Supporters of the real name policies often claim, without evidence, that real names lead to higher quality content. This analysis of Disqus comment data suggests that, for Disqus commenters, the opposite is true.
“According to the data, 61 percent of all Disqus comments are made via pseudonyms, versus 35 percent anonymous and 4 percent using real names (i.e. Facebook). People with pseudonyms also comment 6.5 times more than those who comment anonymously and 4.7 times more than commenters who use real names… Disqus maintains that not only does allowing pseudonyms produce more comments, but the quality of the comments is also better, as measured by likes and replies.”