perhaps a stupid question...

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I've often wondered why people use an alias, rather than their real names, when participating in an online forum.

I understand why juveniles do it, but I don't understand why adults do.

I'd be interested to hear your thoughts on why you do or don't use an alias.
 
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Fewer letters.
Don't want be coming up on searches unless I want.
It's fun.
Sometimes it says something about you or your personality.
 
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sometimes stalkers can be a problem
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Good question

In my line of work, the last thing I want if to be "googled" by a potential client. I'd rather keep a low online profile.

I used my full real name in the past up to a year ago I still used it and by googling it now I still get approximately 16,500 results, scary if you ask me.

In this day and age I find it important to keep the anonymity now, specially after having had a stalker (I kid you not...:Shocked: )

Using my real full name was a mistake I will not ever repeat on an online forum but then again I used to spend more time online :rolleyes:
 
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That can be a legitimate concern. I use my real name on all the different photo forums I belong to. I don't care what people find out about me. There is not that much that is interesting about me.:smile:

There is one political forum that I belong to that I would never, ever use my real name because some of the people that post there are quite insane and dangerous.:biggrin: But that is what makes that particular forum so much fun.
 
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hehehe!
 
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It is often difficult on most sites to get your real name. I prefer not to have my full name or email address visible when I do not know who can see it. Still getting spam from when Ebay made us use the email address. If I were to do an equipment sale or other dealing with a Cafe member, I would expect to exchange all information.
 
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I think in a forum like this and in certain other forums it is important that you gain a relationship. Just because someone knows your name doesnt mean that they will stalk you...also, most people share their full names with at least a couple others in the world. :) plus, how does anybody even know if thats your real name anyway??lol
 
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I began my On-Line dealings almost 40 years ago, when every character used cost money, connections were slow, and we were all a bunch of Nerdy Geeks, Normal Folks were Not Allowed :wink:. So we picked up "handles", many from strange places, as is mine. It has been "me" online for that long, and yes, I still converse with folks from that long ago. Just one more to add to the list of "why's". To which I would add, Why Not?
 
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diferent forums = different logon id and a headache remembering all the ID/password combinations.

This is one of the few where my real name appears.

It seems to be the closer I get to home, the more obscur my id becomes.
 
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I began my On-Line dealings almost 40 years ago, when every character used cost money, connections were slow, and we were all a bunch of Nerdy Geeks, Normal Folks were Not Allowed :wink:. So we picked up "handles", many from strange places, as is mine. It has been "me" online for that long, and yes, I still converse with folks from that long ago. Just one more to add to the list of "why's". To which I would add, Why Not?
Well, nerds are expected and excepted. :tongue:

But, you sign your full name and your name is in web site link. That's a rather "Normal Folks" thing to do. :smile:
 
Lo these many moons ago I participated in various Usenet groups and there the "norm" was to develop an anonymous user name. I've been "Clix Pix" so long it feels like my identity! When I signed up with the Cafe, of course I put forth that familiar moniker and was surprised to see so many others using their actual real names. I was startled when someone gently advised me to put my real name in my sig file, which I dutifully did. As I became more familiar with the Cafe and how we do things here I understood. However, there are still many other sites on the internet where anonymity rules and very few people use their actual real names....
 
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...I've been "Clix Pix" so long it feels like my identity! ...
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