Since some other websites are changing their policies about revealing the names and the email + IP addresses of commenters, and because I’ve never explicitly stated this website’s policy on the issue, let me give it now.
While I have always encouraged commenters to use their real names instead of pseudonyms, my policy is to always protect the identity and contact details of commenters, anonymous or not. What that means is that under no circumstances will I reveal your name, email, IP address, or other personal information to other commenters. Nor will I reveal them to anyone with one exception: if a comment appears to threaten physical or other harm to someone, including me, I will report the information to the proper authorities. But I see no point in reporting it to the commentariat as a whole.
If you wish to contact another commenter (this happens sometimes), email me and ask. I will then contact the person in question and ask if that’s okay. Only then will I pass on the contact details to the parties.
And those guilty of what I see as bad behavior, trolling, or other violations of The Roolz will simply be warned, banned, or moderated, but never outed.
I am heartened that so many commenters have chosen to use their real names, and I encourage you to do so, for I think this practice encourages the kind of civility I’m proud of on this site. But there will be no sanctions for using a pseudonym.