Full Name (First Last)

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  1. Ken Anderson

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    A couple of new members registered for accounts today, apparently missing the notices about using both a first and a last name in member accounts. I deleted those accounts and asked them to re-register.

    Since then, I did some research and found a plugin, which I had to pay for, which would allow a member to change his or her username. If you are already using a first and a last name here, I am not encouraging you to change your name, and I am allowing only one name change.

    I wanted to mention it because you may notice that option in your profile, and it is okay with me if you should choose to change your username at some point, as long as you continue to use a first name and a last name, which do not necessarily have to be your real name.

    I set this option up for anyone else who might register under something other than a first and a last name, and I would like to apologize to those who have had to re-register under another account. Changing usernames is not an option provided by the forum software; this is something that I have had to add.

    By the way, I am requesting the use of a first name and a last name so that conversations might flow more fluidly, as if we were real people rather than avatars.
     
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  2. Ina I. Wonder

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    Ken, I guess you have noticed, I'm not your brightest member when it comes to things of technology. Yvonne has suggested that using my real name is not one of my better moves. Can you help me change my username from Ina I. xxxxx to Ina I. Wonder? That is a name I can remember, and I promise not to bother you too much in the future.
     
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    If this will be your first name change, you can do that yourself, through your profile. When you go into your profile, under Settings, there will be a hyperlink to "Username Change." Click that, and you can change the name that you are using here.
     
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    No, we have not changed the policy of using first and last names in this forum. Not everyone reads the instructions before registering for an account, so people will be creating accounts using other naming schemes from time to time. When this occurs, I simply write them, explaining the policy, and asking them to change their member name in their profile. Until this is done, you will be seeing new members that are not using first and last names sometimes. But no, the policy remains.
     
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    I have deleted a few accounts today that did not use a First and a Last name, as specified. When someone registers for an account using another naming scheme, I send them a private message asking them to change their name to a First and Last name format. I then give them a couple of days, after which I delete their accounts. Just in case mentions that their account has disappeared, that would be the reason.
     
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    Ina, your real name is showing in this thread, so now that you've changed it on your account, you or Ken could probably delete this post, for privacy reasons.
     
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    Diane,
    I don't see my name, soo Ken must have taken care of the problem. He is so good about that kind of thing. At first I found him to be a bit intimidating, and a brainyach, (sp?), but I also found him to be an understanding and patient man. So don't be surprised when things on the forum seem to be cared for by a genie.
     
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    Yay, I wouldn't have mentioned it, but I saw you'd asked him to change it on your account. I'm careful about using real names because of past issues.
     
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    Thank you Diane,
    This is the first time I've been totally on my own in 50 years. I admit it is taking me a bit to understand all the things I need to do for my safety. So I do appreciate it when someone takes the time to clue me in on my unsafe behavior.

    The world is so srange as a single person.
     
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    It is. My Dad died 10 years ago, and my Mom is still struggling to deal with life as a single person. It has to be a huge change. I can't imagine spending my whole life with one person, then losing them. Having a place like this to come and interact must be somewhat comforting. I'm glad Ken made the change :).
     
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    As most of you realize, since a few of you have been through it yourself, not everyone notices the statement on the registration page about using a First name and a Last name when creating an account here, so we'll have new members in the forum from time to time who are using handles. Barring unusual circumstances, I am in this forum several times a day, and usually have it open in a tab all day, so I normally notice it fairly quickly, particularly if they are participating in discussions. It's not a big deal, and it doesn't upset me; I will simply message them about the First, Last name rule, and direct them to their profile, where they can change their member name. Since most forums don't require this, and people who have registered with Xenforo forum before may not read everything on the registration page, I expect it to happen from time to time. Eventually, I'll add a plugin that will bring up a separate page that clearly defines this rule during the registration process. Until then, it's a fairly simple matter to change it.

    Periodically, I'll look through the member list and sometimes find someone who has registered with something other than a First, Last name, but hasn't participated in forum discussions. I will send them a message as well but, if they haven't posted or acknowledged my message within a week, I delete their account. People do sometimes register for a forum, then never come back to it, so I don't fret about that.

    Every new member is welcome here, and I am very pleased with the way that the forum has been going.
     
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    As a reminder, periodically I cull our member lists of anyone who is using a handle rather than a name. Member names do not have to be your actual name, but they should appear to be real names, with a first name and a last name at a minimum, with middle names or initials optional. I do send a message to that effect to anyone who registers with a handle, but if it hasn't been changed in a week or so, the account is subject to being deleted. If you registered with a handle, you can change it (one time) in your profile.
     
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    It's probably best not to reply to someone who is using anything other than an actual name, being at least a first name and a last name unless you know who they are or have reason to believe that they will be changing it to an actual name. Although they are always given the opportunity to change their member name, more than half of these accounts are deleted after a couple of weeks. No harm is done if you reply to them but, in some cases, your replies will be removed along with their posts, although I try not to have to do that. More often than not, I catch these accounts before they have posted to the forum, and some of them probably never intend to post in the forum, but not always. If you invite someone here, it might be a good idea to explain the name thing to them because some people tend to miss it on the registration page.
     
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    I am about to remove a few more accounts for using a handle rather than a name. Unfortunately, one of them changed her name from a real name to a handle. When this occurs, I leave them a message, then give them a week or so before deleting the accounts. If they have posted in the forum, I will change the name to something, so that their posts don't appear as if from a handle, and then ban the account, so that their threads will remain.
     
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    When you invite someone to join the forum, please let them know about the convention of using a first and a last name rather than a handle. Most forums don't do that and, although it does state that on the registration page, people seem to miss it sometimes. That's not a big deal because they can easily change it after they register for an account. When someone creates an account using a handle, I send them a private conversation, pointing it out and explaining how they can change their username in the forum. That normally does it but, for some reason, I have had a couple of people create an account using a handle, participate in discussions, yet ignore my request to change their username. When that happens, I send another couple of conversations through the administrative account. Some people create accounts then never come back, so I'll just delete those accounts if they are using a handle but when someone has participated in the forum, I don't like to do that. So that I don't have to delete their posts as well, I'll just make up a name for them and send an email to them with it but, the couple of times I've done that, they haven't returned to the forum. Probably the email ends up in their spam folder, and they can't log in the next time they come back because their username has been changed. I hate to lose people, so it's best if they know about it to begin with.
     
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    No, I haven't changed the policy. We've had a few people register over the past couple of weeks without using first and last names. I have written them and am just giving them a chance to change it.
     
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    Please use names that could plausibly be real names, although they do not have to be your own actual names.
     
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    When someone creates an account here using a handle or an improbable first and last name combination, I will try to engage them in a private conversation, letting them know of the first and last name policy here, and that usually does the trick. If they return and don't respond to the conversation or change their username, I will message them again. On some occasions, I will send an email.

    For those who participate in forum discussions, there has never been a problem. I understand that this policy is not a common one, so people who have joined other forums are probably used to using a handle, so it's not anything that I'll get excited about. In other words, it's not a major crime.

    However, after a reasonable period of time and no responses, I will either delete the account or simply assign the new member a name. If they have created their account using a free email service, I am more likely to simply delete the account, but if they are using a traditional email account, I will probably assign them a name because the chances are greater that they will return one day. If they log in using their email address, they will still be able to access their account, and they can change the name at that point, if they want to. Otherwise, our member list will still look clean.

    If you have created an account here using a handle, you can easily change your username by placing your cursor over your member name in the upper right of the page. A box will pop up with two columns of options. In the second column, you will see an option for "Username Change." That's where you want to go.

    Or you can simply ask me to change it and I will do so for you. For established members, I prefer not to because it confuses people.
     
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    Most people aren't used to forums that use first and last names rather than handles, and a lot of people don't read the registration text very carefully, so we'll probably always have people joining with handles. Please feel free to let me know when someone does that, either in a report to Admin or in private conversation, but that's something I'll notice before long anyhow.

    When someone does that, I will ask them to change it, and then I'll give them a chance to do so and, since new members often don't log in every day, that means that their handle might be there for a few days or a week or so, but eventually they'll either change it or I'll send them something more official from the Admin account. Knowing that it's most likely an oversight, I prefer to go easy, though.

    When I come across member registrations using handles, and the member hasn't logged in again after the first day, I just delete the account or, if they've posted, I'll make up a name for them.
     
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