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7th-Jul-2007 03:50 pm

or Carol is Confused

How do you all know who you are, here?  I mean, I know that a lot of my friends and foks of interest to me are here.  I know this because a lot of the people I have flisted flist the same people.  But, in keeping with anonymity, such as it exists on the Web, you all cleverly hide your names.  I'm not complaining -- but how do you find out who someone is, legitimately?

Am I missing something ... again?
7th-Jul-2007 09:08 pm (UTC)
Not all of us hide our names, but I don't have an answer for you, either. I know that I had a couple of people friend me that it took reading through much of their journal to figure out who they were.
7th-Jul-2007 10:09 pm (UTC)
Sometimes a profile includes the person's real name. Sometimes an LJer told me via email or in another forum whath their LJ username is. Sometimes the photo is a giveaway. Other times I've figured it out from context.

I have one person, however, who's "friended" me and I have only a wild guess who the person is.

This is why I made my username enough of my real name that people can figure out who this person is who suddenly appeared and started making comments on their journal entries.
10th-Jul-2007 04:43 am (UTC)
Well, to be honest, I had no idea who you were, until the second time I saw something from you, when you used the userpic of the top of your head. Not that I've stared at the top of your head that much, mind you, but the hair color, the initials and ... well, to be honest, the *personality* hit me.

So I know it's you.

8th-Jul-2007 12:21 am (UTC)
It's difficult to know who everyone is, and sometimes that's a good thing.

However, in case you wondered, I'm the person you so kindly gave your spare puffer to at ChiCon after my purse was stolen ;-)
8th-Jul-2007 05:06 am (UTC)
I was puzzled at first, yes. But I found your name on the FilkOntario lists, and the name and the initials matched, so I could figure you out.

But others ... no, I have no clue.

Part of the fun, I guess. (grin)
8th-Jul-2007 06:33 am (UTC)
Sometimes the handle is enough. Sometimes a picture or a name on the profile page. Often there will be a link to a web page with more information on the profile page, and sometimes the e-mail address listed will be something I recognize. Some friends mention IRL their handles (there's one I'd looked at several times, but missing one critical piece of information (that the person I knew had moved) I didn't figure out who she was until she told me her handle) -- and sometimes it is a chance comment -- I had been curious about the pwl person, but didn't figure out the identity until someone made a gender-specific comment and then the initials fell into place. There are a few where I think I know who a person is, and then I'll ask someone I think will know "Is xxx Person Y?" and go from there. There was one I had a notion about, but reading her journal she said something that clicked into place (where she'd been, whom she'd been with -- that sort of thing) I realized (1) I was wrong about who she was, and (2) I knew who she was.
9th-Jul-2007 03:17 pm (UTC)
lj etiquette seems to be positive regarding asking people with obscure lj names for more identification information. They can choose to provide it - usually in some personal knowledge manner - or remain mysterious. You can then take action according to your own desires.

The interesting split I have seen has been between those who ask before friending someone and those who do not. I am firmly in the latter camp, since friending someone else really only affects my LJ activities and not theirs.

I use my real name in my profile and seldom friends-lock anything, since I feel nothing on the Internet - no matter how passworded or locked - is ever guaranteed to be private. I consider everything open and so conduct myself as if whatever I post will be public knowledge.
16th-Sep-2007 01:11 pm (UTC)
I just ask. But I don't know most of the real names behind most of the nicknames on my Friends' list. Everyone differs re: privacy levels, but I never post anything in my journal that I don't mind everyone knowing, so I don't really need to know everyone who reads it. My attitude: I don't post anything online that isn't meant for public consumption. It's one reason I very rarely used locked entries, and those are only for short-term conspiracies. :-)
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