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Meta Stack Exchange is where users like you discuss bugs, features, and support issues that affect the software powering all 131 Stack Exchange communities.

You can normally ask anonymously on any (all other?) SE sites by just posting a question.

However, Meta says:

Oops! Your question couldn't be submitted because:

  • name and email, or your OpenID, are missing

(And what's the "name and email" doing there? You can't enter them.)

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While I don't agree with the author, it's certainly a legitimate question. –  Lance Roberts Jun 7 '10 at 19:56
    
@Lance: However, I strenuously object to willfully abusing the system of migrating questions. Had this been asked on Meta correctly (and probably tagged [discussion]), I get the impression it wouldn't have been treated so harshly. –  Gnome Jun 7 '10 at 20:20
    
@The, I'm sure you're right about that. –  Lance Roberts Jun 7 '10 at 20:43
    
FWIW, I did search for a dupe before cleaning up the question, but couldn't find one. –  Gnome Jun 7 '10 at 22:49
    
(-1) for willfully spamming StackOverflow when they are clearly aware of Meta. –  devinb Jun 8 '10 at 7:25

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Meta is a place for discussing the Stack Overflow trilogy. The people best suited to the manner of discussion that occurs are the active community that participate in the trilogy. So it naturally follows that there is a level of feature that restricts participation in talking about the trilogy, to those who actually are a part of it.

Registration is fairly simplistic. If you want to really voice your opinion about Stack Overflow, then you should make it known that you actually care about the community. And if you cannot be bothered to actually register, then it says lengths about how little you actually care about being part of the community. And there's no real benefit to discussion the community with someone who (apparently) doesn't even care how the community ends up.

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Anonymity still has its place. For example, what if a diamond moderator or someone even more officially connected wanted to post without their position coloring the discussion? (For better or worse, Meta is used for discussion.) –  Gnome Jun 7 '10 at 20:27
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@TheCat Going by Jeff's answer to one of your questions, I wouldn't be surprised if the staff might have spare OpenIDs to use for such situations. Perhaps anonymity does have its uses, but I wouldn't be surprised if this reasoning is fairly close to the official rationale for restricting posting on Meta. –  Grace Note Jun 7 '10 at 20:41
    
I've seen it suggested that sock puppets can be legitimate separate profiles on SO (as long as you don't abuse them for vote fraud), such as answering vs asking; doing the same on Meta isn't far off. So yes, you can participate anonymously that way. Hell, on the internet you don't know if I'm really a cat in the first place. –  Gnome Jun 7 '10 at 21:39
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@TheCat I know you're not a cat because you're actually a gnome. –  Grace Note Jun 7 '10 at 22:01

Why don't you just register? It's not hard.

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(-1) The user is aware of registration, and they are specifically asking why they are forced to for Meta. –  devinb Jun 8 '10 at 7:21

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