Are you afraid of being recognized despite the lack of identification on your admonition? Here are a few suggestions on making sure your anonymity is preserved.
- Make sure the Admonymous link you followed was probably seen by many other people. T-shirts, stickers, posters, facebook posts and personal websites are examples of methods of distribution that are likely to be seen by many. A link given to you personally is a bit more suspect. Remember that the Admonymous account is associated with a Google user account, so one can’t game the system by signing up multiple times and generating multiple links to share with different people. At most, one can generate a link for each Google account they have access to. If you’re still concerned, examine their Admonymous name and user name: do they make sense, or do they look suspicious?
- Avoid referring to specific incidents that can identify you. If you refer to a specific event, make sure that other people were there who could also get the Admonymous feedback and deliver a similar admonition. “You were not sensitive in bed last night” will not preserve your anonymity even if you don’t sign it.
- Be aware of your writing style. If there are stylistic identifying marks in your admonition, they can expose you.
- Focus on facts, not judgments or feelings. It’s great to discuss feelings in an open conversation, but doing so anonymously is limiting on the one hand, and can expose you, on the other. By focusing on facts you simultaneously make sure your admonition is good, and protect your anonymity.