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Pattern Group A. Site Genres > Anonymous, Pseudonymous, or Identified by Real N...

Anonymous, Pseudonymous, or Identified by Real Name

Anonymity is an extremely important and sometimes contentious issue that you will have to deal with on community conference sites. The online world's capabilities for anonymity can be liberating (see Figure A3.3), freeing people from social norms and pressures. However, they are also highly prone to abuse, as potential sources of false and libelous information. Because anyone can create an anonymous identity, your customers can pretend to be who they're not.

Figure A3.3. Anonymous postings can be important on the Greenpeace Cyberactivist Community site, where visitors might want to participate in environmental activism without alerting their employers.

(cybercentre.greenpeace.org/t/s, August 26, 2001)



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