The people who most heavily rely on pseudonyms in online spaces are those who are most marginalized by systems of power. “Real names” policies aren’t empowering; they’re an authoritarian assertion of power over vulnerable people.
update 14. 6. 2012 – da das Thema nicht unaktueller wird: Geek Feminism Wiki, Who is harmed by a „Real Names“ policy?.
This page lists groups of people who are disadvantaged by any policy which bans Pseudonymity and requires so-called „Real names“ (more properly, legal names).
Morgan: Rest assured we are not all like him. I won’t try to claim to be the perfect man; there is no such beast. But always remember for every Scott Adams in the world, there is at least one decent guy facepalming.
Yeah, maybe. But here’s what I want to know: How many “decent guys” are telling Scott Adams and his kind where to stick it? How many “decent guys” are refusing to buy his books? How many “decent guys” are writing letters to newspapers asking them to pull Dilbert? How many decent guys…
I fell for it: False teaming.