troll name

Using an obvious troll name when one wants a persistent but temporary identity is a wiki best practice for political wikis. It avoids serious problems with a use real names policy including identity theft, to mistake troll for human, and losing the right to disappear. Anonymous trolls may prefer a troll name when they are engaging in a diagnostic dialogue with other participants, to give them comfort they're dealing with humans not vandalbots.

Given the usefulness of trolling, with open politics in force, political privacy takes precedence over the desire of people to know who they are dealing with. In politics itself, you don't, and troll names preserve that.

Source: en: dowire.org: troll name