@ Community - There are quite a few of you that I talk to privately as well as on the forum. Is it improper etiquette if I use your real name versus your “internet handle”? I am new to this whole internet thing and I want to make sure I do it properly.
OK with me !!
I don’t care, but username probably is more helpful for others to identify who you are talking to or talking about.
I’d have to agree with @ Architect on that, as I have lots of different identities that I use on different forums/technologies, so Duke Nukem is my Gadgeteer identity, just easier to keep it that way.
My preference: privately - real name (or nickname), publicly - nickname.
Is it too late to erase my real name from your memories and replace with my internet handle? ;D
I am fine with both.
My lack of creativity and my total lack of internet survival instinct has led me to use my real name as my handle … everywhere. Feel free to call me anything but late for dinner.
How about GHIgary?
If someone wants their real name then they would have used the real name on the forum. I always try to use the handle they used publicly.
Two decades to try it out? How’s it been so far?
You may call me “Stormaggedon, Dark Lord of All”. Or Skewworks. Or Thom. Hey, you! works in a pinch as well.
Just don’t use my full name “Christopher”, that is reserved for my mother and my wife when I am in trouble and possibly if I land on one of @ Gray’s lists.
I think by now everybody is on Gray’s (aka Gary’s) list.
@ Gary - In public, the internet name should be used. In private the Real Name should be used. Do you have a pet name for your wife that you use in bed? Would you use that in public? Similar thing. I use John Smith as an abstraction, like a stage name. Only a few here know my actual name.
I thought we should not use his real name on the public internet!!!
Yip, that was the best excuse I could find for my typo :whistle:
And if used in conjunction with your middle name, you KNOW you’re in trouble (at least that’s how it worked with my mom…).
My fiance has 2 middle names. I imagine when she was younger it worked something like this:
1st & Last: Trouble
1st middle last: Big trouble
All four? Dead.
[quote=“devhammer”]And if used in conjunction with your middle name, you KNOW you’re in trouble (at least that’s how it worked with my mom…).
I got so used to hearing my middle name that I finally just adopted it as my first name
I’m not a fan of being anonymous. So, you’ll always find me anywhere using my real name. If its worth saying, its worth signing your name to. But, I agree about using peoples handles in a public forum. It’s confusing when a name is referenced that isn’t part of the conversation.
@ ianlee74 - I agree, but monikers are not always about anonymity. I doubt anyone here is trying to dodge responsibility for what they say. This isn’t wikileaks. To each their own, but what I say here I say as me (and cross my fingers that I don’t screw up too bad).
And by the way, although I am a newcomer, this kind of thread is exactly why I find this forum and this community to be most excellent.