Vanilla has implemented the real names support you asked for and funded. Rather than making real names a required field, the Vanilla team extended the user name functionality. You can now have usernames with up to 50 characters and spaces, and users can change their own user name. So please try changing your user name to your real name and let me know if you have any problems.
Thanks again to everyone who donated to make this happen.
— Jackson J. Showalter-Cavanaugh
Ouch. I think we just broke the cross-reference feature with the spaces in names.
I’ll let them know about the broken cross-referencing. I need to send them a lists of accents we need anyway.