Last year he was involved in three scandals of the blogosphere: Crackergate, Expelled from Expelled, and... I can't remember the third one. If anyone reminds me, I will update. [Update 4/12: The third scandal I was trying to recall was PZ's involvement in eliminating the promotional deal between the Creation Museum and the Cincinatti Zoo. Thanks to Pierce R. Butler.]
Together these put him solidly in the public light, and for many people in a severely bad one. As a consequence his good name has been all over the media in the past year, with a lot of calls for prayer and lawsuits alike.
Here is my observation: People who like Dr. Myers call him PZ. People who hate him call him Paul Zachary.
No Pharyngulite with respect for herself refers to him as Paul Zachary Myers, while it is the preferred designation among his detractors.
The producers of Expelled: No intelligence Allowed hate him (cached page): Big Science’s Thought Police: Protesting too much
The Catholics really hate him: Catholic League, Catholic News Agency
Bloggers who hate him:
Professor Paul Zachary Myers, Bigot
Paul Zachary Myers - The Epitome of Liberal Intolerance
Paul Zachary Myers: Evolutionist and Now Imminent Desecrator
I am not saying that there aren't exceptions; at least I have seen examples of his foes writing "PZ". Accepting this otherwise clear trend, I am compelled to ask why that is: Why is that?
- Do people think using initials only is endearing?
- Do people who don't like him hope that revealing his full name will increase the chance of legal repercussions?
- Do his foes believe that the use of his full name holds some magic power over him?
- All of the above?