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Ice climber
chingadero de chula vista
Nov 13, 2012 - 09:16pm 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


Trad climber
Fumbling towards stone
Nov 13, 2012 - 09:16pm 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.


Social climber
Golden, CO
Nov 13, 2012 - 09:21pm 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.

Social climber
Nov 13, 2012 - 09:21pm 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.


A long way from where I started
Nov 13, 2012 - 09:36pm 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.

Social climber
Nov 13, 2012 - 09:40pm 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.


Sportbikeville & Yucca brevifolia
Nov 13, 2012 - 09:50pm 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"

A long way from where I started
Nov 13, 2012 - 10:19pm PT
but everyone loved "pudding"

Especially chocolate pudding!

Trad climber
South Slope of Mt. Tabor, Portland, Oregon, USA
Nov 14, 2012 - 01:08am 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

Nov 14, 2012 - 01:09am PT
So far.....
The user formerly known as stzzo

Sneaking up behind you
Nov 14, 2012 - 01:17am PT
Screen names are internet tradition.

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Nov 14, 2012 - 01:19am PT
We all wanne be someone we're not, right?

Social climber
Portland, Oregon
Nov 14, 2012 - 01:41am 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.

Gold Canyon, AZ
Nov 14, 2012 - 01:47am PT
I just couldn't come up with anything cool.

Curt Shannon

Trad climber
Nov 14, 2012 - 01:48am PT
my guess is that Roger Brown is 60 or older, thus his confusion over proper use of the internet.


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

from out where the anecdotes roam
Nov 14, 2012 - 07:35am 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

Social climber
Nov 14, 2012 - 09:22am PT
Didn't a climbing rag editor give Dingus his moniker which he gladly adopted? Maybe my memory fails me at this advanced age...

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Nov 14, 2012 - 09:30am 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.

Ice climber
chingadero de chula vista
Nov 14, 2012 - 10:15am PT
Bonana fanna fo
fee fi mo


Trad climber
Where the Hoback and the mighty Snake River meet
Nov 14, 2012 - 10:17am 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.
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