Religous post-nominals

Since this is an attempt to create a comprehensive list, I'd like to mention that religious name changes aren't always a matter of conversion. When a person joins a religious order (monks, nuns, friars, sisters), the initials of that order are conventionally appended to their name (e.g. Timothy Radcliffe becomes Timothy Radcliffe, OP) and, unlike for example academic postnominals, are considered part of the person's name. I have known people with such names who have tried to use sites with a "real name" policy and have not been allowed to use them. Thomas.thurman 11:01, August 16, 2011 (UTC)

Good stuff, Thomas, especially as it fits in with Skud's mainstream examples strategy. Any chance you could scare up some external references for your information? Ideally we would have a link to a source for the initials being part of their name (a scholarly web page on the subject would do) and a link to a source for such folks being denied access to sites with "real names" policies. --hilz 04:31, August 23, 2011 (UTC)

German translation request

I'd like to translate this page into German. There's a heavy discussion about anonymity and pseudonyms going on and a list of people who could be harmed by real name policies could do a lot of good. I didn't see anything about a licence (creative commons or so) here. Is it ok, if I translate it and publish it in a blog with link to the wiki page? Greetings from Germany! CH (02.09.2011)

The entire wiki is licenced under Creative Commons Sharealike-Attribution, so translations (and other derivative works) are allowed as long as you place your translation under the same licence and acknowledge the authors here. Thayvian 01:38, September 7, 2011 (UTC)

"People with disabilities"

Two points on that.

  • True statements, but it is not clearly described in the text, what real names have to to with those discriminations
  • Why is it "we face" when everything else is described in third person?

Terminating ? causes periodic problems for technical reasons.

I've recently had a few occasional issues with cross linking from facebook due to the "?" and of course the Specialness of "?" in URI's. As long as the inbound link correctly encodes it as "%3F" it seems to work fine, but occasionally something goes wrong somewhere and it gets passed through unescaped and treated as a query delimiter, effectively stripping the "?".

I humbly suggest it might be helpful to remove the trailing ? , or at least setting a redirect from the page wtihout the ? so that people don't get lost if they're unfortunate enough to hit this case. Kentnl (talk) 07:03, September 10, 2012 (UTC)

There's now a redirect at Who is harmed by a "Real Names" policy -- RandomTime 13:54, September 10, 2012 (UTC)