The good: our hypothesis is that people are more willing to engage in an anonymous setting. Asking a “silly” question carries less risk if one’s identity is protected. It’s easier to question the status quo or challenge authority. Unpopular ideas can be expressed without worry of retaliation or opprobrium.
But then there’s the bad. It’s no secret that anonymity on the internet is often conducive of crude and offensive speech. People are free to do and say things without taking responsibility. For example, you get far more bad actors and abuse on Twitter where pseudonyms are allowed, as compared to LinkedIn where you have to use your real name.
So what we offer on Vectr might be called “traceable anonymity.” Anonymity is the default setting, but network owners have the ability to toggle it off if needed.
That said, we decided that anonymity alone was not enough. Coming back to the Twitter example, or any large social network for that matter, part of the problem with bad behavior is that it’s amplified. If someone posts a nasty response, it is shared with their entire network, and subsequently gets liked and shared over and over, only exacerbating the problem. So bad actors are, in effect, given a megaphone from which they promote corrosive ideas.