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Why is there a need for anonymity at all on a website like this. As with many other sites, I suspect it would benefit if everyone had to say who they were, as well as saying what they think

Brendan, sorry, I just saw this comment today. The IEA Council decided to allow anonymity to continue as it does have some benefits–some people are members of the civil or public services, or they are otherwise barred from commenting as ‘themselves’. The identities of all the commenters through emails and IP addresses are known to the forum moderators like myself, so in extremis we can seek them out.