got me thinking about Metafilter and screen names: why is MeFi unlike other websites?
posted by the man of twists and turns to MetaFilter-Related at 6:02 AM (100 comments total)
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Metafilter, in my experience is almost unique in the screen name variety and profusion. There aren't hordes of people with myname#### or witty_phrase, unlike many other places. Not to cast apersions on people who choose those names, but it seems like many screen name systems do not recognize spaces, punctuation, or many of the other characters MeFites use to name themselves. Which force users to adopt simple names. Also, names here can be long - much longer than at some other sites, another area of complexity.
This, I believe, creates a unique naming culture. Not from nowhere did 'eponysterical' become a meme/catchphrase. Was the decision to allow longer and more complex names a deliberate one? How has it affected the community?
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