Thinking of Changing My Username, What Would You Do?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous' started by Alrik, Feb 1, 2012.

  1. Alrik

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    So here we are in 2012 and I am still using Alrik as my username. I have had some variation of Alrik ever since I first registered back in 99 or 2000 (prior to the Troll Wars and Great Account Purge). I guess I kept it when I re-registered because I figured the people I had been posting with for some time would know it was me.

    The problem is, I no longer can identify with the name. Haven't for quite some time. I chose it back then because I was coming out of a very dark time in my life and, because of what I had been through, the TNG ep The Perfect Mate had really left a mark on me. However, I'm not that person anymore.

    Add to that the fact that I am comfortable in my own skin, so the desire for complete anonymity is no big deal to me anymore. I have been kicking around the idea of changing my username to some variation of my real name, Bill. But I don't want to be a copycat. So no JustBill, or coolbill67. ;) :lol:

    I have kicked around
    IM just a Bill (from that 70's Schoolhouse Rock song)
    Bill I M (My take on BEP's & LMFAO's Will I M)
    or
    Bill Me (Just for shits and giggles.)

    So the question is...if you were in my shoes, what would you do?
     
  2. Data Holmes

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    William the first

    Why not just Bill?

    How about Bill Riker, W. T. Riker and T. Riker's cousin. ;)
     
  3. The Boy Who Cried Worf

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    I'm Just A Bill

    Bill Me

    iBill

    Me Waybill

    Still Bill

    Bill B Sure

    Bill O'Really
     
  4. Alrik

    Alrik Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

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    Full disclosure.... I'm William III ;)

    Could. But like my name....a little boring. zzzzzzzzz :lol:

    I like Riker well enough. But unlike him, I prefer the center seat. :devil:
     
  5. Kestra

    Kestra Admiral Premium Member

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    I like your current name more than anything in this thread.
     
  6. Alrik

    Alrik Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

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    :guffaw::guffaw:

    I kind of like that one. Being (technically) self employed I could always go with

    Unpaid Bill
     
  7. Alrik

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    Coming from you, I'll certainly take that into consideration. Thanks K
     
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    Kill Bill
     
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    Bill O'Lading
     
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    Bill Sat Here
     
  12. Tora Ziyal

    Tora Ziyal Vice Admiral Admiral

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    I think I'm with Kestra. But if you really want to change to something related to your real name, how 'bout William the Third?
     
  13. Zulu Romeo

    Zulu Romeo World Famous Starship Captain Admiral

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    Well, if you really want to change (I too think the current username is perfect) then how about one of:

    The Bill
    Billionaire
    Billericay
    Sports Bill
    Buffalo William
    555-8177
    Bill2Last
    Bill2Perfection
    Big In LapLand
    Zion Ravescene, Jr.
    (The kids can call you "ZiJu" :bolian:)
     
  14. Teacock

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    Billrik because it acknowledges your past name but your present is the dominant theme.
     
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  15. sojourner

    sojourner Admiral In Memoriam

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    Bill'ionaire
     
  16. Data Holmes

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    Good call tea.
     
  17. Alrik

    Alrik Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

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    This is an interesting spin. Due to the feedback, I will admit that I am starting to have some second thoughts.
     
  18. Kestra

    Kestra Admiral Premium Member

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    Aww, do whatever feels right to you. As long as it's not horrendous, people will get used to it.
     
  19. The Return of Zombie Cheerleader

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    I used to think about changing my username once in a while. Mostly because people kept thinking I was female. ("Nerys" is the family name on Bajor!!!!!!) That hasn't happened in while though. After so many years it feels right. But that's me, not you.
     
  20. Scout101

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    Always more a proponent of keeping your username. When you change it, you essentially start over, and any previous thoughts associated with you go away. you don't have a 'face' here we can identify with, basically just a username/avatar, and the avatar changes reguarly. Change that, you're losing a lot of the memory associations your name has. Previous threads, posting history, things you've participated in...

    Who really cares how associated you are with the name? Everyone that stays here long enough changes over time, just not a big deal. Everyone that didn't use their real name would run into this eventually. Just need something unique to you on the board, and you've already got one. Changing it gets you lost in the crowd again.

    Plus, chosing something NEW that's as arbitrary as the Schoolhouse Rock thing you picked just means that sooner or later, you're going to get bored with it and change again...