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I want to use the name "Lordly Caliber"

Mike Isano
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Joined: Jan 19, 2007
Posts: 144
Why can't we have whatever forum name we want? I want to use the name "Lordly Caliber". But when I made a post I had thousands of forum police coming after me for not using a regular name.
David O'Meara
Rancher

Joined: Mar 06, 2001
Posts: 13459

Wanting to use it is OK, actually using it is not. We strongly believe that using real names contributes to a more professional community.
Ernest Friedman-Hill
author and iconoclast
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Joined: Jul 08, 2003
Posts: 24184
    
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Mike -- here is a description of the policy, along with a little bit of the "why". We want people to use real names because we're real Java professionals, and we want to recognize the other people we talk to as real Java professionals too. Someone with a silly or obviously fake display name doesn't seem very professional -- they seem like they're trying to hide or something. We want everyone here to get the respect they deserve, so we ask them to treat themselves with respect by putting their best foot forward in this way.


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fred rosenberger
lowercase baba
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Joined: Oct 02, 2003
Posts: 11318
    
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You can also find the official Naming Policy discussion thread over here.


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