I mostly agree with James Joyner on this, though I enjoy a little bit of drama at times – for fun, if for no other reason. But I've never been in a position in which I felt it necessary to remain anonymous here for fear of personal or professional consequences. And it's a long accepted practice, for better or worse. That a writer at a site like NRO would stoop to outing an anonymous liberal blogger is, hopefully, far more a discredit to Whelan and NRO, than it is trouble for said blogger. Were it up to me, Whelan would be gone as an NRO blogger. I think it somewhat revealing when so called professionals start looking like the children out here, as opposed to the more traditional amateur bloggers. It's likely one reason why many started blogging and reading blogs back before so many alleged professionals decided they had to catch the wave.
I’ve blogged here under my real name for over six years and prefer to read and link bloggers who do likewise. Signing my name to what I write makes me think twice and the active realization that others whose arguments I’m engaging are real people also tends to make me more reflective. (Frankly, the blog might be more interesting if my writing were less tempered but I’m ultimately more interested in dialogue than drama.)