How do you balance lively conversations with some members’ temptation to bully and troll? People usually think that it comes down to identity -- if your online identity is connected to your offline identity, you’re less likely to troll, since everything you say or do lives online forever.
Often, online identity is framed as an either-or decision -- either it’s completely connected to your “real identity” (including your Facebook page, LinkedIn account and everywhere else) or you’re completely anonymous and untraceable.
But is this either-or way of framing the conversation the only way to look at identity online? No, and that’s where the underused concept of pseudonyms comes into play.