Guy Fawkes mask from Wikimedia Commons, published by Kigsz under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.
When you are at risk of violent reprisal by the state or organized crime, or when expressing your opinion can place your life or your career or those of your friends and family in jeopardy, then it’s legitimate to exercise caution by cloaking yourself in anonymity. When these considerations of danger do not apply, as was the case with this recent comment and this even more recent comment on this blog, then anonymity simply amounts to failure to take responsibility for your opinions. I see this as a form of cowardice, and frankly as reprehensible. For this reason, as I have already mentioned, I continue to believe it would be best to filter out all anonymous comments, even when they raise interesting poiints. (When they don’t raise interesting points they are already being rejected, but this has only happened once or twice.)