I’m sure I’ll be accused of it at some point so I want to get this out of the way.
I generally post on blogs under the handle, Brandon Shollenberger, as that’s my name. Preceding this were two other handles, Docevus and zz1000zz. Both came about from video games and message boards, and I still use them there.
However, sometimes I find I’ve been capriciously banned at a site and I decide to try one of the other handles. My reasoning is simple. I believe the minor deception of not announcing my identity is justified by the far larger deception imposed upon the readers by inappropriate moderation decisions.
Some would call that using sock puppets. I don’t know if I agree. What I do know is people should be allowed to be informed of matters without worrying a site host is deceptively trimming his or her comment stream.
I only post under a different handle if there is a specific issue or concern I feel a site’s readers should be aware of, I never post under a different handle to troll, and I never post under a different handle for more than a few comments.
I think that’s reasonable. I think if someone is unfairly gagging you, it is reasonable to try to resist the gagging a bit.
Maybe others will disagree.