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Pele
Pele

the henna lady
Location: WNY, USA
Member Since: 15th Dec 2000
Total posts: 6193
Posted:This is something I've been meaning to ask and that I've run into quite a bit in my travels.

When you meet people from online in real life, do you prefer using your screen name or your real name and why?

And when you meet people from online, do you prefer to use their real name or screen name and why?

Just curious. smile


Pele
Higher, higher burning fire...making music like a choir
"Oooh look! A pub!" -exclaimed after recovering from a stupid fall
"And for the decadence of art, nothing beats a roaring fire." -TMK

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Doc Lightning
Doc Lightning

HOP Mad Doctor
Location: San Francisco, CA, USA
Member Since: 28th May 2001
Total posts: 13920
Posted:I switch between the two in person. I get called "Lightning" and "Doc" all the time, which is fine, because "Mike" is a common name and there's often more than one of us.

Online, I try to respect privacy by defaulting to online names. I slip up from time to time, but while I make my first name readily known, I know some people don't want it used.


-Mike )'(
Certified Mad Doctor and HoP High Priest of Nutella

"A buckuht 'n a hooze!" -Valura

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Mother_Natures_Son
Mother_Natures_Son

Rampant whirler.
Location: Geelong, Victoria, Australia!
Member Since: 1st Aug 2007
Total posts: 2418
Posted:I use their real name for sure and would much rather people called me by my real name as well... it feels weird to do otherwise. Though I did clarify who I was from HoP.


Only exception I see for using someones online name would be if that happens to be their real life nickname... and usually I prefer to use real names anyway.


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Pogo69
Pogo69

there's no charge for awesomeness... or attractiveness
Location: limbo
Member Since: 6th Apr 2006
Total posts: 3764
Posted:meh... six of one, half a dozen of t'other...

I got pogo from so many people from all over for such a long time, I semi-seriously considered changing my name a lil while back; and it kinda suits me. don't care what you call me, as long as you call me... smile

for others...? ye, I kinda switch back and forth... both seem appropriate at various times. ditto, re: the online, respect privacy thing, doc, but I forget too.


--pogo (pat) [forever and always]

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Valura
Valura

Mumma Hen
Location: Brisbane, Australia
Member Since: 25th Apr 2002
Total posts: 6391
Posted:online ill use their online names and when I first meet someone from Hop Ill introduce myself as Valura/Kristy

But I tend to use their real names cept Doc was...well Doc.


TAJ "boat mummy." VALURA "yes sweetie you went on a boat, was daddy there with you?" TAJ "no, but monkey on boat" VALURA "well then sweetie, Daddy WAS there with you"

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pineapple pete
pineapple pete

water based
Location: melbourne
Member Since: 20th Sep 2004
Total posts: 5125
Posted:online, i think i tend to use real names with friends, ie. ill call valura, kirsty, or chicken, or bro.. introductions are handy with both names, to avoid confusion, and in real life, i tend to use real names..

doc and rouge are the exceptions that prove the rule smile

and flynt fits in all categories tongue2

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"you know there are no trophys for doing silly things in real life yeah pete?" said ant "you wont get a 'listened to ride of the valkyries all the way to vietnam' trophy"

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_Poiboy_
_Poiboy_

bastard child of satan
Location: Raanana, Israel
Member Since: 12th Jan 2004
Total posts: 1113
Posted:Usually i introduce myself with both.
Outside of Israel most people call me Poiboy other than the few who manage to pronounce my name without it sounding weird because of the accent.
Here only jugglers and fire spinners call me poiboy


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willworkforfoodjnr
willworkforfoodjnr

Hunting robot foxes
Location: Huddersfield, West Yorkshire
Member Since: 8th Aug 2007
Total posts: 1046
Posted:In person I prefer to use real names generally, but online I try and stick to screen names, to help anyone who doesn't know someone's real name follow the conversation.

Working hard to be a wandering hippie layabout. Ten years down, five to go!

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gita
gita

.:*distracted by shiny things*:.
Location: brizvegas
Member Since: 13th Oct 2003
Total posts: 3776
Posted:well yeah i prefer my online name all the time...by everyone... umm

*waits*

laugh3 i'm just a bit boring & tend to use my name (or nickname in hop's case!) on the net!!! laugh3

but yeah...when i meet people in person i still tell people that i'm gita on hop...& gita in real life! smile laugh3


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pineapple pete
pineapple pete

water based
Location: melbourne
Member Since: 20th Sep 2004
Total posts: 5125
Posted:haha geets.. i cant believe how long/odd your name is nowadays.. its awesome grin

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"you know there are no trophys for doing silly things in real life yeah pete?" said ant "you wont get a 'listened to ride of the valkyries all the way to vietnam' trophy"

*proud owner of the very cute fire_spinning_angel, birgit and neon shaolin*

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=Flashpoint=
=Flashpoint=

Pasta of Muppets
Location: in the interwebs...
Member Since: 1st Sep 2004
Total posts: 2719
Posted:Id prefer Mr Flashpoint, but Pete is usually good too.

I dont care, i'll answer to anything upto and including "buttface"

But I'd prefer...


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hamamelis
hamamelis

nut.
Location: Bouncing off the walls.
Member Since: 5th Jan 2006
Total posts: 756
Posted:I'll generally answer to anything beginning with the letter 'H', which would go for both, as for some reason, loads of folks forget my name and switch it for another 'H' one anyway..

No-one's ever tried to use my online name though..


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roarfire
roarfire

comfortably numb
Location: The countryside
Member Since: 8th Jul 2004
Total posts: 2676
Posted:I always prefer to call people by their real name unless they specially say that they want to be called by their HoP name. I don't know, it just seems more personal and better to me. I know that I prefer to be called Steph so I do so to others. But sometimes when I'm at meets I get 'roar', and I guess that's okay too smile

.All things are beautiful if we take the time to look.

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Mr_Chutney
Mr_Chutney

Tosser
Location: Herefordshire
Member Since: 18th Apr 2003
Total posts: 1711
Posted:I think 90% of hoopers know me as Chutney and only as Chutney- if it wasn't for Facebook I don't think anyone would know me as David. Like Mike I also find that 'Daves' are quite prolific so I'm happy to have a more individual title.

On the odd occasion when a hopper calls me David it usually feels really weird, much like a parent using your full name to tell you off.

Only major drawback would be if one ended up in bed with someone that knew you solely by your HOP name... Screams of "OH CHUTNEY!!" would be a step too far...


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Stout
Stout

Pooh-Bah
Location: Canada
Member Since: 12th May 2004
Total posts: 1872
Posted:In the five years I've been here I've only met three people from this site and in all three cases it's been a real names only thing.

I'd expect to be called by my real name as I have no attachment to the word stout..save for it being my breakfast beverage of choice. wink

David.


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burningoftheclavey
burningoftheclavey

lurking like a ninja with no camouflage..
Location: over yonder
Member Since: 22nd Jul 2005
Total posts: 926
Posted:Well, clavey is my real last/nickname so I dont mind being called that on or offline. So many people call me clavey I dont mind, but I think it'd be weird if folk called me burning of the clavey...just clavey will do smile Or Lianne if you so wish tongue2

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Motley
Motley

addict
Location: UK
Member Since: 9th Oct 2005
Total posts: 434
Posted:I always introduce myself as Tom, I often wonder how many HoPpers make the link between me and my screen name when they meet me, particularly as I don't post that much. Some of my old uni friends still call me Mot/Motley though.

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Ade
Are we there yet?
Location: australia
Member Since: 14th Mar 2001
Total posts: 1897
Posted:My screen name is a nick used in real life and on the web...

and stout - you drink stout for breakfast? eek


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Bek66
Bek66

Future Mrs Pogo
Location: The wrong place
Member Since: 27th Aug 2006
Total posts: 4728
Posted:I tend to use my real name in most things, nowadays...I'd even thought about going back and changing my name on here, but I'm just too lazy... shrug

Of course, I get so many versions of my name, that it really doesn't matter...everything from Rebekah, which most of my friends around Raleigh know me as...Bek, which is an old nickname from when I was growing up and which my sweetheart managed to revive... smile...Becka from my newly found birth family...and Becki, which is the name most of the people in my family and home area call me...

I think I should be confused... eek


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Doc Lightning
Doc Lightning

HOP Mad Doctor
Location: San Francisco, CA, USA
Member Since: 28th May 2001
Total posts: 13920
Posted:Bek if you do change your name here, what I did when I went from MikeGinny to Lightning was to go MikeGinny (Lightning) for three months. Then Lightning (MikeGinny) for three months. And then just Lightning. Except someone else is Lightning, so I was L.i.g.h.t.n.i.n.g. And -<=Lightning=>- and Lghtnng and all |_ightning and all sorts of fun stuff. And then I became a doctor...

-Mike )'(
Certified Mad Doctor and HoP High Priest of Nutella

"A buckuht 'n a hooze!" -Valura

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keyarghah
keyarghah

Woodford is Goodford..!
Location: Sydney at heart.
Member Since: 6th Jun 2007
Total posts: 241
Posted:hm its like heaps different for different names..

but gabe is gabe
and gita is gita
but bender is totally bender

i usually use 2D names when they have something to do with their 3D names likeeee brenn or dag or basstones grin and meg is mcp but only when shes nangnanging. but like mother natures son its heaps easier to say his 3D name.. tongue2 but neon dave is english dave really.. yeah it all depends.. depends whether your hanging out with hoppers that would "get it" or if theyre unhoppers who will just think your additionally odd but using wierd online nicknames.. but unhoppers must be the unhappiest people on earth anyway. grin okimdone.


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Doc Lightning
Doc Lightning

HOP Mad Doctor
Location: San Francisco, CA, USA
Member Since: 28th May 2001
Total posts: 13920
Posted:Oh jesus. What time is it? What day is it?

*holds head* I have a headache.


-Mike )'(
Certified Mad Doctor and HoP High Priest of Nutella

"A buckuht 'n a hooze!" -Valura

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Mother_Natures_Son
Mother_Natures_Son

Rampant whirler.
Location: Geelong, Victoria, Australia!
Member Since: 1st Aug 2007
Total posts: 2418

Flynt
Flynt

Intrepid Penguin

Member Since: 12th May 2002
Total posts: 5635
Posted:Originally Posted By: pineapple pete

and flynt fits in all categories tongue2

haha, yup. I cant be bothered to have 2 different names. Flynt is my real name!

If it helps, my family call my by a different name, and then there's all the random versions of my name: Flynty, Flyntos, Flyntosaur, Flyntimicator, ect...

Just dont call me "Hey you!" wink


Currently on the right side up of the world.

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UCOF
UCOF

Carpal \'Tunnel

Member Since: 17th Apr 2002
Total posts: 15414
Posted:I get called Ucof, joncof, 'cof but I do also get called "Jon" by a few.

Skully was adamant that I called her Lynne when I moved in and it took me a while to change grin


I know that Dunc changed his name as he couldn't get used to being called "Custom_Bug"/"Custom".

I think it depends on how well I know the people and how comfortable I feel with them. I don't call Bluecat "Bluecat" for example, I call him "Rob". "Ed" rather than "LTC". BamBam and Coleman are good examples too smile
Everyone in my phonebook is on with their HOP names though. I have had more than a few people go "You know some people with really weird names...." grin

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Pink...?
Pink...?

Mistress of Pink...Multicoloured
Location: Over There
Member Since: 6th Apr 2002
Total posts: 6140
Posted:I get called by both. For quite a while i was only known really as Pink, and even got so used to being called Pink that I rarely answered to Alice.

But nowadays I'd say it's a 75/25 split (Alice/Pink).

I personally don't mind either. I see them both as my name as i've used the nickname Pink for so many years!

As for other people - with my boyfriend it's an odd one, everyone (literally everyone) outside of England call him Vux. But because apparently us english can't pronounce Vux right, so uses his real name Julien ... which he also gets annoyed when people call him Julian. I find myself switching to calling him Vux when we're with everyone but english, and Julien amongst english people. it's odd.


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animatEd
animatEd

1 + 1 = 3
Location: Bristol UK
Member Since: 31st Aug 2004
Total posts: 3540
Posted:I prefer real names.

On the board, I'm not fussed either way. If you know me as Ed, call me Ed. If you know me as LTC, call me that.

With people I meet, I prefer to use their real name, or if I think I know them well/like them enough, I will call them by a nickname, usually one that I have made up, or on that other people use and I feel it just 'fits'... Informality. Makes people feel a little bit more comfortable around others.

Some people go by nicknames, but in certain cases I just refuse to use them, because I don't think that the word is well associated with the person. And of course, some monikers are just a mouthful wink

It took me ages to find out thebovrilmonkey's real name, though, so he was just 'Bov' for ages laugh3


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=Flashpoint=
=Flashpoint=

Pasta of Muppets
Location: in the interwebs...
Member Since: 1st Sep 2004
Total posts: 2719
Posted:Bov = 1 syllable
Rory = 2 syllables

Flashpoint = 2 syllables
Pete = 1 syllable

I think the shorter the name, the more often it gets used?

IMHO


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Bek66
Bek66

Future Mrs Pogo
Location: The wrong place
Member Since: 27th Aug 2006
Total posts: 4728
Posted:Originally Posted By: Doc LightningOh jesus. What time is it? What day is it?

*holds head* I have a headache.

Awww, poor Doc...it took me a long, LONG time to readjust to the time and season difference once I got back from Oz...and my mind still doesn't want to accept the fact that I'm not still on Oz time...I sleep only in 3 or 4 hour increments...course, I was there for 3 months and still regard it as home, so I have a bit of an excuse...

Oh...and as you all can see, I got a bit unlazy and changed my name...Bek, I now am, and evermore shall be... smile


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Seye
Seye

Geek
Location: Manchester, UK
Member Since: 27th Mar 2005
Total posts: 1261
Posted:I usually just have to explain to people the Seye is pronounced "s eye" (Si). Then my screen name is the same as my name.

I usually use whatever name people prefer me to. I've been floating around on net forums for 10 years now and met an enormous amount of people through online encounters. Some I call by their real name and some by their screen name.


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jemima (jem)
jemima (jem)

Pooh-Bah
Location: london
Member Since: 2nd Dec 2002
Total posts: 1750
Posted:Jemima is my fancy name and it's on my birth certificate. For some reason it changed to Jemma for the first 18 years of my life, then Jemima made a came back and I like it but close family and friends still call me jemma or jem. I'm also jem at work, a few people know me as jemma at work but I wouldn't want to confuse people wink

I am jemmmamimmmamima it's very straight forward tongue2


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