I ask this question because I signed my real name to a comment I made concerning the feature entitled "Portland Police Vie with Anne Frank's Captors for 'Nazi Raiders of the Century' Award. I have decided that signing my real name was not a wise thing to do. |
On my own blog, JohnHays.net, I obviously sign my own name to my posts. A part of my website is used to expose the activites of white supremacists and other hate groups in the Northwest, primarily in Oregon. As a result of some of my posts I receive death threats and hate emails and other forms of harassment in an effort to silence me and my website. Since not too many people read my blog I don't get as many death threats or hate emails as some other people get. I do think, though, that I get more than my fair share.
However, a lot of people read the Portland Independent Media Center. This in turn has caused more people to send me even more strange communications in an effort to portray me as not credible and to encourage me to not post comments on features. (I think I might take the "encouragement" seriously.)
I have now decided that posting a comment or a feature anonymously is probably the way to go. It is difficult for a group of malicious people to harass a person who has posted a comment or a feature anonymously simply because it's more difficult for a malicious group to focus on somebody they don't know. About the only way to respond to an anonymous poster is to leave a comment or write a feature.
Also, from what I've observed, posting anonymously facilitates a discussion that tends to focus on the subject matter instead of on who posted whatever it was that was posted.
Long live those who post anonymously.