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Title: Why do people use nicks?
Post by: Witek Mozga on January 08, 2008, 03:02:12 am
I wonder why do people use nicks instead of they real names?
I`ve just changed my nick (which was my initials) to my full name. I don`t think we should be ashamed of our real names, shoud we?  :)
Maybe some of us want to remain anonymous, whatever. I don`t and I would like to know who really I am talking to :)
Title: Re: Why do people use nicks?
Post by: gacl on January 08, 2008, 08:11:01 am
Well, in my case, i don't want to give too much information to potential hackers. And i always try to get a short screen name so i don't have to type too much ( and specially since my passwords are long ).

Another good reason to be anonymous in the 'Net is that potential employers search the 'Net for information about you. Imagine if you're applying for a job at one company owned by Microsoft and they find a thread posted by you called: "100 Reasons Vista Blows Chunks".

Gus
Title: Re: Why do people use nicks?
Post by: saulgoode on January 08, 2008, 09:07:02 am
Another good reason to be anonymous in the 'Net is that potential employers search the 'Net for information about you. Imagine if you're applying for a job at one company owned by Microsoft and they find a thread posted by you called: "100 Reasons Vista Blows Chunks".

Not just employers, but potential paramours as well.



Title: Re: Why do people use nicks?
Post by: nightflier on January 08, 2008, 09:44:05 am
I like some anonymity when visible to the whole world, at least initially in a new forum.

Also, my full name contains 20 characters!
Title: Re: Why do people use nicks?
Post by: Triarius Fidelis on January 08, 2008, 09:51:24 am
Maybe some of us want to remain anonymous, whatever. I don`t and I would like to know who really I am talking to :)

Ask and I'll gladly tell you—my e-mail and MSN are publicly available. I find that 'Epic Fail Guy' is more interesting than my real name though.
Title: Re: Why do people use nicks?
Post by: exeterdad on January 08, 2008, 10:01:33 am
Heh, heh!  I have a psycho ex out there (no joke), who'd love nothing more then to be as rotten as possible.  I've no intentions of inviting her here by making my full name so public.  Google has gotten very good these days.  Those who need to know, know who I am :)
Title: Re: Why do people use nicks?
Post by: The Headacher on January 08, 2008, 10:22:40 am
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I find that 'Epic Fail Guy' is more interesting than my real name though.
Dude, you changed your nickname! Oh well, whichever you like best I suppose.

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Another good reason to be anonymous in the 'Net is that potential employers search the 'Net for information about you.
If I Altavista my own name (don't particularly like googling), I don't find anything about myself, just other people with the same name. And a few of my mails to some mailing lists.
Title: Re: Why do people use nicks?
Post by: M0E-lnx on January 08, 2008, 11:45:07 am
I'm clinically diagnosed as paranoid
Title: Re: Why do people use nicks?
Post by: The Headacher on January 08, 2008, 11:52:15 am
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I'm clinically diagnosed as paranoid
Some people say the same thing about me. But those people don't know what it's like when they are after you ::).
Title: Re: Why do people use nicks?
Post by: Triarius Fidelis on January 08, 2008, 11:57:53 am
I'm clinically diagnosed as paranoid


But you used your real name in source code. ???
Title: Re: Why do people use nicks?
Post by: gacl on January 08, 2008, 12:32:01 pm
I just googled my name and i just found out many things about myself that i didn't know:

I smoke, i'm divorced, i'm a world class boxer, and i seem to have died in a massacre in Latinamerica. . . creepy.
Title: Re: Why do people use nicks?
Post by: M0E-lnx on January 08, 2008, 01:09:16 pm
I'm clinically diagnosed as paranoid


But you used your real name in source code. ???

sorry, that was a joke.
I just use nicks because it's been the trend for ages
Title: Re: Why do people use nicks?
Post by: Triarius Fidelis on January 08, 2008, 01:30:16 pm
Can't argue with that.

I go under many aliases, including penguinporker, Epic Fail Guy, hanumizzle, Hồ Chí Minh, raedwald, 'The Father of Battle' and, now, Greven-tan ('The Little Count' in Japanesemål), as seen here:

(http://images4.wikia.nocookie.net/uncyclopedia/images/b/bb/Greventan5.png)
Title: Re: Why do people use nicks?
Post by: Freston on January 08, 2008, 03:14:07 pm
I'm posing as a bald divorced Dutchman in his thirties, while actually I'm a thirteen year old girl who's parents may not know I'm stealing the neighbors connection. Internet is evil you know??

Ik spreek ook eigenlijk helemaal geen Nederlands ;)
Title: Re: Why do people use nicks?
Post by: rbistolfi on January 08, 2008, 03:31:45 pm
I would like to know who really I am talking to :)

Even William of Ockham could agree a name is not enough to accomplish what you want.
Anyway, Rodrigo Bistolfi.

Also, my full name contains 20 characters!

That is way people call you Roy :D. You won my "Post of the month" prize with that one. You remind me the Egipcian Gods, who used to hide their real names in the stomach. Who posses the name posses the power, they used to say (I think this is the first elaboration of a realism, and an anticipation of Plato philosophy.)

I just googled my name and i just found out many things about myself that i didn't know:

I smoke, i'm divorced, i'm a world class boxer, and i seem to have died in a massacre in Latinamerica. . . creepy.

Damn, my name produces boring results. Nothing interesting but a parent who is a Classic Metal musician (Ask Epic Fail Guy, aka Hanumizzle.)

I go under many aliases, including penguinporker, Epic Fail Guy, hanumizzle, Hồ Chí Minh, raedwald, 'The Father of Battle' and, now, Greven-tan ('The Little Count' in Japanesemål), as seen here:

My favorite is Penguinporker.
Title: Re: Why do people use nicks?
Post by: Triarius Fidelis on January 08, 2008, 04:56:59 pm
Ik spreek ook eigenlijk helemaal geen Nederlands ;)

På samma sätt pratar jag ingen svenska...vilken lögnhals är du, Freston... :)

Even William of Ockham could agree a name is not enough to accomplish what you want.

Exactly. "What's in a name?" Or to give the issue an analytic spin, compare with the concept of isomorphism in graph theory: as long as continue to exhibit hanumisselska behaviors like I do now, my real name (or any fake name I use) doesn't matter that much. My vertices and edges remain the same.

(http://www.cs.sunysb.edu/~algorith/files/graph-isomorphism-L.gif)
[both graphs represent me]

That is way people call you Roy :D. You won my "Post of the month" prize with that one. You remind me the Egipcian Gods, who used to hide their real names in the stomach. Who posses the name posses the power, they used to say (I think this is the first elaboration of a realism, and an anticipation of Plato philosophy.)

That is why the real name of the Abrahamic god is unknown. It doesn't mean anything now but at one time that was one of the significant distinctions between the early Jewish religion and surrounding pagan beliefs in the Near East.

Damn, my name produces boring results. Nothing interesting but a parent who is a Classic Metal musician (Ask Epic Fail Guy, aka Hanumizzle.)

Wait, Hugo isn't your parent. Or do you mean someone else?  ???

My favorite is Penguinporker.

It was trite and lewd. I regret taking it up.
Title: Re: Why do people use nicks?
Post by: metvas on January 08, 2008, 05:00:09 pm
I use Darrell and always have. someone may be able to do something with that. Maybe but what? I can see the idea as being valid as that is what things began with..
metvas (Stavem)
Regards
Darrell
Title: Re: Why do people use nicks?
Post by: rbistolfi on January 08, 2008, 05:44:44 pm
Wait, Hugo isn't your parent. Or do you mean someone else?  ???

Oh, something got lost in the translation, I meant "family member", we use the Spanish word "pariente" for that, which is similar  to the English "parent", hence my mistake. That said, one of my parents, my father Carlos, is a tango singer, he is part of a pretty experimental choro. 
Title: Re: Why do people use nicks?
Post by: Triarius Fidelis on January 08, 2008, 06:17:16 pm
Wait, Hugo isn't your parent. Or do you mean someone else?  ???

Oh, something got lost in the translation, I meant "family member", we use the Spanish word "pariente" for that, which is similar  to the English "parent", hence my mistake.

I suspected as much. Even so, your command of English seems to have improved markedly over the past few months.
Title: Re: Why do people use nicks?
Post by: Freston on January 08, 2008, 06:20:29 pm
Quote from: hanumizzle
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På samma sätt pratar jag ingen svenska...vilken lögnhals är du, Freston...
By heart I translate this: We together are speaking not Swedish to you, what longneck are you, Freston...


Was I close??



Quote from: penguinporker
Exactly. "What's in a name?" Or to give the issue an analytic spin, compare with the concept of isomorphism in graph theory: as long as continue to exhibit hanumisselska behaviors like I do now, my real name (or any fake name I use) doesn't matter that much. My vertices and edges remain the same.
Oh man! I love that explanation. Specially with the graph (One picture is worth 128K words ;D).
Title: Re: Why do people use nicks?
Post by: Triarius Fidelis on January 08, 2008, 06:37:24 pm
Quote from: hanumizzle
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På samma sätt pratar jag ingen svenska...vilken lögnhals är du, Freston...
By heart I translate this: We together are speaking not Swedish to you, what longneck are you, Freston...

You denied that you speak Nederlands and I could tell that you obviously do, so I said "In the same way, I don't speak any Swedish...you're such a liar, Freston." :) Det var ju på skoj. ("I was kidding, of course.") 'lögnhals' means that you have lies in your throat. :)

BTW, I don't speak Nederlands but I have cursory experience with it because of my fondness for Germanic languages and mythology ... (and heavy metal and folk music ... and stuff :)).

Quote from: penguinporker
Exactly. "What's in a name?" Or to give the issue an analytic spin, compare with the concept of isomorphism in graph theory: as long as continue to exhibit hanumisselska behaviors like I do now, my real name (or any fake name I use) doesn't matter that much. My vertices and edges remain the same.
Oh man! I love that explanation. Specially with the graph (One picture is worth 128K words ;D).

Further proof that pvre fvkking diskret math is not (only) for dorks...
Title: Re: Why do people use nicks?
Post by: Freston on January 08, 2008, 06:55:31 pm
hihi ;D

Pratar = speak
Inger = not
Svenska = Swedish
Du = you
'På, jag' are words like 'you, me, us, their, them, her' I don't know which is which.

The rest I guessed ;)

EDIT: It strikes me now: lögnhals = leugenhals .... and not langhals. It becomes apparent when you speak it as it's spoken in the original lanuage. the Scandinavian ö is like the Dutch eu. (to our American friends: the Dutch a is like your e, the Dutch e is like your i, your i is like our ij, etcetera...).


Quote from: Epic Fail Guy
BTW, I don't speak Nederlands but I have cursory experience with it because of my fondness for Germanic languages and mythology ... (and heavy metal and folk music ... and stuff :)).
You must mean German then. 'cuz There is no good metal in Dutch. There are good Dutch metal bands.... but they don't sing in Dutch. And rightfully so.
Quote from: That Swedish guy formally known as {insert here}
Further proof that pvre fvkking diskret math is not (only) for dorks...
Ah! I'm more into statistical analysis myself, but discrete math has it's applications. Geekish? Yeah! So??
Title: Re: Why do people use nicks?
Post by: Triarius Fidelis on January 08, 2008, 07:14:16 pm
hihi ;D

Pratar = speak
Inger = not
Svenska = Swedish
Du = you
'På, jag' are words like 'you, me, us, their, them, her' I don't know which is which.

Word for word:

sammasättpratarjagingensvenska.Vilkenlögnhalsärdu,Freston. :)
OnsamewayspeakInoSwedish.Whichliarareyou,Freston. :)

'På' is roughly equivalent to 'op' in that it's the word you use when in doubt. 'Ingen', 'inget' and 'inga' are all essentially the same as 'geen', differentiated for gender and number.

Quote from: Epic Fail Guy
BTW, I don't speak Nederlands but I have cursory experience with it because of my fondness for Germanic languages and mythology ... (and heavy metal and folk music ... and stuff :)).
You must mean German then. 'cuz There is no good metal in Dutch. There are good Dutch metal bands.... but they don't sing in Dutch. And rightfully so.

I beg to differ. Heidevolk (http://youtube.com/watch?v=Rd2nvsZFndo) are a good example of a Dutch-singing metal band. Say what you want about the cheesyness and exaggerated masculinity of their music and/or that fan video but I like their lyrics writing, to be honest. Someone said "the biggest gayheid uit heel nederland, f--- volk metal! k-- muziek" on the comments thread, but what does he know?

Quote from: That Swedish guy formally known as {insert here}
Further proof that pvre fvkking diskret math is not (only) for dorks...
Ah! I'm more into statistical analysis myself, but discrete math has its applications. Geekish? Yeah! So??

I intend to study practical statistics to some extent in the coming semester on my own, because a friend of mine shall take statistics and I want to be able to answer any questions she has. I am formally taking discrete mathematics this semester and wanted to prepare in advance.

Also, I am an American, BTW ... if you can believe that. :)
Title: Re: Why do people use nicks?
Post by: Freston on January 08, 2008, 07:51:44 pm
i was thinking more along the lines of this (http://youtube.com/watch?v=D5CctJ25SwU) Although I see the appeal of  this (old)[ulr]

 (http://youtube.com/watch?v=cdODeet-NKo)
Quote from: hanumizzle
Also, I am an American, BTW ... if you can believe that :)
No, I can't. Prove it ;D



No kidding ;D
Title: Re: Why do people use nicks?
Post by: Triarius Fidelis on January 08, 2008, 08:06:49 pm
No, I can't. Prove it ;D



No kidding ;D

Well, what makes proof in your eyes? I obviously can't scan my Social Security card...  ???

Surely using an expression like OWNT LOL (as in my signature) makes me American.
Title: Re: Why do people use nicks?
Post by: Freston on January 08, 2008, 08:14:09 pm
Well,you can scan your card, but you'll be violating laws just the same. Ah darn, you can't prove it. I'll grant it to ya! You're the only American who knows Scandinavian.

Let me ask ya then where are you from?? (starewise I mean)
Title: Re: Why do people use nicks?
Post by: Triarius Fidelis on January 08, 2008, 10:16:21 pm
Well,you can scan your card, but you'll be violating laws just the same. Ah darn, you can't prove it. I'll grant it to ya! You're the only American who knows Scandinavian.

Well, Swedish ... a slightly unusual choice given that I listen to black metal much more often than death metal. Bokmål might have been a better choice. (To be fair, there is probably less difference between Swedish and Bokmål than there is between Swedish and Jämtlandic, a rather conservative local dialect.)

Let me ask ya then where are you from?? (starewise I mean)

Starewise, usually blank, absent-minded, distressed, paranoid or angry ... sometimes mildly amused.

Statewise, I am Pennsylvanian, with New Jersey-an parents. We live in the east, fairly near NJ, where relatives on my father's side live, so in some sense I could be considered a Jersey boy as well. I feel more affinity towards the grim heathen forests woods shaws skogarna of Pennsylvania than the endless tract of suburbia that is New Jersey though.
Title: Re: Why do people use nicks?
Post by: Joe1962 on January 08, 2008, 11:21:44 pm
Who posses the name posses the power...
Indeed, whoever says your real name in the "old speech" owns you... ;D
Title: Re: Why do people use nicks?
Post by: Triarius Fidelis on January 09, 2008, 01:09:58 pm
Who posses the name posses the power...
Indeed, whoever says your real name in the "old speech" owns you... ;D

Wait, what are you talking about?
Title: Re: Why do people use nicks?
Post by: Joe1962 on January 09, 2008, 01:31:51 pm
From: The Tombs of Atuan (second book of Earthsea):
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"Knowing names is my job. My art. To weave the magic of a thing, you see, one must find its true name out. In my lands we keep our true names hidden all our lives long, from all but those whom we trust utterly; for there is great power, and great peril, in a name."

From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Earthsea
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Magic on Earthsea is verbal: All objects have a true name, in an old language still spoken by the dragons which is known simply as the Old Speech. By using this language, it is possible to have power over an object or living thing. To protect themselves from this, most characters have two names: one for everyday use and one, the true name, known only to select close friends and family members – sometimes no-one.
Title: Re: Why do people use nicks?
Post by: BlueMage on January 11, 2008, 02:58:51 am
There's a funny story attached to mine.  Mate of mine was running a D20 Slayers campaign, where he'd made classes based loosely on the early Final Fantasy games (think nuklear power :) ) but unfortunately, he already had a BlackMage!  But not a BlueMage.  I turned out being a half-Dragon, dual-wielding BlueMage (named BlueMage) whose most powerful ability was his acid wit (able to inflict physical damage with taunts) and succeeded in critically failing to teach another party member a spell, but they critically succeeded in learning.  Hence, when they cast it, the DM would just toss every die he had to determine damage.  And from that awesome incident forward, I was forever BlueMage.

Oh yeah, I successfully taunted the DM and got away with it.  After that, he realised that DM is God :(

Besides, my real name is stupidly long for an Anglo-Saxon name.  BlueMage is so much less to type.
Title: Re: Why do people use nicks?
Post by: Freston on January 11, 2008, 05:32:10 am
I DM'ed a campaign where one of the recurring villains was called Freston the Necromancer. I took that from Don Quixote de la Mancha... where the evil Necromancer Freston (sometimes called Ferton or similar variations) was blamed for transforming the well known giants into windmills.

At the time I felt that was funny. It just stuck.


On a related note, my real name means 'war sword' in ancient Frisian. But don't tell the dragons ;)
Title: Re: Why do people use nicks?
Post by: Triarius Fidelis on January 11, 2008, 02:50:54 pm
On a related note, my real name means 'war sword' in ancient Frisian. But don't tell the dragons ;)

I always LOL when I see some public official or sports commentator or whatever today whose name means (taking real examples) 'Wolf-bow' or 'Hammer-shield' or something along those lines. It's so archaic.
Title: Re: Why do people use nicks?
Post by: Freston on January 11, 2008, 04:59:20 pm
Quote from: Epic Fail Guy
I always LOL when I see some public official or sports commentator or whatever today whose name means (taking real examples) 'Wolf-bow' or 'Hammer-shield' or something along those lines. It's so archaic.
Well, I kindly disagree. Or rather, I do not disagree per se based on personal opinion but it's rather difficult NOT to choose a name with such derivation. Nobody today speaks ancient Frisian, and even the Frisians today recognize my name as one of theirs when I go there (which gives me a welcome edge, because they tend to close ranks when confronted with a Hollander, such as me) ... but they don't know what it means either.

But other very popular names are all references to the time we where in bearskins fighting dragons and needed something cool sounding. Either that or our names are biblical references. If you study names and what they mean, you will find even the most if not all common male names fall in either of these two categories. * Not that I studied names, but it took me a long time to find out what my own name means.... it's not that common. In fact, I think if you only new my first name and my year of birth, you would be able to find out everything about me. Hence, my need for a nick.
Title: Re: Why do people use nicks?
Post by: Triarius Fidelis on January 11, 2008, 06:10:05 pm
But other very popular names are all references to the time we where in bearskins fighting dragons and needed something cool sounding. Either that or our names are biblical references. If you study names and what they mean, you will find even the most if not all common male names fall in either of these two categories.

OK, but the Old Frisian for 'war-sword' is most likely awesome than, I think, Greek for 'bearer of Christ' (which is what my current first name means).
Title: Re: Why do people use nicks?
Post by: Freston on January 11, 2008, 06:41:23 pm
O, Christopher

*Bows deeply*

EDIT: Current first name?? I'm catching you on words here. Current?? You change your real name a lot??


:D :D :D
Title: Re: Why do people use nicks?
Post by: Triarius Fidelis on January 11, 2008, 06:56:12 pm
O, Christopher

*Bows deeply*

EDIT: Current first name?? I'm catching you on words here. Current?? You change your real name a lot??

:D :D :D

No, but I intend to. I want something awesome like 'Ragnvald de Hever' to be my legal name.
Title: Re: Why do people use nicks?
Post by: Freston on January 11, 2008, 07:13:34 pm
Quote from: Epic Fail Guy
No, but I intend to. I want something awesomecan putmedown as areference like 'Ragnvald de Hever' to be my legal name.
You should!!! If you'd change your nick to that, you can argue that anyone from your RL (ie /vectorlinux.com/forum2) knows you as such. You can put me down as a reference.



EDIT: I earn a fair share of my rent bullshitting authorities, legally. This is how it works (keep in mind that I have seen die Kneipe today :p)
Title: Re: Why do people use nicks?
Post by: BlueMage on January 14, 2008, 11:15:34 pm
O, Christopher

*Bows deeply*

EDIT: Current first name?? I'm catching you on words here. Current?? You change your real name a lot??

:D :D :D

No, but I intend to. I want something awesome like 'Ragnvald de Hever' to be my legal name.

No dude!  You and me, we share an awesome name!
Title: Re: Why do people use nicks?
Post by: Triarius Fidelis on January 15, 2008, 12:08:56 am
No dude!  You and me, we share an awesome name!

First or last? I know there are other Hevers living in the British Isles.
Title: Re: Why do people use nicks?
Post by: BlueMage on January 15, 2008, 02:36:58 am
First.
Title: Re: Why do people use nicks?
Post by: Triarius Fidelis on January 15, 2008, 03:05:15 am
First.

There's too many of us. Not many Hevers (descendants of a family of Norman nobles, the de Hevers, who settled in England), so I'm holding on to that even if I don't intend to have kids. I would prefer to bear a Germanic first name because I like how they sound and what they mean.
Title: Re: Why do people use nicks?
Post by: Megamieuwsel on January 21, 2008, 07:25:33 am
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I think if you only new my first name and my year of birth, you would be able to find out everything about me. Hence, my need for a nick.
Same here, especially if you add in my nationality; I have yet to find another Dutch with the same first name.

Plus: My nick here states exactly where I'm coming from....
Title: Re: Why do people use nicks?
Post by: Colonel Panic on February 01, 2008, 12:52:35 pm

I just found mine funny, it's a pun. "Kernel panic" is a well known error message in Linux which I've seen more than once, and "Kernel" and "Colonel" (the name of an officer rank in the British Army) sound the same.

I only use my real name on my old school's forum, where everyone else does too and it's important to know who everyone else is so you can tell if you knew them or not.
Title: Re: Why do people use nicks?
Post by: Sivatheja on February 03, 2008, 06:02:24 am
This is my real  name!
Title: Re: Why do people use nicks?
Post by: rbistolfi on February 03, 2008, 05:36:44 pm
This is my real  name!

LOL It's a nice name, where is it from?
Title: Re: Why do people use nicks?
Post by: Sivatheja on February 03, 2008, 06:36:44 pm
India!
I love it :)

It seems funny to other because the same spelling is pronounced differently in different regions!