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As a new member of one days duration, I have read all the threads concerning the use of usernames as opposed to real names and would like to make the following observation.
The use of a username litters the internet in many ways, banking for instance, and it is almost part of computer life. Some names I wholeheartedly agree appear downright silly but then again in my life outside the birding world, I have met and corresponded with people whose real names appear equally silly. I promise you that I had occasion to deal with a man whose surname is Wankiwitz, and if you can ring his office and ask for him without smothering laughter then you are a better man than I am.
Is it important that we use the name we born with for all the things we do in life? If it was then the advent of a username would not have come to fruition. I am happy to use my full name if it is required, I have used the name by which all my friends call me and by which I am known to the internet world. This does not mean that I wish to hide behind it and cause utter mischief, that surely is in the nature of the person and not in the name.
I promise you that I had occasion to deal with a man whose surname is Wankiwitz, ........
I have been dealing with these sort of people all my working life - I once had the great misfortune to share an office with (now deceased) Dr Simon Tosser. I also had, in a first year university undergraduate group, two girls called (and this is the honest truth) Eileen Dover and Teressa Green.
But, back to the the subject, I cannot understand the use of childish (and often ridiculous) "user names" - WHY?
I am with John on this one; there is difference between using a discrete on-line name (John R or Colin K) if you do not want to give your full and proper name but some of these "monicas" are just downright stupid.
I have just noticed on "the other channel" that there are members calling themselves "Bananafishbones" and "Semolina Pilchard" - I quite honestly would not lower myself to communicate with these sort of "Jodrells".
Didn't you used to be called 'Swamphen' on 'the other channel' as you call it?
Dear oh dear !
One of the reasons I. gave this forum a rest was because some of the posts were getting abusive.
It seems like nothing has changed, and that sort of stuff doesn't attract too many new members.
I'll take another sabbatical .
No, you must not go AWOL again John - age, experience and common sense are a valuable commodity here.
What this low form of life had in mind when he (or she, or it) chipped in I do not know. Having looked at the posts made on BF he is clearly a troll and a trouble-maker. Best ignored (which, as you will have gathered, I find difficult!!).