Even more explicit from +Robert Scoble saying he just doesn't like how Skud (aka +K Robert)'s name looks:
"Clearly Google doesn't want someone named "Skud" here, even though she goes by that nearly everywhere. This is being done for aesthetic reasons and +Vic Gundotra has already said that they will add pseudonym support in the future."
+Robert Scoble and Google Profiles support clearly interpret the policy as requiring a common name as in a normal Western name, rather than the name you're commonly known by as in the name that your actual friends call you.
That's not racist exactly, but it's about as cultureist ethnocentrically bigoted as one can get.
+Bradley Horowitz and +Vic Gundotra, please repudiate +Robert Scoble on this or you are going to get excoriated in the press. He certainly seems to think that his views are consonant with Vic's, and so far, your support team's behavior supports that.
Just because he used big words, doesn't mean he's not saying "I like the real sounding name idea because it looks pretty" Too bad for the other half of the world that doesn't even use Latin/Roman characters as their main language
Not to mention that if "Clearly Google doesn't want someone named 'Skud' here, even though she goes by that nearly everywhere" is true, that flies in the face of the stated policy, which explicitly says: "Your common name is the name your friends, family or co-workers usually call you."
And yeah, I don't think "racist" is an exaggeration. Inflammatory, maybe, but if the shoe fits...
+Todd Vierling awesome, but my point was that anonymity is impossible to stop here if one puts even a little bit of dedication into it.
+Kee Hinckley I guess that's true, I just can't figure out how he can make such demands of people he's not even going to notice anyway (unlike in RL where you just can't not interact with other people)
+Kee Hinckley Well, that's a good point actually. Which is why I'd not just like G+ to rethink their names policy but also give people the tools to avoid people they don't want. Blocking people is there but it's clearly not enough.
I believe that Scoble's interview (dinner) with Vic post mentioned that Vic said they were thinking about it. I'm sure he didn't promise it in that post though, nor would he have anywhere else. You don't promise feature like that.
I think this is exactly the "fancy restaurant" policy we were trying to brainstorm on at some point... I don't really doubt Google has to have some pseudonyms handling (I wonder how famous one must be, though, heh, otherwise you're either nowhere or clearly marked as "second class" of sorts), though.
+Todd Vierling - ha ... I forgot I had commented in there ... hehehe ... exactly - it's prejudice and the very embodiment of xenophobia ... (taking xeno as not just foreign .. it's also 'strange, different, etc in many dictionaries) ...
That's am amazingly encouraging sign. I think a lot of people who were on the fence are tired of the discussion getting in the way of actually using Google+. They want it to just go away, even if it means dropping the policy.
Who knows whether Robert's really 180'ed or was just posting in the heat of the moment ... in any case, he knows M3 and can relate to him, and so is now seeing the issue from the perspective of somebody who's being unfairly targeted by the policies.
Love this from the thread: Parents, please get google's blessing on a name before you give it to your posterity. You will only make their life more difficult if the potentate of the internet deems the name you lovingly and unconventionally ascribe to your new baby isn't normal by their standards . (quote from Chris Peters)
+Todd Vierling To be fair, I was a photojournalism person, so Leicas just didn't come up. Probably just because newspapers/college journalism dept. usually chose Nikon/Canon for pool equipment, and it was those pretentious fashion/art kids w/$$$ name-dropping the Hasselblads.
My Panasonic DMC-LZ8 has a Leica lens, but I bought it because it was $100 yet still had full manual exposure control.