I've noticed that you've set up Surfbirds Forums to enable users to log in with a "username" rather than showing their real name. Before your forums really get going, is there a chance to challange that decision?
Over on BirdForums (the only other such forum I've used) the use of 'handles' and 'usernames' has created a real problem, with people hiding behind their annonomous handles to throw rocks and generally cause trouble with no comeback. It puts people off posting our joining.
Surfbirds has the opportunity to improve on BF's earlier failings - maybe requiring everyone to use full names might help the level of the debates?