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#1001286 - 11/20/17 08:34 PM Re: Why do we use "handles" here? [Re: lawnchairboy]  
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Originally Posted by lawnchairboy
I third the "not broken" argument.



And... for some of us, it's fun watching the reaction on peoples faces when they put 2 and 2 together. smile

Shawn


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#1001287 - 11/20/17 08:53 PM Re: Why do we use "handles" here? [Re: markgoodrich]  
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Someone needs to lighten up and go with the flow/the way things are and have been.


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#1001303 - 11/21/17 12:24 AM Re: Why do we use "handles" here? [Re: Bill_Walker]  
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Originally Posted by markgoodrich
What exactly is the benefit of using a secret identity on this or other forums in the age of Facebook, where you have to use a real name? ..........


THis forum and forums in general (and email-chains) existed prior to FB.
FB was unique in requiring use of real name.


Originally Posted by Bill_Walker
It's an age-old internet tradition. Funny that most of us replying there ARE using our real names, or some part of them.


Or names that seemed like could be real name, but maybe not, like, ah, mine.

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#1001307 - 11/21/17 01:37 AM Re: Why do we use "handles" here? [Re: markgoodrich]  
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Ever wonder what Marty's real name is?


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#1001308 - 11/21/17 02:11 AM Re: Why do we use "handles" here? [Re: KTM Doug]  
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I'm going to guess Marty's real name is either Curtiss or Jenny smile I don't think it is OX 2.


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#1001312 - 11/21/17 03:31 AM Re: Why do we use "handles" here? [Re: markgoodrich]  
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Originally Posted by markgoodrich
Now that all the comedians have told their HILARIOUS jokes, is there any real reason not to do this? Where's Fernando, the other mods, in this conversation?



Missed you. Where you been?

#1001313 - 11/21/17 04:20 AM Re: Why do we use "handles" here? [Re: markgoodrich]  
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I actually enjoy making the connection of a board name to "The Real McCoy" when I meet posters. It's also a way to learn something about others and or their interests and provides an avenue for some of the more creative or witty folks. I also enjoy learning the story behind many 'handles' - often they are not what one might think.

What exactly is to be gained by having everyone use their name?

Ain't broke. wave


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#1001320 - 11/21/17 12:44 PM Re: Why do we use "handles" here? [Re: markgoodrich]  
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Just for the record, my real first name is Vladimir. cool


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#1001323 - 11/21/17 12:59 PM Re: Why do we use "handles" here? [Re: markgoodrich]  
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Well, I cannot remember names anyway. Sometimes I hesitate when asked my own name. Maybe others here can relate....

How about going with pictures or emblems for handles? I am a visual learner. Something about riding the short bus. We could all have t shirts with our picture or emblem. "Hi Square. Hello Stop Sign".......

#1001325 - 11/21/17 01:48 PM Re: Why do we use "handles" here? [Re: markgoodrich]  
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Handles and pseudonyms are a sore point of internet culture with me, as I think that they are at least partly to blame for the rise in trollish behavior that plagues the internet.

Not here — the admins are very good at keeping discussion civil — but visit just about any news site that permits comments, and you will see that most discussions rapidly devolve into incivility. The venerable publication The Atlantic provides a good example. I have subscribed to the print edition for years, and one of the pleasures of reading an issue is the civil, usually knowledgeable exchange between those who write letters to the editor and authors of articles. Contrast that with the unmoderated comments in the online edition. I have gotten so tired of reading rants punctuated with terms like "libtard," "rethuglican," "snowflake," and worse that I have pretty much given up on reading online comments because they are so predictably vile. The ability to make such comments behind an assumed identity makes the problem even worse.

I am who I am.


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