I think at least in voting pages and policy
discussion pages etc, hiding the real username
should be considered harmful.
--- Ray Saintonge <saintonge(a)telus.net> wrote:
There are all sorts of reasons that people may
have for using pseudonyms
in different circumstance, and I don't usually
feel bothered by it. The
best way to avoid the problem in connection
with voting is to minimize
the use of votes, most of which are a source of
friction anyway. Even
fewer votes should be binding.
I suggest to prohibit users from changing
displayed username when they vote, discuss or
participate in talk pages.
It creates confusion and I find this action
For example a user may have the username
"Blablabla" but he/she signs with "Mr12356".
Somebody could have a user account "Blablabla"
and sign as "Optim". The link, of course, will
lead to User:Blablabla... We can still
investigate who wrote what by examining the
But those who don't examine the links, will
Why people do this thing?
If somebody wants to hide his/her username,
can I trust him/her or pay attention to
vote or message?
May I call you (those who hide their name) to
stop this behaviour, please?
If you just want to individualise your sign,
can do that with HTML, colours or whatever...
please let your username intact... So that we
know who votes or talks without having to
Don't put "masks" on your usernames. I find
action as antisocial.
Because I notice several users, both new and
ones, who do that, I suggest to make a new
in order to prohibit this phenomenon.
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