It has been discussed before, but in light of some of the recent conversation on serial downvoting, I can't help but wonder what is accomplished by displaying the author of a given question or answer. There is a similar question regarding anonymous rep, but if anything, I don't think it goes far enough.
If questions and answers are supposed to stand on their own merit, why do we need to show the author at all? I'm not proposing any change to the way rep works; rep should still be accrued and abilities gained. The only difference is that questions and answers would appear anonymous.
Does this better reflect the goals of SO? If so, how far do you think the anonymity should be taken? If not, what shortcomings am I missing?