This has been a matter of debate for many years on this forum about having the full name displayed and I kind of see the views that it should be on display, but equally and in this day and age why should it be?!
To be in the members section of this site you have to be a member of the GBR,, therfore the GBR have your full name, email adress and possibly home address too, so to grant access to the members only part why is this not enough? I know its a 'rule' but why. It makes no sense at all, why not be happy with say 'First name followed by membership number' Im sure that most people who dont go to the member section and contribute because they dont want the full name on display will be more than happy to have a number thats only relivant to the gbr on display with the name?
I changed it once I had access, didn't think that would be a problem. I don't like having my full name on general display on the internet as it is such a unique name (I'm the only Nick S... in this country) I am incredibly easy to trace.
This is also another cause for concern, I ask any member of the Gbr who has flown in a comp and recieved a trophy or cert to type your name into google, click images and im safe to safe 80% of members will find a photo of yourself at the comp, with your full name on display on the first page of Google images!
Now we all have an option to 'opt out' of having our full name on display in the forum which is fine, but its no 'protection' to those who dont want to be traced back to the site.
Even the underground 'Mansfield Mafia' get a google first image result! Now we have to be careful here not to brew up a storm in a tea cup,
as the guys who run the site put in an awful lot of hard work behind the scenes and although its a huge task for Ashley to rename pictures if requested (and he is a nice guy im sure he would if asked
maybe in future any pictures uploaded to this site should only have first names unless consent is given? Keeps everybody happy then,,,,, nearly
............ Running for cover!