This is a discussion, and isn’t intended to sound heavy-handed or micromanagy. I just switched the new user signup setting to require a “Name” in addition to “username”. Since all of you signed up before this convention, and didn’t add a regular name, I wanted to inquire as to your thoughts on the matter.
In general, the thinking is that this community is about fostering relationships that would hopefully turn into face-to-face relationships at some point. To that end, it seems like using names that we might call one another without digital mediation would increase community glue.
At the same time, I am sympathetic to privacy concerns. As well, it’s possible that some of you actually wish to go by these names in real life, and I am just imposing civilized naming conventions on the conversation. Would requesting that people add a “name” filled out be too muich?
For me, even having the Name match the Username in the event that people want to be referred to as their Username IRL would help.
I have long joked about creating an “anarcho-primitivist name generator” which would combine an animal name and plant name, and these discussions always remind me of that inside joke around camp.
There are many many accounts in the forums in the same position as you all, I just happened to pick your accounts from those recently active.
Andrew, of the drowned land (Scots Gaelic: badenoch)