In which Dr. Crazy makes the distinction I wanted to make:

Anonymity, is about being without identity, about being untraceable.

Pseudonymity, on the other hand, is not about being untraceable but rather about taking on a traceable identity that is distinct from one’s legal identity, or one’s identity at birth.

People, if you want to argue against pseudonymity, please stop missing the point. First, stop conflating pseudonymous and anonymous. Second, recognize all elements of what it means be pseudonymous, which operates well beyond a fear of people knowing “she said that!?” I will respect arguments against pseudonymity when they address what is really going on when people use a pseudonym.

See also:
University Diaries, with comments (including from me)
Dr. Crazy’s first take.


New Kid says a lot of things I agree with; Ad Nauseum intellectualizes. Dean Dad articulates.

Late Update:

Not of General Interest weighs in, and gets comments from the original CHE author.