the upcoming conference will have a roundtable on anonymous blogging on Saturday. I suspect the discussion could last well much longer than the alloted 45 minutes.
Anyway, I've been thinking about anonymous and pseudonymous blogging (and in other venues, too), and I've come to think that when one doesn't write under their own name, they are likely to fall back to an ad hominem fallacy.
You'll likely remember from your college logic class that ad hominem fallacy is one of the easiest to fall into. It takes no strength to trip into an ad hominem fallacy when one doesn't have to admit to the reader who is writing. And, I find it the most unreasonable, hurtful, and community-upsetting fallacy.
A question, gentle reader: What do you think about the differences amongst anonymous, pseudonymous, and open posting?