There’s been some backlash lately about people posting under pseudonyms with some prominent people either disliking the idea (such as Jerry Coyne) or downright despising it (such as Ophelia Benson).
I get the point to some extent. Pseudonyms can be used to protect people from the courage part of having convictions. They can be used to sock-puppet. I understand why people might prefer real names.
I don’t really agree, though. I’ve been posting on dozens of forums using the nym latsot for more than 15 years, I guess. I’ve posted things I’ve later regretted, sometimes. I’ve been rash and stupid on occasion. But almost always under the same name and I guess those cringeworthy posts are there for anyone to find if they want to. I’ll fess to them all. Latsot is the identity I’ve developed over many years and I think it’s the identity I’m going to continue posting under for the time being.
But I was never hiding. Latsot was just a username to begin with and something I got used to. The nature of forums kind of changed slowly and subtly until integrity across multiple sites began to matter. Logins became usernames became display names became identities.
I think a lot of people recognise me as latsot and I’ll stay latsot for now. But I was never hiding. It was always rather easy to track down who I really am, if anyone wanted to. I never hid. But in case it was ever confusing to anyone and in case anyone really wanted to find me for any misbegot reason, here I am. Find me at http://www.lookatthestateofthat.com as ever.