When you sign up to headingley.org we ask for your real name because........
The aim of our networks is to support the real-life community of Headingley.
We hope that, when you are going about your community life, you will bump in to someone you have 'met' on-line and be able to say hello.
As Headingley is a real community, real names are needed to build real-world links. We have a policy of not allowing avatars or pseudonyms as this would result in a semi-virtual community, with less connection to the real one. When you sign up for a membership we say, "Must be your REAL NAME. First name, then surname."
We also use this as another way of excluding spambots. Bots ignore our request to give human-sounding names.