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Help: Real name or Mudcat name?

GUEST,Russ 28 Jun 07 - 04:53 PM
Mr Red 28 Jun 07 - 02:06 PM
MMario 28 Jun 07 - 12:58 PM
peregrina 28 Jun 07 - 12:55 PM
Darowyn 28 Jun 07 - 12:52 PM
GUEST,Russ 28 Jun 07 - 11:39 AM
Genie 28 Jun 07 - 04:58 AM
Janie 28 Jun 07 - 01:29 AM
Zhenya 28 Jun 07 - 12:59 AM
JohnInKansas 27 Jun 07 - 11:31 PM
Sugwash 27 Jun 07 - 06:15 AM
Hovering Bob 27 Jun 07 - 06:10 AM
Brakn 27 Jun 07 - 05:03 AM
Jim Lad 27 Jun 07 - 04:07 AM
MBSLynne 27 Jun 07 - 03:56 AM
JohnInKansas 27 Jun 07 - 02:36 AM
Joe Offer 27 Jun 07 - 01:55 AM
Beer 26 Jun 07 - 11:51 PM
Jim Lad 26 Jun 07 - 11:25 PM
GUEST,.gargoyle 26 Jun 07 - 11:17 PM
harpmolly 26 Jun 07 - 10:46 PM
JohnInKansas 26 Jun 07 - 09:52 PM
GUEST,Art Thieme 26 Jun 07 - 08:29 PM
JohnInKansas 26 Jun 07 - 07:51 PM
GUEST,Russ 26 Jun 07 - 06:28 PM
Alan Day 26 Jun 07 - 06:26 PM
Herga Kitty 26 Jun 07 - 06:16 PM
Don Firth 26 Jun 07 - 05:05 PM
Jim Lad 26 Jun 07 - 05:01 PM
JohnInKansas 26 Jun 07 - 04:15 PM
GUEST,Texas Guest 26 Jun 07 - 03:55 PM
Don Firth 26 Jun 07 - 03:29 PM
Hamish 26 Jun 07 - 03:15 PM
Mick Pearce (MCP) 26 Jun 07 - 03:04 PM
JohnInKansas 26 Jun 07 - 02:49 PM
Dame Pattie Smith EPNS 26 Jun 07 - 01:57 PM
artbrooks 26 Jun 07 - 01:57 PM
Lyrical Lady 26 Jun 07 - 01:53 PM
HouseCat 26 Jun 07 - 01:45 PM
Big Mick 26 Jun 07 - 01:45 PM
Jim Lad 26 Jun 07 - 01:33 PM
Beer 26 Jun 07 - 01:05 PM
MBSLynne 26 Jun 07 - 12:58 PM
Leadfingers 26 Jun 07 - 12:41 PM
Geoff the Duck 26 Jun 07 - 12:34 PM
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Subject: RE: Help: Real name or Mudcat name?
From: GUEST,Russ
Date: 28 Jun 07 - 04:53 PM

MMario,

Thanks. Good to hear from you.

Russ (Permanent GUEST)


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Subject: RE: Help: Real name or Mudcat name?
From: Mr Red
Date: 28 Jun 07 - 02:06 PM

corporate identity.


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Subject: RE: Help: Real name or Mudcat name?
From: MMario
Date: 28 Jun 07 - 12:58 PM

Russ - you use the Guest feature as it is intended. And it is appreciated.


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Subject: RE: Help: Real name or Mudcat name?
From: peregrina
Date: 28 Jun 07 - 12:55 PM

Hi everyone. I enjoyed a few of the recent threads so much that I decided to join and stop being the 'guest in York' whose posts were about local folk radio (which, by the way, will return to Radio York, though we don't now whether it wil be any good).

My mudcat name means traveller or foreigner and I'm a late-starter and slow-learner on guitar and mandolin.

Anyone around Yorks. who'd like to get together to play and sing songs from some songbooks (such as Doc Watson, Woody Guthrie, Ed Pickford, Jean Ritchie, Johnny Cash, Appalachian ballads both Sharp and Niles and various others), please send a pm!


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Subject: RE: Help: Real name or Mudcat name?
From: Darowyn
Date: 28 Jun 07 - 12:52 PM

I have a rare name (only nine in the US), but in this country, one of the people with the same name is my son, who has a web presence in his real name concerned with some very serious topics.
I would not want people to associate my random interjections with those of my son David.
Darowyn is the name I use on stage, so it is the obvious choice on here.
But I do sign off with my real name,(like this)
I don't always remember to sign in when I post from work, though.

Cheers
Dave


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Subject: RE: Help: Real name or Mudcat name?
From: GUEST,Russ
Date: 28 Jun 07 - 11:39 AM

JohnInKansas,

Thanks for the correction and suggestion.

This is a conversation I've participated in many times on mudcat.

One of my hobbies is holding and defending unpopular views.

I've always been a person who digs in his heels when he feels the touch of peer pressue.

I Don't expect to change any time soon.

Russ (Permanent GUEST and maybe last GUEST standing)


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Subject: RE: Help: Real name or Mudcat name?
From: Genie
Date: 28 Jun 07 - 04:58 AM

When I first found Mudcat, I was very new to the internet and message boards and had no idea how safe or unsafe it would be to use my real name.   I realize now that a) it probably wouldn't have been all that risky to have used my real name as my "Mudcat name" and b) using a screen name doesn't really protect my anonymity all that much, since anyone can join Mudcat, free, and have access to my Personal Info page (complete with photos and any other info I've put there.   But the real reason I'm "Genie" is that I live in a bottle and if you rub it, all my magical powers are released.   

(Seriously, I do think the extra "step" between my identity and what I post is a great advantage.   It means not everything I express (or admit to) in a thread is immediately connected to my name.)

Joining Mudcat is so simple and safe (you don't have to give out personal info on your Personal Page if you don't want to) that I've known of many who've joined just to have access to things like the Mudcat Songbook, the MIDI section, etc.   I can't understand why anyone who hangs around for more than a day or two wouldn't become a member.

Genie


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Subject: RE: Help: Real name or Mudcat name?
From: Janie
Date: 28 Jun 07 - 01:29 AM

I ain't got no imagination, so I just use the name I've been called by my entire life.

uhmmm......Janie


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Subject: RE: Help: Real name or Mudcat name?
From: Zhenya
Date: 28 Jun 07 - 12:59 AM

It just never crossed my mind to use my real name when I joined.

At any rate, I don't like my legal first name. My last name is very common, something like the 8th most common surname in the United States, and common worldwide as well. (Shows up in lots of folksongs too, as a profession.) So even with my less common (in the U.S., but apparently much more common in England and Wales) first name, I guess I would have been anonymous enough. (Lots of clues here, for all you riddle fans!)

Since my "pseudo" name is actually a common enough real first name, this seems to sometimes confuse people, who think I am a Zhenya in real life. As explained in an ancient thread here, I acquired this name when I studied Russian, which I did long enough for it to feel like a real first name for me anyway. And that's my ethnic heritage too, so it all fits together.

To further confuse matters, I have been thinking for some years about legally changing my legal first name, probably to an Irish name. (Just because I seem to like a lot of those names.) Will I then have to legally change my Mudcat name?


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Subject: RE: Help: Real name or Mudcat name?
From: JohnInKansas
Date: 27 Jun 07 - 11:31 PM

Coming from a family with a penchant for boring and repetitious naming, it was rather necessary for those in my direct line all to have "nicknames;" and even for those with more unique given appellations I can think of only two (of about 40 well-known) relatives who were known within the family by a "given name."

In many cases, I'm pretty sure that first cousins within my family circle often didn't know each others' "real names."

If one can choose a name that suggests interests, reputation, or personality, it can convey a bit of information, and I see no compelling reason why "nicknames" should not be used within the Mudcat family. An advantage here is that you get to pick your own, rather than being forced to live with what some doddy lunatic uncle or aunt might have picked for you.

In my case, "Lin In Kansas" registered herself first, and as we had only one email addy I didn't register until some time later. She picked her name, I think, because she was p***d at me for dragging her kicking, screaming, and complaining to Kansas from her former residence of some 30 years in the Seattle area.

Having no personality or talent to reflect in a nickname, I stuck with her precedent, using JohnInKansas, as a way of warning people about our apparent family curse.

John


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Subject: RE: Help: Real name or Mudcat name?
From: Sugwash
Date: 27 Jun 07 - 06:15 AM

I honestly thought when I enlisted that every Mudcatter used a pen name, so, being easily led, I followed suit. I have, occasionally, signed my posts with my real name, which is Andy Sugden (no, not the one off Emmerdale).


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Subject: RE: Help: Real name or Mudcat name?
From: Hovering Bob
Date: 27 Jun 07 - 06:10 AM

Bob is the diminutive of my real name and, as those who know me will confirm, I tend to waffle on stage so 'Hovering' seemed to fit.
The fact that it is based on the refrain from the one successful song I've written is a bonus, as is the reality that my surname also starts with an 'H.'

Has 'Skipy' ever lost his cookie and signed in as GUEST, Guest?

BobH


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Subject: RE: Help: Real name or Mudcat name?
From: Brakn
Date: 27 Jun 07 - 05:03 AM

Complicated - People know me as Michael Bracken, I had a band years ago called Bracken and the name stuck. My name is Michael Byron. My REAL name should be Michael Neary; my father came to England with someone else's birth certificate.

People call me a lot of things!!


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Subject: RE: Help: Real name or Mudcat name?
From: Jim Lad
Date: 27 Jun 07 - 04:07 AM

Snicker!


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Subject: RE: Help: Real name or Mudcat name?
From: MBSLynne
Date: 27 Jun 07 - 03:56 AM

Actually Kitty, it was your name, Herga Kitty, that made me decide on MBSLynne. I figured that if Herga Folk Club was you then Middle Bar Singers was definitely me.

I am pleased to say that, as far as I'm aware I am the ONLY Lynne Tann-Watson in existence. If I Google myself (Why does that always sound vaguely rude?) I come up with something like 26 hits and they are all me.

Love Lynne


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Subject: RE: Help: Real name or Mudcat name?
From: JohnInKansas
Date: 27 Jun 07 - 02:36 AM

Joe -

Since the step-by-step was for Art, who hasn't been logged in for a couple of years(?), it seemed best to steer him away from that step; but you're certainly right that sometimes you have to do the same cleanup more than once to get all the s...t out of the system.

As Murphy says:

You can't get anything clean without getting something else dirty; but you CAN get everything dirty without getting anything clean.

John


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Subject: RE: Help: Real name or Mudcat name?
From: Joe Offer
Date: 27 Jun 07 - 01:55 AM

Well, John - I think there may be some value to logging out if you have a corrupted cookie. In fact, logging out TWICE seems to give a clean slate. You'll note that if you're logged in and log out, you get a page that tells you how many personal messages you have. If you log out a second time, that message disappears.

-Joe-


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Subject: RE: Help: Real name or Mudcat name?
From: Beer
Date: 26 Jun 07 - 11:51 PM

Texas Red Wing
Red Wing Tex


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Subject: RE: Help: Real name or Mudcat name?
From: Jim Lad
Date: 26 Jun 07 - 11:25 PM

Don Firth: I'm stupid! Last week I stole Geordie Peorgies name for a wee while. Well not exactly but close. "Georgie Peorgie" or something like that. Anyway, when I went back through my previous posts, my name had been changed on all of them. Given this, I would suspect that when your page is up and running.. change your name here and all other references to "Don Firth" on Mudcat will vanish. I think.
Jim


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Subject: RE: Help: Real name or Mudcat name?
From: GUEST,.gargoyle
Date: 26 Jun 07 - 11:17 PM

We arn't in Kansass John

You just revealed one of the MOST vulnerable HACKS to MC....that I posted half a decade or more ago.....

Mine was deleated....perhaps, your's will be too.

Sincerely,
Gargoyle


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Subject: RE: Help: Real name or Mudcat name?
From: harpmolly
Date: 26 Jun 07 - 10:46 PM

I've actually been a member (though a lurker much of the time) for about seven years (!!!!), though originally under a different handle. Other than being able to PM, which is fun, I also like the ability to trace threads on the Personal Page so I can keep track of the discussions I'm particularly interested in (and shamelessly refresh if warranted ;)).

As for my real name, well, I'm definitely a Molly. ;) And I play a big multi-stringed thingamabobber. My last name is historically difficult for people to spell or pronounce, so I leave it out. (UK 'Catters would have very little problem, as it's a Germanized spelling of an Anglo-Irish name, but in the US it's been practically hopeless. Feh.)

Cheers,

Molly Bauckham


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Subject: RE: Help: Real name or Mudcat name?
From: JohnInKansas
Date: 26 Jun 07 - 09:52 PM

Art -

If you're getting the "name is already taken" it's probable that you're clicking the link to create a new membership rather than the "button" to Login.

I just logged out so that I could log back in to see exactly what steps are needed. This may be oversimplified, but one-step-at-a-time is the only way to be sure all the steps are right:

1. On the Threads Page (Lyrics and Knowledge) the box at the top probably will say "Quick Links" in the box.

2. Click the arrow beside the "Quick Links" box, and a windowshade should roll down where you can click "Login."

Note here: when you click on Login, the box will probably stay highlighted (blue/black background). If you touch the mouse wheel, it can roll the selection to something different. If you click a blank space outside the box it will "un-highlight" what's in the box, and you can be confident that it won't change on you before you make the next click.

3. Click the "GO" button next to the box where you've selected "Login."

4. You should get a new "page."

The text at the top of the page should say:

"You are not currently logged in. Your cookie may have expired or has been deleted. If you are a member, please enter your Mudcat name and hit submit."

5. There should be a blank/empty box labelled "Mudcat Name"

Type your mudcat name in the box.

6. There should be a grey button labelled "Submit."

Click on the grey SUBMIT button.

Note: Below the button labelled "Submit" the text says:

"If you are not a member of the Mudcat and would like to join, click here."

7. DON'T DO THIS: If you put your name in the "Mudcat Name" box, and click on the blue "click here" instead of clicking the "Submit" Button, you'll get the response that "name is already taken."

8. Below that "click here" will be text:

"If you are having problems switching names or with your cookie, go here to logout, then log back in."

9. Don't click on the "go here to logout," unless your really do want to log out.

10. After step 6 above, when you click on the "Submit" button, you should get a new page. The text at the top of the page should say:

"Your Member information was found.
Enter your password below to reset your cookie."

11. A box immediately below that text, labelled "Mudcat Name:" should contain the name you typed on the previous page.

12. A second box labelled "Password" just below the Mudcat Name box should be empty. You need to type your password in the empty box labelled "Password:"

13. After you've typed your password, there's a grey button with "Submit Query" on it that you click to complete the login.

14. Things not to do:

Below the "Submit Query" button (step 11), there should be a line, and below that there should be text:

"If you cannot remember your password, enter the e-mail address you registered with below and hit submit.
Your password will be mailed to you."

You shouldn't need to use this lower section, since I think you've had recent discussion about your password; but for the benefit of others who may be looking over our shoulders:

Your password can ONLY BE SENT to the email address on file for your Mudcat name. If you change email addresses and don't update your personal information YOU WILL NOT RECEIVE IT. Your only recourse will be to email direct to Joe Offer and beg, plead, bribe, extort, or otherwise work out a mutually satisfactory resolution.

That's about as step-by-step as I can make it, and it worked for me a few minutes ago (assuming this post has my regular name on it.)

John


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Subject: RE: Help: Real name or Mudcat name?
From: GUEST,Art Thieme
Date: 26 Jun 07 - 08:29 PM

Tex,

Howdy. Took me a while to find this thread and look in here.

There is a glitch in the mudcat computer or in my own machine. Then I go to the drop-down menu and click on "Log In", I am told I am a member. Then when I try to come in I'm asked for my e-mail address (or whatever) and I am told in no uncertain terms "THAT NAME and e-mail YOU ARE LOGGING IN WITH IS TAKEN ALREADY"

I'm also told I have something like 160 P.M.s lined up waiting for me to read 'em. When I try to read the damn things I am told---"YOU MUST BE A MEMBER TO READ THESE! -- PLEASE GO AWAY!"

Sooooooo, in order to enter, if I want to come in here at all, I must come as a GUEST. I take what I can get.

Arthur David Thieme (Mudcat name--I'm actually Paris Hilton slumming.)


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Subject: RE: Help: Real name or Mudcat name?
From: JohnInKansas
Date: 26 Jun 07 - 07:51 PM

Guest,Russ

You do realize that you can be a member with all the extra benefits, and if there is a need to not be yourself you can just log off, which makes you GUEST until you log back in.

Members away from their own machine, or having a "crumbled cookie" difficulty, quite often post as GUEST,mudcatname until they can get their real persona back.

In rare instances, members do post as GUEST when there's a "personal problem" for which they want advice but with which they are reluctant to be identified. Within reason, this is accepted. Quite often, when the problem is resolved, the "temporary GUEST" will come back and "fess up," but it's often not really necessary.

You will see the occasional "frivolous" guest post, where a member has logged of to post as, e.g. "GUEST,Albert Einstein to contradict a pompous error in physics," etc., but these are - once one recognizes them - part of the "intellectual repartee" of the site. Quite often the real identity of the S.A. member is obvious to friends here.

Posting as "GUEST as a matter of principal (sic)" rather amuses me, as it implies that you take yourself much more seriously than we do (speaking for myself only, of course) but it's your option. We do appreciate a "GUEST,consistent-name" entry to keep straight who's in the conversation.

John


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Subject: RE: Help: Real name or Mudcat name?
From: GUEST,Russ
Date: 26 Jun 07 - 06:28 PM

I post as a GUEST as a matter of principal.

My first post on mudcat was my first post on the internet. I posted because I could do so spontaneously and anonymously. I was nervous about giving out personal information over the internet. Still am. But that is not why I still post as GUEST.

I think the feature is one of Mudcat's strengths. It also has its drawbacks, but what doesn't? For me the advantages outweight the disadvantages.

Russ (Permanent GUEST)


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Subject: RE: Help: Real name or Mudcat name?
From: Alan Day
Date: 26 Jun 07 - 06:26 PM

I use my real name and I can understand and accept others that prefer to write under a nickname.Some may be shy,feel relaxed using a make believe name.Some are very clever,original and funny.
It is OK until the idea is abused,rudeness,racial remarks,using many names to aid promotion or strengthen a point of view not shared by others,it has all been tried since my short time with you all.There is of course always the minority that try and spoil a genuine discussion about any subject.Take great delight in scoring points and will put off the genuine interesting browser who do not post their views for fear of getting involved with these individuals.
All in all however it is great fun,I have had a lot of laughs.If I have asked for information sometimes it has been almost instantly supplied. I have gained a few friends made no enemies.You have put up with my ramblings. Thanks to the majority and thanks to the organisers ,who ever you are.
Al


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Subject: RE: Help: Real name or Mudcat name?
From: Herga Kitty
Date: 26 Jun 07 - 06:16 PM

I originally joined as Kitty Vernon, but then fairly swiftly changed to promote the folk club that got me hooked on folk music as a teenager and to which I still belong!

And I hadn't thought about the benefits of not coming up on search engines, before Jim Lad mentioned them (thanks, Jim!)

Kitty


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Subject: RE: Help: Real name or Mudcat name?
From: Don Firth
Date: 26 Jun 07 - 05:05 PM

Thanks, Jim!

Don Firth


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Subject: RE: Help: Real name or Mudcat name?
From: Jim Lad
Date: 26 Jun 07 - 05:01 PM

Don: Buy "DonFirth.com". That way you'll probably end up in the top 3.
I think "DonFirth.com/official" helps too.


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Subject: RE: Help: Real name or Mudcat name?
From: JohnInKansas
Date: 26 Jun 07 - 04:15 PM

Texas Guest -

If you're planning on actually thinking about it (rare but not unheard of here), putting your "real name" into a Google and/or into the "how many of me" page linked about 4 posts above will give you some idea of how many others you might be confused with, and especially how deeply you would be buried in Google hits if someone looks for you.

The "how many" site won't be much use for a "mudcat name" but a Google search on one you're thinking about would provide some idea of how unique you would be -- at least until Google starts linking to your posts here. Some seemingly arcane names are actually surprisingly popular on the web.

Just as quick checks, of course, if it matters to you.

John


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Subject: RE: Help: Real name or Mudcat name?
From: GUEST,Texas Guest
Date: 26 Jun 07 - 03:55 PM

Thanks to everyone for the feedback - much appreciated. I will mull this name thing over a bit, make a decision and run with it.

Big Mick - heaven help us when we all start agreeing on everything.
         
Beer - good name choice there - just might go in that direction.

Thanks again, Catters. Cheers.


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Subject: RE: Help: Real name or Mudcat name?
From: Don Firth
Date: 26 Jun 07 - 03:29 PM

I first started posting back in fall of 1999. A friend of mine had told me about Digital Tradition, and being new on the internet at the time, I went hunting for it.   I found it, but in the search, I blundered into the Mudcat forum. I opened a few threads just to see what was going on, and got to reading one that I was particularly interested in. "Hey," sez I, "these discussions are great!" Several people were using "handles," but one of the people who was posting under his real name was a folk singer friend of mine whom I hadn't seen in almost forty years (Sandy Paton of Folk-Legacy Records).

I stuck my oar into the discussion, greeting Sandy in the process. I posted used my real name. At the time, it never occurred to me to do otherwise. Since I was new to the forum, several people greeted me rather warmly, and I've been hangin' around ever since.

I don't have a web site yet, although I'm planning to cobble one together as soon as I figure out how to do it, and I note that, above, at 26 Jun 07 - 02:18 a.m., Jim Lad (Brannigan) has a good point about not wanting to confuse people who are looking for his web site. Well, for me, too late now! If I do a "vanity google" on my own name, I discover there are a few other "Don Firth's" out there, but more often than not, I wind up in a Mudcat thread.

Apart from that, I'm okay with using my real name. I figure that if I say something brilliant, I want the credit, and if I say something idiotic, I deserve the blame.

So be it!

Don Firth


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Subject: RE: Help: Real name or Mudcat name?
From: Hamish
Date: 26 Jun 07 - 03:15 PM

Geoff the Duck: Yes, a few minutes after I'd posted my hilarious joke about my name being "Guest" I was looking at The White Horse Festival, Wantage web site and spotted the contact name as Dave Guest.

(btw: it's at The White Horse Festival)

--
Hamish (which is my real name. Usually. Depending on who's asking...)


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Subject: RE: Help: Real name or Mudcat name?
From: Mick Pearce (MCP)
Date: 26 Jun 07 - 03:04 PM

I use my real name, with initials also (I omit my secret middle name!). That's because for some years as posted only as a guest and used my initials MCP to identify my posts. When I decided to join I asked if I could have my old guest posts changed to my name to keep my history continuous, but that appeared not to be simple (and there were enough other problems without dealing with that!). Joe Offer suggested I use my initials along with the name so that there would be a continuing link with my old guest postings.

Mick


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Subject: RE: Help: Real name or Mudcat name?
From: JohnInKansas
Date: 26 Jun 07 - 02:49 PM

As posted over in the thread on "Why nick-names online?:" (edited some here)

Ref to: Date: 26 Jun 07 - 04:38 AM

http://howmanyofme.com/ says:

There are 4,960,193 people in the U.S. with my first name.1

1 approximately 103,527 of them are female?

There are 704,066 people in the U.S. with my last name.

There are 11,557 people in the U.S. using both my first and last name.2

(I think they underestimate that last number, as I have about that many relatives using the same first and last name.)

2 While I'm not sure, I believe there are at least 3 of us at mudcat with the same first and last names. There are (confirmably) at least 2.

A Google search for my first+last names reports approximately 60,200,000 "hits," but they will only show me the first 875 of them. I do not (so far as I can tell) appear in any of those. (It may be noted that the Google search isn't limited to the US.)

The last time I ran a Google on it, there were only 3 separate users of JohnInKansas, and the other two appeared only briefly and incidentally. (A total of 3 hits not me.)

Now which is the better way to identify myself to my friends here, for the purposes of this site? I could use my "real name" and be completely anonymous, or I can use a mudcat name and be (almost) uniquely ME.

John


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Subject: RE: Help: Real name or Mudcat name?
From: Dame Pattie Smith EPNS
Date: 26 Jun 07 - 01:57 PM

I use this name because I play spoons and conduct spoons orchestras at festivals. Funny thing, when I joined Mudcat everyone who knew me knew it was me if you know what I mean!


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Subject: RE: Help: Real name or Mudcat name?
From: artbrooks
Date: 26 Jun 07 - 01:57 PM

Everyone whose MudName is (something)Cat or Cat(something) is really the same person...who is the victim of a catatonic seizure in Saskatchewan, caused by too frequent ingestion of catabolic foods and adherance to the precepts of the Catlic Church.


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Subject: RE: Help: Real name or Mudcat name?
From: Lyrical Lady
Date: 26 Jun 07 - 01:53 PM

I chose Lyrical Lady because someone told me I had a lyrical voice...the Lady part is questionable?
Barb


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Subject: RE: Help: Real name or Mudcat name?
From: HouseCat
Date: 26 Jun 07 - 01:45 PM

I'm gonna spill the beans on all of us who use Mudcat names...we're all in witness protection or are famous folks presumed dead.

Thank ya...thank ya very much...HouseCat has left the building.


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Subject: RE: Help: Real name or Mudcat name?
From: Big Mick
Date: 26 Jun 07 - 01:45 PM

I chose my name because I am 4'10" 6'3" and my people are Irish. If you saw me, you would understand. I remember when I finally joined (a bazillion years ago) I got an email from Mick Bracken saying I might want to change my screen name. He sent it because folks would often refer to one another by the initials of the screen name. ******chuckle******

By the way, I have it on good information that Jim Lad is actually a 4'2" woman who makes her living on the carnival circuit as a contortionist. She specializes in tricks with fruit. Be sure and catch the act if you get a chance.

Whatever name you choose, thanks for being a part of the Mudcat. I haven't agreed with all you have said, but I have enjoyed reading your posts.

All the best,

Mick


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Subject: RE: Help: Real name or Mudcat name?
From: Jim Lad
Date: 26 Jun 07 - 01:33 PM

Ahah! If I'd known that, I'd have printed slower.


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Subject: RE: Help: Real name or Mudcat name?
From: Beer
Date: 26 Jun 07 - 01:05 PM

I've always had a nick name and here was a chance to give myself one. I like "Beer" so beer it was. But after awhile depending on what you do I on threads I started to give my name out as most people who followed anything I've said have p.m. me and I to them.
So now I sign off with
Beer (adrien)

You could always join and call yourself "Red Wing"
For you folks who don't follow "Tex" is a Detroit Red Wing fan.


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Subject: RE: Help: Real name or Mudcat name?
From: MBSLynne
Date: 26 Jun 07 - 12:58 PM

Sorcha, though I know you are Mary I always think of you as Sorcha and if I ever get to meet you I'm pretty sure I'd have to call you Sorcha. Like Emma B, I mostly call her Em rather than her real name.

Love Lynne


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Subject: RE: Help: Real name or Mudcat name?
From: Leadfingers
Date: 26 Jun 07 - 12:41 PM

I was using Leadfingers as a Folk Soubriquet a long time before there was an Internet ,let alone a MudCat !! Its from the 'Boxer' parody , which I was using as a sort of Signature Tune right after I learned it in the late sixties !


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Subject: RE: Help: Real name or Mudcat name?
From: Geoff the Duck
Date: 26 Jun 07 - 12:34 PM

Texas Guest - there are a couple of good reasons which make membership worthwhile.
It doesn't cost you anything.
You don't get spammed if you do join.
Isn't that enough?

On top of that, as has been mentioned, membership allows you access to a couple of Behind The Scenes services including a chat room and a private message system to other members, very useful for sorting out stuff which doesn't belong on an open forum thread.

On the subject of Real versus Virtual names, there can be good reasons for either. Personally, I have been referred to as Geoff the Duck for more years than the Mudcat has existed. If I had signed up with what is on my birth certificate, nobody would have known it was me.
One reason NOT to use your own name is that Mudcat is an OPEN FORUM, so ANYBODY - honest or not - can read what you post. You may tell us that you are going for a weekend to a particular festival. A "real name" might allow someone to locate your address and turn up with a truck to steal your house contents whilst you are away.


Hamish - there actually IS a mudcat member whose real name is Guest. He uses a mudcat name which is not his real name.
Quack!
GtD.


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Subject: RE: Help: Real name or Mudcat name?
From: Jim Lad
Date: 26 Jun 07 - 11:56 AM

So there you have it, Texas guest. What's it going to be?


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Subject: RE: Help: Real name or Mudcat name?
From: oggie
Date: 26 Jun 07 - 11:52 AM

For years I was always "oggie", when son started using the net (and some of the same sites) I mostly became "oggiesnr" whilst he became "oggiejnr". Then on a couple of sites their were "oggies" from different sites known to people so I started signing my posts with my name.

As I've always followed the advice "don't post what you wouldn't put your name too" I don't have a problem either way

All the best

Steve Ogden


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Subject: RE: Help: Real name or Mudcat name?
From: Bill D
Date: 26 Jun 07 - 11:23 AM

I chose not to use my full name....so it was a choice between Bill D
and B Day....and the former was chosen to avoid bad jokes.

I often wish I had picked some clever nom de plume, like Old Philosopher....but it's too late now. (and Curmudgeon was taken...*grin*)


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Subject: RE: Help: Real name or Mudcat name?
From: Grab
Date: 26 Jun 07 - 11:05 AM

Been "Grab" on the internet from uni before the web days, since the first time I needed a login and both "graham" and "grahamb" were taken. It's still my nickname of choice, and it's less to type in. :-)

Graham.


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Subject: RE: Help: Real name or Mudcat name?
From: bill\sables
Date: 26 Jun 07 - 10:41 AM

I use a mudcat name because I don't think anybody would beleave my real name
Cheers Hesperous Sprott


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