Whine to the gods that you forgot to write down the passphrase.
Complain to the gods that someone else claimed your node.
Never post as yourself. Post all nodes anonymously and claim the good ones.
And we're to believe that all these people who fail to heed all the many warnings about following Writeup Formatting Tips are going to suddenly notice the passphrase and keep track of it?
Cite new-found precedence in people claiming Anonymous nodes as reason for expecting to be granted ownership of Swimsuit issue, exactly 390 bytes, etc. Why should it matter these high-ranking nodes were posted years ago? People are able to claim nodes now, and... yada yada yada.
No, the precedence is that AM-posted nodes remain anonymous. Each person who posts anonymously and then accepts the fate that the node shall remain anonymous takes the role of the next Dutch boy to walk along and save Holland. As soon as we let that little leak flow, a little problem will turn into a big ordeal, in my opinion.
The gods have resisted the temptation to attribute any anonymous node to any author because to do so would open the floodgates. Perhaps not the floodgates of permissiveness, but certainly the floodgates of whining, complaints, and hard feelings. No single schoolboy's attendance record is important enough to let Holland flood.
Heck, we even have very well known, very well respected (within the Perl community) contributors who upon losing their passwords without having an email address on record ended up losing their account.
This is supposed to be fun. Getting all caught up in "I posted that, you should give me credit." is taking it all too seriously.
I don't mind seeing new ideas tossed about, but unless they're well thought out, as well as being supported with voluntary labor, they're probably not going to make it past PerlMonks Discussion. It never hurts to discuss an issue and possible solutions. Change here in the Monastery, slow as it may seem, is the result of ideas filtering through the furnace of thoughtful consideration. Some big idea may have some small component of it that catches on. NASA's contribution to the Space Age didn't put colonies of Utopian suburbia on the moon. But it did bring us microwave ovens and velcro. (figuratively even if not specifically)
A bit offtopic: It would be really nice if perlmonks was available via https. On http://www.perl-community.de/ we have https access. It's just a self signed cert, which is not perfect, but it's at least good enough to log in quite safely when being at a YAPC, and I don't wanna miss it anymore.