In my opinion the vast majority of anonymous postings do not bring new facts to the thread in question nor do they even attempt to intelligently refute posting by others, including myself, which may be factually incorrect. Instead a majority of the anonymous posting are simply ad hominem attacks against posters who have chosen to both speak out on an issue and to identify themselves so that others can calibrate them as a reliable, or not, source of facts and a valid source of personal opinion. Such posting and the response to them take up a lot of space and quickly detract from the subject matter of the discussuion which is in progress. Often these anonymous postings are, quite appropriately, removed by the Editor and that then leads to anonymous attacks on the Editor and the Almanac claiming censorship.
The Almanac will not publish anonymous letters, why should they permit anonymous postings?
Would not the discussions be more productive if we all identified ourselves and were publicly accountable and responsible for our statements?
By the way - I will not respond to any personal attacks by anonymous posters in this discussion thread.