How did you choose your forum name?

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30/08/2012 at 14:50

Ratzer. Male or female? Left with no idea.

30/08/2012 at 14:53
Colin McLaughlin wrote (see)

Ratzer. Male or female? Left with no idea.

Does it really matter?

30/08/2012 at 14:58

I'm a girl

30/08/2012 at 15:02

I'm a tatty wheezy old hound who loves medals.

30/08/2012 at 15:08

how many now, Mutters?

30/08/2012 at 15:08

and my car name would be
bluefiatwhichfromadistancesoundslikeaferraributonlybecausetheexhaustisrustedthrough

Edited: 30/08/2012 at 15:09
30/08/2012 at 15:11
Saffy Sweety Pea wrote (see)

how many now, Mutters?

Haven't counted lately but I guess approaching 120.

Can't do the car thing because I don't drive. But with my first motorized transport I would be PurpleYamahaFizzy

30/08/2012 at 15:15

I have read posts by you for a long time BOS1 and I haven't a clue as to your gender. F, I would guess from your manner of delivery, but only a shot in the dark.

Knowing the gender of a speaker is usual in the three dimensional world, but in here half the  posters are genderless as well as most being anonymous. It's like a dark room where everyone wanders around bumping into other people, exchanging messages but hardly anyone knows who anyone else is.  

If people can't be persuaded to use their real names or even bother to make clear if they are male or female, so be it, but I think it is a pity. The reason you won't get to know each other, most of you, is because no one knows who anyone else is, hardly. A rather inferior means of communication compared to the physical world.

30/08/2012 at 15:15
Colin McLaughlin wrote (see)

Ratzer. Male or female? Left with no idea.

Colin.  Which are you?  Your nick implies you're male, but how am I supposed to know for sure?  Would you be insulted if I suddenly asked out of the blue, based on a forum conversation?

I'm male.  Not sure how much use that is to you.  If it impacts the type of shoe advice you give me, then I suppose it is helpful.  Or maybe if I needed to know what my racing weight should be for my height.  But until conversations get to the point where it's a differentiating piece of information I can't see how it helps apart from giving readers a hook for their stereotypes and pre-judgments.  MHO.  Of course, I'm sure you don't have any, just saying...

Edited: 30/08/2012 at 15:16
30/08/2012 at 15:18
Colin McLaughlin wrote (see)

A rather inferior means of communication compared to the physical world.

Yet I know that people here share an interest of mine and come from far and wide.

I like it.  Each to their own.

30/08/2012 at 15:25

Having hung around this forum a while, interacted and seen many posts by Ratzer, I'd always assumed he was male. The contents of posts are just as informative as someone's name.

And an Internet forum isn't supposed to be the same as communication in the physical world, surely?

About a year/18 months ago I received some quite scary pm's from someone on here because they didn't agree with a particular view I'd expressed. Believe me, I was very glad that they didn't know my real name.

30/08/2012 at 15:51

I would never use my real name on an open public forum like this. I have a fairly unusual name and I prefer to judge for myself if others need to know. Purely for privacy reasons - I have had angry PMs as well but it didn't bother me and I deleted them without reading.

I do use my real name on another forum but that is a low-traffic place for a specific and professional interest, where people post as themselves.

 

30/08/2012 at 16:05

Some of my mates just call me "G" or "Big-G", becuase I'm big (tall) and my name begins with G.

Car name: Tarnished Gold Metro.

 

30/08/2012 at 18:04

I run and I'm rubbish at it.  It was easy really.

Car name would be RedEscort - sounds a bit saucy, actually!

30/08/2012 at 18:39

I have very valid reasons why I don't want my professional life to get mixed up with my social life.  My name is quite distinctive so I prefer to use a nickname.

As for people knowing me, I'm obviously not that anonymous given that I have a dozen forum people coming to my house warming in the near future.

I would invite you too Colin, but I don't know anything about you.  I could guess that you were male, but that doesn't tell me whether you are a serial killer, drugs dealer, stalker, paranoid... or even other less extreme traits such as irritating, stupid, humourless etc

30/08/2012 at 18:41
Interesting discussion.

I used to be called GoldenOldie on here because my dog at the time was a golden retriever.

My current name is based on the fact that two years ago I got a young pup.

I like the fact that my real name is not used on here, but then again there are several people on here who know my name (either because we've met in real life, or we've swapped emails / messages) Equally, I know that it wouldn't take a genius or master sleuth to work out who I am from what I've posted on various different threads about race results, or even pictures of me, so I definitely don't feel as though I'm hiding behind anything.

I think someone's gender is fairly irrelevant for most of the contact and interactions on here, and I agree that 9 times out of 10 it becomes very obvious very quickly.....
30/08/2012 at 20:03
Colin McLaughlin wrote (see)

Yes but you can use your real name but don't reveal, about yourself, what you aren't happy for the world to know. I think the practice of sites getting people to hide behind false names is silly and misguided. No one gets to know who anyone is. I may know a Mr Puffy, but you aren't a person to me. You are just a pseudonym from which noises emanate.

So who's hiding Colin, me or you?  I think a lot of people on the forum could tell you how old I am, how many kids I have, what club I belong to, my race times, my political leanings, my job, any number of things.  What I hope can't happen is some troll or wierdo using that information for some negative purpose. If anyone wants to contact me for any reason, they just PM me.

 

I completey reject your statement that nobody gets to know who anyone is, it's demonstrably rubbish.

Look at Muttley - middle aged, single parent of a teenage lad, not a domestic god, works for a large corporation, politically active on the employment front.  Likes a joke.

Never met the bloke.

I could give you a similar thumbnail sketch of several of the people who use the forum, as I'm sure they could about me.

 

 

 

30/08/2012 at 21:25

While I agree with some of that kk, I think that social networking also opens up opportunities to meet people.  I've relocated only a month ago and I been out every weekend with people that I originally met on the internet.  Some of them I met for the first time last weekend.

Outside the internet I've only met people through work and the tri club, and none of them have made an impact on me to such an extent that I want to do more than work or train with them.  Some of the internet people have the potential to be proper friends

30/08/2012 at 21:28

It's a bit of a weird one - my ex lengthened my name when she was grumpy with me to Jemima (as in the puddle duck) and it happened to be my favourite story as a kid, hence the name was created. Only a few people on here know my real name though.

 

31/08/2012 at 07:49
Colin McLaughlin wrote (see)

you can use your real name but don't reveal, about yourself, what you aren't happy for the world to know. I think the practice of sites getting people to hide behind false names is silly and misguided. No one gets to know who anyone is. I may know a Mr Puffy, but you aren't a person to me. You are just a pseudonym from which noises emanate.


Interesting discussion

I think it's more fun if people,rather than concealing what they aren't happy for the world to know, speak more freely, and reveal their names only to those that they actually meet in real life. Which quite a lot of us do. To me, the good thing about this forum has always been the meeting up in real life. Perhaps I haven't grasped this intertube thingy properly yet....

I'm not prepared to be "the white starlet" though.


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