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!
- Leave anony-mousey questions unlimited67% (6)22% (2)44% (8)Vote
- Limit them to 3 a week0% (0)0% (0)0% (0)Vote
- Give say 4 points to non-anony-mousey questions11% (1)44% (4)28% (5)Vote
- Other--please describe0% (0)22% (2)11% (2)Vote
- Leave unlimited but anony-mousey people can't block anyone22% (2)12% (1)17% (3)Vote
Why on earth does that have to be anony-mouse? So few of the anony-mouse questions are anything really personal.