With the advent of the internet, we all have been given the opportunity to give ourselves any number of new names. We can use our real names (not many do and not for all forums), we can use the same name pan-net, or we can choose a new name for each venue. For example here I use my real first name, and on my prefessional listservs I use my full triple-barreled legal name, the one I published under back in the day. I frequent but rarely post on a poker forum, and there I am LittleOldLady in a sort of in-your-face gesture to the extreme misogyny (and ageism) rampant there. Well, I am little, old (by their standards and on my way to being so by any standards)--the lady is arguable. In comments on news sites I generally use my initials, but on one news site I am Thryth for the character in Beowulf. So, and this was brought to mind by someone asking in another thread about how Clarebeorhte is pronounced, would folks like to talk about how a name enthusiast goes about picking a screen name? Even the poker dudes have threads about the inspiration for their screen names and the most interesting, funniest, weirdest screen names they've run across.
As a corollary, could I invite all the people who post as guest to register a screen name, so we can get to "know" you as individuals?
Mon, 07/16/2012 - 11:04am