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Wed Oct 24, 2012, 09:12 AM

Do you ever use your real name online?

Not for banking or a personal/business website but for a bulletin board such as this?

There is no way I'd do it here, just because I would not want the freepers et al. bugging me in real life. I participate in about five bulletin boards and things of that nature. There is only one that I use my real name because they require it and the subject matter is completely uncontroversial. Other than that, all pseudonyms.

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Reply Do you ever use your real name online? (Original post)
AngryAmish Oct 2012 OP
HopeHoops Oct 2012 #1
davsand Oct 2012 #2
OriginalGeek Oct 2012 #3
Chan790 Oct 2012 #4
WilliamPitt Oct 2012 #5
Bucky Oct 2012 #12
davsand Oct 2012 #30
Neoma Oct 2012 #6
tabbycat31 Oct 2012 #7
alarimer Oct 2012 #8
CaliforniaPeggy Oct 2012 #9
LeftofObama Oct 2012 #14
CaliforniaPeggy Oct 2012 #15
texanwitch Oct 2012 #10
Bucky Oct 2012 #11
bluedigger Oct 2012 #13
sharp_stick Oct 2012 #26
bluedigger Oct 2012 #27
LP2K12 Oct 2012 #16
Jamaal510 Oct 2012 #17
femmocrat Oct 2012 #18
Kablooie Oct 2012 #19
rrneck Oct 2012 #20
geardaddy Oct 2012 #29
rrneck Oct 2012 #33
AsahinaKimi Oct 2012 #21
cliffordu Oct 2012 #22
fizzgig Oct 2012 #23
Iggo Oct 2012 #24
RedCloud Oct 2012 #25
Batman36 Oct 2012 #28
CJCRANE Oct 2012 #31
hunter Oct 2012 #32
bigwillq Oct 2012 #34

Response to AngryAmish (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 10:05 AM

1. It wouldn't be hard to figure out if you looked hard enough at my posts.

 

A few people know it anyway for specific reasons (like going totally off DU for a subject).

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Response to AngryAmish (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 10:06 AM

2. I used to post on a local political BB under my real name.

In part, it was because I'm out front locally as a "lefty", a Dem, and a Labor person anyhow. However, there was something more to it than that. I found that I was much more focused on maintaining a level of civility and thought in my exchanges when it was under my own name. Seems to me that a lot of the political issues we face are helped much more by civil discourse than they are by snark hidden behind a pseudo.

That board has since gone by the wayside, but I've had more than a few folks tell me they were reading what I'd said, and they maybe didn't agree with me 100%--BUT they respected me for being willing to put my stuff up under my own name. As an added bonus, I had people that contacted me for information because they figured I was approachable and wouldn't bite...much.






Laura

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Response to AngryAmish (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 10:42 AM

3. There was one a while back

it is a forum for computer related support problems on a variety of platforms and equipment and I still participate but if I had started today I'd use a screen name instead. At the time I joined it was a pretty small and specialized group and I only participated in the areas that dealt with my specific thing and it didn't occur to me that the thing would get big. Pretty much everyone used their real names or some form of them back then but nowadays hardly anyone new signing up does.

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Response to AngryAmish (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 10:52 AM

4. Yes, sometimes I have to.

I'm a working writer published in both online and print media so sometimes it's a professional necessity. Actually it's not my real name either but it is the name everybody knows me by, including my family. (Obviously my family knows my birth-name, they just know that I never use it and that the only reason it's never been legally-changed is laziness.)

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Response to AngryAmish (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 11:05 AM

5. All the time, every day.

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Response to WilliamPitt (Reply #5)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 06:59 PM

12. Pfff, good one.

Okay "William Pitt". Whatever you say "William Pitt".

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Response to WilliamPitt (Reply #5)

Thu Oct 25, 2012, 02:34 PM

30. But we are ALL Will Pitt here at DU!

They've known that for years!






Laura

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Response to AngryAmish (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 11:15 AM

6. No, not on an entire message board.

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Response to AngryAmish (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 06:34 PM

7. only on FB

I do use my first name on occasion here and if people call me that, I am completely cool with it

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Response to AngryAmish (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 06:48 PM

8. Yes.

This is a version of my real name. Plus I use my real name on Twitter. I just feel like I at least try to be more civil when it is under my own name, than if it isn't. I see so many ugly things online, where people hide behind anonymity, that I made the decision to be more or less public with my identity. I know anonymity is important if you have the kind of job where you get fired for expressing a contrary opinion or if you are blogging about controversial subjects, and probably for some other very good reasons. But none of that really applies to me.

I figure I'm easy to find anyway. After all, if my college alumni association can find me two weeks after I moved cross-country, then probably anyone can.

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Response to AngryAmish (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 06:51 PM

9. Peggy is my real first name...so yes.

I have never revealed my last name.

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Reply #9)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 07:26 PM

14. You're not fooling us.

Your last name is California!

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Response to LeftofObama (Reply #14)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 08:05 PM

15. LOL!



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Response to AngryAmish (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 06:56 PM

10. My name is very common.

I don't know if it would be believed anyway.

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Response to AngryAmish (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 06:58 PM

11. What make you think I'm not really Bucky?

I mean, who else would be me?

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Response to AngryAmish (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 07:03 PM

13. I happen to share the name of a famous person, so it's easier not to.

It's a rock star, and that's all I'm giving.

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Response to bluedigger (Reply #13)

Thu Oct 25, 2012, 11:03 AM

26. If my name was Chad Kroeger

I wouldn't post it online either.

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Response to sharp_stick (Reply #26)

Thu Oct 25, 2012, 01:02 PM

27. Got it in one!

How'd you do that?


(I had to Google Chad. )

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Response to AngryAmish (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 09:27 PM

16. All the time...

Bring it on!

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Response to AngryAmish (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 09:28 PM

17. Of course not! What kind of fool do you take me for?!

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Response to AngryAmish (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 10:18 PM

18. Never. I don't even have a FB account.

I have a pseudonym that is a derivation of my real name for polls.

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Response to AngryAmish (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 10:20 PM

19. Kinda have to on Facebook.

I don't post much there either.

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Response to AngryAmish (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 11:55 PM

20. I'm a celeb and I still don't use my real name.

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Response to rrneck (Reply #20)

Thu Oct 25, 2012, 02:11 PM

29. Rusty? Rusty Shackleford?

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Response to geardaddy (Reply #29)

Thu Oct 25, 2012, 04:22 PM

33. Yep, that's me.

Yep, that's me. Any edits that appear are not done by me.

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Response to AngryAmish (Original post)

Thu Oct 25, 2012, 01:37 AM

21. YEs... this is my name!

well its Kimiko but yeah.

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Response to AngryAmish (Original post)

Thu Oct 25, 2012, 02:25 AM

22. I do, except that the name I use is one that I

found in a dumpster behind the Republican National Headquarters the night the watergate thingy came down.

My real REAL name is impossible to pronounce for americans and makes their tongues bleed if they try to say it.

I yam what I yam.

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Response to AngryAmish (Original post)

Thu Oct 25, 2012, 02:52 AM

23. i've posted it here

but about elebenty billion other women had the same name - first, middle and last - as i did before i got married, so it wasn't a not a big issue for me. now, however, i am pretty sure i am the only one with my name now since i hyphenated when i got married. i may have posted enough to lead someone to me, but they'd have to do a lot of digging and i'm really not worth it.

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Response to AngryAmish (Original post)

Thu Oct 25, 2012, 08:43 AM

24. First name, sometimes.

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Response to AngryAmish (Original post)

Thu Oct 25, 2012, 09:55 AM

25. So many people call me Red Cloud now, I think I'll switch!

We should get at least one free change your name in life card anyway.

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Response to AngryAmish (Original post)

Thu Oct 25, 2012, 01:22 PM

28. Yes I do

Since I have people beside myself that I am responsible for, no way I would use my real name. It is a bad idea no matter what your situation.

There is one place on the web, that is private and members only, where I use a name similar to mine and if anyone from there calls the house even my Daughter knows exactly why they are calling when they ask for me by my handle. Even then, security is always very high.

I have been on the fringe of two horror stories from the web. Both times it was a male overly interested in a female friend of mine. Two different women, two different messes.

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Response to AngryAmish (Original post)

Thu Oct 25, 2012, 02:50 PM

31. I'm just an ordinary joe...

so for me there's nothing to be gained from using my real name. I'm not a journalist, writer or pundit, I'm just a guy with a passing interest in politics.

However, I do tend to use usernames that look like real names. For the record my username is based on CJ Gregg in West Wing...but I misheard it!

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Response to AngryAmish (Original post)

Thu Oct 25, 2012, 03:39 PM

32. Sometimes. And my name is Hunter, after all.

But it's never been a problem because I'm a very dangerous fellow when I don't know what I'm doing and most of the time I don't know what I'm doing.

It's the disturbing nude chainsaw juggling pictures, isn't it? Perhaps the pink feather boa was a bit over the top.

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Response to AngryAmish (Original post)

Thu Oct 25, 2012, 06:43 PM

34. Yes. For work.

On Twitter, mainly.

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