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Thread: How do you feel abour your real name being revealed online?

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    Re: How do you feel abour your real name being revealed online?

    No, Maybe, Maybe.

    I don't mind my real name and some personal information being online when I can control who sees it (i.e. facebook). It's a different story when it can be viewed by anyone.
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    Re: How do you feel abour your real name being revealed online?

    Quote Originally Posted by Aunt Spiker View Post
    I'm not personally embarassed or hiding from people (like my husband or Mom) knowing my opinions and views. . . so that doesn't occur to me.
    What I say online is what I feel and think - there's no difference. There's also no difference forum to forum. I am the same - my ID changes.
    With me, my ID never changes, I don't think I've used a different handle (or significantly different, in cases where it was taken) in decades. I use it more out of habit than caring about anonymity.
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    Re: How do you feel abour your real name being revealed online?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cephus View Post
    With me, my ID never changes, I don't think I've used a different handle (or significantly different, in cases where it was taken) in decades. I use it more out of habit than caring about anonymity.
    But don't weirdos follow you around?

    I did that when I had a business - and aside from my ex's wife finding me and harassing me - I had other people follow me around and start drama. It did that on 3 forums and my website - and that's when I stopped being like that. It was just strange.
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    Re: How do you feel abour your real name being revealed online?

    Quote Originally Posted by Aunt Spiker View Post
    [Stemming from the thread about Blizzard using everyone's real-life names]
    The poll is multi-faceted with 3 questions - don't get confused, read carefully:

    A) If the government required you to use your real name online - would you be online as much as you are now?

    1 = Yes, I use my real name everywhere. On both my regular Facebook Page and my UAF Facebook page, as well as my blog, the content I submit to the Birmingham Atheism Examiner, Associated Content, here and pretty much everywhere else I post. Google loves me. I could really care less who knows who I am. I am too old and too damned cranky to live my life in fear of my points of view, in spite of all the death threats. I am certain the government knows who I am.

    B) If a forum that you frequent for FREE (IE: not purchasing a related product for access, not ever donating or paying membership of some type) required that you use your real name - would you use the forum?

    4 = Yes, see above...

    C) If a forum that you frequented as a CUSTOMER (IE: purchasing a related product for access, donating and paying a membership or access fee of some type) required that you use your real-name would you use the forum?

    7 = Yes, see above...
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    Re: How do you feel abour your real name being revealed online?

    The poll is not anonymous, so I won't be voting
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    Re: How do you feel abour your real name being revealed online?

    Quote Originally Posted by Aunt Spiker View Post
    But don't weirdos follow you around?

    I did that when I had a business - and aside from my ex's wife finding me and harassing me - I had other people follow me around and start drama. It did that on 3 forums and my website - and that's when I stopped being like that. It was just strange.
    Nope, never had anyone bother me, although I did have one guy on a forum threaten to beat me up so I gave him my address and invited him by. Funny, he never showed.
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    Re: How do you feel abour your real name being revealed online?

    My husband opened a social networking account (either facebook or myspace, I can't remember; I don't use either one) about a year ago, using his real name.
    Almost immediately, unsavory people from our shared past began popping out of the woodwork; people we gave up everything to get away from ten years ago. Dope fiends, crackheads, criminals, homeless squatter kids.

    It was unbelievable. I couldn't believe they were still alive, let alone online.
    Really, it was just one of them who found him, but that one was connected to all the others, and so pretty soon they'd all found him and started contacting him.
    I insisted he close the account.
    Honestly. We didn't give up everything, break our lease, destroy our credit, and flee from our own apartment- which had turned into a drug den- like thieves in the night just to invite these idiots back into our lives a decade later, no matter how normal they are now.

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    Re: How do you feel abour your real name being revealed online?

    I have to give my real name every time I buy something online, so, what's the big the deal?

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    Re: How do you feel abour your real name being revealed online?

    Quote Originally Posted by 1069 View Post
    My husband opened a social networking account (either facebook or myspace, I can't remember; I don't use either one) about a year ago, using his real name.
    Almost immediately, unsavory people from our shared past began popping out of the woodwork; people we gave up everything to get away from ten years ago. Dope fiends, crackheads, criminals, homeless squatter kids.

    It was unbelievable. I couldn't believe they were still alive, let alone online.
    Really, it was just one of them who found him, but that one was connected to all the others, and so pretty soon they'd all found him and started contacting him.
    I insisted he close the account.
    Honestly. We didn't give up everything, break our lease, destroy our credit, and flee from our own apartment- which had turned into a drug den- like thieves in the night just to invite these idiots back into our lives a decade later, no matter how normal they are now.
    What part of "social networking" did he not understand when he opened the account? Was it the "social", as in person to person interaction, or was it the "networking", as it connecting with everyone else alive on Earth?

    I don't know, it just seems silly to broadcast yourself when you want a private life.

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    Re: How do you feel abour your real name being revealed online?

    I hate having any personal information online. However the advent of the internet and electronic data banks personal information is all over the place. I do think it is a violation of privacy to a large degree but... I don't know if you can control dissemination of private information and have a technological infrastructure like the internet.

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