Some people write truly awful, fact-less, thoughtless posts and I always wonder if they would post such things if they had to use their real identity.
So do their sock puppets, who spend quite a bit of time talking to them, because because few others want to.
I think the issue is intent as a poster
, more than the name issue ...
Most A2Kers who are committed to the long haul (as posters here) would never
write some of the tripe that passes as comment or argument by long or short-term trolls (for want of a better word) ... those whose forum identity is based on a desire to shock, who relentlessly push their particular agenda (often the same "issue", over & over & over (!), no matter what the actual subject of the thread is), who twist facts to push their "case", dismiss or ignore perfectly valid counter-arguments to theirs, willfully misinterpret what others have said, or regularly use aggression, insults or denigrating put-downs ("liar!") & resort to patronising & personal ( & often) sexist abuse, etc, etc, etc, to "win' the argument ...
Such posters would never dream
of using their real names, for pretty obvious reasons. Nor would they dream of saying half the things they say online
in "real life". They might get punched in the nose, or laughed at, or be considered a bit mad, even by the more tolerant.
But then, neither would quite a few serious long-term posters use their real names, for completely different reasons, like protecting their privacy. Which I think is perfectly valid on the internet.
The difference, as I said, is intent
on a forum.
I can spot a short-term troll a mile off. They'll do their best to make a big impact by saying completely outrageous, ridiculous things, then vanish into the sunset when people tire of them & cease responding. Probably to reemerge with a fresh username & more rubbish later...
The abusive long-termers .... well only they
know what their getting from their online behaviour. I sometimes wonder why serious posters bother continually responding to their "arguments".
But in answer to your question: would I use my real name here? No (for privacy reasons) , however I've had the same username on both Abuzz & A2k for years now ) which happens to be half my real name, minus the surname). But I think those A2Kers who have interacted with me online for a long time via my posts, know
me anyway. Same thing with so many other A2Kers. I feel like I know them & their intent as posters , too.
Whether I know their real names or not.