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On traditional Stack-Exchange sites, such as Stack Overflow and many others, there is probably little rationale for people to want to remain anonymous. However, on sites such as workplace and academia, for many questions, it might be essential anonymous, due to the nature of the question.

How can the Stack Exchange network accommodate this need, given the system of reputation?

This is similar to this question: Allow registered users to hide username when asking privacy-sensitive question but I take it a bit broader, discussion on general strategies etc...


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You can always post an anonymous question. Log out and post it.

For such a question you will not get any rep - that's the price for anonymity.

What you are asking for is a way to ask a question anonymously and yet keep it linked to your account - I find the two mutually exclusive.

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    I have no idea why they would be. We're not talking about espionage here, the level of anonymity is fairly low; it's fine if the system itself knows who posted it, it just shouldn't show the user's name anywhere Jul 12, 2012 at 13:53
  • Not on Stack Overflow you can't - you need to be a registered user to post questions
    – ChrisF Mod
    Jul 12, 2012 at 14:41
  • Am I missing something or is this just out of date? When I try to post a question without being logged into an account I get "You must be logged in to ask a question on Meta Stack Exchange". So it seems that most of this answer doesn't apply anymore.
    – Kvothe
    Sep 13, 2023 at 13:30

You can always try:

A friend of mine has an embarrassing problem with foot odor. Whenever heshe wears the same shoes for more than four hours, there is an overpowering stench. What should heshe do?

YMMV, of course.


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