18/06/2010 6:06 pm
While I think that in general pseudonyms are greatly overused on the internet, and have led to a serious decline in standards of debate as people don't have to take responsibility for what they say, I fully understand that many valuable contributions may come onto these forums from housing professionals who can't be seen to be speaking for their employers.
But your recent innovation of allowing an "Anonymous" option is catastrophic. It is making some threads almost unreadable. You might think that the sense of a contribution ought to be self-contained, but that isn't a dialogue or discussion. It's just a Pinteresque succession of statements of people talking past each other. You often need to refer to other contributions or your own previous ones, and there are so many "Anonymous" contributors that it is becoming impossible to work out who's saying what or even responding to what.
By all means allow pseudonyms, but please make people pick something distinctive, even if it's just a code number.