Originally posted by Thomas Wayne:
I completely agree with this sentiment. When I see someone posting under some bizzare made-up name - like "Doomo" for example - or the name of a lond-dead famous magician, I assume they are either ashamed of their real identity or 12 years old. I automatically regard their statements as less important and therefore less worthy of serious attention.
Is this fair? Probably not; but we have to have ways of separating the wheat from the chaff, and I contend that anyone who takes the FAKE name "dai vernon" or "marlo fan" or other such nonsense doesn't deserve to be taken seriously. Or to be taking up space on a board such as this one, IMO.
Usually such posts prove that to be an accurate assumption.
(PS. "Doomo" (aka Anthony Miller), no offense man, but use your real name if you want to be taken seriously. No matter HOW long you've used "Doomo", the vast majority of readers see you as just another anonymous poster, with a really dumb cyber-name.)[/QB]
I rarely post in the magic forums. I am the supreme lurker wife. I don't worry much about posting on magic forums using a female nick as most of you folks are well behaved, but on other forums and in many chats I will use a "genderless" nickname. When I used to hang out in the magician's IRC chat and used a "female" nickname, I would receive lots of unsolicited attention because of that.
Then there are the perennial bots that crawl through cyberspace looking for "real" names and email address. Anyone who owns his or her own domain as we do will know that amazing amount of trash that comes pouring into your mailbox.
We use different online names and email addresses to allow us to track where our names are being either "harvested" or sold. So far we haven't received anything labeled Doomo or Rosie so that means the miners haven't found this site yet. It has, however, happened on EG despite Bruce's best efforts otherwise..and Magictalk and others...
And finally Doomo and I are oldtimers. We've been on the internet since it started..and BBS's long before that. We are cyber fogies. Back in the day, no one and I mean NO ONE, used a real name...and I still think its a valid policy. Until I get to know the people on the board, I have the right to protect my identity. And that shouldn't lessen the value of my opinions. Information is information and information = power. And just because you ask me for my email address doesn't mean you wouldn't be getting one of my many shell addresses.
And regardless of what you think...if I take the time to post..you need to pay attention..my wrath is swift...ask Doomo...