PS: to the person who sent me the nasty e-mail off-board about posting under my real name: I don't feel the need to hide under an alias and stand behind everything I post here.
I can't imagine why anyone would email you about your name.
However, I don't think that just because some of us choose not to, doesn't mean we are "hiding" under an alias, as you say. I don't use my name because this is a public forum and any of my students and/or their families could come across it. We talk about things here that we don't necessarily want those students and families to know we are talking about. I would feel really bad if a student were to think I was talking about him when I was referring to a "problem" and asking for ideas. Some of us consider this a safe place to rant with other people that understand. I wouldn't want a student to see a complaint of mine. These are not usually things I talk about with them.
Also, I assume you meant you DO stand behind everything, not you "don't feel the need .....stand behind" as you said. Just because I'm not using my real name doesn't mean I don't "stand behind everything I say". As I said before, I don't want to chance that I might embarrass a student, or that someone might come across it and misunderstand or take it out of context (like THAT would ever happen on a forum!!)