Re: Why wouldn't you expect real names?
There are many instances where anonymity is a good thing. As a writer I can think of many situations where what I write could get me imprisoned, attacked and/or killed in certain regions of the world. This is by governments and not individuals. When Nicholas Copernicus put forward the idea that the Earth revolved around the sun, he could have been excommunicated or killed outright for blasphemy if he hadn't published his hypothesis anonymously. Keep in mind that at the time excommunication was a blacklisting that would rob you of your money your ability to get work, the loss of your friends and often, family.
People often post offensive comments under an anonymous name and this just reflects on the poor job their parents did raising them. There is a trade-off to nearly everything in life. Finding a balance between two poles is what we should strive for. We can give up our privacy as our governments wish to protect us against terrorism, but it doesn't actually help. The secret police wind up with too much information to process rather than the "too little" data they claim they have without invasions of privacy. The poles of balance are shifted the other way and in the process we all lose.
If you have nothing to hide, please post you SSN, Mother's maiden name, current address and banking information. I promise that I won't do anything bad with the info. (I reserve the right to define "bad")