“But Anonymous”

An impersonal attack, so to speak.


[KRISTIAN] So you just quoted me as a “contrarian” with your anonymous profile and hashtags but I should own the passive-aggressive act.

[TONY] You refuse to own anything, because you are too cowardly to use your name.

[DANIËL] Why are all anonymous accounts so stupid?

Objections and Replies

(Anonymous) You’re anonymous
Reply. You must be new to ClimateBall. Anonymity isn’t pseudonymity. A pseudonym has persistence. I claim authorship for everything I write.

(Coward) You’re a coward
Reply. What I say under my name is my honor. A pseudonym carries responsibilities. It also limits authoritativeness. Try to hold a position in ClimateBall without relying on your authority of your own person and see how it goes.

(Nobody) You’re a nobody
Reply. I’m a ninja. What I claim stands on the evidence I offer. Disrespect me at your own peril. See if I care.

(Nothing) Therefore you know nothing
Reply. It’s also harder to convince when bolstering no credentials. Ninjas’ power come for the skillz they display, not from some studies they did decades ago in unrelated disciplines.

(Asshat) Anonymity allows you to be an asshat—
Reply. As opposed to Nassim’s SpeedoScience, no doubt. Or perhaps Donald? Srsly, you should think about the constraints pseudonymity imposes and the influence branding one’s real self affords.


{Humility} From greater pseudonymity comes greater humility. Not claiming to know more than one can show applies to everyone. If you brag being the best coder in the world, be ready to be asked for some code.

{Real anonymity} A strict anonymity rule would forbid that any comment be undersigned. I would play by this rule. Once you adopt a pseudonym, you are bound by it. This implies that you should publish everything under that name, at least insofar as it’s within the Climateball microcosm.

{Tradition} There is a long tradition of pseudonyms, e.g. Nicolas Bourbaki or Banksy. When faced with the example of Publius or Cato, Freedom Fighters usually throw another squirrel in the fight.

{Ninja} No, I’m not a real ninja. It’s an Internet joke. As if ninjas would tell you who they are. No need to tell you who I am to own what I do.