It's so much more interesting to answer questions from people who are 'out there' than from the always-anonymous. And to read their answers, also. We can connect their opinions to their ethnic/personal histories...
So while I wouldn't advocate getting rid of the anonymous option, there should be an incentive to minimize it at least. Maybe no more than 3 anony questions a week? We limit updates that way, and I don't see the justification..but why not anonymous answers?
I mean, how many questions here are really that sensitive? And how identifiable are most of us anyway, with out avatars, cartoon user names, or pictures of movie stars, etc?. Say 4 points instead of 3.
There are a thousand ways to get people to open up just a little. I doubt you'd lose anyone with anything worthwhile to contribute, and you'd keep some people who get tired of 'flying blind' when answering questions. I'd like to be more insightful, but I can't when I have no idea if the person is Hispanic or Hindu, virgin or vixen...18 or 24! (That's really a whole generation different!)
Oh, and why on earth are anonymous people allowed to block? Its so irritating to compose a good answer and then be told the unknown person has blocked you! At the minimum, people who don't identify themselves should forfeit being able to block-- .no one could be trolling them or anything like that!
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yeah to each their own. people ask anonymous questions for personal reasons. or answer them anonymously for personal reasons as well. there was an incident on here that happened a while ago and I felt really bad for question asker. it was sorta like bullying and I finally posted an anonymous response in her defence (I was the only girl on here who said anything and didn't want to be ganged up on either) thank god I haven't really seen anything like that since but that may be contributing to some of the anonymity on here.
Thanks for your input. Many of our members love the anonymous feature, and we don't want to penalize them for that. You always have the option to not respond to questions asked anonymously, and don't forget that you can select "No Anonymous Answers" on every question you ask (as you have done here). This will reduce the anonymous experience. Many subjects are sensitive, which makes the anonymity appealing. We appreciate your feedback though!
No, Marty... People need to ask what they need to ask, and should feel comfortable doing so. If a little Cyrano de Bergerac syndrome hits them, they should still be able to ask their question and get real answers...
I like to use anonymous when I ask/answer sexual questions or answer questions where the asker seems enraged, because you end up being harassed on some sites in those two instances. There are a lot of lunatics online ... If you want stats about a person, ask them in the question and a lot of the anonymous users will include the details.
I use anonymous questions a lot because my ex is on here as well. I don't want to block him (we aren't on that bad of terms) but at the same time I want to keep a lot of things personal, and the chance he could check at some point makes me use the anonymous option more than I would have otherwise.
What's the point? The reason why there is an incentive to begin with it to encourage people to create new content. Anonymous people create new content just like exposed people. All that would do is encourage less content, meaning less interest to keep users stuck on the site, thus less traffic to be monetized into advertising revenues. It would be a bad business move that lead to loss of the user base and reduced profits. =S