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I have used a handle online for many years, mostly because I have seen the results of people who use their real names and advocate for conservatism. People have lost their jobs over this issue. I wouldn't want to either lose work or never be offered it because someone decided my politics did not agree with theirs.
Note that a handle need not result in the person being a bad actor. I consider my handle to be my internet brand. I use my handle for my URL. I would not say something from anonymity that I wouldn't say to someone who knew my name.
If I had sufficient wealth to not have to work again in my field, I might make a different choice.
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