E-mail names

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Can my message just sent not publicly contain my real E-mail address? I see that other writers have some sort of goofy name, which I doubt is their real one. I don't wish for readers to send me personal messages, but it looked like I had to give you the real one for your records.I sent the message minutes ago, about the Chicago radio station. Thank you.

-- Jo Ann Dienes (jojo@qtm.net), March 22, 1999


If you do decide to use a fictional name, please use the same one consistently -- that way, other forum visitors will eventually get to recognize your "personality". Also, make sure that your fictional name and email address really are fictional, so that people don't inadvertently send a message to a real person who unwittingly has the same email address you've been hiding behind.

Having said that, there's nothing wrong with using a fictional name, aka pseudonym. Lots of people are reading the messages on this forum, and there are plenty of legitimate reasons for not wanting your real name or email address to be publicized. So do whatever you're comfortable with in this area...


-- Ed Yourdon (ed@yourdon.com), March 22, 1999.

Dear Jo Ann,

You can create a fictional name. Be creative, as your mood suits you, or tailored to the issue.

-- imposter (not@myreal.name), March 22, 1999.

And choose a name that does not intimidate or invite undue attention away from the Y2K discussion itself, nor one that seems overly pretentious.

-- King of Spain (madrid@aol.com), March 22, 1999.

K of S:

Pot calling the Kettle??


Jo Ann

I second Ed's motion, though, this AIN'T a democracy and HE happens to have the sceptre today!! (LOL) Some of us use our real e-mail addresses but a pseudo-pseudonym (I suspect Monty Python would make something wonderfully weird of that statement. Ah well, 10:16 AM is MUCH too early.).

-- Chuck, a night driver (reinzoo@en.com), March 22, 1999.

You can set up a free anon. e-mail account at Yahoo, Hotmail, or several other sites, and use that account here. It also keeps us happy, since we'll no longer receive "bounced" messages in our in-box when we reply to one of your threads. And you now have one place to see any answers to your posts here. You may have to try a few times to find an unused account at one of these sites. Also, remember to delete your mail once in a while, since most of these sites have a limit on the amount of mail you can keep. <:)=

-- Sysman (y2kboard@yahoo.com), March 22, 1999.

Jo Ann,

I'm me, and as Sysman suggested have my "public" free e-mail at yahoo and my private one with my ISP.

It works, and frankly, I have had very few "problems" with any posters. (Even despite the forum trolls attacks -- they've seemed to "respect" the "e").



-- Diane J. Squire (sacredspaces@yahoo.com), March 22, 1999.

Jo Ann,


King of Spain,


To all,

I only recently got my 'public' e-mail, now that I receive 'bounced' messages, I would like to take this opportunity to say SORRY!!! I'm new to this & I didn't realize it was happening!! A big fat DUH!! to me!

-- Deborah (infowars@yahoo.com), March 22, 1999.

No big deal Deb. I just delete 'em first thing! <:)=

-- Sysman (y2kboard@yahoo.com), March 22, 1999.

King of Spain

Smarten' up okay. You got me ROFLMFWAO. Normally that's okay. Except I'm at work and must be dignified.

-- Craig (craig@ccinet.ab.ca), March 22, 1999.

Jo Anne, I use my name and email address. So far, I have not received any kooky emails. I have received some very nice and several important emails, so I am glad I use my read name and address.

All the posters here seem to be ok. The ones the use their own names or constantly use the same "handle" have more credibility to me. The longer you stay, the more you will learn as to whose posts to read and those to skip.

-- Linda A. (adahi@muhlon.com), March 22, 1999.

I agree with Linda. The email feedback is so very important. It seems to show up right when I need it the most. It's also provided me with local contacts I might not otherwise have made.


-- Critt Jarvis (critt@critt.com), March 22, 1999.

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