Why is it that in most forums, including this one, most people prefer to use pseudonyms? i.e. why do they / you hide behind some made up name ? Are they afraid of repercussions of using their real name for the comments they make? I suspect that some civility would return if posters were required to properly identify themselves. I do know of one person who has had some threats after using their full name here but I suspect that is an exception. I've heard some people say that it's just tradition but I think that's a chicken shit answer. On most forums that I frequent, I use my full, real name.
Here's a good article about the Huffington Post and why they will no longer accept anonymous comments :
"Freedom of expression is given to people who stand up for what they're saying and who are not hiding behind anonymity,"