Posted 04 October 2014 - 05:53 AM
Why put NUMBERS in a username?
And if numbers, why so many?
Posted 04 October 2014 - 07:19 AM
Sometimes it is easier to just put a large number, say 100 or 1000. Easier to remember.
Many years ago I was trying to get an email address that was my real name. I was having no luck (think it may have been hotmail).
I was sat at my desk pondering which numbers to use when I noticed my mug of tea.
The rest, as they say, is history.
I have had lots of bad luck with email companies.
My last one closed down as the NSA wanted the encryption keys (Ed Snowden used the same company).
The one before that got bombed in the Arab Uprising.
I failed to log into my hotmail for 30 days or something when I went to work abroad.
Jungle just vanished when the financing ran out.
I hate email, lucky if I check it once a week.
Edited by SteamyTea, 04 October 2014 - 07:23 AM.
Posted 04 October 2014 - 08:39 AM
It's since occurred to me that my username might be seen as espousing a political opinion...
Posted 04 October 2014 - 08:46 AM
All my email addresses are based on domain names that I own (we own 5 domain names) so I can have anything I want @ my domain names and nobody else can use them.
I have to say availability of the domain name was a major influence in choosing the last house name as well as the name for the new house.
Posted 04 October 2014 - 09:38 AM
My rule on any non-work related forum (like this one, or a couple of boat or electric vehicle related forums) has been to use my real name, as I can't see the point of being anonymous if there is no over riding need to. If I write something that others can read it seems only fair and reasonable that I put my real name to it. Quite apart from anything else it makes me less likely to be dishonest, as anything I write can be directly attributed to me, and the internet is such that older published material is almost always around to show whether someone has made something up or not.
As a general rule I'm against people posting anonymously on forums, as I feel that comments carry more weight if they are clearly associated with a persons true identity.
Edited by jsharris, 04 October 2014 - 10:11 AM.
Posted 04 October 2014 - 09:58 AM
Edited by DamonHD, 04 October 2014 - 09:58 AM.
Posted 04 October 2014 - 10:27 AM
In my case "connection with my employment" was spelt out to me (in words of one syllable, during a "hats off, no coffee" interview, following the incident mentioned above) as being the mention or sharing of any knowledge or experience I had gained as a part of my employment, any geographic reference to my places of employment or any information that could, singularly or in conjunction with other pieces of information be used collectively to ascertain what my employment was or had been. Latterly that extended to not revealing the place where I actually worked for the last few years of my career, as to do so would be considered to place my own, and the lives of others working there, under threat from extremist groups. I believe that it may well have been a private message exchanged on another forum that resulted in me being expelled and subjected to a barrage of rather extreme and offensive emails from a member of certain pressure group (who could only have obtained the email address they used from the forum owner).
I am firmly of the view that the government needs to loosen up a bit, and allow people to use social media and internet forums as long as they don't actually give away state secrets or engage in activities that may be useful to terrorists, but things change exceedingly slowly in government (as in the repeal of the death sentence for treason, including a breach of the OSA, as late as 1998).
Posted 04 October 2014 - 11:45 AM
The thing to remember is never to use ebuild to pay bills or transfer money.
Edited by joiner, 04 October 2014 - 11:46 AM.
Posted 04 October 2014 - 12:52 PM
Out of the 6 of us that have contributed to this thread, I have met half of you.
Posted 04 October 2014 - 01:16 PM
Posted 04 October 2014 - 03:24 PM
Posted 04 October 2014 - 08:53 PM
SteamyT .. be thankful that was the only thing on the desk , what with erasers, rulers , tipex you could have presented a different persona all together, at least it sounds homely.
I was given my user name initially by my employer (well really my mother I guess) to enable me to login to their systems which made sense, but then there weren't that many logon ID's required. I have used it in email and most other things for many years and like Jeremy's car reg. at least I can remember it ~ mostly. It takes the confusion out of things unlike the recent changes to the marriage bill , perhaps they should have used Lessage and hommage and left marriage to the couples who believe it means something in particular. Regards David
Posted 04 October 2014 - 09:16 PM
EDIT: well I am a senior citizen after all
Edited by TerryE, 04 October 2014 - 09:20 PM.
Posted 04 October 2014 - 09:40 PM
Joiner = Dave
ProDave = Dave
Admin = David
NickfromWales = Nick
Steamy Tea = Nick
(noticed a trend here?........)
temp = Colin = CWatters (there was a glitch in the forum software which means he has two IDs).
JSHarris = Jeremy (should have been less formal when I joined, but I was still working then, so a little bit cautious)
Damon = Damon (Hooray! someone who uses their real name (but the "HD" slightly disguises his somewhat well known Dad..........))
I'll refrain from mentioning the names of any of the others here who wish to remain anonymous.
Posted 04 October 2014 - 09:53 PM
Same experience as above - a boll**ing from on high regarding some attributable online comments (circa 1995!), pointed reference to the fact that I had signed the OSA and my life was therefore forfeit. I switched to the pseudonym "Alphonsox" and have used it ever since. Largely because it's one of my my favorite quotes...
Alphonso the 10th King of Castile on being described the Ptolemaic view of the Solar system -
"If the Lord Almighty had consulted me before embarking on creation, I should have recommended something simpler"
Good advice for a jobbing engineer.....
Edited by Alphonsox, 04 October 2014 - 09:53 PM.
Posted 04 October 2014 - 10:10 PM
I don't look like my avatar much, either.
Jack (or not )
Posted 04 October 2014 - 10:12 PM
For a split second I thought you were using "pointer" in the computing sense!
Posted 04 October 2014 - 10:20 PM
Apart from the problems with my employer (who gave permission for the TV stuff and a few other publicly available things, like being an expert witness in court a couple of times), it's been fairly easy to track down things I've done for a few years. My saving grace has been that there was a far more prominent mayor of Honolulu who shared my name, so gets far higher rankings in search engines than I do.
Posted 05 October 2014 - 05:58 AM
It's when you come to quote or refer to a post and attribute the reference that I have problems, remembering the sequence of NUMBERS.
"Names" are easy enough and you can even truncate some of them without losing anyone, hence "PD -", "NNC -", "JSH -" (or even "J"), "NFW".
I wasn't having a go at anyone, I was just curious to know what others had seen on the forum that made them think such an elevated level of security was needed that an apparently random sequence of numbers was called for.
As I said above, it's a relatively recent trend so I'm thinking it was picked up by whoever followed the first person to use numbers and who subsequently posted on the same thread as that person, then along comes someone else who picks up on the subject of the thread, sees the digitized usernames of two previous posters and thinks.........
Well, the rest is history. It's a just-about-working hypothesis!