I guess I feel strongly about this issue. Anyway, another thing that is so stupid about Google's policy is that they're simply being duped.
Content makers using the rel=author tag are easy to spot, in the SERP's you'll see the author's picture and it will list how many "Google Circles" they belong to.
Have you ever seen one of these in the SERP's where the author didn't belong to 1000 or 2000 circles. Have you ever seen one where they just belonged to five or ten?
Evidently, if you choose to participate you might as well spam the system to death. By valuing this metric, Google isn't promoting the worlds best content, they're simply promoting the content of the people who are world's best at working the system.
Give it a rest Google, you're not the internet police. The use of a pseudonym doesn't have anything to do with the quality of content or responsibility.
Whereas Wordpress helped to change the web by making is super easy for innumerable people to have a site (a real contribution), your legacy is one of creating an environment that lead to an explosion of junk-content made-for-adsense sites.
And there is no question that you had the real name of every one of the MFA developers because the check had to be made out to someone.