However, at least in the short time I've been here, I feel it's often used as a cover to say something — "less positive" — that a user wouldn't say under thier signed name.
Bury your head in sand much? Just in this very thread, we have AnonyMonk saying:
And I downvoted you for being an ass.
and I downvoted you for complaining about his complaining
There are plenty of other examples to choose from.
As for monastic "ethos", I think s/Anonymous Monk/Brother/g sums up my thoughts nicely.
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