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Offline PaulMM (Overscan)

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Using Real Names on the forum
« on: June 22, 2012, 01:13:55 am »
I've decided to change my name displayed on the forum to my real name. Its no secret that "Overscan" is Paul Martell-Mead, and it feels more mature.


What do other people think about doing it as well?


I'm not thinking about making it mandatory at this stage, but Chris Gibson has mentioned before that having a user called "Skybolt" makes searching for the Skybolt missile difficult.


You could always use a real sounding name that isn't yours if you want to conceal your identity.
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Re: Using Real Names on the forum
« Reply #1 on: June 22, 2012, 01:36:09 am »
I have no problem with that. In fact it will spare me the trouble of asking people: "who exactly are you on the SPF forum?" when I chat with people on social networks...  ;)

Only trouble is: I'd hate to have hundreds of results in Google when typing my name...
 

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Re: Using Real Names on the forum
« Reply #2 on: June 22, 2012, 01:46:41 am »
Everyone has always had the option to use their real name, and some members do. Those who choose an avatar probably have an excellent reason, although I can't remember what mine is.

If real names become mandatory, I'll have no problem with it, although I do miss "Overscan", which had a benevolent-master-of-the-universe ring to it.



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Re: Using Real Names on the forum
« Reply #3 on: June 22, 2012, 01:54:27 am »
Well that's definitely a consideration. If you google me you can find things I posted at University in 1993.

Its kind of important to let Google index the forum content in order to get users arriving here in search of the content, but that would then indeed include your real name.


"Overscan" was a video graphics term for extra video at the edge of a CRT TV that made sure there were no black edges (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Overscan) and was used by a friend and I when we used to do computer graphics on Amiga computers at raves and nightclubs back in the 1990s.
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Re: Using Real Names on the forum
« Reply #4 on: June 22, 2012, 03:27:20 am »
Only trouble is: I'd hate to have hundreds of results in Google when typing my name...

That's an important reason for me, that still yet I don't use my real name on fora, but just a short form
of my forenames and surname. When googling my name, I'll already get hundreds of results, but it isn't
me, but a German politician, and if the media are right, it's a typical example of that breed... Really
don't want to be mistaken for him !
It takes a long time, before all mistakes are made ...

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Re: Using Real Names on the forum
« Reply #5 on: June 22, 2012, 03:44:19 am »
Sure - but in that case you could just a shortened version e.g. "PaulM" without revealing your surname.
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Re: Using Real Names on the forum
« Reply #6 on: June 22, 2012, 04:19:18 am »
my family name is too long for that.
in Internet early day, i used my real name only to got several mails by Forum Moderators and administrators.
With demand: shorten your name PLEASE !


so it became Michel Van...


 
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Re: Using Real Names on the forum
« Reply #7 on: June 22, 2012, 04:25:27 am »
Well, I didn't use my middle name too. What about PaulMM?
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Re: Using Real Names on the forum
« Reply #8 on: June 22, 2012, 05:22:20 am »
I've used my initials (Sean O'Connor) on pretty much every forum that will take a three-letter screen name.  Doesn't bother me if people figure out who I am.  I don't mind the idea of using initials or names for forum screen names either (obviously), I've always thought that being willing to use some variation of your real name makes you seem a bit more credible.

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Re: Using Real Names on the forum
« Reply #9 on: June 22, 2012, 05:36:45 am »
Aye, well, um...the problem I had using the search engine was with user names that were the same as hardware/projects. Mind you I do have some very odd searches.

The only benefit I can see in pseudonyms is that posters can write cobblers and be controversial with impunity, but that's just my view.

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Re: Using Real Names on the forum
« Reply #10 on: June 22, 2012, 07:29:35 am »
With demand: shorten your name PLEASE !

I'm thinking of shortening mine to ".". Hard to get shorter than a single pixel.
 
Of course, with systems being so much more capable these days, I think going the other way with usernames might work, too. How about Johann Gambolputty de von Ausfern-schplenden-schlitter-crasscrenbon-fried-digger-dingle-dangle-dongle-dungle-burstein-von- nacker-thrasher- apple-banger-horowitz-ticolensic-grander-knotty-spelltinkle-grandlich-grumblemeyer- spelterwasser-kurstlich-himbleeisen-bahnwagen-gutenabend-bitte-ein-nürnburger-bratwustle-gerspurten-mitz-weimache-luber-hundsfut-gumberaber-shönedanker-kalbsfleisch-mittler-aucher von Hautkopft of Ulm?
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Re: Using Real Names on the forum
« Reply #11 on: June 22, 2012, 08:11:34 am »
Of course, with systems being so much more capable these days, I think going the other way with usernames might work, too. How about Johann Gambolputty de von Ausfern-schplenden-schlitter-crasscrenbon-fried-digger-dingle-dangle-dongle-dungle-burstein-von- nacker-thrasher- apple-banger-horowitz-ticolensic-grander-knotty-spelltinkle-grandlich-grumblemeyer- spelterwasser-kurstlich-himbleeisen-bahnwagen-gutenabend-bitte-ein-nürnburger-bratwustle-gerspurten-mitz-weimache-luber-hundsfut-gumberaber-shönedanker-kalbsfleisch-mittler-aucher von Hautkopft of Ulm?
And I thought "Orionblamblam" was already quite long for an avatar name  ;) . And just for the record: "bratwustle" is not a part of Mr. Hautkopft of Ulm's name - it's "bratwürstel"! How could you forget the name of that great composer?!  ;D

Anyway, back to topic. There are valid reasons for and against real names. I use my real name here (technically at least - not that I post a lot these days  ;) ), and a nickname on other forums. But I think I'd be a bit irritated if real names were mandatory (or even "strongly suggested") on a forum.

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Re: Using Real Names on the forum
« Reply #12 on: June 22, 2012, 10:01:12 am »
There are valid reasons for and against real names.

Indeed.
 
In a forum like this, I don't think there's an overwhelming reason for mandating real names. Now, if someone tries to calim from authority that they know something, and don;t provide data to back it up, then their actual identity would be valuable. But nobody needs to know that "OBB" is actually "SL" to appreciate - or not - comments and scans and such. I have no doubt that there are Serious Authors and Researchers who value the ability to look in and ask questions with a level of anonymity.
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Re: Using Real Names on the forum
« Reply #13 on: June 22, 2012, 10:26:54 am »
I think for those who might not want their employers/governments/BFFs to know they were involved here, which might enable participation for some folks who would be unable to do so otherwise, a level of anonymity is useful.  For the great unwashed like myself, I have no problem using my full name.  My username is just my first name and my last initial anyway (Allegrezza, for the record). 

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Re: Using Real Names on the forum
« Reply #14 on: June 22, 2012, 11:11:02 am »
I actually use Sundog because that's how I'm registered damn near everywhere on the internet. Well, actually, Sundog_DD. When I first became active online I became a part of an online WW2 fighter squadron, the Devil Dogs, hence the DD. Everyone online knows memore by that name than my real name, Ken. However, I have no problem adding my name to my description under my screen name. I think there's a space to add a message there, where I could put my real name, anyway.