Change to real names policy.

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James Puckett
James Puckett Posts: 1,979
edited October 2014 in TypeDrawers Announcements
I have decided to relax the real names policy a little. If you do not wish to use your real name then you may use a trade name that obviously identifies you. Examples of an obviously identifiable trade name would be Yanone, KLTF, or Chank. Please do not use the name of your business if your business is not obviously the business of one person. An example of a name that does not obviously identify one person is “Dunwich Type Founders”.
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  • Ermin Međedović
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    How about one person company "Lettermin"? Is it obvious enough?
  • Deleted Account
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    Oh, I was hoping to change my name to Guy O'Teen.
  • SiDaniels
    SiDaniels Posts: 277
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    Great idea!
  • Nick Shinn
    Nick Shinn Posts: 2,169
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    Pandering to the Smart Alecs.
  • Finally I feel like myself again.
  • John Hudson
    John Hudson Posts: 3,055
    edited March 2014
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    James, I think the sort of thing you want to accommodate could be done by changing the rule to say that one must either post as an individual under one's real name or as a business entity under a recognised corporate or DBA designation.
  • Dave Crossland
    Dave Crossland Posts: 1,411
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    I think this is fine.

    @John I think its too much beaurocracy
  • Eris Alar
    Eris Alar Posts: 441
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    I don't know if this is anything to go on, but the Recent Activity section shows a lot of names that don't obviously look like 'real' names.
  • James Puckett
    James Puckett Posts: 1,979
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    There have been a lot of spambots joining lately, and I took a break from culls after moving house. Yesterday I banned a bunch, and more will be banned later. I tend to sit on them a while to differentiate returning forum lurkers from spammers creating sleeper accounts and not visiting the site again.
  • Chris Lozos
    Chris Lozos Posts: 1,458
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    I recently marked a post as spam because it seemed obvious. Should I be doing that though?
  • Stephen Coles
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    Yes.
  • James Puckett
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    If enough users flag spam it automatically get sent to the spam queue. This is useful when moderators aren’t watching.
  • Hrant Հրանդ Փափազեան Papazian
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    FWIW, I don't agree with making any exceptions. Every individual has a legal name, and they can use that; any associative information can be included in their profile. Best not to encourage celebrity pseudonymism and/or using a business as a veil.
  • Claudio Piccinini
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    I agree with Hrant. After all this is a "profession" forum, rather than a "leisure" one. :-)
  • Vasil Stanev
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    I agree with the previous two comments. In my experience psuedonymity has many negative effects. If need be, John Smith can be changed to John Smith - Foundryname, and that be changed again if the foundry is changed. Provided Vanilla can handle this easily and we do not end with dismantled threads.
  • Vasil Stanev
    Vasil Stanev Posts: 775
    edited April 2019
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    Also, can an account be accessed simultaneously from more than one point? A friend of mine had given his lady friend the password to a forum, and after they split up she used it to get revenge. Often there were entire threads of the user arguing with "himself".  :#
  • André G. Isaak
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    Also, can an account be accessed simultaneously from more than one point? A friend of mine had given his lady friend the password to a forum, and after they split up she used it to get revenge. Often there were entire threads of the user arguing with "himself".  :#
    Even if someone is your significant other there's no reason to 'share' a single account, and pretty much all online fora have 'don't give out your password' as part of their terms of service. So it's really not the forum's responsibility to deal with the above scenario.
  • Vasil Stanev
    Vasil Stanev Posts: 775
    edited April 2019
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    What I have written is 'simultaneously'. As in 'constantly logged from a desktop computer and a mobile device, editing the same post from two places'. A purely technical question. Is it possible?
  • Mark Simonson
    Mark Simonson Posts: 1,686
    edited April 2019
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    It's possible. A draft is saved about once every minute while you're composing a post, so you can start in one place and continue on another (drafts are automatically loaded when you're logged in). I guess if you were editing in two places simultaneously, one of them could get overwritten, but I'm not quite sure.
  • Thomas Phinney
    Thomas Phinney Posts: 2,800
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    It would depend on the software, whether it allows multiple log-ins, and if so, whether both log-in locations would have access to the draft-in-progress. I am guessing the latter is unlikely. If you're curious, you could test it.
  • Mark Simonson
    Mark Simonson Posts: 1,686
    edited April 2019
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    I am typically logged in on several devices at once: Desktop, laptop, two tablets, and/or a phone, so I know multiples logins is possible.

    When a draft is saved (automatically or manually), the changes are written to the server. But it requires reloading the same page on other devices in order to see the changes in the draft on those devices.

    If I'm working on a draft on device A, and I open the same page on device B, it loads the current draft, and it will appear the same in both places. I can continue to make changes on device A. Nothing is happening on device B, but it does an automatic save once a minute. If I then reload the page on device A, and device B has done an autosave more recently than device A, it will load the old draft, which is still current on device B.

    This is all also true if the page is open on multiple windows or tabs in the same browser on the same machine or in different browsers on the same machine.

    It's also not really a problem unless you reload the page while a draft of the same page is open elsewhere.

    Bottom line: If you're writing a post, best not open the same page in more than one place.
  • Adam Jagosz
    Adam Jagosz Posts: 689
    edited April 2019
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    Then there's the issue of the space character which is allowed in usernames here, but often intuitively omitted. As type folk, I suppose we could be more consistent on this matter? :)
  • Thomas Phinney
    Thomas Phinney Posts: 2,800
    edited April 2019
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    If somebody wants to use their foundry name, why not let them use it in conjunction with their real name? Then they get the “branding” (and helpful association), while still doing the Real Names™ thing.

    So for example:
    Ermin Međedović - LetterMin
    John Hudson – Tiro Typeworks
    Scott-Martin Kosofsky - Guy O’Teen™

    This doesn't directly address whether you need a Chank Exception (which seems fine to me). Just a general idea.
  • Hrant Հրանդ Փափազեան Papazian
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    Should a discussion forum be a marketing tool?
  • Thomas Phinney
    Thomas Phinney Posts: 2,800
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    It's not just marketing. It's knowing a little more about who everybody is without reading their bios.

    The status quo is fine for us “insiders” who know all the others within in our little TypeDrawers clique. I just wonder if something like this might be helpful to everybody else.
  • Hrant Հրանդ Փափազեան Papazian
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    What's more informative about a participant than exactly which individual they are? Is it hard to click on a name to find out associated professional information? If your company starts off as just you, but then you get a partner, do you have to change your account from your company name to yours? It's just a complexity that does more harm than good. (But frankly it's not that big a deal, and I don't mean to drain so much time.)
  • Tiffany Wardle
    Tiffany Wardle Posts: 245
    edited May 2019
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    This whole thread is a study in time draining. 😏😉

    Edit: Sorry had momentary flashbacks to playful banter on Typophile.