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Wednesday, March 14, 2012


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Ignatius Onomatopoeia

I'm a grump. If an avatar chooses a crazy name we cannot type, such as my own stupid name, then others can call us whatever we want. That's why my profile now starts with "Call me Iggy."

I need to switch my display name to "Iggy" right now. It can work both ways...moving to something easily typed from something unfortunate like "Ignatius Onomatopoeia."

And no capital letters? Looks like laziness instead of hipness to me, but as with text-talk IMs and other rubbish, I just ignore it.

Kim Anubis

Iris, I would love to know where you found the hair and skin in the image that goes with this article! :)

jo yardley

Simple, if you follow proper etiquette you call people by their last name.
So if you have a rather weird name, I'll call you Miss, Mrs or Mr. Resident.

Adeon Writer

Call me rude, but I just hate showing both names. It's clutter, and gets in the way of reading the conversation flow. I'll either keep display names off, or turn them on and hide username. Usually the latter.

David Cartier

I figure that if someone is using a display name, they want you to use it, but if they go out of their way to use unreadable characters then I use the account name. Things are confusing enough and if they want my attention they are going to have to do better

David Cartier

I figure that if someone is using a display name, they want you to use it, but if they go out of their way to use unreadable characters then I use the account name. Things are confusing enough and if they want my attention they are going to have to do better

Silly Dren

The main problem is if someone is using a display name, they want you to use it, but if they leave their way to use the role and then I read the account name. Those will cause chaos!

foneco zuzu

I read the profile if diplay name is not 1 i can understand, type in local 1st Capital letter of 1st name only.
So it will be like:
Hi Mary, Steph, Gracie and so on!

Arcadia Codesmith

For extra credit, try being a musician, DJ, or other streaming performer who has to decipher the name of a patron.

But here's the funny part; whenever I IM a person and ask (politely) how to pronounce their bizarro name, they have without exception been delighted to explain, often in great detail, the pronounciation, etymology, and personal history of whatever weird combination of characters they've chosen.

Nobody has ever been the least bit offended that I provide them an opening to talk about themselves. Go figure :)


"That's why my profile now starts with "Call me Iggy."" .... problem is that nobody reads profiles anymore since they take ages to load ...

Cicadetta Stillwater

Arcadia, I am one of those people on the other end, and it's been to hear all the different pronunciations of my name. (I am happy to explain the pronunciation and etymology, and the former is on my profile, but that doesn't always help.) I'm flexible with whatever pronunciations or abbreviations work for people.

When greeting people at Mo's, I don't have to worry about pronunciation, thankfully. Just local chat. If someone has an unreadable display name, I use their username. If their username is readable but long, I may shorten it. If the display name is rude, I may use their username and vice versa. No complaints so far. Miss Ophelia's advice seems sound!


What hair is that you are wearing in the picture?


At last, an answer! (I'm the poster of the first question…)

Been trying to get someone to think about this seriously since 2006…

Maybe I should get out more.


She is so freaky looking. Bakey...lol, dude, 6 years to get an answer? You should google that! :)

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