1. Anonymous says:

    Actually, putting this together, you began to see real patterns of the peopel who used pseudonyms. African-Americans, in huge numbers. And immigrants or those with â€jewish†names. I’m sure Henry Louis Gates would say there is a cultural reason for the common use of pseudonyms among African-Americans. But still, pseudonyms have, in many cases, served as great equalizers, a gateway to the American Dream.

  2. Anonymous says:


    An excellent of example of how neither a real name nor a pseudonym should grant someone credibibility. You earn it. And so long as you have a stable personality–whether it’s called by the same name as you’ve got on your birth certificate or not–that’s the person you should be judged as.

    Take Baby Ben. He sucked as Augustine and as Ben Domenech. Pretty consistent. Just like Joe Klein.

  3. Anonymous says:

    At least with a pseudonym you know what you’re getting… real names, on the internet, are just worthless vouchers — even a dolt like, say, â€emptypockets†could fake one

  4. Anonymous says:

    I’m known by many names. Too bad you get it wrong most of the time, you Big Sillies. I don’t know which irritates Me more: your calling me by the right name or the wrong one. Ha ha ha, just being my inscrutable, paradoxical Self.

    BTW, I was the one to Make that little red flower smell sweet to you. Who’s responsible for those factories in New Jersey? Figure it out yourself, suckas!

  5. Anonymous says:

    geez skippy, your parents did that to you ???

    just tell us where your parents live. We’ll get em for ya

    btw, Freepatriot ??? not my real name

  6. Anonymous says:

    yo, emptywheel, off topic question:

    whatch think of the â€Rove Flipped†revelations ???

    give us the scoop

  7. Anonymous says:

    Excellent post. While I think Garance Franke-Ruta has a legitimate point about disclosure, you’re right that the problem of disclosure is nothing new and that her proposed solution is quite silly. Her policy of not responding to commenters who use pseudonyms, on the theory that she would not respond to letters to the editor that did not use real names, means she would not have responded to the Federalist Papers. And what if the U.S. had decided not to take those Papers seriously because, after all, the writers had an undisclosed conflict of interest having also been among the writers of the Constitution they were defending.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Not sure who I’d miss more, Publius or that Archie Leach fella – what’s ’is real name?

  9. Anonymous says:


    Yeah, I did kind of slight Archie Leach, didn’t I. I got a little distracted with the blonde bombshells and couldn’t figure out how to work him in properly. The whole damn post ought to be rewritten with a little more respect and care, IMO!

  10. Anonymous says:

    I think Archie Leach turned out to be the best movie actor of all time – well, so far anyway.

    You keep up the good work, and I don’t mind if you leave a few bits for peekers and pokers like me to play with.