My site (TPM) runs one of the earliest public discourse installations and we’re huge fans. But as we’ve expanded use there’s one question I wanted to ask about. At present, users real world names are not front and center - most of the interaction uses screennames but real names are used on the user pages and comment history. In some communities this works great. And personally I have a preference for fixed real identities. But in the political discussion world there are a lot of people who are paranoid (perhaps too strong a word) about having their political views tied to who they are, etc.
From what my tech director tells me there’s no simple way to change this in the current version of Discourse. Or at least no obvious one. Has thought been given to making this a possible setting, if not at the user level than at the administrator/tech level.
I’ve put this in kind of a wordy way, so to be clear: Is there a way that we can customize Discourse so that users real world names are not viewable to other users?