Hey everyone! On this forum we have a convention among the moderators that we use our real first names as user names. There will soon be announced new additions to the moderator team and we were wondering how to deal with the convention. One option is to rename the users, but that would involve (writing a script for) changing their names throughout all forum posts. The second option, however, is to enable a setting of the forum software that has been available for some time now. This setring places real names more prominently next to the user avatar. You can see it in action on https://meta.discourse.org, for example.
This is how it would look like: If the user has a real name set in their preferences, the name displays where now the user name is. The latter loses its bold style and moves next to the real name.
If someone chooses not to share their real name, everything stays as it is now for them (user name in bold).
Should we enable more prominent real names?
Edit: I invite you to read the arguments below before you cast your vote.