If Manifold had anonymous betting, would you use it at least once a week?
resolved Sep 27

Anonymous betting means that each of your trades would appear as "Anonymous" in the trade log and not be directly traceable to your account.

Anonymity may be useful in betting against things that are socially desirable (e.g. betting against your friend's chances of success in business, dating, etc.).

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Quinn Dougherty

Important feature for whistle-blower protections. Recall the CAIS drama

SneakySly avatar

This idea is like private groups. Don't repeat your mistakes.

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Joshua avatar

I agree, people are allowed a pseudonymous alt which puts the ball in their court for anonymity. A dedicated manaccountant could still piece together a large anonymous bet with someone's profile to figure out who it was, so this would still be worse than using your alt for anonymity.

I think this would mostly be used for poorly disguised profit transfers, of which there are already too many.

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Quinn Dougherty

@Joshua itd be cool for @Manifold To look at discord or tumblr in terms of lowering friction to account switching

Joshua avatar

Yeah I might actually make an alt if they did this.

evergreenemily avatar

I prefer to let all my bets be publicly available information while keeping my identity anonymous instead.

Joshua avatar

I think this would make the site a lot less fun. I love seeing someone make a big bet and then going to their profile and seeing what else they're betting on and if there's something big happening. It would be optimal to always be anonymous if the option was available, because there's no reason to give information to your adversaries. It would turn into a big prisoner's dilemma, where the site would be more fun and accurate if no one did it but everyone has an incentive to defect and be anonymous while hoping no one else does so.

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SG avatar

@Joshua We'd probably charge something like M1 to bet anonymously; most bets would still be public.