Real names vs pseudonyms

  • Given that Sean has rebuilt this forum with the hopes of bringing back the sense of community that we had before, I’d like to encourage everyone to use their real name rather than a nickname. Just my $.02

    (maybe there’s a way to do both?)

  • Using real names can place certain people and their families in danger due to their career (police officers for example) with the current atmosphere. If someone wants to use their real name, that’s their choice. The number of police officers I have as friends on FB, none use their real names anymore. They all have changed their screen names on FB to fake names.

  • I agree with Rob. Using real names should be a personal choice.

    I also agree with JeffBob in that we should do all we can to foster a sense of fellowship and community.

    no real value to this post except to add content for the google bots to find and make this site more visible… lol!

  • @nicegy525 @Jeffbob @Rob

    I can see the value in using real names … part of the problem we faced with the previous iteration of this forum was that when people are granted anonymity, they tend to not hesitate to be assholes … after all, this isn’t real and nobody knows who they are.

    However, the ability to use a moniker for your name is really nice … it does allow you to develop an online persona that is kind of your alter-ego. Now if people would just choose to use their powers for good - that would be great!

    Honestly I think that if we would’ve taken a different approach to moderation in the previous board, this place might still be hopping. Really it’s a shame that the slew of d-bags that came onto the scene at the end really helped to chase away a lot of the long-time/original members. It went from a community of useful information and research about a topic everyone shared and loved, to people who didn’t even have motorcycles just starting flame wars for no other reason than to just be abject dicks.

    Maybe with this new site, we can enact some better policies when it comes to who joins the population. Honestly I think people that don’t have motorcycles, don’t ride, and only care to comment on posts in the off-topic area don’t really belong here.


  • Our local newspaper implemented a new policy for using real names in the comment sections (along with having to pay to comment). Didn’t stop the nasty comments. Same with the local TV station websites. They started requiring facebook logins for the comments. Didn’t change a thing. Some people really just don’t care if you know who they are.

    A different approach to moderation I don’t think would had mattered. Facebook did sign the “death warrant” on a bunch of forums, although Verticalscope did flatline a bunch after they bought them. Will forums come back? Possibly, but it would need facebook to go the way of myspace. And with the number of people I know deactivating their facebook accounts and how much facebook is ticking people off, I wouldn’t be surprised if facebook disappears in 5 yrs. Even then it doesn’t mean the resurrection of forums.

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