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AIBU to have 2 log in names.. One for light-hearted stuff and another for more serious stuff?

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KittyFane Fri 02-Sep-11 22:05:49

Do you swop your names around?
Been on here for 14 years and it's interesting to see how familiar people react when they don't know who you are..
Do you stick with one name or do you have more?

Portofino Fri 02-Sep-11 22:07:23

I thought MN had only been going 10?

HerHissyness Fri 02-Sep-11 22:08:47

MANY! old names I got bored of, sseasonal variation, joke names, a couple of hiding names too... just in case. If I happen on a name idea, I nab it, you never know....

KittyFane Fri 02-Sep-11 22:08:54

Should read 4 !!!

DoMeDon Fri 02-Sep-11 22:09:37

Regularly name change

KittyFane Fri 02-Sep-11 22:10:29

Didn't have t'internet before then! grin

KittyFane Fri 02-Sep-11 22:11:42

DomeDon- do you get different reactions from people or just the same regardless of name?

Seepage Fri 02-Sep-11 22:12:24

I have lots/. I return to old favourites when I get loney and remember people don't know I'm me.

ChippingIn Fri 02-Sep-11 22:15:20

I'm only chippingin (with some add-ons but always starts with chippingin). I prefer to 'get to know' people and with all the name changing it makes it difficult.

GetAwayFromHerYouBitch Fri 02-Sep-11 22:16:54

I've recently changed mine. It's interesting to see how people react to you. It's quite freeing to be able to "hide" sometimes

rubyrubyruby Fri 02-Sep-11 22:19:54

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Fontsnob Fri 02-Sep-11 22:21:55

I think i'd forget who I was if I kept namechanging.

DoMeDon Fri 02-Sep-11 22:22:30

One of my first was very 'girly' - was treated like a twat. Another was a bit troll like (unintentional) and I was dismissed every thread. This one is non-descript enough to get normal reactions.

Thing is that with a well known name you are recognisable, people trust the name more and respond well. Some posters are a bit bum kissy to whoever they deem well-known.

I like getting to know posters but I like to be honest and open. I don't want anyone to know me in rl and my life experience is unique enough to out me quite quickly. It's a toughie but I opt for name changing.

GetAwayFromHerYouBitch Fri 02-Sep-11 22:22:34

I have never used different names for different things - has never occurred to me, but it would get round that problem of no-one recognising you, when you actually want them to.

SouthernFriedTofu Fri 02-Sep-11 22:23:10

I've had dozens. But I switch and stay switched don't post on the same thread unless it like a joke change

Fontsnob Fri 02-Sep-11 22:23:13

In fact, i'd probably sock puppet myself by mistake, but the opposite way round and would in fact disagree with myself and possibly call me a cunt.

CardyMow Fri 02-Sep-11 22:25:04

Nope, I'm Loudlass. Considered changing to something more witty frequently, but am technologically inept and have never worked out how to do it. Plus, I think my posting style is even if I did namechange, I think it would be obvious anyway.

GetAwayFromHerYouBitch Fri 02-Sep-11 22:26:13

I have sometimes come across old threads by myself under different names - and been amazed how different I sounded, to the extent of taking a while to remember it was me. I think that's more to do with me being less arsey confident about expressing myself.

DoMeDon Fri 02-Sep-11 22:28:20

Apparently I'm so non-descript noone will answer my highly dull interesting thread about DD's party in chat! sad

worraliberty Fri 02-Sep-11 22:28:27

I've never name changed

But I think it would be better if people had just two accounts. That way they would have a history on both and that can often help even if their 'problems' aren't directly related IYSWIM.

Feminine Fri 02-Sep-11 22:29:53

I name change a fair bit.

This one gets very little feedback as it is super girly!

I was watching a thread recently (posted by a well known poster) ,she was given massive support here. I suspect if she hadn't been known ,all shades of shit would have flown as it was a very one sided rant. If she had been an unknown,someone would have thrown in some random fact and the thread would have taken off like a rocket-not in her favour so much smile

Feminine Fri 02-Sep-11 22:31:38

getaway I have also watched posters change their style ... same name but ...much bigger gob!

KittyFane Fri 02-Sep-11 22:35:57

DonmeDon Some posters are a bit bum kissy to whoever they deem well-known. agree! I get very different responses from certain people when I use my other name which is more familiar!
My KittyFane name sees me treated like a newbie by some... I get to see what people are really like. grin

BustleInYourHedgerow Fri 02-Sep-11 22:36:41

Meh. I change a good bit. It's almost as good as a holiday, but not quite.

KittyFane Fri 02-Sep-11 22:37:12

Feminine- exactly my point! grin

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