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Which, of course, is going to screw with everyone's 'following', my mojo, my group permissions, etc, etc, as I'd be returning to my old, inactive original UID, which has my surname in it.  I'm thinking with the switch to DK4 it's time to get away from the nom de plume and stand up, even if it leaves the possibility of making my job search more difficult.

Thoughts, suggestions?

(BTW, I like pink fairy armadillos, which, when last I checked, were on the verge of extinction.  But noting that gives me an excuse to put 'pink fairy armadillo' in my tags.  Mwuahahah.)


Should I unmask?

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  •  Why not just (3+ / 0-)
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    BoiseBlue, mdmslle, mapamp

    add your real name to this uid?

    Fare thee well, global extinction's forever. So what the hell, order your Mercedes in leather. - Boston

    by SpecialKinFlag on Sat Feb 19, 2011 at 07:52:43 AM PST

  •  Good question, and one which (3+ / 0-)
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    I've been asking myself recently.

    Real stupidity beats artificial intelligence every time. (Terry Pratchett)

    by angry marmot on Sat Feb 19, 2011 at 07:53:36 AM PST

  •  Put your real name in your profile (7+ / 0-)

    and keep this username.
    Because I like it.

    Education is too big to fail. Truth is too big to fail. Justice is too big to fail. Peace is too big to fail.

    by Burned on Sat Feb 19, 2011 at 07:55:05 AM PST

  •  Wait, you mean to tell me that you're NOT (11+ / 0-)


    I have no advice for you. I intend to remain semi-anonymous here. I think it's a pretty personal decision, and with the Google factor I'd certainly be hesitant.

    P.S. I am not a crackpot.

    by BoiseBlue on Sat Feb 19, 2011 at 07:56:16 AM PST

    •  Yeah, I've actually been invited recently to (7+ / 0-)

      join the actual Dem party apparatus at the local level, and some of the rhetoric I've used on here has been a bit over the top as well, and could be pulled up in possible local elections if I ever decide to stand for office.

      •  That's why I won't use my real name (8+ / 0-)

        I volunteer for local Dems and don't want some of the things I've posted here held against them. AND I've gotten threatening emails from people in the past over discussions or diaries here. I really don't want to get those when it's easy to find out where I live.

        All that being said, anyone who knows me would immediately know this is me if they were perusing DK, which is why I say "semi-anonymous."

        P.S. I am not a crackpot.

        by BoiseBlue on Sat Feb 19, 2011 at 08:24:23 AM PST

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      •  I use a "handle," but ESR says (1+ / 0-)
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        that handles are for wannabes. However, that advise is for a different forum. I am also semi anonymous, but not for long. I am running for no public office, so that is not an issue for me. I am a Union Steward, and was just nominated for the position of "Executive Board Member at Large" on Thursday last for the upcoming elections in my local (UE 506).

        Who is ESR? One of the old style hackers back when hacking a program that almost did what you needed was to make it work for you by modifying it. Also, one of the orginal open sourse proponents. Or, in his own words:


        Eric S. Raymond is a wandering anthropologist and troublemaking philosopher who happened to be in the right place at the right time, and has been wondering whether he should regret it ever since.

        Eric S. Raymond is an observer-participant anthropologist in the Internet hacker culture. His research has helped explain the decentralized open-source model of software development that has proven so effective in the evolution of the Internet. Mr. Raymond is also a science fiction fan, a musician, an activist for the First and Second Amendments, and a martial artist with a Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do. His home page is at .

        Better to die on your feet than live on your knees.

        by Mentatmark on Sat Feb 19, 2011 at 10:40:34 AM PST

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  •  the other day I finally looked up Ezekial 23:20 (8+ / 0-)

    thanks for highlighting it.

    An ambulance can only go so fast - Neil Young

    by mightymouse on Sat Feb 19, 2011 at 07:58:37 AM PST

  •  My first picture on DK4 (12+ / 0-)


    Education is too big to fail. Truth is too big to fail. Justice is too big to fail. Peace is too big to fail.

    by Burned on Sat Feb 19, 2011 at 08:00:43 AM PST

  •  Creating a new profile (5+ / 0-)

    just for that is way too much work.

    Just go to your Profile Page, Edit your Proifile, and in the box marked "Your Blog Name" .... put your real name.

    That will show up everwhere except comments.

    I hope that the quality of debate will improve,
    but I fear we will remain Democrats.

    by twigg on Sat Feb 19, 2011 at 08:06:50 AM PST

  •  Well, here's how I see it--as a person who (7+ / 0-)

    has been out there in the real world engaging in social justice and progressive causes...if somebody really wants to figure out just who you are, and where you live, they will find a way to do it.

    Back when I was a volunteer advocate at a domestic violence shelter, I actually had a client's abuser show up at my doorstep threatening me and my family. The court had allowed him supervised visitation with his kids, and he got one of the smaller children to give him the names of some of the people who were "hiding Mommy." That was all he needed to figure out who I was and where I lived.

    I also volunteered with Kentuckians for the Commonwealth for a while--and got a few nasty calls from an unidentified caller.

    I also lobbied the Kentucky State Legislature to pass bills that would help provide better access to services for children with autism--and had somebody send me a letter in the mail saying that people like my autistic daughter ought to be aborted.

    I've also been randomly picked on in parking lots at rallies, and had a preacher tell my kids they would go to hell if they stayed around an "evil feminist liberal" like me...

    It really depends on how much of that kind of bullshit you're willing to put up with--but also, I did most of this stuff back home in KY, where I'm "known" to a lot of people--and some people say behind my back that I'm "a mean bitch" when somebody pisses me off.

    •  I'm not really worried personally, but (6+ / 0-)

      I live with my gf/domestic partner, and we have a couple of dogs, and I know some sickos out there are willing to injure animals to 'send a message'.  I wouldn't want to endanger them.

      Of course, I've also considered working at clinics that provide abortion services in addition to other care, which would certainly open me up to more chances of targeting than merely writing on here.

      •  EZ, the best solution really, IMO (7+ / 0-)

        is to create a "real"online name.

        My facebook and twitter pages are a real name. Its a name I use in professional circles (where it's OK since I'm in a creative field) but it is NOT my given, legal name. Not the name one my voter card. Not the name on the property record dockets. Not the name on my credit cards.

        It IS the name on my business cards. It IS the name on all my professional stuff. Its even the name I'm known as in my local political circles. Everyone knows me as this name, except those who knew me from birth until about age 28 when I started using it.

        Think of it this way: Whoopi Goldberg's name is NOT Whoopi Goldberg. There are plenty of folks out there who use (in commerce and in life) a pseudonym. Not like a screenname (mdmslle) but an actual alter-name. The introduce themselves as that name. People know no differently.  UNLESS you tell them. If someone were to google my given name, they'd get nothing. There's plenty under my pseudonym, which is fine by me. Most importantly, anyone who wants my given name is going to have to really dig and still may come up empty unless they actually have the name already. That's fine with me too.

        Those who work with you in politics would likely understand this reasoning.  I've explained it to those in my circle on a need-to-know basis.  Really, for me, it was less about hiding and safety and more about using my name as a "brand" for my business. But I'm glad I did that - long before the days of FB and Twitter. Now, I find it actually works nicely to maintain a certain degree of privacy for me.

        Don't tell me what you believe. Tell me what you do and I will tell you what you believe. h/t MeteorBlades

        by mdmslle on Sat Feb 19, 2011 at 08:41:14 AM PST

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  •  I say go with who you (5+ / 0-)

    feel you are right now.  You picked Ezekial 23 20 for a reason.  Are you still feeling like that person you picked?  Or have things changed in life that make you want to be more out there?  

    Each of us (at least, I think most of us) pick our names for reasons beyond just picking a name.  At another site, I changed my name later; as my life was different and I was not the person I had been when I first posted.  

    Just my thoughts.

    Peace, Hope, Faith, Love

    by mapamp on Sat Feb 19, 2011 at 08:19:12 AM PST

  •  If you are trying for a career in (8+ / 0-)

    politics or mainstream journalism, there might be some reason to reveal your real name.  Otherwise, I don't see that it makes any difference whatsoever to someone's gravitas or the seriousness of their ideas.  I take Digby terribly seriously even though I don't know her real name.

    Speaking of Digby, I also humbly submit that you are obviously a man, because you foresee no situation in which your ideas will be taken less seriously because you have a woman's name, as opposed to a fake one.  :)

    Myself, I wholeheartedly prefer pseudonyms on the internet.  I like being anonymous and hiding my "self" so that people take their perceptions of me purely from my ideas as written, rather than inventing their own context for me based on the ethnicity or gender of my real name.  I would never use my real name on any internet discussion forum, anywhere, ever.

    And ultimately, pseudonyms are MUCH more interesting than real names.  They are a tradition from the earliest iterations of the internet, and a latter-day incarnation of the pseudonymous pamphleteers of earlier political eras.

    I say keep the pseudonym.

  •  you so whatever works for you.... but if (3+ / 0-)
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    you are doing it for political reasons, you just left a big giant blog trail....  :)

    It is horrifying that we have to fight our own government to save the environment. Ansel Adams -6.5 -6.75

    by Statusquomustgo on Sat Feb 19, 2011 at 08:34:23 AM PST

  •  Having always gone by my real (4+ / 0-)
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    name, I'd say go for it. But there are two caveats. Don't do it if you are writing about your employer, or of you are prone to writing very personal material that you don't want friends or family to know about.

    Otherwise, yes. I think it helps make one more civil and disciplined in ones writing. It helps me not write anything I would not say to a person face to face. I cross the line every now and again but then it helps me pull back.

    If you respect your own writing, don't be afraid to publicly own it.

  •  My thoughts should be fairly obvious :) (2+ / 0-)
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    I'm not an avatar or pseudonym fan. Personally, I couldn't disagree more with Loquatrix above and for the very reasons he/she uses to reinforce the argument.

    I am me. When I write or speak the words flow from my own consciousness. When I used a pseudonym I found that the identity of that avatar developed a distinctness from myself and I even began to bestow upon it a separate personality -- I grew to dislike that person.

    I'll avoid the timeworn and unanswerable questions of the value or validity of Internet "anonymity" and leave it to you to make your own choices -- I've simply detailed my own reasons for not using a pseudonym and will note that those bloggers and journalists who do use them must work much harder and longer to gain my trust.

    "If we want to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels, we need to reduce the number of our senators dependent on fossil fuel contributions." - Rodney Glassman

    by Darryl House on Sat Feb 19, 2011 at 09:03:21 AM PST

  •  personally (2+ / 0-)
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    I wouldn't do it if there were any risks at all.

    You can always come out somewhere under your real name if you wish under circumstances you chose.

    Blogs can get ridiculously emotional and although I try not to fan the flames, everyone breaks sooner or later.

    I am awaiting delivery of my new DK4 signature

    by BlueDragon on Sat Feb 19, 2011 at 09:04:11 AM PST

  •  Come out & play ! (2+ / 0-)
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    Shilling for Asinus Asinum Fricat!

    by Patric Juillet on Sat Feb 19, 2011 at 09:27:09 AM PST

  •  Nom de Kos (4+ / 0-)

    I've been writing as myself for some time so I'll throw out a few issues I've dealt with along the way. I've blogged under my real name ever since the mid-90's when I began posting on a usenet group at Indiana U called IU.Gripe. At the time I was mostly writing in opposition to the drug war and felt that by speaking out as a real person it gave my words more heft. After a pause of a few years I began blogging here and at I made the choice then to speak as myself for similar reasons. I hated the Bush regime and wanted to stand up to them as visibly as I could. During the Bush years I actually worried it was going to get my car vandalized or my house torched. I worry less about that now but since I'm currently unemployed I am concerned my paper trail is going to cost me a job.

    Now that I'm in a professional field and do consulting work I don't feel as free as I did back in grad school to write about controversial subjects under my real name. Putting in print opposition to the drug war and support for abortion rights is a great way to have employers throw your resume in the trash when you live in a red state. Of course, many employers here are Republicans so trashing the GOP isn't doing my employment prospects any favors either. So, as myself, I do feel more constrained writing on emotional topics and writing in opposition to the GOP. Not that that has stopped me. I still put out in print pretty bluntly my strong opposition to just about everything Republicans stand for.

    With the advent of DK4 I also feel somewhat inhibited in joining certain groups and following certain tags here at DKos since those can't be hidden in the new system and are publicly viewable. So I've actually given some consideration to taking the opposite action to what you are considering and adopting a pseudonym. I'm still wrestling with whether to take that action. Most likely though I'll just continue writing as myself. What's right for you I couldn't say.

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