For some of the sites, such as security, parenting and the workplace, it would be useful to be able to ask questions anonymously. For example, someone might want to ask about issues that could either lead to a security compromise, be embarrassing for their children later on or possibly lose them their job.

On those sites it is possibly to log out (not on Stack Overflow), but this doesn't provide you with notifications when the questions are answered.

Related questions:

Should there be an option to post anonymously? Asks for the same feature, but for answers
Should there be anonymous answers (and questions)? Asks about this for a different reason

  • Could you explain why you think it would be useful? Maybe it would, maybe it wouldn't - although pseudonyms are a form of anonymity in and of themselves. – Makoto Jun 17 '12 at 8:05
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    @Makoto I think this might be useful, as many people share their SE account names with their co-workers, thus eliminating the anonymity. – annonymously Jun 17 '12 at 8:07
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    How hard is it to keep an eye on the site? – Arjan Jun 17 '12 at 8:22
  • Do anonymous accounts not receive notifications? – CodesInChaos Jun 17 '12 at 8:29
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    Some SE sites, like Personal Finance or Workplace, could really use this option. Sometimes it's just not a good idea to post even an honest question that can be traced back to one's SE profile and possibly their real identity. For example, if someone is asking about bankruptcy or problems with their boss. Besides the fact that it's not obvious to the user that logging out will enable them to post anonymously, doing so would also prevent update notifications and seeing the question in the user's own Q&A history, both of which would seem to be core features of the SE sites. – Jim Fell Apr 21 '15 at 22:56
  • +1: I've made another account on at least one occasion to post anonymously and still receive notifications etc. – GS - Apologise to Monica Apr 22 '15 at 5:05
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    I just tried logging out to post anonymously, but it won't let because it says that my email address is already registered. This feature would be easy to implement; it sucks there is so little interest in developing it. – Jim Fell Nov 17 '15 at 14:48
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    Marking the question as favorite (star, bookmark) provides a notification in the list of favorites. It's not in the main navbar, and it adds up with other marked questions, but it's still a notification... – iled Mar 23 '17 at 7:14

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