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WHY DON'T PEOPLE COME AS THEMSELVES?

 
 
Reply Sun 20 Jun, 2010 08:02 am
Hi Guys,
Why is it that so many of you arrive at forums such as this and introduce yourself as other than you?
There are some imaginitive names out there. Are they silliy, innovative, or do they just conceal the true identity of the user.

It'll be great to here why you chose your USERNAME, what it means to you and what you think of other's.

Thank you.

Best wishes all.
Mark...
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dlowan
 
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Reply Sun 20 Jun, 2010 08:05 am
@mark noble,
I work in a job where I see large numbers of people, some of them dangerous and all of them troubled, and I don't want to have a whole bunch of clients and other folk know who I am. This is my own little world and I want absolute privacy.

Other than the user name, I am myself. Well, I am generally, but not always, politer in real life.

I chose my user name because it has a deep connection to my mother who died when I was very young.
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djjd62
 
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Reply Sun 20 Jun, 2010 08:08 am
my initials are jd and i like music, i liked the look of djjd but the first time i tried to use it, it was taken (somewhere else), they suggested some random number, but i chose my birth year instead
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Krumple
 
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Reply Sun 20 Jun, 2010 08:20 am
@mark noble,
mark noble wrote:

Hi Guys,
Why is it that so many of you arrive at forums such as this and introduce yourself as other than you?
There are some imaginitive names out there. Are they silliy, innovative, or do they just conceal the true identity of the user.

It'll be great to here why you chose your USERNAME, what it means to you and what you think of other's.


Good question. But why use the same name when you can have something else? I actually like that in Japan a boy coming of age could chose their own name. I am just not a fan of certain traditions and why must you have such a static identity? Nothing about our identity is every static so why should our names be static? Krumple for me is a nickname I have had for a long time and pretty much use it where ever i go that allows it. There are others out there that i get mixed up with but for the most part it is me. How is that any different than using my real name?
djjd62
 
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Reply Sun 20 Jun, 2010 08:20 am
i think that most folks don't come as they are even in real life, i remember having a discussion with somebody abut acting, and they though that acting must be hard

i said, most people act everyday, they act like they like their co-workers, they act like they like their neighbours and people they meet on the street, some act like they like their own friends and families

at least real actors have a script to go by when asked to comment on a picture of their bosses kid
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dlowan
 
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Reply Sun 20 Jun, 2010 08:23 am
@Krumple,
I love it when they call you "Grumple".
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dagmaraka
 
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Reply Sun 20 Jun, 2010 08:24 am
my name is my first name. well, dagmar is. my real name has appeared here several times, too, so i pretty much come as i am, the online world just being an extension of my real world. nothing to hide or conceal.
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Sun 20 Jun, 2010 08:24 am
I like assumed names. It is fun to role play. I have used edgarblythe for many years now.
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plainoldme
 
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Reply Sun 20 Jun, 2010 08:26 am
I initially used my real name on abuzz many years ago but was advised to switch to a nom d'email for personal safety's sake. I did that. About three years ago, I became involved in another forum and used my real name. I am glad I did because through that forum, I became reacquainted with someone I knew in high school. She has had an interesting life and we have come to the same place politically. During the last presidential election, I was. . . of course. . . unable to refrain from stating my displeasure at a certain candidate and I received what would stand up in a court of law as death threats from a militant right winger on that forum. My high school friend sent me a PM and told me that she, too, had originally been open about her identity until this man sent right wing mailing sent to her home along with threats to her person.

I am not happy with having to use pseudonyms but I like security.

I used another nom d'email on abuzz based on the Irish transliteration of my first name. Unfortunately, it is widely used and approval of that name requires additional words, letters or numbers. I just don't like the look of words and numbers mixed together and don't want additional words stuck to the Irish name.

I admired the wit of an abuzz poster who called himself (I assumed the poster to be a man although I remember no identifying characteristics in that person's writing) "fakename." While I would never usurp another's web name, I tried to think of a name in the spirit of fakename, which, to me, is a proclamation, "Under this silly guise, I am still me." I decided plainoldme did the trick.
squinney
 
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Reply Sun 20 Jun, 2010 08:38 am
My name and avatar are "me."

I used to be all happy with myself, but there were not enough letter spaces for names when I moved from Abuzz to A2K. In real life, for the most part, I remain all happy with myself in my "life is silly" way.
snood
 
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Reply Sun 20 Jun, 2010 09:03 am
Interesting. Everytime I've "come as myself", or using my own name, on a forum, I've been advised by some resident in-the-know person to not do that - out of safety concerns. But I chose 'snood' totally randomly - its the name of a silly computer game I was playing at the time...
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DrewDad
 
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Reply Sun 20 Jun, 2010 09:09 am
@mark noble,
Because I don't want all my buddies in the forestry service to know what I do in my spare time. Wearing frilly underwear is really frowned upon, here in Australia.
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OmSigDAVID
 
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Reply Sun 20 Jun, 2010 09:10 am
@mark noble,
mark noble wrote:
Hi Guys,
Why is it that so many of you arrive at forums such as this and introduce yourself as other than you?
There are some imaginitive names out there. Are they silliy, innovative, or do they just conceal
the true identity of the user.

It'll be great to here why you chose your USERNAME, what it means to you and what you think of other's.

Thank you.

Best wishes all.
Mark...
To some extent, I 've explained what it stands for in my A2K profile.

When I began posting to Abuzz in 2000 and to A2K I held a public office, from which I have since retired.
I liked and like being fully free to express myself, however wild n wooly I choose to become in the spirit of the moment,
and I wanted to keep my cyberworld and my professional world separate, unaffecting one another.





David
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Butrflynet
 
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Reply Sun 20 Jun, 2010 09:36 am
@mark noble,
For all I know, your user name of Mark Noble is just a made up name and not your real name. In fact, even if you were to tell me it is your real name, I would still treat it as yet another anonymous name on the internet -- as we all should.

http://www.smartcompany.com.au/Media/images/DogInternet-0467fb2e-c4e2-44cb-ab69-60e525c0518d.jpg
Rockhead
 
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Reply Sun 20 Jun, 2010 09:38 am
@Butrflynet,
but I am a dog...
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Pepijn Sweep
 
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Reply Sun 20 Jun, 2010 09:57 am
I think it´s nice to be able to choose a Name & Avatar. Pepijn was my the Name for my Magical-Alchemist self, years ago. Joining a Philosophy Forum under that Name seems natural.

Sweep is a West/Frisian Family/name. Fryslan is now a Dutch province but was independent territory till the Middle Ages when the catholic bishops brought bloodshed and fables.

I am more proud of this Name than of my administrative name/numbre from the Dutch government. Wish the Queen a speedy retirement and reinstalment of our Burghers' Republic.
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mark noble
 
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Reply Sun 20 Jun, 2010 10:01 am
Hi All,
My real name is Mark Anthony Noble, I live in Swansea City. South Wales and couldn't care less who knows. I'm pretty sure most of the 200,000 populace know me or of me anyhow, and I have nothing to hide.
But I can understand the reasons why others use fake names and am, somewhat, sympathetic to some of the reasons mentioned above. If you wish to remain concealed from those who know you or those who would do you harm, then it is a justifiable reason to shut the door in their faces.
Thank you for participating folks. It is interesting to get to know the real you - false name or not.
Thank you Krumple for that Japanese info, I wasn't aware of that. I think that it is very respectful to bestow this choice upon a child, but I wonder what kind of daft names British or US kids would call themselves, given the choice - I shudder to think!!!
Thank you folks, may all of you have a fine Sunday (except those who prefer to remain beyond the scope of my friendly gesture, of course).
Mark...
kuvasz
 
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Reply Sun 20 Jun, 2010 10:06 am
@mark noble,
Because I have several Kuvasz, and have used "Kuvasz" as my nom de plume on the Net since 1996 to promote the breed.

Aja, my first Kuvasz.

http://aja.freehosting.net/images/classic%20AJA%20600plus.jpg
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snood
 
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Reply Sun 20 Jun, 2010 10:13 am
@mark noble,
mark noble wrote:

Hi All,
My real name is Mark Anthony Noble, I live in Swansea City. South Wales and couldn't care less who knows. I'm pretty sure most of the 200,000 populace know me or of me anyhow, and I have nothing to hide.
But I can understand the reasons why others use fake names and am, somewhat, sympathetic to some of the reasons mentioned above. If you wish to remain concealed from those who know you or those who would do you harm, then it is a justifiable reason to shut the door in their faces.
Thank you for participating folks. It is interesting to get to know the real you - false name or not.
Thank you Krumple for that Japanese info, I wasn't aware of that. I think that it is very respectful to bestow this choice upon a child, but I wonder what kind of daft names British or US kids would call themselves, given the choice - I shudder to think!!!
Thank you folks, may all of you have a fine Sunday (except those who prefer to remain beyond the scope of my friendly gesture, of course).
Mark...


How is it that the 200,000 people know you or know of you? You some kind of celebrity?
Rockhead
 
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Reply Sun 20 Jun, 2010 10:14 am
@snood,
everyone knows everyone in Wales, silly...

there are numerous reasons for anonymity, not the least of which is legal.
 

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