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Thread: Why did you choose your username?

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    Barbarossa's Avatar mostly harmless
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    Following on from the avatar threads, it might be interesting to find out why people chose their usernames.

    Mine came from the "Prelude to Dune" novels, by Brian Herbert/Kevin J. Anderson.


    We know Chewie chose his because he is excessively hairy :earl:

    I'm pretty sure MagicNakor got his from Raymond E. Feist's "Riftwar" saga.


    Does a person's username affect your perception of them?

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    Because I am in actual fact the real David Duchovny

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    It's short for Jean Paul.

    Long story short - A mate of mine worked in a bank. A client came in to re-arrange his loan payments from 1 a week to 50p. At the same time he gave the bank official notification that he was changing his name from something like Bob Smith to Jean Paul Lafayette. I loved the juxtaposition.

    I just shortened it to JPaul coz I thought it looked cooler.

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    Withcheese/Cheese: My nickname in real life is Cheese. I added the 'With' bit because of a joke with my earl friends about an old coat that I had that made me look like Withnail. I changed it back to Cheese because it's quicker to type.

    Mike Nelson: I like MST3k

    Jordan (aka Katie Price): I recall a load of people took on the usernames of "celebrities" and pretended to be them ages ago.

    Fake Shemp: Evil Dead reference.

    MCHeshpants420: Sealab 2021 reference.

    googlebot: I pretended to be a Google bot for a while, not sure what that was all about.

    The King of Nigeria: I pretended to be the King of Nigeria for a while, not sure what that was all about.

    Neocheese: It's what my name would be if I didn't think that the Matrix sucked.

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    I already said it in the aviator thread, but the Tempest V is one of my favorite aircraft. I chose it when I was trying to create a yahoo address and think of something different that was not already taken. I ended up with Tempest_v2005 (my HS graduation year). For a lanparty gaming name I shortened it to TempestV, then I started using it for all my user names.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cheese
    googlebot: I pretended to be a Google bot for a while, not sure what that was all about.
    after all this time, I never knew that was you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barbarossa
    Quote Originally Posted by Cheese
    googlebot: I pretended to be a Google bot for a while, not sure what that was all about.
    after all this time, I never knew that was you.
    Here's an actual email googlebot received from, funnily enough, neotheone:

    hey now goggle tell me honestly without that gay 3rd person talk who r u cause i knoe the ceo of google and what ur doin id copywrigt infrigmnt ur stealin googles name for ur own purpose

    so if u tell me who u really r ill cut u sum slack

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cheese
    Quote Originally Posted by Barbarossa
    after all this time, I never knew that was you.
    Here's an actual email googlebot received from, funnily enough, neotheone:

    hey now goggle tell me honestly without that gay 3rd person talk who r u cause i knoe the ceo of google and what ur doin id copywrigt infrigmnt ur stealin googles name for ur own purpose

    so if u tell me who u really r ill cut u sum slack
    Did you tell him.

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    I chose mine cause it's my forename.


    Or just to further the whole "pretending to be french" thing, who knows?

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    I should probably tell you the others as well - as per cheese.

    Mr JP Fugley - Pretty obvious really, both Fugley and I used the account. There's another person with access to it. So strictly speaking he / she was on moderation but still posting using another account. Obviously I cant name names for fear of consequences. I made the avatar myself to represent both sides of the human psyche.

    Agrajag - A reference to Douglas Adams. Arthur Dent kills another being in each of his re-incarnations. His final incarnation is Agrajag. The avatar is Hal from Malcolm In The Middle.

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