One of the things that Noon Silk brought over here in the comments is that anonymity is actually OK. He was responding to a comment by my co-worker Philip Beadle who suggested (paraphrasing) that you might lack courage if you didn’t state your name in a public forum.
I don’t really know where I stand on this one. On one hand anonymity is a right that we associate with voting, a very democratic institution, and there are groups out there that promote our right to privacy.
However I do find that when you are forced to be accountable for what you say you approach it in a more diplomatic way (well most people do anyway). Not only because there are repercussions but also because in this industry there is a very real chance that you’ll end up having to work with the person sitting across the table from you.
So is choosing remain anonymous gutless, or is it a way of ensuring that you can say exactly what you mean so that you can get your message across. I’d probably prefer to be out in the open in most occasions, but sometimes I have chosen to remain anonymous so I can’t throw stones.