Well, still no joy on the G+ front, but I can at least recommend the Google+ help community. They’ve been more responsive and more informative than any of the responses my names policy violation appeals. I still don’t have much hope for my appeal. The actual Google+ names policy is apparently somewhat different from the published Google+ names policy. While the published policy states that “real” names are merely recommended, they appear to be mandatory unless you’re a celebrity. And, for the purposes of measuring your online presence under a particular pseudonym, your community on Google+ doesn’t count.
If they’re judging names by a policy that’s different than the published one, then I don’t have much hope for my appeal. But, at least some nice folks have taken some time to talk to me, and I appreciate that.