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I have a group of online workers that need to work on a common task , the notifications for the work to be done are also common like the todo lists, wikis, docs etc. What I want is enforcing anonymity among the workers so that their identity is hidden from each other , yet they can see each other's work\tasks under pseudo aliases. Although communication among the workers is encouraged but sharing of identities is not. This is required by the nature of the project to not know each other's identity , so that work of the individual workers wont get copied\contaminated with each other(Kind of researcher study requirement where participants should not know each other).

What worked for me till now

I am currently using the email Bcc to maintain anonymity between the workers, But it has its restrictions like others cannot see other people's work, redundant threads etc. Inshort it become cumbersome to manage threads in BCC.

I have seen, Wiki, google docs, wiggio etc and may be I am missing something that I cant figure out how to accomplish this?

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I don't see how anonymity increases productivity. Why not use sharepoint under aliases? Or any private forum-type. –  Raystafarian Aug 5 '13 at 0:44
    
I cant use forums as the users can reveal thier identities, reg productivity then yes it does help in some special cases like research projects –  Ali Aug 5 '13 at 0:53
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What is it like a double blind study or something? They can't email each other? They could reveal themselves via email, or IM. –  Raystafarian Aug 5 '13 at 0:55
    
Ya , something very similar to what you are saying –  Ali Aug 5 '13 at 0:56
    
I don't think there's a way to filter their communication to ensure they don't reveal their identity without it hitting a toll-gate somewhere, which would be a manual process of reading the correspondence. –  Raystafarian Aug 5 '13 at 0:58

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This seems to be a fairly simple one: have each of the workers create a new email alias that is unrelated to any other email account and which they only use for your project, and then use whichever of the many online collaboration tools you like.

Bear in mind, the classic...

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All you really have to do, is tell your team that you want them to be anonomous, and then they shall take steps. But I believe this isn't really a productivity question - this is about security, and you'll get much more detailed and solid answers over at the security SE. My opinion is that asking your collaborators not to reveal their identities is fairly easy. Consider how well wikipedia works, and only a tiny fraction of their volenters give a plausble identity.

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I had this Idea in mind but , this maybe too cumbersome for people to maintain or even check their new email IDs –  Ali Aug 12 '13 at 19:22
    
bear in mind that things like gmail will happily import from another account automatically and will give you a bunch of 'send as' ids. –  Joe Aug 13 '13 at 9:31

Maybe you need some kind of collaborative software? I am not sure that are your exact needs but try out these two: Kanban Tool and Basecamp . Also, you can google "online collaborative software" and you will find lists of other web-based tools like theses mentioned above.

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I have zeroed in on Trello which is similar to Kanban, but this too does not ensure a strong anonymity. Although it seems that it does restrict private communicatios, everything is public, but one can easily google the user name and get personal details. –  Ali Aug 12 '13 at 9:16

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