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The Importance of User IDs

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by LPH, Jun 22, 2013.

  1. LPH

    LPH Well-Known Member

    I've been giving user IDs a lot of thought over the past few years. My preference is to use my initials. This is true on twitter, Google+, my sites, and even here. In fact, moderators here politely changed the lph to LPH to clarify my user ID.

    What happens, though, when someone like me goes to a site and cannot use their common ID? For example, Facebook refuses to allow me to use LPH. Guess what? I don't use Facebook very often. The account is present for others and not for me. In fact - I could just as easily delete the account. And that may happen very soon.

    Actually, I've been deleting accounts all over the place. It is what I've started asking webmasters to do if LPH is not available.

    I started with WordPress.org. I asked for the LPH2005 account to be changed to LPH or delete the account. Next, another email was sent to Facebook regarding LPH. Next, I started going through forums and removing accounts.

    I'll stick to one User ID - or I am out. Gone. Adios. Goodbye.
  2. RobParker

    RobParker Well-Known Member

    Is that not just denying yourself access to what might be a very useful (and often free) service?
  3. LPH

    LPH Well-Known Member

    Nope. It's a recognition that there are choices. As a visitor to any site - I have a choice to stay or go. No site can overrule my choice because I can easily leave - and leave I will.
  4. RobParker

    RobParker Well-Known Member

    Well your choice is for example to not use what might be a hugely valuable service because of a relatively superficial issue.

    What if you couldn't have had LPH on here? Would you be on VB now instead?
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  5. LPH

    LPH Well-Known Member

    I do not consider vB to be an alternative source for XF information ;)
    I was referencing forums, social networking sites, etc.

    But to answer the idea (and not deflect): Correct. I would go elsewhere. In fact, I argued with Google over LPH on Google+ because two years ago they suspended accounts which used profiles which were not easily identifiable. Luckily LPH was used in many places and a nice executive from Microsoft stepped in and helped. Interesting, right? Microsoft helped me with Google :D

    I recall people arguing over the importance of anonymity. Actually, my point over the years has been the opposite. Let me brand myself - and a few years ago I jokingly started putting TM after LPH.
  6. Lisa

    Lisa Well-Known Member

    I have to agree with @RobParker , it's kinda like cutting your nose off to spite your face. I have a few different usernames I use, although it's rare I find Azhria Lilu to be taken. And if I find somewhere that I take the time to register at, then the fact that one of the typical names I go under isn't available wouldn't turn me away.
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  7. Sador

    Sador Well-Known Member


    I've mixed feelings about this. On the one hand, it's quite nice to have one username for everything, and it's goddamn annoying when your regular username isn't available. On the other hand, others might have the same idea as you and be using it on several places as well (especially with more common usernames) which makes it hard to enforce this.. Also, using the same username everywhere makes you VERY easy to find. Which becomes increasingly bad for your privacy, makes it increasingly easy to collect and combine data about you for companies and might actually create some risks. If you start mixing forums, Facebook, Twitter, games, Steam, etc. all on the same username, it doesn't require much to find out a LOT about you, possibly even more so than when you'd google your real life name. Which I wouldn't be entirely comfortable with myself.
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  8. LPH

    LPH Well-Known Member

    It is a brain-teaser. However, Data mining has been going on for a long time which leads to the idea that anonymity is based on self regulation: If you want to be private then do not put it on the web. No changing of User IDs will keep someone from identifying someone else.
  9. LPH

    LPH Well-Known Member

    The beauty of an idea is to see the opposite perspective. The assumption that I would be missing out skirts that important information is always shared across multiple services. The days of exclusive stories are over.
  10. Lisa

    Lisa Well-Known Member

    I didn't say you'd be missing out, just that you were stopping yourself from registering for, what amounts to me as, a pretty silly reason. If you'd got to the point of starting to register, then there was something that made that appealing. Not continuing with the registration just because the name you want isn't available seems a little extreme. But, each to their own :)
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  11. Sador

    Sador Well-Known Member

    If I call myself Sador here and post stuff, and then call myself something else on another place, the two aren't connected and thus it's slightly more private than when you can connect the account Sador to both of the posts (or whatever else like Facebook). It at least becomes harder to identify someone. :)
  12. DRE

    DRE Well-Known Member

    On Xenforo.com, Dre was actually taken then when I changed my name for the 3rd and last time it became mysteriously available. o_O
  13. Jeremy

    Jeremy XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    You've changed your name 3 times? o_O

    I pretty much stick to my username, or some variation of my full name. It's not a secret what my name is so... Doesn't bother me.

    And my name is so unique that nobody will take to but me.
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  14. tyteen4a03

    tyteen4a03 Well-Known Member

    Same here. I don't think anybody will use a name as bizarre as mine :p
  15. OSS 117

    OSS 117 Well-Known Member

    I don't care. If I want people to know who I am I'll use a common user name. I like sticking with random words or figures so an account can't be tied to me without a few weeks of digging.
  16. Biker

    Biker Well-Known Member

    The problem with data mining is you don't have control over what gets put on the Internet. Saying "don't put it on the Internet" is naive and regardless of the steps you take, more often than not, companies will put your information out there whether you like it or not.
  17. Hoffi

    Hoffi Well-Known Member

    Oh, I use several Usernames. Sometimes I want to use different, so that I am not recognized easily.
  18. Morgain

    Morgain Well-Known Member

    I use Morgain for most of my forum memberships so I am recognisable to the wider forum community. Usually use the same avatar too. Miaow.

    But I have other names and other emails I use for registrations for eg software, support services. That cuts spam and clutter on the more real me - forums, communities. Then there's my business email and ID which is separate again.

    I gave up on FB long ago, deleted most of my stuff on it, and never went near twitter.
  19. Slavik

    Slavik XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    Slavik most of the time, and failing that I have 1 other which is never taken...

    But, I don't let it stop me using a site...
  20. BirdOPrey5

    BirdOPrey5 Well-Known Member

    If someone didn't like you, they may start going to dozens of popular forums and social networks registering LPH just to lock you out.
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