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Read This Before You Pick A Username

Discussion in 'Brand New to BHW' started by Zwielicht, Oct 3, 2018.

  1. Zwielicht

    Zwielicht Super Moderator Staff Member Moderator Jr. VIP

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    If you're a lurker who's considering signing up, your username is one of the most important parts of your new identity. It's what members will remember you by, it's what they're going use to tag you in posts (e.g., @Zwielicht), and it's what other members will use to search for you on the forum.

    So before you join the forum, keep the following in mind when you pick a username.

    Avoid Using Your Real Name
    Too many people sign up using their real names and then, not long after, ask us to change their usernames to something else.

    Be aware that if you use your real name as your username, anything you post will obviously be easily traced back to you by friends and trolls alike.

    Consider Your Future On The Forum
    Your future on the forum is one you should consider. Even if you're joining now to interact casually with members, who's to say you don't want to start a sales thread later on? Sure, you don't need a brandable name to start a sales thread, but something simple that's easy for members to search for sure wouldn't hurt.

    Don't Pick Something Too Similar To Another Member

    Surprisingly, this is a rarely a problem on Black Hat World, but it does happen.

    For example, there's a member here who has a name similar to "flipflop", but then someone signed up after him with the username "flipflop1". They're not related in the least bit, yet I used to confuse the two members due to their similar usernames.

    Pick Something Memorable
    This is only important if you want to stand out. A username like, "97898658468467SEO42647574" is... yeah, you see the problem there. Nobody is going to remember that!
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    Don't Use A URL Username
    URL usernames are a right reserved for enterprise members on the forum. Any other member who creates a URL username will just end up being required to change it by the staff members.

    Avoid Foreign Characters
    Unless you don't care about being tagged by other members, foreign characters should be avoided.

    In the end, it'll be you who makes the username, so make sure it's something you can live with
     
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  2. thetrustedzone

    thetrustedzone Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    stay away from similar Mods UserName ... otherwise mod who used his/her similar UserName could ...
     
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  3. HenryObi

    HenryObi Regular Member

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    Why was this not available before I registered I've used my real name already. Don't feel safe anymore
     
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  4. se900se

    se900se Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    I have a name of my favourite phone from 10+ years ago :)
     
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  5. BhutJolokia

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    Make people believe that it's not your real one instead of reminding everyone that it's your real one.
     
  6. HenryObi

    HenryObi Regular Member

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    I don't have that time,
     
  7. EKIMONKZ

    EKIMONKZ Regular Member

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    Once the users upgrade their account, can possibly change the username?
     
  8. Zwielicht

    Zwielicht Super Moderator Staff Member Moderator Jr. VIP

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    Good to know!
     
  10. Blain Cooper

    Blain Cooper BANNED BANNED

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    I just changed from my nick name to my real name.
     
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  11. SamLewis

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    You don't have the time to not make posts telling people your username is your real name?
     
  12. snacky3

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    Thanks for these tips, i completely agree.
     
  13. javabro

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    I googled your name to see how to pronounce it @Zwielicht
    Found out, it is German for twilight
     
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    Still not sure of my choice :D
     
  15. Neon

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  16. damagesmith

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    I am using my real D&D name.
     
  17. HenryObi

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    I don't know if you're asking your question in reverse or not. But yes, I don't have the time to go about creating posts to make people not believe my BHW moniker is my real name. No time for that, long as am not into nefarious activities.. I just don't want trolls or anything like blackmailers
     
  18. escobart

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    i like my "name"
     
  19. mhtro

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    Is my name any good? I need your opinion for ego points :))
     
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    I like mine, but no one can tag me without jumping through hoops, so go for a 3+ character username (I think that's the minimum limit for a tag to work?) if you want other users to be able to tag you easily