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Stop Using Real Name

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  1. Reformed1689

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    Since one of the moderators can't be courteous (I don't know which one) I am formally asking the entire board to not use my real name in the public forums. I changed my username a year ago for a very specific reason. That is really all you need to know, now be courteous and use people's usernames. That's what they are here for. The @ and username is the common courtesy on public forums.
     
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  2. Reynolds

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    Not that I do, but Ok. Might want to change avatar if trying to be incognito.
     
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    I would say that request goes without saying!
    Unless a person username is his real name -
    it should never be used.

    And that included partial names:
    ie John of Japan - yes, John is is first name -
    thus even if you know it - do not post the last name
    UNLESS you have permission.

    This post is as an Admin!
     
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    Does this mean I need to change my username to "Van's Nemesis?" :Ninja :Geek
     
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    I almost always sign my real first name at the end of my posts.

    My reasoning is that it makes me think twice about what I post.

    Im not hiding behind a “username” in order to make outrageous, slanderous or provocative posts.

    There have been times where I responded to a post and the quickly edited my response upon signing it…. Sometimes a raw post slipped through.
    By signing my name, I take full responsibility.

    Rob
     
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    Just because someone doesn't use their name doesn't mean that is what they are doing either. Though I don't think that is what you are suggesting, just making a clarificaton.
     
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    If everyone's username had to be their real name and their avatar their picture, the tone on here would turn down about 100 notches.
     
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    Hmm, I don't know, I was just as ornery when I had my real name and picture lol.
     
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    The reason some don't use real names is that it can be easy to locate someone with an internet search.
     
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    I mean, in general.
     
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    I know the reason. I was just stating a factual observation.
     
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    Wait, no one told ME you don't have to use your real name. Back in my day . . . :) :)
     
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    BTW, am I the only one who DOESN'T know who Reformed1689 really is?

    Or is it better NOT to know him/her/it?
     
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    Probably:Whistling:D is better not to know!

    and DR Bob - what is your real name????Confused:Coffee
    I think that "DR" are actually initials of your first and middle name......:Sneaky
     
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    True story: When BB was started, it was the burden of 2 Hungarian Baptists from NYC. Both named Barnabas! Barnabas Halo became a lifetime friend and active here until his age forced a slow-down. Barnabas Kui was the brain and money to set up the BB in the beginning. They wanted a place for Baptists only to be able to discuss theology, support one another, develop a cyber community, and not full of rancor and hate. Good luck.

    After a couple of weeks, Barnabas knew they were in over their heads in theological issues. I had just taken 4 years off from my mission work in Wyoming to serve on the faculty at Pillsbury Baptist College. I was also coming off a debilitating bout of equine virus and limited to be out of bed only a few hours a day (unable to go back to mission travel in the state), I enjoyed the computer "boards" springing up.

    The BB asked if I would be interested in joining and "giving conservative answers" to the fray. Since I had advanced degrees and 30 years (then) of pastoral and college/university teaching/administration, I signed in as "Dr" Bob (I'm not even a nurse) to feign credibility to be answers. I watched a few days, then jumped in that June (2000). Have had some time periods "away" as other duties - real life - demanded more focus. But never changed my name. Neither did many of us from the beginning of creation.
     
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    I have no idea who anyone is beyond their username. I never was curious to find out more than each person's faith in Christ.
     
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    With many on the BB's early days, we wanted more than a general sterile Q/A relationship. So names, families, location, ministry, even pix or birthdays were shared.

    I still do it with people I like, as Facebook changed the game.

    BTW, assume "Austin C" is real and not just a city in Texas?
     
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    Hard to remember how the "internet" even worked prior to the mid-90's. Email was good (dial-up modems weren't) and websites limited. I had college students who tried to research a subject and ran out of "google" listings. Now we get a million in 1.3 seconds. Then we bought programs for education and limited to a floppy in a box.

    Amazing what a few decades have done for I/T
     
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    since we are talking about names and the internet -
    Have you given your computer a name?
     
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    I call mine "Bub" - short for Beelzebub.

    It has other demons/false gods within. RAM. DOS. ROM. ACSII. HDMI. BIOS.

    Possessed.
     
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