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Old 08-01-2003, 09:48 PM
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Default What do you think of RCU members who don't reveal their real name?

I'm curious what folks think about RCU members who do not reveal their real name or identifying information (I'm talking here about forums, not buying a selling). I've been on RCU almost since the beginning. At first, my handle was my name, but I felt so exposed and a little square, since everybody else had handles, so I changed to what I thought was the norm.

But recently I've run into a bit of hostility on the AMA Discussion forum based on my not revealing my real name. Another member said he had less respect for people who do not reveal their own name, and suggested that most folks on RCU feel the same way, thus this poll.

What do you think? I've tried to capture a range of responses ranging from the folks who think anonymity is a wise thing on the Internet to those that feel it is a symptom of everything that is wrong with our society. Even if you wouldn't use my words, try to pick the response that shows where you are on the scale.
Old 08-01-2003, 10:03 PM
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Default What do you think of RCU members who don't reveal their real name?

My view is that most people come here for fun and that it's just another aspect of the hobby for them. I don't know the last names of many of the people at the flying field. I don't really expect to know the first or last names of anyone that I converse with here. I don't see it as important in most discussions that go on here.

I do feel it's appropriate to be willing to disclose your identity at certain times. When participating in the Swapshop a person should always include their identity when negotiating a deal. When making critical statements in regards to specific AMA officials, expressing disgust for a company's service or product, or participating in the Good/Bad/Ugly forum a person should always be willing to disclose their identity. Anonymous statements have far less value when there is a dispute. When the anonymous party is making accusations towards someone, as far as I'm concerned they may as well say nothing if they don't sign their name.

I didn't vote in the poll because I feel it's a very situational question.
Old 08-01-2003, 10:04 PM
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Default What do you think of RCU members who don't reveal their real name?

I got nothing to hide, my birth name is Jose A., but everybody just calls me Joe , do you want my cell # too
Old 08-01-2003, 10:12 PM
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Default What do you think of RCU members who don't reveal their real name?

Joe Ortiz
Give me your cell number.. Your VISA number,, oh heck,, better
give me your Master Charge number as well,, case I run into a
problem with the VISA in a few days ...

I use my real name and people still ask what my real name is..
I also list location and find that those who don't must have
something to hide or maybe they already have waayyy too
many 'friends' ...

However, as MikeL ---
I didn't vote in the poll because I feel it's a very situational question.
Old 08-01-2003, 10:18 PM
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Default What do you think of RCU members who don't reveal their real name?

I dont think that bothers me as much as people
that dont let you know where there from ?
not that I want to stalk them but when they
are selling something, you dont know where they are?
or they may have there email blocked here on RCU?

I have seen too many times that you ask them where they
are, and then they get offensive, so I pass!

Now my name, BURL is my nickname, so I used it here,
other sites I use my name, first init. last name. I came here
and wanted to use a screen name that I have used on other
forums for years, and is actually and email account on JUNO that
I use, but was taken here? Funny thing is, the user
that has it here has only posted like 3 times?

So, no the names dont bother me as much as do where they
are (for selling purposes) and blocked emails if you need to
ask them a question?

anonymous in CA.
Old 08-01-2003, 10:50 PM
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Default What do you think of RCU members who don't reveal their real name?

well "spooner" is a nick name i've had for years..i've had it so long that my wife calls me by it and not by john...i voted because its my civil duty.....spooner
Old 08-01-2003, 11:36 PM
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Default What do you think of RCU members who don't reveal their real name?

I don't mind at all. The only ones complaining probably can't understand what they alias's mean anyways. :stupid: "Cyclic Hardover
Old 08-02-2003, 12:07 AM
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Default What do you think of RCU members who don't reveal their real name?

I never felt the need to have a nick. Some nicks I think are pretty cool, others are just a stretch. What ever floats your boat.

John
Old 08-02-2003, 12:26 AM
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Default What do you think of RCU members who don't reveal their real name?

I see this theme hammered on in the magazines as well. It has to do with magazine writers having to print their name in the byline, whereas "Anonymous Internet Posters" write all sorts of evil, mean, and nasty things on the evil, mean, and nasty Internet and "hide" behind an alias.

I couldn't care less what somebody thinks I'm hiding. A quick search of about 20 seconds will reveal my name, and I'm in the phone book.

Oh screw 'em. My name Is Jeff Williams.

Learn It.

Know It.

Live It!

EDIT HERE:

And this just made me come back and edit because it pi$$e$ me off.

The magazine guys are so sanctimonious since they sign their byline with a name. But they will give a glowing review to an ARF (does anybody review KITS anymore?? Didn't think so) since the manufacturer (importer??) is an advertiser.

(Note: I do not mean the individual reviewers/writers! I mean the editors)

Then a guy on the Internet buys one and the stab falls off in flight (just a hypothetical example..you know ). Then another guy. Then 10 guys. Then 50. They post their experiences on the Internet (Evil, Mean Nasty!).

But since the magazine writer had a glowing review he is legit.

The 50 guys with a pile of crap left to show for their $$$ are full of it and have a hidden agenda...they must, right?? They are "hiding" behind an alias.

Sorry, pal. Don't float.

People who use the Evil, Mean, Nasty Internet have a way of detecting a planted troll, sent to discredit an otherwise outstanding product. One guy bashes a product, has 2 posts total, ignore him.

50 guys who have been around for years, who have flown all different brands of equipment, and THEY start reporting similar results....anonymous or not...and I'll sure as hell value THEIR opinion over some magazine writer who has a total of one example under his belt.

Well, the magazine guy only had one..right?? How could he be faulted for giving a good review?? He had no way of knowing that there would be a slew of failures, right??

Right.

Thanks for making my point. There is a huge customer base on the Evil Mean, Nasty Internet, like it or not.

If something is sub-par, we don't try to get thousands of people to buy a product BASED ON ONE SINGLE REVIEW!

We call a spade a spade.

So magazines may see themselves as above reproach since the reviewer signs his name to a review, big damn deal. In all fairness, one review may not an accurate sample make.

So Internet users behind "aliases" have no credibility to them.

Fine...I still know where I'll go to get my Radio Controlled Modeling information (even though I do subscribe to two mags, 3 counting MA)
Old 08-02-2003, 12:27 AM
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Default What do you think of RCU members who don't reveal their real name?

I use to be called the 'Old goat' back on RCO and that got started when a member tried to give me a hard time and called me that so I kicked it back at him. I use a nickname here as I'm proud of what I did in the Army and in 'Nam so I used what I have but still have my name in my sig.
Old 08-02-2003, 01:30 AM
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Default What do you think of RCU members who don't reveal their real name?

I think it's funny that people somehow value information from someone they don't know "because a name is attached", but that same information from someone "anonymous" is not to be trusted.

Face it, even if a name is attached, and you don't know the person personally, the value of the information is still the same.
Old 08-02-2003, 01:37 AM
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Default What do you think of RCU members who don't reveal their real name?

My only comment is that it is easy to hide behind an alias and toss "hand grenades". I've seen far too many attack posts made by people who won't sign thier own name, and I think that shows a lack of character...
Old 08-02-2003, 01:38 AM
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Default What do you think of RCU members who don't reveal their real name?

I don't use my name or email address for spam reasons. But I DO list my AMA#. So if anyone wants to know my full name, they could always check there.

If someone needs to reach me, there's always PM's. And I often give out my email in PM's. The only people I'm hiding it from, are the companies that surf forums just to collect working email addresses.
Old 08-02-2003, 01:42 AM
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Even if a name is attached...it may not be real...

By the way, my reasons fall into the, "there are too many nut cases on the internet" area.
Old 08-02-2003, 01:50 AM
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Give me your cell number.. Your VISA number,, oh heck,, better
Robby, how about you give me your SSN so I can claim you on my taxes
Old 08-02-2003, 02:10 AM
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Default What do you think of RCU members who don't reveal their real name?

I don't use my real name, and I don't fly real planes.
I've read a ton of great information from guys not using their name.
And if their the guys at the field not wanting to help anyone. Why are they helping on RCU?
What's that saying? Can't judge a book by it's cover.


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Old 08-02-2003, 02:22 AM
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By the way pinball, great poll!
Old 08-02-2003, 02:26 AM
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Default What do you think of RCU members who don't reveal their real name?

interesting poll for sure, i just prefer to know who i'm talking to.
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Originally posted by adrian
interesting poll for sure, i just prefer to know who i'm talking to.
Interesting..I take that you are the only Adrian in Tel Aviv?
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Default What do you think of RCU members who don't reveal their real name?

Doesn't bother me one way or the other. Someone wants to know my name, they can ask me and I will tell them. I have been using flyboy on everything so people know me just as they would my name. Not a huge deal. I get to know guys on here by their nic and it doesn't matter that much. If I chat with them in a PM or email, they usually sign with their name there.
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Originally posted by ChuckAuger
Interesting..I take that you are the only Adrian in Tel Aviv?

LOL
Old 08-02-2003, 02:50 AM
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Posting your E-mail address in a forum is a sure way to attract more spam, or worse. I had been active on E-Bay for several years, using my e-mail address (which was my true name) as my bidder ID. Recently I received three e-mails. Two had the genuine Pay Pal (owned by E-Bay)logo. The third had the genuine E-Bay logo. All said that my account was about to expire, and that I must update my personal information or be cancelled out. All messages contained an official and professional looking form to be filled out. The first two asked for my credit card number, expiration date, and also my ATM PIN number. The third (E-BAY) only asked for the credit card info. I contacted E-Bay Support, and they asked me to forward the messages to [email protected]. Within hours they got back to me and said all three messages were fraudulent, and they were trying trace the source. Meanwhile they strongly suggested that I STOP using my e-mail address as a bidder ID, and to come up with a screen name. They said this was yet another new scam, called a "spoof". A few days later there was a news item on CNN that said this scam had been traced to sources in Russia.

So-if some of you guys want to use your true identity on the internet, I wish you luck!
Puff
Old 08-02-2003, 04:08 AM
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I dunno......thinking about a veiled threat made by AMA D-V in rec.models.rc.air some time back, aimed at folks that voiced some dissatisfaction with AMA and/or principals thereof. See thread in that forum:
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
From: Dr. Sandy Frank ([email protected])
Subject: Looking for Trouble?
Newsgroups: rec.models.rc.air
Date: 2001-01-13 11:40:06 PST


Looking for Trouble?

The Do's and Don'ts of Newsletter Publishing

(and Public Email Correspondence)

The following suggestions were prepared by AMA's general legal counsel,

and are here reposted from the AMA National Newsletter, (Jan. 2001
issue)
.................................................. .................................................. ................



Be civil.

Don't speak ill of the living.

Negative comments about specific individuals are never a good idea.

Truth is a defense to libel but it is a defense in court--in other
words, that is where you wind up

-in court.

<snipped blah blah>
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Don't think they would? Think AMA vs SFA...or see the D-8 election threads in AMA Discussions.

Agreed that anonymity may somewhat diminish credibility, OTOH it may help preserve your creditability. It's a dilemma, but best that one not ignore what the ambulance chasers have done to annul your rights 'guaranteed' by the 1st Amendment. Civil courts today work much like the America's Cup. The order of finish is very strongly correlated to the ranking according to money committed by the contenders.

horsasse
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I can understand your reasoning for the poll.

But don't let the DIMWITS get you down.
Old 08-02-2003, 05:34 AM
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Oh, so now were DIMWITS. Is that the best you can do?
It's starting to look like guys using their names are rude and unfriendly. Lets see how immature you can get.

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