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I believe. "pseudonymity" is derived only from "pseudonym." "Pseudonym" implies a degree of anonymity on its own. "Pseudonymity" and "anonymity" merely share the word root nym. "Ano-" means "without name" (essentially), "pseudo" means "false." I marked it as needing citation, and believe that this should be changed unless someone can provide more information stating otherwise. Darkgroup (talk) 22:13, 16 March 2012 (UTC)

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  • I believe this page should briefly discuss some of the proposed architectures that would establish cross-site verifiable pseudonyms, enabling reputation building while assuring anonymity.Bryan 13:33, 7 November 2005 (UTC)
  • There should be links, at least, to pseudonymity in the law (for example, copyright law).Bryan 15:19, 3 November 2005 (UTC)
    • Also: pseudonymity in science, pseudonymity and authority? Thinking in particular of the whole Bourbaki affair (our article on it seems to completely avoid talking about the authorship motivations)... --Fastfission 03:42, 10 January 2006 (UTC)
  • I find it confusing that the sentence in "Examples", paragraph 4 that reads: "Their views are supported by laws in some nations (such as Canada) that guarantee citizens a right to speak using a pseudonym."[1] references a case example that is NOT Canadian, but rather a legal case settled in the United States of America, Washington to be exact, where First Amendment rights to anonymity are pleaded. Should the sentence not then read "some nations (such as the United States of America)"?
  • This research could enhance the understanding of pseudonymity and contribution for online collaborating and decision making groups meta:Research:Anonymity and conformity over the net — Preceding unsigned comment added by Tsikerdekis (talkcontribs) 15:20, 22 September 2011 (UTC)

Pipesdreams (talk) 20:22, 23 February 2010 (UTC)


I don't want to go ahead and delete half the article, but there are several sections, here, that are huge self references to the Wikipedia project. --Q Canuck 00:45, 22 July 2006 (UTC)

Please don't delete half the article. Or any of the article. Without seeming to be presumtious or insulting in any way, may I ask, won't you please just study it? This is actually a very good article. What you perceive as self references are, in fact, attempts to explain the unfamiliar by discussing the familiar.This is a well-known writing technique that is often employed with material that some people find technically difficult. I hope you can see this, and by the way, thanks for contributing to Wikipedia and caring about its quality!Bryan 03:18, 16 August 2006 (UTC)
No, I'm not saying I'm going to delete half the article. I'm saying someone knowledgeable about the subject should go through, and find a few new examples. Scanning through the article, there are only a couple of examples of pseudonymity that don't mention Wikipedia, and only the Wikipedia examples go into any great detail.
I don't think it's appropriate. This article is about pseudonymity, not pseudonymity as it is acheived on Wikipedia. This topic is not limited to Wikipedia, and isn't even limited to online applications. This article could be discussing pen names used by authors, bloggers, and any number of other topics, but instead is only discussing Wikipedia.
I think if an article like wiki can be written with only a few references to Wikipedia, the same can be done with this article, which is far less directly related to the project. --Q Canuck 13:46, 17 August 2006 (UTC)

Agreed. There are plenty of better examples than Wikipedia. It's not really a self-reference, but it is a non-neutral point of view. — Omegatron 01:44, 28 July 2007 (UTC)

References in Pop Culture[edit]

Several sci-fi authors, notably William Gibson, have written about the hidden identities in cyberspace. Should there be a section for this? — Loadmaster 22:50, 3 October 2006 (UTC)

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