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13 October 2001 @ 04:45 pm
Contemplation: Names  
I was thinking about the names people choose to use online, and feeling curious - some people seem to stick to one name everywhere online (like me), some have different ones for different places. And I was wondering why. Why do you use the name you use on here? Do you use it everywhere online? If not, why not? Do you answer to it? I mean, if someone shouted it in the street, would you turn round to see what they wanted?

So, why do I use Pling? I've been Pling since first year of my undergraduate degree - it's a bit of a boring story, but I'll tell it anyway ;) Basically, I got introduced to the people I became friends with by a guy I had a mutual acquaintance with. For a while during my year out I'd been called Madge, but I'd decided I didn't like that. However this guy knew me as Madge so that's how he introduced me. So the first thing I said was "No, I'm not Madge, I'm Margaret". And they called me "Not-Madge" for a week or two. Then, being geeky types, they started to call me "!Madge" (ie "Pling-Madge", pling being the name of an exclamation mark, and it means not in C). "!Madge" is a little unwieldy, so it got shortened to Pling after a couple of days. And it's stuck for the last 9 years or so.

When I started spodding on MBA4 I was called Penguin, coz penguins are cool - but then when Snowplains started up I wasn't allowed to be Penguin on there, as it would be confusing (all the staff ranks are named after penguins, and in the help files it will frequently say 'Penguin' where it means 'staff'). So I just picked Pling coz it was my nickname anyway. And now it's almost as much my name as Margaret is - I answer to it in the street, I use it whereever I can online. But I don't use it at work, I've never even told people, partly coz I would then have to explain C, talkers etc. Oh and I've never explained to my parents, although they know that some of my email addresses have pling as the username.
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ex_ciannait on October 13th, 2001 09:13 am (UTC)
See, over here, a ! is a bang, not a pling. :)

And yes, I use Ciannait everywhere, and yes I can and do answer to it. It's also my SCA name, so that helps. :)
Margaretpling on October 13th, 2001 09:36 am (UTC)
I've heard of ! as a bang, a shriek, and a pling. Pling is the best as a name though :)
Dai Aku: monkeystipe on October 14th, 2001 12:52 am (UTC)
I've always just called it an "exclamation point"... either that, or "factorial" ;)
jaqjaq on October 14th, 2001 07:56 am (UTC)
In INTERCAL it is called a "wow".
marnanel on October 13th, 2001 10:40 am (UTC)
"marnanel means "dreamer" in Nimyad. I was (in my own mind) Thomas the Dreamer in sixth form, a little like the name of Thomas the Rhymer; Nimyad was taking more shape then, and when I was in naming people I named myself "dreamer". When I went to university and discovered talkers, it became my name; I answer to it as much as any other name now.
marnanel on October 13th, 2001 10:41 am (UTC)
Margaretpling on October 13th, 2001 10:59 am (UTC)

I'd forgotten about that one -but not everyone here'll've seen it anyway.
Ceci n'est pas une viemarble on October 13th, 2001 11:46 am (UTC)
Uhh, maybe we should rename you to apostrophe...
8bit plastic love machine: goldfishgravilim on October 13th, 2001 11:33 am (UTC)
Oops, I forgot part.

I don't know if I'd answer to many of them on the street...I seem to have turned more into Rae than Rachel among the Sacramento folk, and I do answer to that, and I'd probably turn around curiously if someone used any of the others, though it would seem a bit weird. I've been online too long now. :P
marnanel on October 13th, 2001 11:58 am (UTC)
Mmm. I tend to survive at camp being called "Marnanel" as often as "Thomas". And I think the whole time I was at J&P's yesterday and today I wasn't "Thomas" once. I'm glad of having Marnanel for a name; I doubt I'd ever want to change it.
Margaretpling on October 13th, 2001 12:04 pm (UTC)
Somehow Thomas doesn't suit you as well as Marnanel.
Dai Akustipe on October 14th, 2001 12:54 am (UTC)
It was also much easier when we had John, John, Jon, and T(h)om (which on occasion sounds a bit like Jo(h)n) to go by spodnames.
SoSiouxMesosiouxme on October 13th, 2001 01:36 pm (UTC)
"pling" for an exclamation mark?
there is no end to the weirdness of you brits =) if we call it anything, it's a "bang"!

SoSiouxMe is a name i picked up on IRC, tangentially related to Siouxsie and the Banshees. i thought it was nifty enough that i now use it for everything. no one calls it out in the street, but i'm sure i'd respond if someone did. there was one perl conference i went to where i responded to "sosiouxme".

i like to think of it like Mae in "League of their own": "It's not just a name, it's an attitude."

jaqjaq on October 13th, 2001 04:27 pm (UTC)
I was called 'Igor' when I first started spodding - I'm not sure where that came from. It was when I joined Snowplains I became Jaq - a character from Ian Watson's novel 'Inquisitor'. I've tried to take the name on various other services since, but unsurprisingly it is quite a common nickname so I have had problems getting it everywhere.

I have a wrist-band which says 'JAQ' - and I even got it while my parents were around, so I guess they know something about what is going on.
Dai Aku: stipestipe on October 14th, 2001 01:02 am (UTC)
I've told the story of my name a couple times, and it's rather dull. Basically I liked R.E.M. (I still do, but to a much less fanatical degree) and so my gf at the time/the person who ressed me gave it to me because the original name I picked clashed.

Snowplains was sort of my first online "presence", so I just carried the name "Stipe" from there, though the only places I really have need for a nickname are SP, Rep, and here. The only variation is on Slashdot where I'm just JPrice, since Stipe was taken.

Whether or not I'd turn and look if someone yelled "stipe" would probably depend on where I was. If I was in the UK, probably definitely, since a) I know that everyone I know in the UK knows me as Stipe, and b) I'm used to being called Stipe by voices with English accents. On the other hand, here (as in Ontario) nobody knows me as Stipe. I'm pretty much nickname free, and it's just a matter of whether you shout "John" or "Price" at me.

I guess basically, the nickname started out online, has stayed online, and is only used by people I meet online (though sometimes said people use it IRL).
Lolamilkmaid on October 14th, 2001 05:10 am (UTC)
I've had various names online, including Tira, Esme, Shekara, Grace and even just my own name, Laura. I answer to Laura, Grace and Tira, (only a little bit for those last two) but not really to the others, as I've not used them as long. Milkmaid started out as a joke that a friend of mine made. It's sorta boring/strange outside context. You see, my dad is a dairy farmer and my friend was making a lewd joke about my physique, which for some reason it made me laugh, so I stuck with the name. I don't know if I'd turn around in the street to see who was yelling it, but I may glance around curiously because, frankly, it's not every day you hear someone screaming 'milkmaid' in the street. 8)
Margaretpling on October 14th, 2001 05:32 am (UTC)
*grin* I think I'd turn round to see who was yelling milkmaid in the street too ;)
Johnjarel on October 14th, 2001 06:14 am (UTC)

I already posted a fairly boring explanation of my spodname once before.

I answer to all of John/Jarel/J offline. What actually startles me more is when someone I know primarily online calls me "John" online ;)
Andrewsagima on October 15th, 2001 01:21 am (UTC)
Mine came about when i started to play Advanced Dungeons and Dragons (AD&D) when i was 13 and was forced to think up a name - being i'm crap at things like this i simply reversed Amigas and came up with Sagima - i added R. Parc at the end for some distinction. Sagima later became the name of a dragon in an AD&D i was running - Sagimaldegoth (i don't know where i came up with the last bit - it just sounded good to me) and when i went to uni and was forced to pick a character name again i split this one to form (Lord) Sagima Aldegoth.

I am Sagima everywhere online apart from hotmail where i was offered Sagima83 as a name as sagima was already taken. "Bollocks to that" i thought and went with Aldegoth as a name.

I have answered to Sagima since i was 18 or so though it sounds wierd when people talk about me using it though anyone who has known me outside of a role-playing or spodding environment doesn't use it and i really doubt my parents know of its existance

And its pronouced Sah-jee-mah by the way ~ i really don't like it being corrupted. :)
Cathbfo on October 15th, 2001 01:51 am (UTC)
I came by my spod name of Cassandra when i was introduced to spodding, was told to come up with a name by the person showing me what this spodding lark was all about and when i couldn't come up with one, he named me Cassandra and i've been Cass or Cassandra ever since. I tend to use Cass/Cassandra for just about everything online but unfortunately since it is an actual name it's already taken some places, so on a few talkers I have used my middle name of Iona instead and on here i went with my domain as my user name. bfo was a term my frien used to use for my hair, I'm a read head and it's a shortened form for Bright F***ing Orange. I don't mind and it's an easy way for people to remember my email addy, wouldn't want it to be shouted down the street tho, whereas i'm happy to be called Cass in public.
mrisley on October 15th, 2001 08:02 am (UTC)
mrisley is pretty easy to figure out. It's for Mike Risley. I've had a lot of names on different things, but generally stick to mrisley or MikeRisley, or if both are taken I sometimes do mrisley_nc (NC for North Carolina). I started off at school with merisley, but I hated having the 'e' in there cause I hate my middle name. Then I started working and I could pick whatever I wanted. Since I like Norse Mythology, I tried loki, but got some really...um... interesting email coming to that, so then I changed to grizzly (as in the bear), which was my nickname growing up. I've always been a bit tall and big for my age, so they always called my Grizzly Risley. Anway, I found out that being called grizzly on the internet is not a compliment, so for lack of anything better I went to mrisley and have been mrisley ever since.