always there, and they too are increasing in number.

> Do you think the situation at 4chan is wonderful and a-okay or what?

No, just the opposite. I don't like the direction 4chan is going.

> an optional freedom to strip useless names and the attached drama, vanity and other rather stupid side-effects from the contributions.

As well as any possible benefits, and just because the nick is gone won't have any effect on our vices. People will be jackasses no matter what. People won't like losing arguments, no matter what. People will make drama (I argue they create more drama as anonymous) no matter what.

So why does it matter if there's a name? In the end, it changes very little. Getting rid of names might replace a few problems, but it brings it's own baggage as well.

> Tone it down a bit with the rhetorical questions, okay?

It's not rhetorical. It's the core of my stance, and what you should be arguing against.

> show-off latin term eludes me at the moment,

Ad hominem.

It wasn't meant to be a personal attack, it's just an observation. I apologize if it was misinterpreted.

132 Name: !dkvdmPk2KI 2005-10-13 07:59 ID:Heaven [Del]

> And again, I ask, why does it matter? As long as people have the option to go anonymous, what's the problem?

Keywords: Heuristics failing with majority going with names, also the other points (drama, etc.)
Also, I think you are confusing options with actual tendencies.

> In this case, it looks like none. But why does that matter? Being Anonymous would add or detract, just like a name won't.

It matters for the above mentioned reasons. And "Anonymous" is just one big mass, it's easier for me to ignore the content of the name field if it is "Anonymous" than if every of those posts had a different name attached. If every post had a different name attached, that would be more time I would have to spend to screen through all of them. And those kinds of posts (regarding the content) are usually the majority of posts that are being made on these imgboards.

> People won't like losing arguments, no matter what.

Maybe, but it will be easier for me to accept it if I am wrong and just move on instead of having to defend my carefully crafted personality with all the authority, credibility, etc. attached to it.
In short: It seems evident that with names you will have personalities and with personalities you will have "more to lose" - of course none of this will matter if you have a general "lol internet" attitude to anything discussed online but I have observed places in which this is mostly the case to be pretty worthless for sincere discussion, regardless of names or anonymous.

The same also seems to me to be true for drama. A lot of paranoia & retaliation because of bans, for instance, seems to occur on some places like 4chan or SomethingAwful because there often people feel like they are singled out personally, for personal reasons. This makes for a lot of defiance, I believe.

> It's the core of my stance, and what you should be arguing against.

I am not arguing against you. I am not even trying to convince you. This isn't personal to me, it's neither for my personal gain nor against your personal gain.
I am merely trying to clearly type out my stance because I find it evident that it isn't as easily understood as I would like it to possibly be.

133 Name: test 2005-10-14 09:35 ID:Heaven [Del]

> just move on instead of having to defend my carefully crafted personality with all the authority, credibility, etc. attached to it.

I don't buy most of the rest of it, but this is a really good point. I've seen people "defend" untenable positions, and the only reason I can come up with is they didn't want to be seen as wrong.

I'd say it's only one element of a more complex equation, but it's a big one.

134 Name: Anonymous 2005-10-15 23:01 ID:Heaven [Del]

It's more that they don't want their own internet personality to be seen as being wrong.
Only fanatics will care if they were being proven to be wrong when posting anonymously.

135 Name: Anonymous : 2005-12-05 01:51 ID:K3FQTqtf [Del]

>>117 - 133
if ever you needed a demonstration of why anonymity is superior, hereget

136 Name: Anonymous : 2005-12-05 09:30 ID:Heaven [Del]

137 Name: Anonymous : 2005-12-05 16:55 ID:cw59ux9q [Del]

Is anyone familiar with the Craigslist community? There appears to be a thriving anonymous board there, although it's more rant based than discussion based.

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139 Name: Shii : 2005-12-05 18:18 ID:nedkTZkK [Del]

I have a confession to make... I don't actually believe that registration is the sole cause of trolls, as lolocaust's quote in the article implies. Usually trolls enjoy seeing people upset and broken (which only happens on old-type forums), but sometimes they want to create political flamefests and don't care about the individual, and those will exist on any forum.

Although I didn't agree with lolocaust entirely, I used his quote to make a pre-emptive strike because if I said nothing on the subject some people would claim anonymous forums attract trolls. I didn't think such people would stick around long enough for me to hash out why trolling is inevitable and people have to learn to ignore it. I don't like having to assume that people can be so stubborn, but the Vanilla debacle (for example) serves to demonstrate that some people use the Internet to reaffirm their existing belief systems.

orz all around.

140 Name: Hi my name is Stupid Hed :( : 2005-12-05 20:07 ID:wuRwpyBx [Del]

I have nothing to add.

Personally, I like people to name themselves. I like knowing who's been around awhile, and who's just passing through. I like knowing someone is awesome or an idiot. I also like knowing how many people are around, and how often they post. The latter two things are, admittedly, personal interest. I like knowing whether I'm seeing action from the same four or five people, or if there are dozens of people contributing. I like knowing if the comment in thread A is by the same guy that commented in thread B.

Names help me know what's going on. It's not vital, but it helps me understand the how things work, and what the situations are.

I can live without it, but I prefer not to.

I keep a name so, well, people know that yes, this is the same guy doing <Activity>. Part of it is egotism, I like when people say "Oh that Stupid Hed is a clever sort, I like him". I also do want to be accountable for what I do to some degree: "Will you stop posting that crap, Stupid Hed?" Me posting to this thread will likely serve as examples of both.

I suppose it can be argued I want to be known. Both for feeling like a big man, and so people can more easily call me out when I really do live up to my name. In the end, it strikes me as being more socialable.

Also, I admit coming from forced registration forums, so some of it may well be simple habit and being accustomed to it on my part.

141 Name: lolocaust!rsvcwx6Axc : 2005-12-05 20:28 ID:Heaven [Del]

> lolocaust's quote


142 Name: Anonymous : 2005-12-05 21:27 ID:Heaven [Del]

Vanilla debacle?

143 Name: shii : 2005-12-06 10:50 ID:iebAx4lF [Del]

Wasn't it you who said

> Trolls are not out to protect their own reputation. They seek to destroy other peoples' "reputation" ... Fora with only registered accounts are like a garden full of flowers of vanity a troll would just love to pick.

I attempted to start a debate at and they banned me because I did not like their software.

144 Name: shii : 2005-12-06 10:51 ID:iebAx4lF [Del]

145 Name: Anonymous : 2005-12-06 15:58 ID:Heaven [Del]

If I have to hear about zer0kage's fetish one more time...

146 Name: lolocaust!rsvcwx6Axc : 2005-12-07 04:13 ID:Heaven [Del]

Oh, oh yeah. However, I didn't mean to imply "that registration is the sole cause of trolls" with that quote. Reputation is not necessarily something personal (although if it is it helps the drama).

147 Name: Anonymous : 2005-12-07 12:28 ID:K3FQTqtf [Del]

Why can't you fell good/bad about yourself when people call you Anonymous?

148 Name: Hi my name is Stupid Hed :( : 2005-12-07 17:55 ID:zktLiHJx [Del]


You're likely right in that I would enjoy it. The thing is, it wouldn't really carry over to something else that I do. Rather, if I mess up, then it's just way too easy to ignore it and not have to pay any consequences. Conversely, if I do something good, it's soon forgotten, because there's really nothing to ID me for who I am.

It is egotism, I admit, but I like to think the benefit is that I don't act like a moron just because I had a bad day; or rather, if I do, people will remember it and tag it to me in the future.

149 Name: Anonymous : 2005-12-07 19:12 ID:nedkTZkK [Del]

Okay Stupid Hed I will be sure to remember these shitty posts of yours in some future event.

150 Name: Hi my name is Stupid Hed :( : 2005-12-07 21:54 ID:BBxDFreN [Del]


Much obliged!

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152 Name: Anonymous : 2006-02-20 16:21 ID:VY5trUPr [Del]

I used to post on register-only forums and I prefer anonymous posting perhaps partly as a reaction to their feudal nature. On's /dqn/ we have a "rules" topic making fun of register-only forums and their rules and moderators and religions. To me, looking at these forums is very sad. It is like a few worthless people decide to start a board and they make themselves the big powerful admins and dozens or hundreds of even more worthless people show up and submit to this power structure, validating it. When I see how seriously these forum peons take themselves, how much effort they put into promoting themselves, how they close themselves off from the real world in order to live in a little corner, it's deeply depressing.

When anonymous posts are allowed, it is better. But unless they dominate, unless they become the de facto standard, the same sort of power structure will develop, and it is only a matter of degree.

Sometimes people argue that names are a good thing due to their potential to build a community. I think this is exactly why names are harmful. The internet is not the place to look for community. You're not going to build a personal, close-knit social group while standing in the middle of a huge crowd. The way I see it, the public internet is a huge crowd, and you can accept that, be anonymous and mingle with the strangers and see what new things you learn. Or you can stick to the people you know, and then you don't need a fake identity in the first place. I do both. I do use a name -- my real name -- with my friends, because I actually know them, as opposed to having argued with them on a website.

153 Name: Anonymous : 2006-02-21 03:51 ID:q1SJcN6h [Del]

You cannot use anecdotal evidence to 'prove' that anonymous boards are better or worse. Just because you have posted on a few (or even a great deal) of bad register only forums does not make them all bad. Usenet used to be really good and anonymity was not the norm. The Well is a great community and a forum and it is completely not anonymous, you must post with your real name.

154 Name: dmpk2k!hinhT6kz2E : 2006-02-21 07:07 ID:Heaven [Del]

> The Well is a great community and a forum and it is completely not anonymous

That place is still around? Oh, man...

155 Name: Anonymous : 2006-02-21 10:09 ID:VY5trUPr [Del]

But people used their real names on Usenet, not pseudonyms, and they didn't have to register. And the 'net was a lot smaller then.

156 Name: Anonymous : 2006-02-21 16:41 ID:l7RflULA [Del]

>people used their real names on Usenet, not pseudonyms,

really? i used a pseudonym... and then people started to realize how much usenet sucked, and i stopped using it.

157 Name: Anonymous : 2006-02-21 16:43 ID:q1SJcN6h [Del]

You pretty much had to register.. you had to have an account on a server. I guess if you really wanted to you could post everything through, but how is that functionally different than registering a ton of junk users on a register only board with free email accounts? Not everyone used their real names too, but i'm pretty sure I covered that point with The Well...

158 Name: Anonymous : 2006-02-21 19:44 ID:bghdGZe/ [Del]

You only need one account on one Usenet server to have open access to thousands upon thousands of newsgroups in dozens of categories. Anyone with an account on any other news server anywhere in the world has access to the same groups. If you don't see the functional difference between that and a making a ton of junk registrations on multiple individual web forums, pseudonym or not, you're beyond help.

>The Well is a great community and a forum and it is completely not anonymous, you must post with your real name.

It also charges $10. PER MONTH. Naturally that will filter out all of the 15 year old mouth-breathers as well as induce people to be active in order to get their "money's worth". This barrier to entry has more to do with its quality than its non-anonymity.

159 Name: Anonymous : 2006-02-22 12:03 ID:q1SJcN6h [Del]

One account is still an account; thus your statement that you did not need to register to post on usenet is false. If you used the same psuedonym on multiple register forums it would be the same thing as posting in the same amount of different places as on usenet (the convience factor is totally moot in the context of this debate, thus functionally equivalent).

I love how you make my own point about The Well though. The quality of a forum can be influenced by how anonymous or registration free or whatever the hell you want to argue about, but no matter what you argue there are going to be counter examples to any 'registration is better!' or 'anonymous is better!' claims that is supported by only anecdotal claims. Specifically, your claims
>When anonymous posts are allowed, it is better. But unless they dominate, unless they become the de facto standard, the same sort of power structure will develop, and it is only a matter of degree.
have no actual support. How would The Well be improved by allowing anonymous posting from anyone? Where is this power structure--this cabal that you speak of?

160 Name: Anonymous : 2006-03-10 07:56 ID:oHlQ8Wlv [Del]

To restate what several have already pointed out:
Anonymous IS an identiy. However, it is submitting to a mass identity rather than an individual. Entering a relatively unique label (with tripcode) in the name field only helps to make you slightly more traceable, doesn't make you a good poster or bad. I sometimes use more identifiable labels than Anonymous, I sometimes use labels (usually different depending on what board it is).

As I see it, to once again restate what so many already have stated, people need to stop whining and learn to deal with it. What's with the massive discrimination towards ID-people, denying them rights to behave like Anonymous does? I don't mind idiots using a name/tripcode, makes it easier to semi-skip their posts (I usually still skim through a piece of the text - who knows, they might actually produce something interesting for once).
I usually read every single post, unless someone's being an idiot and helps me to ignore his posts by IDing himself. I also never refer to people by their name but by post number, regardless of if they're Anonymous or not.

I've seen many cases where people who consider their main identity to be Anonymous temporarily take on a name+tripcode just to flame and cause aggravations. Vice versa too.

People need to drop the Holier-Than-Thou attitudes.

People complain about that Anonymous is a jerk and an asshole? Prove them wrong! Show that everybody isn't like that.
People complain about that IDtripfags are being jerks and assholes?
Take on a name+trip and become a good role-model! Show that everybody isn't like that.

Personally, whether I tripfag or not depends on what I wish to accomplish with the post. If I just simply want to tank some random person for uploading a really neat torrent, I post anonymously. If I in a thread want to post a more serious reply that probably will need to be identiable so that one won't have to refer to all ones previous posts if someone demands lengthier clarifications, or put up a longer and more elaborate version that the majority of people will go tl;dr at because they can't be arsed to re-read it and find the changes - I use a name.

I maybe should mention as well that I frequently post to 2ch as a tripfag, though probably 40% of all my posts there are anonymous. If it's a short irrelevant post: Anonymous.
If it's a lengthier post with something more important: ID.
If it's a lengthier post with something standalone: Anonymous.

I never have had any real problems with people whining at me being a tripfag at 2ch, when I have been doing so. Giving some of my posts an identifiable label helps people sort the content quicker, to give them a quick idea of along what line the post will be. My 2ch label never got flamed, not even when I argued against lolicons. People usually see that label-identity as a producer of logical and sensible posts, who is willing to seriously listen to other people's arguments. Should they trust those posts more than Anonymous? No, not unless they have good reasons for believing otherwise. Which some people do. But only some.

Soon time to hit submit; What category does this post fall under (appart from the obvious tl;dr one)? Anonymous or tripfag?
Is this post irrelevant? No.
Is this post something that I am likely to build on, if I am to ever post again? No.
Anonymous it is, then.

Use your brains, people. There will always be idiots, trolls and assholes. I don't see why people feel it's so much easier to forgive them if they're being anonymous. Treat post equally, except for when it makes your life easier/better to not to - in the cases of where you have the upper hand (i.e. either know the Anonymous poster or the tripfag and thus being able to better tailor your reply/post to the person).

(wow.. this post is probably the longest one I've written for half a year or something. ah well. tl;dr! Cheers!)

161 Name: Anonymous : 2006-03-10 08:43 ID:Heaven [Del]

You're ignoring the psychological effects on the poster when posting with or without a name. This is far more important than anything else, because your motivations and actions will be different depending on if you use a name or not.

162 Name: Anonymous : 2006-03-10 23:17 ID:Heaven [Del]

A lot of the posters on 2ch don't exactly like lolicons and I don't think I've been flamed for taking either side before. >>160 is certainly tl;doesn't say anythign new and I'm kinda pissed my TINC reference in >>159 did not even get a pity heh.

163 Name: Anonymous : 2006-03-12 12:49 ID:Heaven [Del]

>>162 that's because the cabal silenced all those who understood it- is shot

164 Name: Anonymous : 2006-03-14 03:36 ID:FIUa4p2j [Del]

Nomina stultorum scribuntur ubique locorum

Translation: "Fools have the habit of writing their names everywhere"

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166 Name: dmpk2k!hinhT6kz2E : 2006-04-05 20:12 ID:Heaven [Del]

I put on my robe and fool's hat.

167 Name: Anonymous : 2006-04-08 04:29 ID:Heaven [Del]

Quidquid latine dictum, altum videtur

168 Name: Anonymous : 2006-09-07 00:13 ID:MWGwUpU1 [Del]

I'll tripfag if I'm making a post about rules or something official but other than that I'm typically anonymous.

169 Name: Anonymous : 2006-09-07 13:23 ID:ElonOiu/ [Del]

Use EditCSS or UserStyles.css and add:
span.postername, span.postertrip {display: none;}

The ID's still there, but it's close enough to pure "anonymity" to be useful.

Also, I'm anonymous unless I want something attributed to me. Which is rare.

170 Name: dmpk2k!hinhT6kz2E : 2006-09-11 04:37 ID:Heaven [Del]

I just wanted to comment that after several months of watching 4chan's /newpol/, I've become a bit doubtful about >>133. :(

People simply hate to lose arguments. That is all.

171 Name: Anonymous : 2006-09-28 01:12 ID:Iwizz6qw [Del]

There's board out there, that put this into their main css. So, whoever want's to sign, can do that, but most people won't see it, unless they enabled it in their browsers. Fancy solutiton to the anonimity problem, I think.

172 Name: Anonymous : 2006-10-03 10:46 ID:jZndywCS [Del]

The thing is, some are not in it for the ego but to proselytize. They just can't stand the thought of their truth losing out in front of an audience. But if it's merely a wounded ego that keeps an anonymous poster going, then that poster is an idiot.

173 Name: dmpk2k!hinhT6kz2E : 2006-10-06 19:55 ID:Heaven [Del]

It seems to me to be one-and-same. People tend to get their egos tied up with what they perceive to be the truth. Why else get upset when others don't agree?

So, I don't see how anonymity has anything to do with it.

174 Name: Anonymous : 2006-10-14 11:04 ID:Heaven [Del]

Politics & Religion are controversial, I guess. You can't extend that to all communication.

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176 Name: anonymous : 2007-07-08 21:00 ID:fzBGKTqm [Del]

I just like anonymous posting because I can't remember well which password goes to which ID on which website.

177 Name: Anonymous : 2007-07-09 05:59 ID:Heaven [Del]

Was it really necessary to bump a thread which has not been posted in for nearly a year just to present that piece of inanity to the world?

178 Name: Anonymous : 2007-07-12 11:52 ID:Heaven [Del]

>>177 you know it!

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180 Name: Anonymous : 2007-07-16 12:42 ID:H/E2/pqN [Del]

If I had the time and patience, just for political protest, I would register in various forced-registration forums with an email created just for spam, and I would post a lot of spam in them, and probably something unwanted like hardcore gay porn, then after I got banned from one forum I would move on to the next forced-registration forum. But I would always post at the beginning of it an explanation like "I am only doing this because you are forcing people to register, I do not spam in other places". I have never posted spam, and I don't like spam obviously, but I would like if something like this happened. Just to prove that forcing people to register can't stop them from causing trouble. In that case it would have directly caused the trouble. Hopefully somebody who reads this will feel inspired and try that...

181 Name: Anonymous : 2007-07-17 00:13 ID:Heaven [Del]

i tried that once, but there are like 9001 forced registration forums created every fucking day, so it's impossible for one person to have any significant impact on all of them.

182 Name: Anonymous : 2007-07-21 15:07 ID:Heaven [Del]

Automate it, or at least partly automate it. Make a bot that searches for phrases like "phpbb" and "vbulletin", find the signup link, do as much as possible without intervention. If there's a captcha, pop it up in a dialog or something and continue on. You'd probably have to do mail verifications by hand, but in most cases a bot would be able to get 90% of the work done.

183 Name: Anonymous : 2007-08-28 18:21 ID:jWLrHfq1 [Del]

Speaking of Anonymous as the collective identity it has become..

..why is it that, when someone creates new/quality content, they will often abandon the Anonymous namesake? This isn't meant to be obvious. The mindset being something like, "I worked hard to make this, therefore I deserve recognition and its rewards." I'm not against the idea of people reaping the benefits of their labor, but if the benefits are mainly kudos from other anonymous or pseudo-anonymous people online, I can only imagine the point being to build credibility or to use a name as a folder, where all of your achievements can be filed together. Otherwise, it would be no different to use no name at all.

An example: I've been listening to the Chocolate Rain 8-bit Remix a lot recently - maybe you don't enjoy it, I do. According to the source I stumbled upon, the song was made by "coda". Great, the song kicks ass and it was made by coda - I suppose this could imply that coda kicks ass, or at the very least is skilled at making chiptunes; maybe some will think coda is a gamer-nerd loser with nothing better to do, who knows.. it's a two-way street. For the person behind the name, it must feel good to see that so many have enjoyed his work or have asked him to share his knowledge - very flattering.

If coda had shared his work with no name whatsoever, would it sound any different? Not to my ears, no - but to someone who has heard of coda before, who knows the name, prior works, or even the online communities he is a part of, his chiptune may be differently considered. Yes, we all know.. it's an observation that's been beaten to death. As for the praise his work received, the "on-topic" stuff would still be there (eg. "i love this song!", "what did you use to make this?") and he would not be deprived of the feel-good motivation for sharing his song with everyone for free. The only thing the person behind the name would have differently is the positive or negative credit associated to it. Of course, using a name causes all sorts of "off-topic" stuff to show up (eg. "you should get rid of the google ads on your site.."), things that while related to the name, don't really address the Chocolate Rain remix.

Now after playing Internet Detective I see that coda's favorite anime is NGE - some may find this lacking in taste.. does it make his music any less appealing? Does the fact that Lewis Carroll photographed children in the nude make Through the Looking Glass less of a book? How about something that isn't so liberally interpretable, then: was his math any less valid? The problem isn't in using names, the problem is in how we humans will cross-associate completely unrelated things that happen to be linked by a common name. Anonymity is really there just to save us from our own bad habits and logic.

Personally, I don't mind pouring time and effort at personal/social expense into making something, then offering it up for free to whoever wants it. I enjoy seeing it spread, being used/cited, affecting how people think and so on. This is how most of the Internet works, and I imagine these same positive feelings are felt by others for their works, too. You don't need to have a name attached to experience these benefits, so why invite the potential stereotypes, misunderstandings, or drama? To build up a name so the next time you break from anonymity and choose to use it people pay more attention to you?

Looking back to the beginning of this post, if Anonymous as a collective identity is to be anything, you have to be willing to genuinely contribute to that identity - the wheat, too, not just the chaff. Funny, though, perhaps the name "Anonymous" has been distorted beyond repair by the content and actions associated with the various *chans. Maybe by posting as Anonymous within a certain hemisphere of the web, one is ironically inviting people to assume they are a chronic masturbator, obsessed with anime, or an egotistical Internet tough-guy. Maybe contributors feel that the other Anonymous who perpetuate the stereotypes they dislike are getting a free ride from the benefits of their work, or they simply don't want their work negatively associated with it. To them, I would guess that Anonymous is just another pseudonym, why not choose one of their own?

184 Name: Anonymous : 2007-08-29 20:23 ID:Heaven [Del]

I think that one thing we forget when looking at the japanese identity of "anonymous", is that we generalize that most contributions made to 2channel are anonymous. What are the individual artist's sites, then? As soon as an artist becomes recognized, he begins to have an identity. there might not ever be a name associated with it, but preferences stated in passing will build up into a character portrait, much the same as how >>183 saw bits of Coda's personality.

185 Name: Anonymous : 2007-08-30 18:15 ID:Heaven [Del]

it looks like >>183 is talking about the english-speaking internet's idea of anon, which is completely different from the japanese. you know the green personification of all the board particpants who runs around pissing on people and tearing off the heads of furries. rumour has it that he's on steroids..

186 Name: Anonymous : 2007-08-31 04:46 ID:Heaven [Del]

I have released a lot of content as Anonymous. I imagine many do, but those don't stick out in any way because it's the norm. When someone isn't anonymous in a mostly anonymous culture, that's when you take notice, so it seems unusual.

fwiw, Coda is one of 4chan's admins, and IIRC currently the main programmer for the site as well.

187 Name: Anonymous : 2007-09-02 21:11 ID:Heaven [Del]

Of course! As many as they may be, anonymous contributions are impossible to measure. I guess >>183's point is to get more would-be content creators to understand it is OK to release anonymously, to be humble and avoid the whole e-penis thing. Now if only the rest of Anonymous would take the hint about humility....

188 Name: Anonymous : 2010-11-29 02:01 ID:O/GAsuxV [Del]

Hi from Poland!

189 Name: Anonymous : 2010-11-29 10:34 ID:Heaven [Del]

What a huge bump.

190 Name: Anonymous : 2010-12-06 23:20 ID:nos6JgdV [Del]

that's what she said

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198 Name: Anonymous : 2011-07-02 10:23 ID:fUbGOxa8 [Del]

I like what we have in 4chan in terms of a user-specified level of authentication. I can has
• 1. Complete anonymity,
• 2. Reference to previous post number,
• 3. Name,
• 4. Name with tripcode,
• 5. Name with secure tripcode.
I've been using [3] a lot. Been impersonated twice on my main project, both times obvious harmless trolling. Some communities, most prominently /mu/ in my experience, use a lot of [4].

The absolute worst is Suckerbergland, which wants more than
• 6. Registered identfier,
• 7. Registered identifier with iRL name.
So I'm on myspace with [6] and Suckerberg can keep his [7].

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