Anonymous Posting is a feature that allows board owners and/or admins to decide whether or not to allow for the ability for board followers to post anonymously.
To access this feature, navigate to the admin Settings tab within the desired board. In the Basics subsection, you can enable/disable the Anonymous feature simply by clicking on the corresponding checkbox. ( seen below )
Pins will have an accompanying "Post as Anonymous" checkbox once the feature is enabled. ( seen below ) As a user posting content, click this checkbox to enable or disable Posting as Anonymous.
Users who wish to comment anonymously will have to toggle the dropdown menu beneath the comment's "Post" button, then select the "Post as Anonymous" option. ( seen below )
Posts and comments made Anonymously will be indicated by an incognito icon, rather than the user's profile picture and their name will be similarly altered to display as "Anonymous" ( seen below )
- If a board owner decides to disable the ability to post anonymously, existing posts will retain their anonymity.
- Board owners are still able to see the original identity of users who have posted content.
- All users will be able to see the identity of their own posts.
The screenshot below shows the same pin as the screenshot above but from a board owner's (instructor) view rather than the view of a follower (student).
Sample use-case scenario:
Enabling Anonymous Posting can be useful when a course is discussing very personal or sensitive material. From a pedagogical standpoint, giving students the opportunity to bring their own unique experiences into the discussion is crucial in educational process. Issues can arise though where students do not feel comfortable or are hesitant to reveal personal information.
Anonymous Posting can help alleviate this issue in a very simple and straightforward manner. It is important to remind students that this is not completely anonymous, because the instructor and admins for the board will still be able to see their identities. This also helps instructors to be able to monitor and moderate the discussions and conversations if necessary.
Another use case that some Professors have used Anonymous Posting for is Anonymous Peer Review. Students can post their work and have it reviewed anonymously by their peers. Anonymity leads to better and more open feedback given by peers.