It really chafes my scrote when someone says something like this:
A comment to bloggers. I do my best to credit blog posts by the author’s real name. However, if you blog under a psuedonym [sic] and don’t make it easy to find your actual name, I may not. Unless you want me to attribute your writings to your silly Internet handle, you should include your name somewhere prominent (if not on every page, on the “About” or “Contact” page).
With all due respect, Mr Baker, it’s not up to you where I should or shouldn’t put my “real” name; plenty of people have damn good reasons for remaining anonymous online. Nor is it up to you to sneer at someone’s “silly internet handle”. Put the nick in quotes if you must, and move on. It’s a name, it attaches to a person, and it matters — at least it should matter — a good deal less than the substance of whatever you’re quoting.
I realise that netonyms have been passé among the hipsterati for some time now, and my impression is that it’s a good thing, due mainly to being more comfortable online than crusty old luddites like me. Nonetheless, that you haven’t been online long enough to have a nick that half your friends use instead of your “real” name is no reason the rest of us should subscribe to your particular view of how the internets should work. You can quote me on that — you can even use my “real” name if you want.
Damn kids, get off my lawn, mutter grumble mutter mutter…