This forum is shockingly free of "trolling". Maybe its just the size of the community.. I dunno... but historically, forums that allow for purely anonymous posting run rampant with trolls, while forums that have a "real name rule" tend to be much more civil, honest, and forthright. Though there is no need to make that info public, I do agree that using the real name, as verified by credit cards, as your "user name", can be offputting. However... even in forums where you can use ONLY a "handle", you can still follow who says what. Granted, the truely dedicated can just make a 2nd account, but on the whole, user nicks allow for people to be held accountable, without posts or viewpoints being attached to a legal name.
As it sits now, you basically have 2 groups. Those who have their names posted, and those who post "anonymously".. And that person can be 1, or a dozen, or 100 different people. And thats a problem in my book. Its not even a way to be anonymous, its a way to post things without being called to task on it in anyway. For that matter, I could sit and argue with myself on a thread and no one would be the wiser. Its not private, its cowardly.
On the issue of Google... try googling yourself. Doing a search for my name resulted in over 10 pages before I found a passing reference to me, rather than the hundreds of people who share my name. Over 15 before I found something written by me... and it wasnt on BPL. Putting it in quote marks and its still 7 pages til I show up.
My recommendation would be to update the forum software - significantly. There are tens, if not hundreds, of software apps that work better (or, at least allow for easy hyperlinking, user profiles, whatever), are more secure, and with a little skill in coding, can be worked into the existing code. phpBB, yaBB, invisionboard, vB... and thats just off the top of my head.
As for the original topic, I got no beef with Ray. He has his quirks... everyone does.