i think the purpose of it is for mainly asking questions, if you feel embarrassed by asking something so you go anonymous, and secondly for answering a question you're shy to answer, but i think people abuse this and go anonymous to say something mean, insulting or something dumb to annoy the asker. Maybe when these things happen the mods should make the anonimous user visible and that way people will stop abusing this feature knowing if they use it to troll the anonymity will be exposed.
There are a lot of personal questions and opinions posted here and some people like having that "extra" anonymity. Other people may just not want their username to be recognized.
I think some people may abuse the feature but, overall, it serves a good purpose and most people use it in good ways. If GAG got rid of the anonymous feature, I think there would be way less people asking and answering questions. Activity would decline.
i have attracted a lot of trolls by allowing users to answer anonymously on my old account so everytime I ask a question unless I am anonymous I never allow anonymous users to answer my questions. there is the option to make your profile private. I think there are a lot of hypocritical woman who slut shame on here can ask anonymous questions on the sex category: about having one night stands. you can always block a user or you can make your profile private. I think some people who post a DOM is including man share personal information that they don't want linked to their account or maybe they do not want to show up on the newsfeed.
but to ask a question anonymous or to answer a question anatomists is to give up the ability to block a person on that question or on that answer. so by going anonymous you are allowing blocked users to reply to your answers or to answer your questions.
I think a lot of users Go anonymous thinking they have more privacy when in reality if someone replies to your answer an anonymous user cannot block them. the same goes with asking a question anonymously you can't block them and if you did block them they can still answer
1. There are those who troll even w/o using the anon feature cause almost everyone is anon here if they don't want to reveal their identity :) 2. Anon is a very useful feature especially for girls & those who want to ask questions or answer w/o being identified. 3. In such a case the usefulness of the this feature outweighs the abuse 4. Whichever way GAG has a 'report' feature as well as able admin & mods to take care of even those opinions or comments that are unwarranted in the true sense and quite a few times even w/o being reported
It can be abused. But it has a purpose and I think it's a good thing. There are a lot of personal questions on here. If the anon feature allows people to be more open and honest, then I'm all for it. I think a lot of people would be too inhibited to talk about things if they couldn't go anon.
I don't think too much on it, but I suppose it could get abused. I think it's good to have in terms of making it easy to ask and answer questions honestly. Even with an already anonymous-ish profile, I think some people probably still feel more comfortable that way, and that's cool. I think the trolling is just a cost of doing business. We have to be personally responsible to act maturely, I don't know how that can be regulated though.
I don't think trolling has much to do with it. I've removed plenty of non-anonymous troll answers.
I use the anonymous feature when I'm asking a question for help with a personal situation. I rarely answer anonymously. I will answer anonymously if I want to share a relevant/personal experience, but have everyone know who I am.