Moreover, just as insistence on passwords might give a false sense of assurance by implying but not providing good security, insistence on real names implies but does not provide assurance that individuals are actually using real names, or that they are trustworthy. (cf. AvoidIllusion)
This has consequences: On a wiki, a signature does not guarantee authorship. No authentication is possible. Over time, however, regular authors get to know each other, so trust develops nonetheless. Non-trivial fraud will be detected by the community sooner or later.
On KuroShin, a separate subculture has formed around their DiaryCollective?, where certain members have come to know each other more intimately than those that just are just active in the main story sections. Like any clique, they come complete with inside jokes that they seek to lay upon the public-at-large to differentiate themselves.
The rest is unimportant. While it might seem obvious to anyone who pays attention to the KuroShin diaries that this is just an elaborate joke, to some people it [wasn't]. For instance, someone [asked] RustyFoster, proprietor of KuroShin, to check the IPs to verify the story. Another person was [insulted] by the stunt.
Uncertainty breeds paranoia. Not long after, this story arrived in queue:
To which Betcour incorrectly responds,
Naturally, it was the diary clique that voted it up because they thought it was funny.
This case only shows how vulnerable PenNames are to subversion and confusion. While entertaining partially for this reason, care must be taken to avoid subverting OpenProcess by damaging the AuditTrail. We could also AvoidIllusions that logins are unique and authenticatable, as well as create CommunityExpectations against such acts. Note that in this case, mrgoat's peers encouraged this behaviour by voting the story up amongst other things.
On the other hand, they have a point. If you take things too seriously, they're no longer fun. The other illusion to avoid is that the PenName""s are to be taken seriously.
[ed: Both stories were dumped from the queue.]
Contrast TombStoning which is more serious.