An anonymous blogger contends: "It's not important who I am, but what I say."
I'm sorry, but for me, that is a load of CRAP.
And I'll tell you why. (...) Because of the exceedingly inordinate amount of opinions freely available online, I have to learn to discern what is bullshit and what is not. And the one safeguard I think could help me with that is to seriously consider opinions only by those who offer their true identities.
I have several reasons why I think this is important.
By freely giving my opinions on matters of comics and related matters, (...) I put my reputation as a comic book creator, and as a human individual on the line. People know who I am, who my friends and family are, and how to get in touch with me. An anonymous writer online risks what? Nothing. (...)
2. Credibility and Trust
(...) Anybody can have an opinion, but I would think that opinions of those who have experience in comics would have much more weight than those who haven't. For people who are forthcoming about their identity, it's easy to see who among them have the qualifications and those that don't. Our published works and accomplishments are all a matter of public record. (...)
Many writers choose to stay anonymous so they can strike out at objects of their ire free from retaliation. Such a tactic is suspect, because one can surmise that such writers won't have the same fortitude to say the same things when their true identities are exposed. Political writers during wartime, or during oppressive regimes have more reason to hide their identities because their physical lives, and the physical lives of their families would be at stake. But opinions about comics? Give me a BREAK. Nobody is going to kill you for THAT. The only thing you need to be concerned about is to be answerable and be responsible for the consequences of the things you write. And I'm sure, none of them would be life threatening.
4. Respect.Por estos motivos, ignorar a los comentaristas anónimos suele ser la mejor opción. En cualquier contexto, pero especialmente cuando son anónimos que dejan mensajes malrollistas, maleducados o que se ve claramente que tienen un perfil de troll.
I'm not looking for any special treatment, but I hope I can at least demand some human decency from whoever I am talking to. How can I ever feel I'm being respected as a human being when the person I'm talking to is wearing a paper bag over his head as he dishes out strong opinions about me and my work? It's demeaning, and it demonstrates a distinct lack of courtesy and decency.
También hay que tener en cuenta que hay un matiz importante entre pseudónimos y anónimos, porque se puede firmar con pseudónimo, y estar perfectamente identificado. Hay gente que usa pseudónimos por diferentes motivos, pero no ocultan su "nombre real", sabemos a qué se dedican, qué edad tienen y hay fotografías suyas accesibles públicamente. No usan el pseudónimo para ocultarse, vaya.
Para acabar, recomiendo seguir el twitter @AvoidComments. Es una fuente periódica de inspiración para NO leer la sección de comentarios de blogs/webs. Mensajes como Your "freedom of speech" is not my "obligation to read" son para enmarcar.