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Advice to GBA readers with goofy screen names

Martin Holladay | Posted in General Questions on

Because of a web site glitch, the GBA site hasn’t been displaying the names of recently registered readers properly. Lately, we’ve been getting screen names like “N/A N/A” and “User-85612.”

Some new readers have chosen aliases like YellowFrog or RedSoxFan.

GBA encourages the use of real names. If you have been assigned a goofy screen name like N/A N/A, or if you are willing to change your screen name from YellowFrog to your real first and last names, there’s a way you can fix the problem.

This article explains what you need to know: How the GBA Site Displays Readers’ Names.

We’re sorry about the glitch. We encourage readers to correct these goofy screen names and, if possible, to use your real name. Thanks.

— Martin Holladay

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  1. greenhouse437 | | #1

    I think that given that sometimes online back and forths can get heated and can attract spammers or internet trolls, members should be allowed to have a screen name--though hopefully they won't just use a number, but maybe something recognizable over time, e.g. joey333, etc. I have the opposite problem--my posts always have my name, but my profile lists a screen name which never shows, even though I'd like it to. Also, unless I am mistaken, I don't see an option anywhere to receive notifications when one's post is answered....

  2. GBA Editor
    Martin Holladay | | #2

    For eight years, the vast majority of people who have posted on GBA have used their real names. The system has generally worked well. Compared to other online forums, GBA has been remarkably troll-free.

    Like you, I wish that GBA provided notifications by email to let readers know when comments have been posted on their Q&A thread. It's on our wish list, but Taunton is strapped for resources right now, so web site development is taking a back seat.

  3. user-2310254 | | #3

    Real names seem to encourage civil behavior. At least that has been my experience.

  4. EthanT | | #4

    I followed a convention that I saw others doing, which was to use first name, last initial, and climate zone, I think for the following reasons... I'm a bit hesitant having my full name posted all over the web with my private house info... and it seems many people ask the climate data after a question is asked, so this short circuits that loop.

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