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    Are YOU curious? I am.

    I'm curious. Is this a site a person should be paranoid about signing their name to what they say they believe?

    Are we REALLY that afraid.

    Are you?

    WHO are you afraid will see your real name? It is easy for the government to get our real names on these forums, so that CAN'T be the reason.

    All of you NOT using your real name, either in your USERNAME or in your SIGNATURE, why are you afraid to?

    We aren't little kids in school anymore who say "It's none of your business." etc.

    We are supposed to be adults. We say "This is me, I am proud of who I am and where I live."

    Are you ashamed of your real name and the city you are from? If so, WHY?

    Am I?

    No. Should I be?

    I haven't done anything wrong, so why should I be afraid?

    Is THIS a site/forum I should NOT be on?

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    I don't think it has anything to do with being scared or ashamed. I think its just a matter of people wanting privacy. That's all.


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    We're talking two different things. I probably should of made a poll. But, I'll ask it here and see what kind of response I get, might do one with a poll.

    Luke, and all others reading this,

    How many members do you think this board would have if you HAD to use your REAL name as your user name? (there are sites like that, I am a member of several)

    And IF users had to use their REAL NAME, how many would post the posts they do post now?

    You put your real name and the city you are from and all of the sudden a BUNCH of people quit posting. Why?

    Even though people don't use their real name, they don't even put the city they are from.

    Privacy? Who is going to call you if you use your real name? Who is going to come and see you? I've been using my real name for 15 years now on the Internet. What am I supposed to do? Knock on wood? For what?

    I'm just curious.

    But, I BELIEVE that if users had to use their real name, there would be a LOT fewer posts and they would NOT say what they say now.

    How many agree with that sentence with me?

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    Having a screen name is a lot more fun than using my "real" name. A lot of people have a difficult time properly pronouncing my name, so the screen name works better in my case. I would't change any of my posts regardless of if my real name was used or not. I've got my real photos posted, got my locations posted as well.


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    I agree, if I made people use their real names and location there wouldn't be that many posts. I respect peoples privacy which is why I don't require that. If you want to use your real name and location, go right ahead. If you don't then that's fine too. This is just a public internet forum about guns, no reason I need to require people to use their real names and locations. I don't really see the point.


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    That's what's so cool about the Internet, everyone does NOT have to see "the point" about anything.

    No one said anything about you requiring real names on this board. Why try to read stuff into what I said that isn't there? You don't see the point? Who cares. It isn't required.

    Not me, that is for sure, I am a guy of "what ifs". Why? To try to get people to THINK. Hopeless case, most of the time, I will have to admit. You can see what I mean by going to my Charity post and reading my next post. Interesting thread I did there.

    Guns are a "touchy" subject in this "Obama-age" we are in. That guy is a real "prize" we know. Yesterday I read a quote he made in 2008 while on the campaign trail: "Civilians do NOT need to own guns."

    That boy is afraid of something and that something is all of us people out "here" with guns. It scares the hell out of him.

    BUT, he keeps tearing America apart. Why? WHY? WHY does America deserve someone like him? I don't know, that is for sure.

    Merry Christmas everyone!! The BEST to you and yours.

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    If people had to disclose their real names and locations to post on Internet boards the Internet would come to a screaching halt. I don't know how much it would affect this board but there are some that would die away quickly.

    Most people use handles to avoid the scammers and trolls, some to represent themselves in a certain way. Much like the person who wins the lottery, the advice given them is to have their phone number changed and take a long vaction.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FN1910 View Post
    If people had to disclose their real names and locations to post on Internet boards the Internet would come to a screaching halt. I don't know how much it would affect this board but there are some that would die away quickly.

    Most people use handles to avoid the scammers and trolls, some to represent themselves in a certain way. Much like the person who wins the lottery, the advice given them is to have their phone number changed and take a long vaction.
    Yeah, I think that is true. Is "screaching" something like "screeching" when relating to happening quickly? People are always throwing new words at me that I don't have a clue on what they mean.

    But, that aside, some photography boards and such have no problems with people using their full real names. Knowing that, I am sort of led to believe the "need" for using a pseudonym is greater on boards dealing with weapons/guns, match making boards for some reason, and like you say, it is something people do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FN1910 View Post
    Most people use handles to avoid the scammers and trolls, some to represent themselves in a certain way. Much like the person who wins the lottery, the advice given them is to have their phone number changed and take a long vaction.
    I had a website for a business I owned. I necessarily had my real name and my email associated with it because it was my business. I received approximately 70 pieces of spam a day at that email address. It is highly targeted to me, my name, and my business interests. What is so bad is that I cannot reliably use a spam filter because I could block legitimate business email. Even if it only takes 30 seconds to open, read, determine that the email is spam, and delete it, that's a half hour a day of completely wasted time.

    If I had that situation because of every single special interest website I went to, I would be crushed under the load.

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    Fat fingers and a feeble mind lead to lots of new words.

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