For those that need the warning, further down this blog I discuss child abuse.
I’ve been thinking about names and Internet privacy since Jeremy Duns asked the internet:
Are websites that don’t allow comments or reviews from pseudonymous strangers curtailing freedom of speech?
— Jeremy Duns (@jeremyduns) November 3, 2012
The answer to me is obvious: yes, they are. My personal unfavourite is the Herald, which bans all pseudonymous commenters: the New Statesman, which is just a complete muddle, is probably the next worse. Facebook is problematic, and Google Plus is a cosmic screwup all of its own. Part of that reason is that most computer systems do not handle names very well: see Falsehoods Programmers Believe About Names.
An account made on an internet message board, by a person who already has an account, for the purpose of posting more-or-less anonymously.