All we really need (and we definitely need it) is a feature in which the last names of the authors, separated by commas perhaps, are copied to the clipboard so we can paste it before the actual citation. That’s it. As with many other folks the vast majority of my writing starts a sentence with the authors in the text, for example,
Onkal, Goodwin, Thomson, Gonul, and Pollock (2009) were the first to study forecasting adjustments.
I have clicked on suppress author, but I still have to type out by hand ALL of the names. In a case like the one above, it’s particularly frustrating because I also have to insert all those umlauts too. If, there were a button that simply copied all those names (which we can’t do in the popup window) minus their initials, it would save an ENORMOUS amount of time. And it’s actually particularly frustrating at the moment, because I have to remember the names when looking at the popup and then hope I get it right, because for me to be able to type, the popup window has to disappear. We really need to be able to quickly copy the names.
Does this make sense? It shouldn’t be affected by updating at all, because it’s not actually part of the citation. It’s part of the text. We just need help typing it, because, again, there are a lot of them, they can be long, with funny characters, and you have to remember them.