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#1001327 - 11/21/17 02:03 PM Re: Why do we use "handles" here? [Re: Mike]  
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Originally Posted by Mike
Just for the record, my real first name is Vladimir. cool


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#1001329 - 11/21/17 02:52 PM Re: Why do we use "handles" here? [Re: Selden]  
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Originally Posted by Selden
Snip/...... 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 section. . . . . snip/


There is often little to be gained by reading the 'comments' section of any website publication, be it print based, virtual or both. It's clear that there are differing motivations between the folks who write letters to the editor and the vast majority of internet commentators. The fact that said sections are unmoderated creates this issue and the opportunity for disingenuous comments. I personally know someone who is involved in politics and part of his job description is to post comments advocating his party's agenda. He's not the brightest bulb and typically his comments are abrasive and condescending of others - which I think reveals his lack of subject knowledge or interest in the particular topic he's posting about.

I am old fashioned enough that I subscribe to several print publications - including The Atlantic. At times I catch myself browsing the internet comments section of this or that publication - and at times I've found a few 'keepers' as far as concise and well founded comments. More often than not though, I generally stumble across a few very funny comments buried in a ton of garbage and I try to convince myself that those were worth the time I wasted.

But we digress . . .

Back to the OP's topic - This may be a bit of a generational divide. While I'm no Spring Chicken old, I don't see an issue - even at my advancing age, and my sense is that younger folks find the concept of handles quite normal.

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#1001334 - 11/21/17 04:36 PM Re: Why do we use "handles" here? [Re: Marty Hill]  
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Originally Posted by Marty Hill
Someone needs to lighten up and go with the flow/the way things are and have been.

I bet its his meds...


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#1001338 - 11/21/17 04:47 PM Re: Why do we use "handles" here? [Re: Selden]  
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Originally Posted by Selden
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.
As you pointed out, not a problem here. Although I do think in addition to the moderators that there are physical gatherings where the person/pseudonym match is made. This promotes a modicum of civility as most folks do have a sense of humanity when dealing face to face - particularly with the great set of people found here ! cool.

The complete lack of accountability and assignment that comes from invisibility is a power that too many find irresistible. Unfortunately the use of avatars, handles, pseudonyms etc are too ingrained to be swept aside by rational arguments. The twiterverse would certainly explode at any such suggestion.

Sorry, veered slightly off topic. So to circle back, because of our somewhat unique circumstances, I'm with most who say leave it up to the member to decide.


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#1001341 - 11/21/17 07:11 PM Re: Why do we use "handles" here? [Re: chrisolson]  
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Originally Posted by chrisolson
Originally Posted by Selden
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.
As you pointed out, not a problem here. Although I do think in addition to the moderators that there are physical gatherings where the person/pseudonym match is made. This promotes a modicum of civility as most folks do have a sense of humanity when dealing face to face - particularly with the great set of people found here ! cool.

The complete lack of accountability and assignment that comes from invisibility is a power that too many find irresistible. Unfortunately the use of avatars, handles, pseudonyms etc are too ingrained to be swept aside by rational arguments. The twiterverse would certainly explode at any such suggestion.

Sorry, veered slightly off topic. So to circle back, because of our somewhat unique circumstances, I'm with most who say leave it up to the member to decide.


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#1001342 - 11/21/17 07:27 PM Re: Why do we use "handles" here? [Re: eddd]  
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Originally Posted by eddd
Who are you again?
Glue rofl


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#1001343 - 11/21/17 07:36 PM Re: Why do we use "handles" here? [Re: chrisolson]  
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#1001347 - 11/21/17 09:36 PM Re: Why do we use "handles" here? [Re: markgoodrich]  
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This is the reason I use a "handle". I have a very unique last name, and these boards can be seen by non-memebers. Call me a conspiracy nut, but I do not like my real name out in the internet world without my say so. FB, I have my security settings on the max, and even then it is hard to find me. This is for personal privacy. We cannot be "unplugged" in our current society, though I am not going to just be freely giving my info out there.
That is my 0.2 cents worth.

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#1001359 - 11/22/17 10:24 AM Re: Why do we use "handles" here? [Re: Mike]  
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Originally Posted by Mike
Just for the record, my real first name is Vladimir. cool


And just to double check, you’re over that “little misunderstanding” of ours, right?

#1001362 - 11/22/17 12:24 PM Re: Why do we use "handles" here? [Re: markgoodrich]  
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I think it is because most people identify themselves as ________ . That could be their fake name, their job, their hobby, etc. As for me, it was just tradition. But then again, in today's world too much info about who you are and a "bad guy" can do all manner of damage to credit scores etc.

Craig Zimmer

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