Since launching Publishing in February, we’ve been amazed at the innovative docs you’ve shared with the world. We’ve also heard a lot of great feedback, especially about docs published with ‘Edit’ as their interactivity setting. (As a reminder: You can publish docs in edit mode so that anyone can view, interact with, and make changes to the doc after logging-in. These types of docs work especially well for voting, brainstorming and crowdsourcing.)
The primary feedback we’ve heard? Not everyone that wants to contribute to a published doc wants to leave their name behind! That’s why today, we’re excited to tell you more about our new option for doc viewers: Logged-in Anonymous Editing.
As a safeguard against undesired interactions, we do still require people to login prior to interacting with a doc in edit mode. However, they’ll see a notice that they can choose to edit using an anonymous identity if they’d prefer to contribute anonymously. This can be confirmed by a doc viewer by clicking on their avatar in the upper right hand corner:
This behavior is also supported for public, unpublished docs. We see this use case a little less often, but users who are shared such a doc can also engage as an anonymous shape:
When you contribute anonymously to a docーespecially by interacting with or adding to tables that might have a people column logging who voted on something or who made a suggestionーyour anonymous shape identity will be used for that information.
Please Note: If you login and edit a doc, you may not return to anonymously edit it at this time. So please don’t try leaving yourself anonymous fan mail in your own docs
We hope this launch empowers you to engage even more people with your amazing solutions in Coda, and look forward to acting on your continued feedback for Coda’s publishing tools.
p.s. For the more pedantic among us (self-included): Yes, technically editing under a name like “Anonymous Rhombus” is pseudonymous editing (vs. anonymous). However, we found that most comparable solutions available today use the phrase “Anonymous,” and so we chose to follow suit. If someone wants to publish a Coda doc calling for reformation across tech companies in their use of anonymous vs. pseudonymous, please share a link in the comments. I’ll gladly sign it!