Member Rara Avis
Since we're trying to get this thread back on track, I'll add my opinion to LP's suggestion.
I think hiding the poet's name would only affect the Member's who are already reading and voting as we all agree they should. The few who are subverting the intent of voting would continue to do so, with a lot more background email being exchanged about who is who. The benefits, in short, would be minimal, affecting only a small group of people who live at neither extreme of the gradient.
Unfortunately, the disadvantages would impact everyone. Authors could no longer thank or otherwise interact with their readers, and we would have to devise policies for those that "give away" their identity. I would have to change the software to avoid the silver folders that signify an "unbump" reply, and obviously the Tabulation page would require major overhaul (especially as it relates to Indirect Votes). Those are fairly heavy costs, for what I think would be minimal benefit.
I've actually given this some little thought because I've planned, for over a year now, to open a new forum called Masquerade. Poetry would be posted anonymously, and other Members would try to "guess" who the author is, based on style and content. The authors would purposely try to write in a new style (a definite learning experience for many, I think). There are two things that have kept this idea on the back burner. The first is the same as I listed above; some fairly hefty software changes. (Along with those already mentioned, I would have to hide the IP log from our Admins, so they could fairly participate.) The second holdup is that I would really like to award monthly prizes (maybe free books?) to a "winner," but have been unable to come up with a suitable way to break the inevitable ties.
* The "Post New Topic" screen for this forum would include a new field, where the Member would enter the "Alias" under which the poem or story will be posted. A different alias can (and should) be used for each entry.
* Some time before the month is over, the author of the poem MUST reply to their own thread, though they can be just as sneaky as they want (pretending to guess or throwing in a red herring). Part of the strategy for the author would be deciding when to reply, and part of the strategy for other Members would be deciding when to guess (wait long enough, and you'll know the author is limited to those in the thread).
* Members would be given a maximum of (say) three guesses per poem.
* Poems must be a minimum length (say, 20 lines), so the other Members will have enough material to make reasonable guesses.
* The author must publicly admit, in the thread, when they have been unmasked.
* The winning author would be the one who fooled the most people, as determined by wrong guesses and possibly spread over all their entries for the month. Being unmasked negates all wrong guesses in any given thread. The winning Member would be the one who had the highest number of successful unmaskings in the month. And I would like to occasionally give a very subjective "Most Brazen" award for someone who fools us in spite of giving away meaningful clues. For example, if Balladeer wrote about Toerag and we didn't guess who it was, that would be brazen. If Kit posted under an alias of Tik, that would be brazen (though if Nan tried that trick, I'd have to call it crazy).