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When choosing user names for websites, I prefer to use:

by chacham (Curate)
on Jul 01, 2014 at 10:53 UTC ( #1091827=poll: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??

vote on When choosing user names for websites, I prefer to use:

The same name on every site (unless it is taken already)
[bar] 141/46%
A different name for every site
[bar] 16/5%
The same name for sites I don't care about, but different names on sites I do care about
[bar] 35/12%
Different names for sites I don't care about, but the same name on sites I do care about
[bar] 48/16%
The anonymous account
[bar] 9/3%
Someone else's username
[bar] 7/2%
Root, after hacking into the site
[bar] 48/16%
304 total votes
Comment on When choosing user names for websites, I prefer to use:
Re: When choosing user names for websites, I prefer to use:
by hippo (Curate) on Jul 01, 2014 at 11:31 UTC
    • A mixture of all of the above

    I'm fickle like that ;-)

Re: When choosing user names for websites, I prefer to use:
by choroba (Abbot) on Jul 01, 2014 at 13:08 UTC
    I don't log into sites I don't care about.
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Re: When choosing user names for websites, I prefer to use:
by mr_mischief (Monsignor) on Jul 01, 2014 at 14:00 UTC

    If it's a site I don't care about and it doesn't let me log in via some form of OpenID or similar then I don't log in there. I have various sites with my real name or with this handle. I game (as much as I actually do) under another handle on both Steam and Origin.

    For those who care, I'm Christopher E. Stith. My online handles and nicknames over the years include cestith (@cestith for those of you on Twitter), mr_mischief (obviously), mrmischief (not everyone allows underscores), Mr. Mischief (some places allow freeform usernames), mischief (but not the same mischief as here -- that's someone else), Pyro X (an old MUD and BBS nick), Lord Pyro (briefly, before I convinced the chivalry and heraldry-themed computer club they were going over the top), datawerx, groundhog (born on 2 February after all and this was my CB radio handle when my dad was big into that scene), and my Steam/Origin gaming nick pyrogroundhog (which is simply an amalgamation of Pyro X and groundhog).

    For most everything that uses a nickname it's been some form of Mr. Mischief since 1993 or so. It's rare to find me without my middle initial when I'm using my real name, but it could happen here or there.

      It's hard to put down all the options. The idea was to cover the major ideas.

        I didn't complain. I was commenting. There's a big difference. The poll is fine.

        I chose "the anonymous account" in the poll because for most sites if they have their own authentication I don't use it.

Re: When choosing user names for websites, I prefer to use:
by Tux (Monsignor) on Jul 02, 2014 at 06:05 UTC

    Tux quite often is not already taken, but not available as in not allowed as being too short :( :(


    Enjoy, Have FUN! H.Merijn

      I almost always get chacham. But, sometimes, because of a failed earlier effort i have to choose something else. Then i question, chacham1 (just add a number), chacham2 (it's the second one), or add letters before it.

      Then i realize i care too much. Doesn't answer the question, but at least adds some humor.:)

Re: When choosing user names for websites, I prefer to use:
by ChuckularOne (Parson) on Jul 02, 2014 at 14:17 UTC
    I have yet to find my username not available. Though when I'm signing up for a site I don't want to come back to me, I make something else up.
Re: When choosing user names for websites, I prefer to use:
by LanX (Canon) on Jul 02, 2014 at 14:36 UTC
    > for sites I don't care

    Then of course chacham

    (like I did here ;-)

    Cheers Rolf

    (addicted to the Perl Programming Language)

      Don't scare me like that! :)

      Once i went to a website and found chacham was taken, but had not been used in some time. So, i asked the admin if i could have it, and sure enough, i got it.

        OK, I promise to keep them all active by browser automation. :)

        Cheers Rolf

        (addicted to the Perl Programming Language)

Re: When choosing user names for websites, I prefer to use:
by choroba (Abbot) on Jul 02, 2014 at 14:47 UTC
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Re: When choosing user names for websites, I prefer to use:
by boftx (Chaplain) on Jul 03, 2014 at 04:53 UTC

    It depends on hard I want a potential employer to work to find my 'Net trail. :)

    You must always remember that the primary goal is to drain the swamp even when you are hip-deep in alligators.

      It depends on hard I want a potential employer to work to find my 'Net trail. :)

      I think that works better in retrospect. Otherwise, determining each login or post like that seems like too much effort.

Re: When choosing user names for websites, I prefer to use:
by Ratazong (Prior) on Jul 04, 2014 at 08:15 UTC

    Many sites require an email-address as user-name, so I often don't have much choice.

    I only can decide how important the site is, and if I want to get mails from it. For real important sites (like my bank) I use my "premium" address, for temporary important sites (eg for shopping, booking hotels etc.) I use my main address, and for others I use an address I only check once or twice a month.

    And then there are sites where I use mailinator....

    so long, Rata

      With google, i can use email+random@gmail.com. The random part is usually the site name. This lets me know who uses what email and possibly to block. The only place i have seen the + sign barred is Quicken for Mac 2015 Beta 4. (Beta 3 allowed it.)

      I also have my own domain. I use a subdomain, so email addresses are website@sub-domain.example.com. This works except when the site does not support subdomains, which is probably because somebody wrote his own non-rfc-compliant address validator. Sub-domain seem to be safe from brute force spam, as they send it to domains, not sub-domains.

Re: When choosing user names for websites, I prefer to use:
by trippledubs (Scribe) on Jul 09, 2014 at 00:50 UTC
    I spell triple correctly sometimes!
Re: When choosing user names for websites, I prefer to use:
by Bethany (Scribe) on Jul 11, 2014 at 18:12 UTC

    My choice was kind of arbitrary. I use one of a small set of nicks on most sites, and one of a smaller set on the occasional site I don't care much about but where I need an account for support, etc. -- the site for the brand of Bluetooth speakers I use, for instance.

Re: When choosing user names for websites, I prefer to use:
by Knom (Beadle) on Jul 14, 2014 at 14:10 UTC
    My name is Rumple S. Tiltskin and my password is 0penSesame!
Re: When choosing user names for websites, I prefer to use:
by blue_cowdawg (Prior) on Jul 14, 2014 at 14:53 UTC

    Really, my preferred username has undergone somewhat of an evolution as time has passed. I used to be "blue_cowdawg" nearly everywhere until I ran into my first occurrence of that already being taken by someone (cad!). On AOL I am "red_cowdawg" but I don't use AOL for anything but chat. Starting a few years ago I began using "SaltyCodwawg" and on a couple of sites I am known as "Plankowner985".

    A special note here: I have also began creating an "alpha mike foxtrot" folder for my wife and offspring listing all the online communities I belong to along with the passwords. This is a sealed document kept where my family knows were it is in case anything untimely happens to me. Good practice in my humble opinion.


    Peter L. Berghold -- Unix Professional
    Peter -at- Berghold -dot- Net; AOL IM redcowdawg Yahoo IM: blue_cowdawg

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