How did you choose your forum name?

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30/08/2012 at 14:29

Choosing your own name for yourself says much more about a person than using a name which came about through accident of birth or someone else's choice a long time ago.

Couple of years ago someone at work talked to me about posts I made on this website. That was really creepy, and I stopped posting for a while.

My forum name are my initials, and the 1 was added to distiguish me from another bos who used to post.

30/08/2012 at 14:29
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.

All very well if you don't have a unique name. I have only come across one other person with the same name as me and he's my nephew.

IKFY is as random a selection of letters as anything else.

 

Car name would be rustycavalier

30/08/2012 at 14:36

Two more posters you  don't even know if they're M or F. Really useful.

Edited: 30/08/2012 at 14:40
30/08/2012 at 14:36

My nick name followed by where i live.

And i consider myseld incognito (bad spell)

There is 3 more barneys i no of living in the same town as me AND Wales... which part?  Oz, South Wales, North Wales?  South?  right, Cardiff, Newport?

30/08/2012 at 14:43
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.

You can just as easily hide behind a real name as a false one on here and other similar sites.  If you don't reveal yourself, then what is the difference.  What are you trying to get people to achieve by using real names, if they can still be whomever they like behind the moniker?  A moniker from which type emanates.

I don't have a unique name.  I can bet there would be another forty people on the forum with the same name.  Where would that get the reader?  "Which one of these non-unique-named-people is emanating these noises?"

Just because you have a real looking name, doesn't mean I assume it is real.  Just like 10 year old budding identity thieves on arsebook and twatter, I could pretend I'm you or anyone else just for kicks.

I think someone else had blue escort.  So I'll go for BlueEscort MkII.

30/08/2012 at 14:47

You can usually tell M or F from context, unless you missed out on some important parenting.

And why should it matter if a poster is M or F? Perhaps more people should not use 'real names' precisely because people behave differently to an M-poster than they do to an F-poster.

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!

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