I'm surprised it took this long.
To wit, a senior undergraduate and aspiring Wisconsin sociology grad student is asking if the department is really as craptacular as it appears, based on the Wisconversation blog. So far the answers consist of, "No, it isn't, go read our formal recruitment materials," and, "Merciful god, yes, it sucks, run for the hills." I have no idea which of these is accurate, nor do I give much of a crap, but I do wonder why it's taken so long for this to happen. It was more or less inevitable that blogging play a role in how our departments are seen by those who do web searches on sociology- and that means aspiring grad students, among others.
If the Sconnie blog starts impacting recruitment, I suspect that the faculty might get interested. And that will cast the entire discussion of anonymity in blogging into a new light. Maybe we're about to find out if blogging can have real world consequences after all.