But TechCrunch contributor Gregory Ferenstein says there is evidence to the contrary --- that, far from improving discourse, the presence of real-name policies might even work against it.
Ferenstein notes the experience of Korean websites that instituted real-name policies for larger operations. The policy didn't lead to a decrease in malicious comments, but it did lead to increased hacking. Further U.S. academic research actually found an increase in expletives, too.
Ferenstein concludes: "The presence of some phantom judgmental audience doesn’t seem to make us better versions of ourselves."