The only reason I'm arguing is because so many people seem in favour of it, despite it being clear that there was absolutely no need. When asked for a reason, no one supplied a sufficient one.
As for Stefan's suggestion that a real name has to be used instead of a fake screenname (well this wasn't quite what he said, but is essentially what his suggestion implies), the big problem is that people do not want to use their real name.
Like I implied in my first post, if people want to know your name they will find it out. If you have chosen a fake screenname then put your name in your biography if you want people to find out.
I am against Stefan's suggestion, just because of privacy. If you want to show your name, you should have chosen it as your screenname. If you now regret that, make a new account.
I'm kinda fuzzy on the problems with changing names. are there any? does it cause the site to work improperly?
The second time I was meeting William (IamWeb), I asked Justin what his user name was, he didn't hear me, because he was intensely solving the 4x4, but he did say "Parity". He was of course referring to his solve, but when William walked in I said "Oh, hey, you Parity from the forums right?" In other words... +1 on the optional name section.
There already is an optional name section. It's called your username. If you don't want to broadcast it that directly, you can always add it to your bio. Or link to your Facebook, where your real name is listed.
We have separate fields for WCA profile, IM, YouTube, etc. because they are links to external sites and it's convenient to link people that way. Your name is just your name. You can put it anywhere, and adding a separate field for it seems unnecessary.
LOL yes good times...
btw you have to capitalize WEB, those are my initials.
EDIT: Chang ninja'd.
Oh I know
How about an option to have it under your user-name, where the location and such is. It would make much more practical than being on your profile.