Looking in my live feed their are WAY MORE anon's asking question than people that aren't anon. Plus a lot of the questions aren't even that embarrassing. They're not offensive either so that rules that reason out.
sometimes I say things that contradict earlier stances I held. that's because my opinions and values change - usually not overnight, but still, they change. I don't feel like being target to all the pedantic numskulls on the site that would question every single change or ideological shift I go through. sometimes I post anonymously for that reason.
Most people are afraid to admit that they don't know. Therefore they feel more secure asking the questions anonymously. Although if you think about it, if you never tell someone your username, you can still be quite anonymous while still being able to associate with other people.
In my case, if someone REALLY wanted to find out who I really am, there are ways to find out, but it would take a bit of work as I have only put a few hints here or there.
You are right. If someone has something to say, they should say it with their name. Anon is all crap. Whats the point of saying something if you're not sure about it or don't want to be held accountable for it.
I do everything anonymously because I'm embarrassed someone I know will find me doing something I don't like people knowing I do. And it's not like I say anything creepy, it's just... stuff I keep to myself IRL, like the fact that I'm straight (yeah, I know that's weird and stupid but I don't like people thinking I'm sexual in any way) and general other things like that. I'd create new accounts under a fake name, but I already have a few fake names online (since I don't like using my real name) and the people I know know them all and I don't want to have too many fake names that I can't keep track of!
... Excuse me, I rambled. But yeah. That's why I'm always anonymous. I haven't even asked any questions yet so I don't even know if this question applied to me... but if I did, it would also be anonymous, so...
Some are people who don't want to be harassed by stalkers, others are trolls who roam the site, and the last ones are crybaby cowards who cannot show their faces when ranting about how they disagree with the world.
Maybe those people are exactly me: I simply enjoy the fact that I can be even anonymous by asking questions anonymously (even though some people can recognise my writing style) so I always go anon, doesn't matter if the question is harmless.
Sometimes people give opinions on your questions that are a little rude or irritating. It makes me feel bad, so I counter their reply with something that's equally insulting. I'll only do that, though, if I'm anonymous. If I had chosen to ask a question without being anonymous and it received hate, I think I'd have no choice but to just ignore it, and I can't easily do that. I have to treat people how they treat me.
But yes, they are overly paranoid (myself included). I'm paranoid about being banned from this site for some silly reason. I was so paranoid, actually, that I immediately canceled my original account after someone called me a troll. I would never be a troll, so it made me angry, and I had countered their attacks with insults that the mods removed.
On another note, one day I went anonymous just to answer a question and say my favorite color was red. The asker pointed out to me that I didn't need to do that. I didn't even realize it, because being anonymous online is something a lot of people have gotten used to. They hardly notice that they are.
In this case, I'm purposely being anonymous, just because you accidentally made it an option. :)