So, online trolling and abuse have been in the news a lot. And a lot of people (including Wil Wheaton) have pointed out that anonymity, and thus lack of accountability, are a major part of the problem.
At the same time, there are truly good reasons for some people to stay anonymous. So how do we reconcile those?
Well, I’ve had a thought.
Lots of online games have PvP (Player vs. Player) and non-PvP servers. The user has a choice.
Why not offer Anonymous and Non-Anonymous servers?
Nobody who wants to stay anonymous is required to give up that right. But those who choose to can offer up their own true identity, for the right to play only alongside others who were willing to do the same.
I guaran-damn-tee you there would be enough takers to make it worthwhile.
Sure, that only solves the issues in gaming, not forums or social media or the like. But it’s a start.