Using real names is not condusive to creativity. I do use my real name (part of it). I'd give you the whole thing if I thought you would recognize it because I was some master of magic (which I'm not). There are many issues that need to be discussed that cannot be brought up by people using their real name. I have loads of stuff I would like to discuss, like why is it the magic community is so rich in arguements and in fighting all the time? Seems there are so many people fighting it's pathetic and depressing. The number of posts that go to an arguement vs. the number that go to a solid magic discussion is unbelievable. I'd like to know why. Many other issues I would like to discuss, but don't because I am not anynonmous.
I'm part of other "communities" but the magic community has shocked me with all the fighting and "No, I'm right, you're wrong" posts. I thought magic was very subjective and appealing to all kinds of people. Didn't realize so many people could be "wrong" until I joined the magic community.
A jerk is a jerk. Doesn't matter that his name on the screen is. Unfortunately, moderating is a very real part of boards and when people come along that are destructive and don't contribute positively, they need to be moderated, as Richard has done. If his name was "John Smith", and he posted the same thing, that would not have made a difference, would it? Same post, different name. The posts have to be judged on the content, not the name of the user.
[ February 09, 2002: Message edited by: Steve S. ]