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Aslan  (Level: 27.6 - Posts: 356)
Tue, 6th Mar '07 6:37 PM


In the Word Rounds chat, or in posts, it is sometimes hard to know who is being addressed when people use the real name of another instead of their screen name.

It kinda makes people feel like outsiders when they don't know who is speaking to whom.

Could we try to use scree names, or an abbreviation of screen names when addressing each other publicly and real names for messages?

I think it would help build community and welcome new people. Just one opinion. Any others?

Zeedee  (Level: 235.6 - Posts: 1088)
Sat, 10th Mar '07 9:52 AM

I agree. I like to know which post the response is for, and sometimes with the real names, that is difficult to do.

Mataya2005  (Level: 65.1 - Posts: 24)
Sat, 10th Mar '07 10:53 AM

I agree. I seldom post because those talking seem to know each other well and I don't feel like I should just butt into their "conversation".

Unknowncomic  (Level: 28.3 - Posts: 10)
Sat, 10th Mar '07 10:56 AM

I like it when real names are used. It feels more personal... And, if I don't know who is being addressed, it encourages me to take a look at the user profiles of everybody in the chat window, and I end up learning more about everybody in the process.

Lisap369  (Level: 61.1 - Posts: 992)
Sat, 10th Mar '07 10:57 AM

I agree Unknown Comic.. uh, I mean, Eric

Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3640)
Sat, 10th Mar '07 11:05 AM

I say to each his own - do whatever you prefer and makes you feel most comfortable. If people don't want others to know or use their real names, they simply don't put them in their profiles. And just because they are there, doesn't mean you have to use them.

I'm about half and half and personally, I am flattered when someone uses my name rather than my screen name, especially when its someone with whom I haven't had much contact. It means they have taken the time to go to my profile and read about me.


Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2812)
Sat, 10th Mar '07 11:14 AM

What Lodi said.

I've never had a nickname in my life and I love being called Smoke, but it's also a nice personal touch when someone has made that small effort to learn my name.

Don't be shy or feel like an outsider, Robert--if you don't know who someone is and can't figure it out, just ask!

Gypsylady  (Level: 149.5 - Posts: 6107)
Sat, 10th Mar '07 11:36 AM

I agree with Donna and Lodi. It does seem more personal when a person's real name is used, and also, there are some who would have chosen a different user name had they have known how permanent it would be. I usually don't get too involved in the shout unless it's someone I'm familiar with or it's a broad subject. I don't want to impose on another conversation either, but that's just my opinion.

Twoxfourman  (Level: 82.4 - Posts: 153)
Sat, 10th Mar '07 11:43 AM

You can call me Ray....ya don't hafta call me Twoxfourman.

Just don't call me late for dinner.

Bushyfox  (Level: 174.4 - Posts: 2402)
Sat, 10th Mar '07 4:00 PM

I am with Eric, the Unknowncomic. I like to give a personal touch by using the person's real name. However, I have also used abbreviated versions of a username if that person was not well-known in WR shouts.

Mataya......when you see a lull in the conversation, then that is an appropriate time to enter with a bright greeting. In the meantime, check profiles of the players you see, and get to know folks.


Allena  (Level: 268.8 - Posts: 1430)
Sat, 10th Mar '07 4:29 PM

Robert has a good point. As "seeker of the truth" (his description) I think he is being honest with us. He is new, a quick study and will get to a first name basis.

I suggest that those that went to Chicago should be on a first name basis. Those that give out their home e-mail should be on a first name basis. I also think that everyone should be heading to Philly...I mean, if Surreyman can swim there... In addition, if you have been conversing with an internet friend for a year, why not first names? It is individual...

However, it is a great idea that the site is welcoming to newbys...

Joanneeberlin  (Level: 190.9 - Posts: 687)
Sat, 10th Mar '07 5:08 PM

I agree with Donna and Lodi too - if I'm not sure who the person is, I look at their profile. Its a great way to get to know my fellow-sploofusers. And after a while you get to know everyone that uses the shout a lot. Great island to be on. Cheers!


Aslan  (Level: 27.6 - Posts: 356)
Sat, 10th Mar '07 9:56 PM

You all make some very good points that I had not considered before. Thanks!

Geophile  (Level: 168.4 - Posts: 1553)
Sun, 11th Mar '07 9:20 PM

I don't think it should matter much one way or another, unless a person doesn't want their real name used, then it shouldn't be on their profile. Speaking of profiles, when I was new to Sploofus, I procrastinated in filling my profile out until I got a note from Surreyman saying that it would be nice to know who I was! A personal note from one of the Sploofus bet I filled it out!

Claire,aka Geophile

Berylm  (Level: 164.0 - Posts: 478)
Sun, 11th Mar '07 9:48 PM

I never seem to have a problem either way ... don't know why ...

Beryl M

Bigbird  (Level: 250.7 - Posts: 3353)
Sun, 11th Mar '07 11:07 PM

Surreyman is a Sploofus god??? And he has to SWIM to Philly?

I dunno.....


Kaufman  (Level: 270.2 - Posts: 3942)
Sun, 11th Mar '07 11:25 PM

What? You've never seen a god with webbed feet?

Missashlee  (Level: 125.6 - Posts: 543)
Mon, 12th Mar '07 12:22 AM

Well, I was hoping a god could do better than webbed feet ...

Lettermanfan1  (Level: 88.3 - Posts: 486)
Mon, 12th Mar '07 9:02 AM

I like being called by my real name, as some people tend to leave the "fan" off my user name, making it seem that I am either the real Dave or really good at high school/college sports.

Marynuala  (Level: 141.3 - Posts: 996)
Mon, 12th Mar '07 2:48 PM

I am Marynuala (aka Mary Nuala). In retrospect, I wish I had chosen some dramatic and imaginative user name like "Mysticmuse", "Marybelle/Marielle", etc.etc. At this stage I am just happy to be well known as my real name by Sploofus members. The only two personal member's names I know are Bev ("Bushyfox") and Alice ("Bigbird"). I agree that on Chat messages etc., it is better to use screen names to avoid confusion, and in personal communications to use real name as desired.

Soldotna  (Level: 27.7 - Posts: 145)
Mon, 12th Mar '07 3:37 PM

Soldotna or Susan it really doesn't make much difference. But it is kind of a warm fuzzy feeling when someone uses your name. Kinda like wetting your pants in a dark suit. Warm feeling but no one notices.

Bigbird  (Level: 250.7 - Posts: 3353)
Mon, 12th Mar '07 5:31 PM

Oh Mary, I am so honored to be known!! And really glad to see you back.


Hellborne  (Level: 225.3 - Posts: 47)
Thu, 15th Mar '07 8:30 PM

Is there info on Philly somewhere?

Mitchy  (Level: 136.0 - Posts: 964)
Thu, 15th Mar '07 8:54 PM

Hi yall! I have been called Mitchy since I was 2 years old. My birth name is Michelle....My immediate family has only called me Mitchy up until I came here to Sploofus. I used to hate being called Mitchy, but it don't bother me anymore. It don't matter which name I am called as long as it is one of those two. hahahahaha.

(Just thought I would share my info with my other Family)

Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2812)
Thu, 15th Mar '07 9:05 PM

I think Mitchy is an adorable name!

I'll root the Philly thread out and dust it off right now.

Mitchy  (Level: 136.0 - Posts: 964)
Thu, 15th Mar '07 10:05 PM

Thank you Smoke! That was very sweet. You made me smile today. Thanks again, I like it when I smile. (not too often these days)

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