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    #16
    rdf, the reasons that you enumerate would seem to be legitimate and would be sufficient to persuade me to change your username if it would help achieve the goal that you want. I would suggest, however, that it will not enough to fool anybody who might be tracking you and your politics. Whatever we change your name to, it will change on all your posts. Your previous posts will have your new username.

    If you are really serious about changing your identity, you could say goodbye to everybody, register as another person, start posting as that person, and I could change your username. However, sooner or later, somebody who is willing to wade through all your posts would be able to deduce that this is what happened. If we were to delete all your posts, this would make hash out of many threads in which you have posted. In addition, many people have cited your posts.

    Let me try to explain more why we have this policy and what I am trying to achieve. First, this is an information site. People provide information and insights about spinal cord injury and themselves. A lot of the posts contain important information that makes this site unique. Second, carecure is a record of a community. For better or worse, it represents what this community believes about care, cure, and other things including politics. Third and most important, we don't have the time to change the usenames of everybody who wants to change.

    The precursor to carecure was spinewire. When spinewire went down, I was unable to purchase the database that contained nearly a million posts of people from 1997 to 2001. It is sad. I feel as if I am a guardian of history here. CareCure is a view of the history of the spinal cord injury and the world through the eyes of people with spinal cord injury. I feel somehow responsible.

    Wise.



    Originally posted by rdf
    What is considered a very important reason, Dr Wise? I've been pondering changing my username to an old nickname of mine, to reflect my regression into the sweet innocence of childhood once again .

    Also, members have in the past emailed my work referencing my username here at CC, alerting my corporation's (large defense contractor) Ethics Officer that I was being a bad and unpatriotic boy because of some of my anti-Iraq-war, anti-Bush posts. In the words of Larry Craig, I was a 'naughty boy, a bad boy, a naughty nasty nasty naughty boy.'
    But my Ethics Officer laughed at the emails that were sent to him from some CC member(s). It was years ago, I might add.

    And what if people simply want a change, either out of boredom, or because they feel they've moved on from their initial username? I've been rdf at your websites for a decade or longer...and I'm not the same person who originally chose that moniker, by far.

    Is this/these important enough reason(s)?

    If it/they are, then let me continue pondering changing my username to my old nickname, and when I've decided whether to follow through, I'll alert you. This is supposing I'd be allowed to do so to begin with.

    thanks

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      #17
      Originally posted by Wise
      <snip>...The precursor to carecure was spinewire. When spinewire went down, I was unable to purchase the database that contained nearly a million posts of people from 1997 to 2001. It is sad. I feel as if I am a guardian of history here. CareCure is a view of the history of the spinal cord injury and the world through the eyes of people with spinal cord injury. I feel somehow responsible.

      Wise.
      Don't sweat it Wise, I understand how you feel, although the responsible part isn't warranted. It ain't no big thing I can't do without, thanks though. I'll stick with rdf, it's easy to remember, and when I'm feeling ebullient or have had a few, I just switch the letters around backasswards and run with it
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        #18
        Originally posted by rdf
        Don't sweat it Wise, I understand how you feel, although the responsible part isn't warranted. It ain't no big thing I can't do without, thanks though. I'll stick with rdf, it's easy to remember, and when I'm feeling ebullient or have had a few, I just switch the letters around backasswards and run with it
        rdf backwards is FDR. Now, I wonder what the implications are there toward your politics.

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          #19
          Originally posted by ala
          rdf backwards is FDR. Now, I wonder what the implications are there toward your politics.
          Exactly ala. I'm glad to see you're maintaining that incisive grasp of the obvious
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            #20
            Originally posted by Wise
            <snip>...If you are really serious about changing your identity, you could say goodbye to everybody, register as another person, start posting as that person, and I could change your username. However, sooner or later, somebody who is willing to wade through all your posts would be able to deduce that this is what happened.
            Don't mean to pester, but just to clarify in my mind, if I registered as another person with a new username, what do you mean by, "I could then change your username?"
            Do you mean change all my 'rdf' posts from years past to reflect the new username?

            thanks Wise
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              #21
              I think he does. Look at Zeus nee Cspanos ..... his old posts say Zeus now as well.
              T7-8 since Feb 2005

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                #22
                Thanks sjean, I hadn't progressed that far in my decision, to make me delve more deep. But you've answered my question, so I guess I understand now what happens.

                thanks again You always seem to make use of your abundance of common sense, least I've noticed this ability so far from reading some of your posts

                But one more thing. Is it a requirement or a personal preference, or simple common courtesy, to alert other members of your previous personna in one's signature? It seems to be the status quo once a username is changed.

                It's not that big of a deal, I'm just curious and things have happened in the past, but years ago. But there's a certain clearance I'd like not revoked, and with my past, the Fibbies gave me a break to begin with, because they thought I was a good boy who was just a bit wild when a much younger man.
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                  #23
                  Originally posted by rdf
                  Is it a requirement or a personal preference, or simple common courtesy, to alert other members of your previous personna in one's signature?
                  D. None of the above. Unless one is creating a new screen name as a sock puppet, there is no reason that they should make a point of announcing their new identity. New screen names are often used to establish a clean slate and that's not a bad thing. Fact of the matter is, that unless one radically alters their posting style and personal beliefs, who they are will eventually become clear to long term posters anyway.

                  C.

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                    #24
                    Originally posted by Tiger Racing
                    D. None of the above. Unless one is creating a new screen name as a sock puppet, there is no reason that they should make a point of announcing their new identity. New screen names are often used to establish a clean slate and that's not a bad thing. Fact of the matter is, that unless one radically alters their posting style and personal beliefs, who they are will eventually become clear to long term posters anyway.

                    C.
                    Thanks Tiger. I don't want people to not know it's me, only was wondering why many retain their old username in their signatures. You're a nice Tiger Racing Lady
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                      #25
                      You can run, but you can't hide. The Internet knows who you are.

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                        #26
                        Originally posted by The Internet
                        You can run, but you can't hide. The Internet knows who you are.
                        Originally posted by me
                        I don't want people to not know it's me,
                        Thanks for reaffriming something that is glaringly apparent to 10 year olds, Mr Internet
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                          #27
                          I aim to please.

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                            #28
                            Originally posted by The Internet
                            You can run, but you can't hide. The Internet knows who you are.
                            HA. I can't run, but I can hide...

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                              #29
                              Hmmmm, make that "you can roll but you can't hide"?

                              Personally rdf, I would think if you mentioned it for a little while, or didn;t change you avatar right away, anyone following your conversations would figure it out.

                              By the way, even though the name changes in past posts as well, your original name stays is any quotes,

                              Originally posted by rdf
                              or where someone addresses you in their response (like I did here). I first noticed that some people have changed theirs when searching for something in old posts ..... so let me know if you want me to edit this!
                              T7-8 since Feb 2005

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                                #30
                                thanks sjean. I could write a stored procedure that would update all database tables containing my old username with my new username in all posts and quoted remarks, if I put in the effort. But I don't know how much access the admin folks at CC have to execute sql packages and/or if there are proprietary issues with the MySql back end of the vBulletin sw, etc. Plus running such a procedure would take hours and hours, likely slowing everything down for everyone else.

                                But that's beside the point, I'm just pondering a solution to a particular situation, and I'm just typing as I'm thinking I'm often accused of instantly typing what comes into my head, without putting in much effort at self-restraint or filtering my thoughts before I type them out and hit submit

                                I'll let it rest here until I come to a confirmation in mine own mind, then if any more is needed I'll PM Dr Wise or Steven.

                                Thanks everybody for your info, even you Mr Internet
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