This is a bit of a concern for women, since it draws a measure of harassment. (Don’t bother rationalizing the harassment, or pretending you didn’t notice. This is the Internet. You’re a fool if you don’t notice it.)
I agree. I go to great lengths to keep my real name off the Internet. I once had a tiny spat with a boss at a new job because they wanted to put a two-sentence bio about me on their home page. (I lost.)
In fact, THERE IS NO WAY I WOULD EVER USE MY REAL NAME ON ANY PROJECT, GROUP OR ADDRESS, UBUNTU OR OTHERWISE.
If your group wants my help, you’ll get it — 110 percent. But you won’t get my real name. If my real name is a requirement to join your little club, you can forget it. My name, my address, my picture, my gender, even my favorite color … are not your business. Find someone else to contribute.
I find it a little annoying that there would be a requirement like that at all. Ubuntu membership doesn’t require it, so I’m not sure why a beta testing team for Launchpad would.