Re: Real Name Policy for CNCF
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This isn't so much a question, as it is a request for the CNCF/TOC to review and possibly reverse this policy. While I and many others choose to use their legal name when contributing to projects, there are many reasons why someone might choose to use a pseudonym while contributing. Examples of some of those reasons and the harm that a "real names" policy can create are discussed in the EFF's open letter to Facebook, when Facebook introduced their real name policy in 2015 .
Pseudonyms are also used regularly when publishing copyrighted works. When used in the book publishing industry, they are commonly known as "pen names". The U.S. Copyright Office  (where the CNCF is based) and the Canadian Intellectual Property Office  (where I am personally based) both affirm that use of a pseudonym is permitted.
I'm sure there are others who have more expertise in the subject who could provide more reasons and context, but I personally feel like this is an unnecessary barrier to contribution and may exclude talented contributors from our projects.
On Sat, Jul 2, 2022 at 3:04 PM Davanum Srinivas <davanum@...> wrote: