····•• BACKGROUND ••····
A day or two ago, the September Editor of the Month award was given to an Editor who has literally NEVER posted ANY content under his own username. The award was based ENTIRELY on myTakes he posted as "anonymous".
When the award was given, this Editor was -- of course -- NAMED as the winner.
Not only was he named, but he was also IDENTIFIED as the author of several of these -- purportedly "anonymous" -- myTakes.
In other words, his anonymity was suddenly revoked... at least for the myTakes mentioned in the award thread.
····•• THE QUESTION/ISSUE ••····
If "editor of the month" includes anonymous work, then...
... the "community" aspect of the site is undermined, since the community can't really engage meaningfully with the author;
and, MUCH more importantly,
... the integrity of the "Anonymous" label -- and, by extention, the integrity of the site itself -- is tarnished.
I don't think this particular editor really cares, but, I'd imagine that MOST anonymous authors choose to be anonymous for a reason -- and I think it's important to respect that choice.
To me, at least, it's a violation of trust to suddenly NAME anonymous authors -- even under the guise of giving an award.
Is this OK? What do you think?
- Yes, anonymous myTakes should count toward these awards... and it's OK to NAME anon authors who win awards.Vote A
- No, these awards should be given to authors who claim their work. And it's NOT OK to NAME anonymous authors -- their choice to stay anonymous should be respected.Vote B
Most Helpful Guy
Let's take a step back here and first identify how an Anonymous editor can receive ANY recognition to begin with. Nobody knows who they are, save for those with superpowers (read: website admins).
If they reveal their identity later, one may ask: Why post anonymously in the first place?
No, anonymous editors don't take risks, hence they don't deserve the chance to receive rewards.3
Most Helpful Girl
The Takes should count, but I don't think the person should be named. I don't know why you can't just name the Takes. I don't think a well written article should be discredited just because the author doesn't want everyone knowing they wrote it. I have an anonymous Take myself because of career reasons and if I get a reward for it, great, but I don't think having to say I wrote it to the entire community is necessary for recognition.2