Doesn't matter to me what people want to call themselves. I picked my screen name in memory of a dog I had for 15 years. My furry friend died about the time I started visiting discussion forums so I chose to honor him in this manner. (Chewy was already taken so I went with Chewybacca)
I think it is kind of silly to assume we are hiding from something, or are going to be rude, just because we use a different screen name.
edit- Many of us have our real names in our profile.
i guess that if enough people know you by your ST screenname it's pretty similar to using your real name. I fell like if you start insulting / criticizing people or post your opinion in aggressive ways it'd be cool to put a real name at the bottom of a post and en-able messages.
Mine dates from the dark ages when the internet was in it's infancy and I've just kept using it. Stems from an old joke about a russian climber (not funny), and I DO pop off sometimes.
In real life I'm Dave Antaya.
This is Dan Merrick but keep that to yourself. You probably remember me from our trip to Starr King with Clint.
I was in the habit of posting on forums and news groups with my name or some form form of it when I first signed up here. At that time it seemed like almost everybody here used a screen name and I assumed that was the tradition for this site.