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 Posted:   Nov 24, 2013 - 6:58 AM   
 By:   First Breath   (Member)

If Lukas and the moderator want to decrease the volume of bad behavior and personal attacks on this forum, then I think everyone somehow should be forced to use their real names.

I would have no problem with changing my nickname to my real name if this became reality.

What do you say, people? What do you say, Lukas and moderator?

 Posted:   Nov 24, 2013 - 7:13 AM   
 By:   pete   (Member)

Peter is my real name^^.
And I like your idea... A voluntary system perhaps?

 Posted:   Nov 24, 2013 - 7:22 AM   
 By:   judy the hutt   (Member)

my name is Judy Hubbard but I want to keep judy the hutt as well

 Posted:   Nov 24, 2013 - 7:29 AM   
 By:   Peter Greenhill   (Member)

I've always used my real name. It's never been a problem.

 Posted:   Nov 24, 2013 - 7:32 AM   
 By:   tarasis   (Member)

Nice idea but you couldn't really prove someone is using their real name & I honestly don't believe it would keep people "honest" so to speak.

Regardless I'm Rob McGovern and use tarasis most places in the Internet (a couple aren't me), that keeps me honest enough smile

 Posted:   Nov 24, 2013 - 7:32 AM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

The anonymity of boards such as this allows folks to express their opinions more freely, so I think it's a good thing. Sure, the conversation will get out of hand sometimes. There is always the ignore feature.

And Onya Birri is my real name.

 Posted:   Nov 24, 2013 - 7:45 AM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

Many of us have lived complicated lives, some of us on this board have been involved in the film industry, entertainment industry where past business ventures may be reasons one wants not to use their real name. I am sure this makes sense to a reasonable mind. Remember years ago when in old magazines and fanzines they actually used to put a person who sent in there letters, the real name and address of that person. A few decades back that stopped for good reasons i would definitely say.Now that info being revealed in a publication is just about an anarchism. I knew first hand of a nice lady who was sexually assaulted from a sick fan who got her address from one of those fanzines. If someone don't mind giving there real name fine but it would be very foolish to force everyone to have to reveal their real names.Peace.

 Posted:   Nov 24, 2013 - 8:01 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

This has been suggested before. We live in a world where employers will use any reason they can find to fire you, or not hire you. They scan social media sites and Google for every bit of information they can find. They go as far as to say your personal image (regardless if you even said or did anything wrong) reflects badly on their business.

So employers, employees, online feuds, trolls, so many individuals can use your words against you, and hurt you in the process. Some anonymity is required for ones own protection.

It's misguided to think people who use their real names are somehow the pinnacle of honesty and tolerance. People misbehave all the time regardless if they use a pseudonym or not. Case in point a few someones do just that, and often start flame wars in the process.

 Posted:   Nov 24, 2013 - 8:12 AM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

TO SOLIUM- I agree, if we lived in a perfect world then such openness would be always understood then it would be ok but we don't and in most areas of this country when we go to bed at night we do lock our doors to make it harder for the criminal.

 Posted:   Nov 24, 2013 - 8:15 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

I've never had any problem using my real name here (and I don't really like using internet aliases in the first place), but I respect those who choose differently, for whatever reason. It's a nice thought, though -- the idea that personal attacks diminish if one uses one's real name.

 Posted:   Nov 24, 2013 - 8:21 AM   
 By:   Francis   (Member)

How can we even be sure that's the real solium?!? Prove yourself! wink

I stopped using an alias on this board because I've met people who are on it and it's always so confusing to remember both their forum name as well as real name and it's just easier to have the one. Which is why I just use my first name. As for people who might abuse my info or possible future employers, I'm not concerned with anything I write or share online because I always do so with a 'common sense' filter.

 Posted:   Nov 24, 2013 - 8:33 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

How can we even be sure that's the real solium?!? Prove yourself! wink

My lawyer advised me to take the fifth. big grin

 Posted:   Nov 24, 2013 - 8:44 AM   
 By:   Ron Hardcastle   (Member)

Re: "The anonymity of boards such as this allows folks to express their opinions more freely, so I think it's a good thing." And someone else mentioned a possible problem with nosey employers looking for excuses to fire people. Boy, has it come to that? I'm glad I retired when I did! I didn't hesitate to use my real name here (as well as in my email address), since, despite a sometimes racy life, I have little to hide. That said, I can still understand why some may prefer to keep their identities to themselves -- if I wrote some of the things that THEY wrote, I'd probably want to keep my identity secret too! But I really can't see any legitimate reason to make it mandatory. However, I do wish some members weren't so reticent about posting anything about themselves in their profiles, even if it's just their favorite composers and soundtracks. What's the harm? Or maybe they don't have any favorite composers and soundtracks!

Ronald D. Hardcastle

 Posted:   Nov 24, 2013 - 9:06 AM   
 By:   Basil Wrathbone   (Member)

What does using a real name do to stop abusive posts?
Ford A. Thaxton is a real name, isn't it?

 Posted:   Nov 24, 2013 - 9:12 AM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

Boy, has it come to that?

Unfortunately, yes.

 Posted:   Nov 24, 2013 - 9:14 AM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

It all just comes down to the type of life you have lived. I am glad some of you people have lived such a safe charmed life that you can afford to not worry about revealing yourself to thousands of strangers, Don't take what I am saying like I am being sarcastic with this remark, because I am not. I mean in all serious intent I am glad for the good people who have that innocence inside of them after going through decades of their lives without the horrible things that life can bring forth.But I do want to say there is no bigger a fool then one in jest who think it is silly why some people who were victims in the past should not take actions to protect themselves in the future.

 Posted:   Nov 24, 2013 - 9:17 AM   
 By:   OnlyGoodMusic   (Member)

What does using a real name do to stop abusive posts?
Ford A. Thaxton is a real name, isn't it?

He's protected by the powers that be, unlike us. wink

He can say ANYthing.

 Posted:   Nov 24, 2013 - 9:46 AM   
 By:   Dana Wilcox   (Member)

I am completely opposed to this idea!

 Posted:   Nov 24, 2013 - 9:51 AM   
 By:   On the Score   (Member)

I'm still trying to find out who you were at Fangoria Magazine, of if you were, Dan smile

And my name is actually Carson Dial

 Posted:   Nov 24, 2013 - 9:59 AM   
 By:   Thor D Faxton   (Member)

My name is unpronounceable by mortals.

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