PaloAltoOnline.com asks that posters use their real names, which in my opinion means your full, real name (Chris Zaharias, for example, which is mine); after all, using your real first name along is no less anonymous than using a 'member name'.
I imagine the editor(s) feel that posting with our real names ensure
a) that postings are respectful & truthful; and
b) that Town Square continues to be a thoughtful gathering place for sharing *community* information & opinion.
I do think respectful & truthful discussion are enhanced when what we say is attached to who we are, and it's without question that the only way to ensure opinions being posted are *from* community members is for people to state their true name (or at least affirm their PA residency).
Can the editor(s) clarify their desires on this point, and can readers agree or disagree with my views? I love PAOnline and would love it even more if it had the true, PA local community feel to it that real names would afford.