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Real names, please

As a long time addict of the ChiefDelphi forums, I sometimes jump up on my soapbox and preach a bit. Not all agree with me when I do this, which is understandable.

During the excellent FIRST Competition season, I got to meet many people who frequent these boards. There are many relationships that mutually benefit our teams and FIRST in general. These relationships are between students and adults alike.

Often, I would meet someone at a competition, and the other person would say "hi, my name is ____"..."you might know me as sdfsd^*$WL (or something like that) on the ChiefDelphi Forums"

Although I understand nicknames... communication would sure be easier if you all just put your name as your screen name. First names are good. First names with last initials are good... but some goofy screen name that does not identify you is barely useful.

All I am doing is trying to improve communications and relations between people in this community. I may sound like a nag, but I see this bettering our already great FIRST community on this fine website.

So... I challenge you all to change your screen name to your real name.

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Although I understand nicknames... communication would sure be easier if you all just put your name as your screen name. First names are good. First names with last initials are good... but some goofy screen name that does not identify you is barely useful.
I do not think there is enough room to spell my last name. Anyway I agree with you I have seen this done in other forums also and it works fairly well.
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Horray for conformity! I've had my username like this (My real first and last name, and my team number) for a long time. I think that people who go by nicknames are just fine the way they are, but maybe the addition of their real name in their signature.
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Re: Real names, please

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So... I challenge you all to change your screen name to your real name.
Well, to do that we'd either have to:
a) Ask Brandon Martus to change our username
b) Sign up for a new account

I don't think BM wants 100 requests for a name change, nor 100 new users signing up whom already have an account.
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a) If you made a mistake when entering your username, or just want to change it, you have to contact the forum administrator. [faq]
b)Creating multiple accounts for a single user is not allowed. [rules]
I'll stick my name in my custom title though, just for you
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I agree that I've spent time piecing together people's first names from their CD names when I go to competitions or tigerbolt, etc and it gets a little confusing sometimes. I may eventually change my user name but I think writing your name in your signature also works for the time being. This would definitely help so Brandon doesn't get inundated with hundreds of user name requests all at once.

edit: jake got to it right before me
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Re: Re: Real names, please

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Well, to do that we'd either have to:
a) Ask Brandon Martus to change our username
b) Sign up for a new account
A = Good.
B = Bad.

I don't mind changing usernames. It takes about 1/47th of a second to do. Although I don't mind realcoolFIRSTer3847 or something, I would like to see more real names. I am always happy, for some reason, when someone eventually changes from realcool.. to Pat Smith.
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"FotoPlasma" is the pseudonym I use as consistently as possible. My real name is in my sig. I hope I'm not offending anyone...
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maybe you could let people change their display names?
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Andy's got a good point... it really takes me forever to learn names, and it's even harder to associate characters and avatars to the person (whose name, at that point, I can't remember in the first place).

Even though I've been 'amandabean' for years, I figured I might as well change. Being called amandabean at competitions is starting to get old.
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hm...

i'll stick it in my custom title
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Well I decided to change my username before any other Kristina's with a K decided to steal it. Yup, I jumped in on the bandwagon.
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What if we dont like our real name?
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