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Roger Brown

climber
Oceano, California
Topic Author's Original Post - Nov 13, 2012 - 02:57pm PT
Just curious,
Why would someone use a screen name rather than their real name? For me, it is kinda hard to take someone serious if I don't know who is doing the talking. When someone says something to someone using a screen name it's like talking behind their back. Maybe if we all used our real names, you know like talking face to face, we would be a little more thoughtful before we opened our mouths. Would a page with all the screen names matched up with the real names be a good thing. Voluntary of course. Then we would at least know who we were talking to.
mctwisted

Trad climber
e.p.
Nov 13, 2012 - 03:03pm PT
i agree! however its not that easy to change to your real name one you have the screen name. i emailed chris mac to change mine last month, but havnt heard back. so i went to the comment section for supertopo and left a comment that i would like to change to my name. perhaps a computer wise person could give me the beta, but i think i need to have a different email address to change this.
dan mcdevitt
Captain...or Skully

climber
Nov 13, 2012 - 03:07pm PT
Some of our "screen names" predate screen names.
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Nov 13, 2012 - 03:10pm PT
God. Like THIS hasn't been bashed around on ST before..............sheesh.
snakefoot

climber
cali
Nov 13, 2012 - 03:11pm PT
agreed, this is an old topic....
labrat

Trad climber
Nevada City, CA
Nov 13, 2012 - 03:16pm PT
Agree that it has been talked about before but it's a great topic.

Would I say the same things if my name was on them? Yes.

Could someone fine my real name based on the information I've posted here? Yes

How about just adding your real name in the details section so instead of saying where you are from it's your real name?

Erik
Captain...or Skully

climber
Nov 13, 2012 - 03:18pm PT
There's nothing new under the Sun. Accept your Fate! Your Destiny is to go on & on & on & on(you get the idea) until the Supertorpor sets in completely.
eKat

Trad climber
BackInTheDitch BackInTheDirt BackInTheDay
Nov 13, 2012 - 03:18pm PT

God. Like THIS hasn't been bashed around on ST before..............sheesh.

CRACK ME UP!

oxoxoxo

I'm:

eKaterinaBallerinaCoolitaOrcaLitaHumpBackValdezOldDadBrockmanTheUnBlinny

philo

Trad climber
Somewhere halfway over the rainbow
Nov 13, 2012 - 03:23pm PT
I don't want anyone to know who I am so I can post what ever I damn well please.
eKat

Trad climber
BackInTheDitch BackInTheDirt BackInTheDay
Nov 13, 2012 - 03:24pm PT

I don't want anyone to know who I am so I can post what ever I damn well please.

I see you!

:-)
locker

Social climber
Nov 13, 2012 - 03:26pm PT

locker is my nickname first, screen name second...

It's what I actually go by...

Hardly anyone calls me anything else, except of course my three X's and perhaps one current person here on ST...

LOL!!!...



But I can understand why someone would make up a "Screen name"...

Privacy being one of them...

Chickensh!t being another...

locker

Social climber
Nov 13, 2012 - 03:27pm PT

^^^

Just don't call me RAY JAY...

Hankster

Social climber
Golden, CO
Nov 13, 2012 - 03:31pm PT
I don't want anyone to know who I am so I can post what ever I damn well please.

DRAMATIC ANNOUNCMENT!! Philos real name is Tony Yaniro. That's it, I outted your ass Philo!! Boom Take that! lol.
eKat

Trad climber
BackInTheDitch BackInTheDirt BackInTheDay
Nov 13, 2012 - 03:37pm PT

Too many creeps out there.

NoSir.

I'm not a creep.
ontheedgeandscaredtodeath

Trad climber
SLO, Ca
Nov 13, 2012 - 03:37pm PT
I use a screen name but use a real picture of myself for my avatar.

wilbeer

Mountain climber
honeoye falls,ny.greeneck alleghenys
Nov 13, 2012 - 03:39pm PT
my name is terence wilson,wilbeer,has been a hockey nickname since the 70s,there i have outed myself.
Jeremy

Social climber
Albuquerque, NM
Nov 13, 2012 - 03:45pm PT
I'm not a "real" Smurf...but my name is Jeremy.

That's all folks!

BEER TIME!!!!!!

YABBA DABBA DO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
zBrown

Ice climber
chingadero de chula vista
Nov 13, 2012 - 03:52pm PT
I have recently, within the last year or two, petitioned cMac (man I wish he would use his real name) to change my screen name to Clark Gable and if that is taken, then to Clark Bar

In the meantime, to satisfy Roger Breedlove's request, going forward everyone should always print his/her non-screen name at the bottom of each post.


Clark Kent

locker

Social climber
Nov 13, 2012 - 03:55pm PT


locker = Rick Thompson (Or if yer ma Mommer, Richard)



Not that I've ever hidden that...

;-)



zBrown

Ice climber
chingadero de chula vista
Nov 13, 2012 - 03:56pm PT
shazaam - Micky Thompson's kid on the ST? I can dig it.
k-man

Gym climber
SCruz
Nov 13, 2012 - 03:57pm PT
Philo, is that really you?
It's me, k-man. But you can call me Kelly (as if I don't already have enough weirdos following me around...).


<g>
SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Nov 13, 2012 - 04:13pm PT
my real name is boring. Might as well be Jane Doe.


Susan Walker
hossjulia

Social climber
Eastside (of the Tetons)
Nov 13, 2012 - 04:24pm PT
my screen name contains my real name, an old nickname and and a hint of who I really am. My last name is irrelevant, it is way common and not what I was born too.

Plus, what lolli said.
Seamstress

Trad climber
Yacolt, WA
Nov 13, 2012 - 04:47pm PT
Don't need crazies stalking me. It is not a fear, it is a past reality. Ladies in particular need to be careful.
Michelle

Trad climber
Toshi's Station, picking up power converters.
Nov 13, 2012 - 05:13pm PT
ditto. too many weirdos and doing a google search of your own name can provide frightening results.

QITNL

climber
Nov 13, 2012 - 05:21pm PT
My real name is non-boring. If it leaked, this place would be swarmed with paparazzi, people asking for my autograph. Hipsters and groupies follow me like mosquitoes. Some people get jealous; others, bit.

-Joe
couchmaster

climber
pdx
Nov 13, 2012 - 05:23pm PT
I tried to do it with my real name twice. Cmac even tried to help, but it was screwed up. In fact, I can't even use my real email. I figured it was just meant to be that way for a reason and went with it. Many of my buddies know me as Couchmaster since I got taggged with that moniker over 30 years back.It's not a secret. Sorry, but I post as "billcoe" on Cascadeclimbers and Mountain Project as penance.

-Bill (Coe)

on the bright side, anytime anyone gets pissed at me and sends a nastygram to billcoe@mail.com, I don't see it for 4 to 6 months. LOL

Captain...or Skully

climber
Nov 13, 2012 - 05:25pm PT
Don't let Jeremy kid ya. He really is a Smurf!
His Mom told me so....

I'm still Kirk Bland, so there.
pc

climber
Nov 13, 2012 - 05:27pm PT
Yep. Too many creeps 'round here.

But come on...Roger Brown? As if that's your real name...





;)
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Nov 13, 2012 - 05:27pm PT
Precedent has been set. If you want to be taken seriously around here you sign your name to your post when it matters. Otherwise you just get treated like a troll.

Mike Cowper.

Sierra Ledge Rat

Mountain climber
Old and Broken Down in Appalachia
Nov 13, 2012 - 05:36pm PT
Why would someone use a screen name rather than their real name?

Good question. Because everyone else does?

A couple forums to which I belong are so small that we all know each other and hang out together on occasion. So screen names are okay. Even if someone uses a false screen screen name we still know who it is anyway from their comments and language.

I started using my real first and last name on the last few Internet forums that I joined. I don't like using screen names.

Harry Marinakis
Gilroy

Social climber
Boulderado
Nov 13, 2012 - 05:44pm PT
I have an screen name that is my nickname and my dad's before me because them damn Texans can't handle the true pronunciation of a Cajun's real name. Besides, how do we know you're really Roger Brown? On the internet, nobody knows you're a dog....

There are plenty of solid reasons not to use your actual name on the intard webs. Not to mention, I don't care if you don't take me seriously. Those that know me will and that's all I really care about.

Keith Guillory

Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Nov 13, 2012 - 05:49pm PT
My name is as common as it gets. No one uses it.

John Anderson
Dave Kos

Trad climber
Temecula
Nov 13, 2012 - 05:59pm PT
Why would someone use a screen name rather than their real name?

I googled "Roger Brown" and now I know everything about you.

Well, you and 43,343 people with the same name. But one of them is probably you...



Plaidman

Trad climber
South Slope of Mt. Tabor, Portland, Oregon, USA
Nov 13, 2012 - 06:08pm PT
I have to have a screen name cause my real name is Scott Peterson.
It really is a perfectly good name. I've had it all my life and I am older than that creep that offed his wife and baby!

Actually I like being Plaidman. And it is just Plaidman. Not The Plaidman.
Kinda like you wouldn't call Superman The Superman. Or Batman The Batman. So it's Plaidman. Kinda like Catwoman. I am a Scottish kinda superhero.

Credit: Plaidman
Captain...or Skully

climber
Nov 13, 2012 - 06:12pm PT
Dig it, Plaidman. But for a while, Batman WAS called The Batman.
Seriously. In the comic books.
Gene

climber
Nov 13, 2012 - 06:13pm PT
I chose mine cuz it's short and easy for me to remember.

Gene
Mungeclimber

Trad climber
the crowd MUST BE MOCKED...Mocked I tell you.
Nov 13, 2012 - 06:14pm PT
why does anyone need to know who a random poster is?

if the behavior or posts are problematic, the issue is how to get rid of it, not how to uncover what the real name of the person is.


if it's more about knowing who I am as a person, then well, like the rest of us one must go climbing with us, meet us at the parking lot, at the crag, or email us.

But I've already met Roger, so it's all cool. :)


basically search engines changed the nature of posting in a BBS. There's nothing to hide per se about who I am, just no reason to have our posts be judged out of context (the true definition of privacy btw).

High Fructose Corn Spirit

Gym climber
-A race of corn eaters
Nov 13, 2012 - 06:14pm PT
Really, what's the big deal one way or the other?
Mark Sensenbach

climber
CA
Nov 13, 2012 - 06:15pm PT
I agree. real names work for me.
zBrown

Ice climber
chingadero de chula vista
Nov 13, 2012 - 06:16pm PT
not trying to one up anybody, but I just Googled 'screen names' and came back with 320,000,000 (in 0.16 seconds no less). a little bit of knowledge can be very powerful.


This guy, YZEIF11521, seems a little suspicious, I found over 30,000 emails from him to
Paula Broadwell (and if you think that's her real name, you got some real thinkin' to do).



Bruce Petraeus




Fletcher

Trad climber
Fumbling towards stone
Nov 13, 2012 - 06:16pm PT
This has been hashed out before, but it's worth discussing again (as others have noted). In general, it tends to be a good idea to be who you are. Sometimes, that can be a screen name, though, like Locker! Would you call him anything else in person? I think he's even got a tatto of one on his forearms, if I recall correctly!

Others, like Dingus Milktoast (or DMT), need to keep their identity hidden because I think he needs to to protect his job. Must be a spook or something. Ha ha! But again, not doubt he is real and we all know who he is going way back to the wreck.climbing daze. If I ever were to lucky to bump into him in the woods, I know him fer sure!

If you are a woman, all the more reason to want to be protected by a screen name. There are goons out there and we've had our share, unfortunately (though hopefully that's been minimal). There are some people here who I thought were guys for years until they posted a picture of themselves! There sure are some pretty dudes out there!

And, then there's just yer basic privacy. There are bots out there crawling sites for names and info on you. Names are a piece of that and I respect people who want to obscure that for this reason. And Facebook et al. do this personal info collection stuff to the max because you willing give it to them (sometimes despite your best intentions). ST is pretty low tech, but I like it that way. And I come from almost 30 years of startups and other tech companies! :-) But as you'll notice from the ST ads, even those are generated based on the content of a particular thread.

As for me, I just just my middle name as my screen name and always sign my real first name. And that's really me in the photo.

Eric
Hankster

Social climber
Golden, CO
Nov 13, 2012 - 06:21pm PT
HFCS: Hank Furman...

HEEEEEEEEeeeeeeeeeeeeeeyyyyy!!!! You're a Hank too!! I was thinking I just had a dogs name. But I'm really a Harry, Hank is the knickname the rents threw at me.
MisterE

Social climber
Nov 13, 2012 - 06:21pm PT
Because when your employer/potential employer googles your name because it is easy and standard, I don't want them to know I am a risk-taker. That comes later, after I have established my reliability.

Duh.
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Nov 13, 2012 - 06:36pm PT
I had a name. Or at least I assume I did. But things get complicated after enough turns of the wheel, and one forgets... So I just get by as best I can, and don't worry about who I might have been when I was a real, living being.

If that don't do it for you, well, I've climbed with a lot of the people who populate this place, and they can tell you whatever name they gave me.

Tami calls me Davey, for whatever that's worth.
GDavis

Social climber
SOL CAL
Nov 13, 2012 - 06:40pm PT
Always allow anonymous voices. You can choose not to be offended and to ignore others who are negative, and its those anonymous voices that sometimes spark the best ideas.

pud

climber
Sportbikeville & Yucca brevifolia
Nov 13, 2012 - 06:50pm PT
Pud is a spiritual name from the early Roman days.

To "pud" was to give of ones self without expecting anything in return.
You could say someone was "puddable" if he/she was known as a helping individual.
A "pudder" was only helpful sometimes.

Not everyone liked to be "pudded" but everyone loved "pudding"
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Nov 13, 2012 - 07:19pm PT
but everyone loved "pudding"

Especially chocolate pudding!
Plaidman

Trad climber
South Slope of Mt. Tabor, Portland, Oregon, USA
Nov 13, 2012 - 10:08pm PT
Dig it, Plaidman. But for a while, Batman WAS called The Batman.
Seriously. In the comic books.

I am not a comic book character. Just A character.
Captain...or Skully

climber
Nov 13, 2012 - 10:09pm PT
So far.....
The user formerly known as stzzo

climber
Sneaking up behind you
Nov 13, 2012 - 10:17pm PT
Screen names are internet tradition.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Nov 13, 2012 - 10:19pm PT
We all wanne be someone we're not, right?
froodish

Social climber
Portland, Oregon
Nov 13, 2012 - 10:41pm PT
I'm easily discoverable to registered users (via my email address, which I've used for decades in many different 'net contexts), but my screen name does provide a bit of obfuscation to folks who aren't registered. That's the line I've decided upon. Seems to work so far.
Curt

climber
Gold Canyon, AZ
Nov 13, 2012 - 10:47pm PT
I just couldn't come up with anything cool.

Curt Shannon
Pate

Trad climber
Nov 13, 2012 - 10:48pm PT
my guess is that Roger Brown is 60 or older, thus his confusion over proper use of the internet.

-Pate

ps Roger you have the most boring name ive ever heard, you should seize any opportunity to call yourself something more cool.
hooblie

climber
from out where the anecdotes roam
Nov 14, 2012 - 04:35am PT
never been called hooblie in a tone i didn't embrace. my "nom de valley" is
all i got left of those days except for fond memories so i'm stickin' withit.

if you aim to administrate me, i guess we'd have to go formal
Gilroy

Social climber
Boulderado
Nov 14, 2012 - 06:22am PT
Didn't a climbing rag editor give Dingus his moniker which he gladly adopted? Maybe my memory fails me at this advanced age...
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Nov 14, 2012 - 06:30am PT
Not all people using screen names are hiding. I used one when I signed up thinking that was the protocol. Yet, I've never hidden who I am. My 'real name' has been posted here a zillion times.
zBrown

Ice climber
chingadero de chula vista
Nov 14, 2012 - 07:15am PT
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hossjulia

Trad climber
Where the Hoback and the mighty Snake River meet
Nov 14, 2012 - 07:17am PT
DMT must be a spook, I don't have no "About Us" button.

Yo dude, took me like 5 years for the light bulb to go on about yer screen name. Blondes ;->

Edited; (Oops, there it is, whakinyasaybout a blonde with no coffee and small print?)

I know Roger, he's real and likes pancakes.
zBrown

Ice climber
chingadero de chula vista
Nov 14, 2012 - 07:17am PT
^there is no button, but it is there. Interestingly enough it is called "About Us" - I looked at it over a zillion times

yo Crimpie, yo tam bien

had to look up a zillion

was informed that it is "an indeterminately huge number"

since it is indeterminate then I'm safe in saying my name has popped up on the order of a zillion times

Uncle tam bien



Gunkie

Trad climber
East Coast US
Nov 14, 2012 - 07:19am PT
I don't use my real name because it ends up adding to my search engine results. I often times say stupid things or things that can be easily taken out of context on message boards that I'd prefer not be tied to my online persona.

My real name is readily available in my email address. I'm not hiding, just trying to look less psychotic.

For those who have been posting on internet message boards, forums, or commenting on online news articles for more than a year or two and consistently use their real name, do a Google search on your name. You might be shocked, delighted, or impressed with what you find.
Prod

Trad climber
Nov 14, 2012 - 07:41am PT
What Calli.... I mean Crimpie said!

Signed,

Guy Kenny
aka Prod.

Edit** I got the 69th post!!!
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Nov 14, 2012 - 07:54am PT
Hahaha! I just looked and thought, "who got the lucky 69?" Couldn't have gone to a better guy Prod. :)

locker

Social climber
Nov 14, 2012 - 08:02am PT

"My 'real name' has been posted here a zillion times."...


Ludmilla Beelzabulb???...



EDITED:

I DIDN'T get the 69th post!!!

;-/

mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Nov 14, 2012 - 08:39am PT
the mouse got to merced in 1961 as Brian

within a month he became rodentized

from is more hick-sounding than of, which suggests vanity

not terribly vain

everyone's from somewhere

most are here now

some are going nowhere

the rest may as well be in the middle of a desert in California.

so Duh!

I'm waking up. I've been unconscious. And I'm burning up with thirst. Who's got a soda?!

Thank you, Andy! Quite the best compliment I've had here...

But none of this addresses "icon-changing whimsy."
BuddhaStalin

climber
Truckee, CA
Nov 14, 2012 - 09:01am PT
...because Velociraptor Dickstump was taken already. Didn't know there was another one.


Just kidding, my names really Dirk Gherkin
Chewybacca

Trad climber
Montana, Whitefish
Nov 14, 2012 - 09:50am PT
A rose by any other name.....


Doesn't matter to me what people want to call themselves. I picked my screen name in memory of a dog I had for 15 years. My furry friend died about the time I started visiting discussion forums so I chose to honor him in this manner. (Chewy was already taken so I went with Chewybacca)

I think it is kind of silly to assume we are hiding from something, or are going to be rude, just because we use a different screen name.

edit- Many of us have our real names in our profile.
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Nov 14, 2012 - 09:57am PT
I've met many, many people who recognize me via my name here and have introduced themselves.
JEleazarian

Trad climber
Fresno CA
Nov 14, 2012 - 10:00am PT
I now realize I missed a bet. If I had used my full name here, maybe it would mask the more egregious results of a Google search.

John
nopantsben

climber
Nov 23, 2012 - 01:03pm PT
i guess that if enough people know you by your ST screenname it's pretty similar to using your real name. I fell like if you start insulting / criticizing people or post your opinion in aggressive ways it'd be cool to put a real name at the bottom of a post and en-able messages.
The Chief

climber
Climber from the Land Mongols under the Whites
Nov 23, 2012 - 01:25pm PT
I've met many, many people who recognize me via my name here and have instantly turned and ran as fast they could. Never to be seen again.

Now that is the way I like it. Keeps the crowds away. Oh yeah...
nevahpopsoff

Boulder climber
the woods
Nov 23, 2012 - 01:27pm PT
Mine dates from the dark ages when the internet was in it's infancy and I've just kept using it. Stems from an old joke about a russian climber (not funny), and I DO pop off sometimes.
In real life I'm Dave Antaya.
Banquo

climber
Amerricka
Nov 23, 2012 - 03:44pm PT
Hey Roger,

This is Dan Merrick but keep that to yourself. You probably remember me from our trip to Starr King with Clint.

I was in the habit of posting on forums and news groups with my name or some form form of it when I first signed up here. At that time it seemed like almost everybody here used a screen name and I assumed that was the tradition for this site.
SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Nov 23, 2012 - 07:06pm PT

Locker didn't get the 69th post becus he's BAILER now!!!
Dr. F.

Ice climber
SoCal
Nov 23, 2012 - 08:24pm PT
Credit: Dr. F.
My personal dilemma

The angry mob with pitch forks and torches at the door.
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