If you want to hide anonymous posts, go to your account settings and add "Unregistered Users" to your ignore list.
There is this thread from June 2011: Anonymous posting.
Users may post anonymously on the site but due to abuse, all anonymous posts need to be approved by a moderator before appearing on the site. If you do not want to go through the whole process of having your posts approved, create a login. In general, an anonymous post is not approved if it is off-topic, redundant, or personally abusive. Ideally the post adds some insight to the thread. Multiple anonymous off-topic personal attacks from the same IP will result in an IP ban.
Basically some reasons I like and allow anonymous posting:
- some users may have something to contribute but are put off by creating a login, especially if they don't use the site often.
- some users don't want to be associated with an account. Also, given the recent negativity towards the site from Morrissey himself, some contributors may prefer to post anonymously. These are just words on a post, usually it doesn't really matter if 'anonymous' or 'supermozfan' wrote it. The only thing needed for an account is an email address and if it's not obvious, it's pretty easy for people to create an email address without giving any personal information.
- anonymous people are sometimes the best and most challenging contributors.
- 4Chan Founder Moot: 'Anonymity is authenticity,' Zuckerberg 'wrong' - 2011
- In Defense of Anonymous Cowards by Jon Katz - 1999
All-in-all, creating and using an account is still preferred - stand behind your words. Create and use a login if any of the below features you think you would find useful: Ability to customize profile and build a reputation, PM other users, edit your posts, ignore other users and keep a history of your posts and responses.
Moderation / Post Ratings
With the move to XenForo, there is a new like/dislike system that logged-in users can use which gives anyone the power to moderate. If a post has five 'negative' ratings and negative ratings make up more than 75% of the votes, it will be hidden from view. Positivity is encouraged over negativity, however. If you read a comment and think "I'm glad I read that," please leave a positive rating!
Off-topic / Personal attacks
Off-topic or posts that involve personal attacks may be deleted or moved to the Off-topic fight thread in The Pigsty. Repeated posting of off-topic personal attacks in threads for general discussion will result in banning.