Not sure if it’s really a bug, but it definitely seems out of place and I feel members would think twice about giving out their real name if they knew it’d actually be used.
But err… users can save their actual full name on their profile if they wish, but it isn’t really mentioned anywhere that it’ll serve a lot of purpose and it’s only publicly viewable by others if they open your profile page.
In my case it doesn’t even matter.
But for some reason, email updates (such as someone quoting you and you don’t visit the forums in the next 10 minutes) actually use that full name field instead of username, like this:
Is that intended? When I read that email title in my inbox I have no clue who it is before I open the full email or visit these forums.
It’s not private information, obviously. Discourse doesn’t tell you that it’s hidden and indeed - it’s even visible on your profile page.
But I doubt showing that full name on email updates is both intended and particularly useful.