One of the long-time advantages of participation on Stack Overflow and Stack Exchange has been the potential for anonymity: there's no requirement that you post under your own name, or (outside of a few sites) even create an account!
But with the new jobs section being released it brings a new audience - employers and potential employers. This both creates pressure to participate using your legal name and creates potentially serious downsides to doing so. I think it would be great if we could re-consider anonymity as a feature.
Specifically, I'd like to suggest anonymous posting of questions, as well as the ability to mark previously posted questions as anonymous.
Here are some examples of why people might want to post questions without having their name attached to it.
- Questions about how to deal with sticky work situations
- Academics considering reporting fellow staff members for misconduct
In both examples, it would be beneficial for authors to be able to post without risking repercussions from current or future employers or colleagues.