What's your programmer name?

1 Name: Anonymous 2017-03-23 03:42
This thread is on the merits and shortcomings of releasing software anonymously or pseudonymously versus using your real name. The only benefit I can think of with using your real name is if you want to get a job or use your open source project at work and be able to show your boss and earn some points towards that raise. Everywhere else, using a secret identity seems to be preferable.

Is there anyway to get the benefits of both? Thoughts?
2 Name: Anonymous 2017-03-23 03:47
What's your actual question, dude?
3 Name: Anonymous 2017-03-23 05:01
Anonymous releases are generally a bad idea because reputation is very useful if you evaluate a program. Consider as an example systemd: Many people rejected it because they knew the lead developer was also behind Pulseaudio and Avahi. Of course, negative reputation is easily circumventable if you use pseudonyms, but it works the other way around as well: ``Written by the author of musl'' is a good argument in favour of some piece of software. Reputation is even more important if cryptography is involved. I can't think of an advantage anonymity has over pseudonymity however. If the software is simple enough to be audited by the user, it probably makes no difference, but I doubt you had simple/trivial software like that in mind when you made this thread.

The difference between real name and pseudonym is more complicated. There are good reasons to hide your real name: You don't want to be personally associated with the software (e.g. because it is illegal where you live) or a place related to it such as [spoiler]/prog/[/spoiler], but if you use a persona long enough, it becomes possible to deanonymize you. In Germany, something like this recently happened to a politician who wrote under a pseudonym for a far-right publication; he was identified by peculiar wording. Coding style, documentation style, or just straight-up intersection of interests can all identify you: How many people know the internals of X11, are good network programmers and like an obscure show that was referenced by ``you'' some time ago? Some of this can be mitigated through personas, but it's hard to maintain these without the occasional, possibly fatal hiccup. So there is a limit to how long you can pull this off.

Is there any way to get the benefits of both?
The advantages are so intimately tied to your public connection to the software or lack of the same that you might as well consider them equivalent. Either you are connected to a program or you aren't.
4 Name: Anonymous 2017-03-23 16:40
I pretty much just program game junk so I use my gamer handle.
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