Anonymity is important, without it the United States could not have been formed. At the same time, it is subject to abuse because we are all anonymous to a degree here anyway. Additional anonymity just allows people to avoid taking responsibility for their positions.
That said, I would propose a filter to filter out anons if you wish, as proposed by @CheerGirl38139, and limits to the percentage of your posts that could be anonymous.
@Mustachekitteh Has suggested that anons not be able to block other people.
I want anon to be available to people who are shy or who have been problems on the site. I don't like it when people use it to be trolling asshats though.
I'd like to see at least two changes made to the anonymous feature: -Anonymous posting should be a privilege that's earned. Users should be at least level 2 before being able to post anonymously.
- Moderators should be report anonymous accounts at least and be able to freeze them ideally. I've spent entire evening chasing down the same anonymous poster. I don't like spending my time doing that. It's boring.
It gets used way too often to troll in a variety of ways.
I have advocated to a filter for users to filter out anonymous questions if they choose to.
I don't think it would ever happen, but they could also limit the number of anonymous posts per day (the same way the number of questions are limited now) - that might make people use the feature with more discretion.
Most of the worst trolls seem to make phony accounts, anyway. Anon is nice to have when people don't want to get spammed with messages because they shared something sexual or perhaps an unpopular political opinion.
I think it is being misused, and if it was limited how many times a day you could go anon would really help. Then it'd be saved for those who're embarrassed about their opinion or it's really unpopular.
Yes, it's being misused, where it concerns non personal questions or answers. But anonymity is essential whenever someone wants it for personal questions and answers. I'll often refrain from answering an anonymous question or even a private profile question. How can I help knowing zilch about the asker if the question is unclear?
I really irks me when people complain about anonymity and people 'not showing face' or 'hiding behind their monitor', calling them cowards, etc. They're just mad that they can't shame people they don't like or who disagree with them. It's an attempt to silence people through the threat of ostracism and shaming, which personally I find to be just a dick move. I say stop being so butthurt, there is no need for people to take responsibility for their positions. It really annoys me, this desire to know people's identities so we can attack their social standing is just amazingly cunty to me.
I think anonymous posting can be misused, but it's still important to some degree. I mean, I post anonymously when I want to say something that I don't want people that know me to see, or that people would judge me on because of my age. But there are definitely some people on GAG and other websites that misuse anonymity for sure.