Oooh this is an interesting one, I guess I'll go ahead and answer your questions first:1. What do you consider to be your digital identity?
I'm honestly not sure how to answer this one. I'm pretty much the same person except I'm way more open about things that I like or dislike than in real life, I usually use either this name or 2 others.2. How do you feel about anonymity? Is it good, bad, harmful?
I believe anonymity promotes honesty in discussion. It's way easier to give your true opinion about any topic knowing that everyone else discussing it has no idea who you are and no one will be able to judge you for it beyond your digital identity. If I say I dislike politician A, at most you will hate Aethris, you won't know who I am in real life and you won't be able to associate this opinion with the real me unless I tell you who I am.
Of course, on the other hand, anonymity also brings chaos. People may feel more inclined to do harm knowing that there's no way to trace it back to them.3. Do you often change your identity (like when joining a new site), or do you stick to the same one? Why?
I keep my real life related stuff disconnected from my online stuff as much as possible to protect my identity. I've had people attempt to dox me and I do this for my own protection. Other than this, I go by about 3 names (one of which I don't use anymore) and I tend to not hide my digital identity too much.4. How well does your identity represent your "true self"? Is the way you act different than you would in real life? Why?
Like I said before, I'm pretty much the same person except I'm more honest and more open about my interests.
I see no reason to lie about who I am other than to protect my real life identity, so I tend to be more honest and open about my interests online. I'm kind of a huge nerd so I have a lot of trouble finding people with the same interests as me IRL. 5. Should we be honest in our digital identity? Is it okay to pretend to be different than you are? Is it okay to pretend to be someone else? Why?
I believe people should try to be themselves as much as possible, I've seen so many people lie about their gender, nationality, studies, college degrees, jobs, age, etc... It's never ended well. I knew someone who pretended to be an electrical engineering student in the middle of a community of all kinds of engineers, and that did not end well. This person didn't even know what a logic gate is...
If you're going to lie about yourself, at least do it to protect your real identity. Not to one up people or try to impress them.6. Does anonymity bring out the worst or the best in us? Why?
Oh absolutely. For both of them.
One huge part of our game server network (and the one that started it all!) is the creative Minecraft server. And as you may have guessed, not everyone who joins has good intentions. Some people join and instantly start attempting to destroy others' creations. If these people had their real name over their heads rather than their username, I don't think they would've done this. But then, I don't think that a lot of people would've built anything either, out of fear of being judged by their friends that might see it.7. What would the world be like if everyone was exactly like themselves online? For example, used only their own photos as avatars, their real names as usernames, acted exactly how they would irl, etc. Do you think that kind of world would ever be possible?
Photos as avatars? I would have no friends hahaha...
No, but seriously, I think that everyone would be way more worried about what they say and who might be reading. This would prevent a lot of constructive serious discussions from ever happening, but would also prevent a LOT of damage that has been done. I believe that in the long run it would be more harmful than good as people would be way less open about themselves. I know I wouldn't be on here if this were the case.8. How important is the internet for your "social life"?
Extremely important, I would never have met my boyfriend without the internet! I've made countless good friends online that have helped me through the worst times. I've learned things I would never even have known about otherwise. I study networking and sysadmin, I wouldn't have a job without the internet!9. Has anyone ever lied to you about who they are on the internet? Why do you think they did that? Have you ever done this to anyone? Why/not?
One of the perks of owning a game server network is that you get all of this juicy drama when people find out someone has been lying about who they are. A big downside of owning a game server network is dealing with that drama. I've seen all kinds of stuff like this happening. I've met several pathological liars. I've had people beg me for personal info. I've even banned someone who was begging our younger players for pictures of themselves. The story that stands out the most to me is the person who lied about their gender, their age, their location, their occupation and even got someone to roleplay as their sibling! That was some serious dedication, it went on for almost a year. I don't know why this person in particular lied about themselves like this.
I personally haven't gone to this extent to lie about myself, the most I've done was lie about my location when people get too creepy begging for it.
This is an interesting topic and I have way too much to say about it and too many stories from my servers
so I will leave it at this I guess. Sorry if the wording is awkward in some spots, English isn't my native language.