I'm the only backend developer for a Drupal site and we seldom encounter technical difficulties. The last one was with an AJAX call and to resolve that, I suggested we switch to realname from username; and he rejected it, claiming that might affect the site badly. How true is that? We have 100~ users.

  • On average, how frequently do your users login (daily, weekly)? How long have they been using this Drupal system (weeks, months, years)? Requiring them to login with their real name rather than username would most likely break the convention that they use on most other sites they frequently access.
    – Andy
    Aug 15, 2015 at 17:37
  • No no, I meant switching to registering with realname. Aug 15, 2015 at 17:39
  • Ok. If you switched to real name, would existing users still login with their username, or would they have to use real name moving forward? Would new users never need to create a username/login with username?
    – Andy
    Aug 15, 2015 at 17:45
  • Old users with username, new ones with realname Aug 15, 2015 at 17:46
  • Im curious as to what problem usernames have with AJAX that realnames could fix, I feel like there must be a better solution.
    – DasBeasto
    Aug 15, 2015 at 17:47

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Thanks to everyone who commented. I ended up injecting the same javascript which had stopped working, to the page.

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