Does AGPLv3 or GPLv3 allow people to contribute code without specifying author of contributed code ? Does it allow people to fork an (A)GPL-project without specifying authors of forked code ?
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Anonymous contributions to a GPL project are possible - essentially they become the copyright of the first identifiable person that enters the patch into the source.
However many large projects are wary of accepting them, in case that in the future they are discovered to come from a large anti-FOSS software company who claims they were stolen/leaked intellectual property. See http://kerneltrap.org/node/5972
That was answered by comments and another answer but I'd like to support it by references.
And copyright law permits anonymous and pseudonymous works. Though, anonymous or pseudonymous, is not synonymous to unidentifiable: