I would like to encourage members to refer to other members by their full usernames. March 2, 2005 2:11 PM   Subscribe

PetPeeve Filter: I would like to use this post to encourage members to refer to other members by their full usernames in comments.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero to Etiquette/Policy at 2:11 PM (137 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

Okay, Pinks.
posted by DrJohnEvans at 2:13 PM on March 2, 2005


Jeez, calm down TPS. I'm with Dr. J on this one.
posted by graventy at 2:15 PM on March 2, 2005


Abbreviations are somewhat nebulous- if you post a reply in a thread to "Pink", are you talking to me, or to PinkStainlessTail? Tough to say. Plus, I find abbreviations just plain annoying. My name isn't TPS, PSH, or Pink- it's ThePinkSuperhero. It's like writing "gr8" when you mean "great". Surely someone else feels my (minor) pain on this one? And even if you don't, could you spare the extra .25 seconds to type out full usernames, just because I'm such a nice girl? :-D
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 2:16 PM on March 2, 2005 [1 favorite]


But your name doesn't parse:

"You know ThePinkSuperhero, I think you are wrong."

The "The" doesn't fit there, really. And some people have very long names - too much to type! Though I am more-or-less with you on gr8, u, l8r, etc.
posted by freebird at 2:19 PM on March 2, 2005


Maybe I'm just deathly scared of posting in error, but I like to be aware of the conversation in which I'm participating. This usually leads to an awareness of who is involved, which leads to me noticing the potential for confusion and making sure my names aren't ambiguous.

I also tend to quote liberally to avoid confusion. But that's me.
posted by DrJohnEvans at 2:20 PM on March 2, 2005


Nice girls have 8 digit nicks. signed Cranberr
posted by Cranberry at 2:21 PM on March 2, 2005


Hello, Graventy. What's happening? We need to talk about your TPS retorts.
/quotefilter.
posted by seanyboy at 2:21 PM on March 2, 2005


I'm definitely with you on using actual English. However, the process of truncating names into shorter referents ispart of common English usage.

I noticed that you mentioned you 'grew up with the internet'. I'm surprised, then, that you wouldn't know how much easier it is to use a shorter handle.

In college I played a MUD for a brief while. My first bright idea for a character name was "Michaelina". I took enough heat for that (you don't want to be trying to type that out when a slathering orc is about to slaughter your team) to ensure that all future names would be simple. If someone wants to abbreviate it further, they're welcome to. I guess I'll be glad that they've noticed my comment at all.
posted by Miko at 2:24 PM on March 2, 2005


if you post a reply in a thread to "Pink", are you talking to me, or to PinkStainlessTail?

If the tone of the reply is fawning and respectful, they're talking to me.

Seriously, your example is a rare instance (though I suppose there might have been "Crunch" examples that confused messieurs -land and -burger)and we sorta brought shortening on ourselves by choosing long usernames.

Also, I find that when you're directly responding to another comment it's always worth quoting some or all of it in your reply, so it's clear who you're talking to (like I did above).
posted by PinkStainlessTail at 2:27 PM on March 2, 2005


Are we really bringing things like this to MeTa now?
posted by trharlan at 2:27 PM on March 2, 2005


It's up to the person being abbreviated to take offense, or not. If they take offense, they're entirely capable of defending themselves without your help. If they don't, it's not your place to take offense in their stead. In the unlikely event that there's actual confusion in a thread, it's still up to someone being misquoted or ambiguously quoted to fix it if they care, and if they don't that's not your business. If you're confused by a reference, ask who it refers to.
posted by ROU_Xenophobe at 2:31 PM on March 2, 2005


I like abbreviated versions of my username. Feel free to address me as "Mayor" or "MC" or "Fuck you, Curley!" if you're disagreeing with me.

Perference for full usernames is, apparently, like your attitude towards your real first name-- I'm a William who prefers "Bill", but I've met a few Williams who insisted on "William." Oddly, they were both gay (really).

So the topic is really "ThePinkSuperhero" doesn't like being addressed in the diminutive.
posted by Mayor Curley at 2:33 PM on March 2, 2005


I've referred to myself as DA and encourage others to do so as well.
posted by DevilsAdvocate at 2:35 PM on March 2, 2005


what bob said.
posted by andrew cooke at 2:38 PM on March 2, 2005


It is with some trepidation that I actually make this comment. After a brief sojourn through the cumulative indexes that make up this small piece of internet real estate called MetaTalk, I have noticed that on occasion, people will complain about the comparative laxity of spelling, punctuation and other syntactic neccesities. It would appear, ThePinkSuperhero, that your desire for people to use a full and unabridged nominative expression is indicative of this kind of complaint.

How I agree with you. There is a lacksidasical approach to formative expression on this site that I find disagreeable. Why, when I was a small boy, such contractions (or, if I may use the more vulgar expression - shortcuts) were punished with the removal of our right to attend after-school Latin classes. You can be sure that after missing a couple of these classes, even the laziest boys would stop their wayward ways and start speaking in a more pleasing manner.

I suggest that the user that calls himself Mathowie should start to implement a similar approach.

Yours Faithfully,
posted by seanyboy at 2:39 PM on March 2, 2005


Are we really bringing things like this to MeTa now?

What do you mean "now"?
posted by anapestic at 2:41 PM on March 2, 2005


I'm a William who prefers "Bill", but I've met a few Williams who insisted on "William."

Weirdly, while I actually enjoy being referred to as Pink, Pinky, and PST here, in meatspace I am a Richard who insists on being called Richard, not Rick, Rich or Dick (tho' I went through a spell in high school where I made my friends call me Rico).
posted by PinkStainlessTail at 2:43 PM on March 2, 2005


I remember seeing an extension for Fark, where you click on a comment, and that comment is quoted in italics with attribution in the reply box. Maybe someone can whip up something similar for here.
posted by Gyan at 2:43 PM on March 2, 2005


I'm a William who prefers to be called Sean.
Really.
posted by seanyboy at 2:44 PM on March 2, 2005


Maybe someone can whip up something similar for here.

Done.
posted by monju_bosatsu at 2:46 PM on March 2, 2005


Boy, MeTa just gets goofier and goofier these days.
posted by xmutex at 2:47 PM on March 2, 2005


I'm a Kate- no, really. That always confuses people- they figure it must be short for Katherine, or Kathleen. No, it's just Kate- says so on my birth certificate. That's where part of my Name Nazi comes from- having one too many people call me "Katie".
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 2:48 PM on March 2, 2005 [1 favorite]


How about in formal and legal correspondence you be refereed to as Ms The Pink Superhero (my pet peeve is a three word name without spaces) and in casual conversation we go with Pink, The PS, or The PiSuHo?
posted by Slack-a-gogo at 2:52 PM on March 2, 2005


I'm with you. I hate it when people leave off the question mark.
posted by pardonyou? at 2:53 PM on March 2, 2005


monju_bosatsu writes "Done."
That Rocks!!!
posted by seanyboy at 2:53 PM on March 2, 2005


I encourage everyone to misspell my username.
posted by sciurus at 2:53 PM on March 2, 2005


In casual conversation we go with Pink, The PS, or The PiSuHo?
Sounds great, SlAGo!
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 2:56 PM on March 2, 2005 [1 favorite]


I got admonished once for using the uppercase "q" in quonsar.
posted by marxchivist at 2:57 PM on March 2, 2005


TPS, that reminds me of one time in high school, where my friend Cathy said "I hate my name." I tried to cheer her up, saying, "Catherine's a great name", to which she responded "You're right, it is, but my name's not Catherine, it's Cathy. That's what it says on my birth certificate."

Personally, I have no problem with shortening, and "don't capitalize my name" nazis really bug me, but I am in turn bugged by people who think my name is "bugbear", not "bugbread".
posted by Bugbread at 3:00 PM on March 2, 2005


ThePinkSuperhero, I can relate somewhat. I'm not Julia, Julianne, Juliet, or anything else; every piece of ID I own says Julie, as does my birth certificate. I have had to whip out a driver's license to stop people from calling me something I am not. I like the Spanish pronunciation of 'Wholia,' though, and I never correct that when I get it. (Should've used that as a name somewhere, damnit.)

I like being an acronym here. The idea of being called CyanMagentaYellowblacK hurts my brain.
posted by cmyk at 3:06 PM on March 2, 2005


"My name isn't TPS, PSH, or Pink- it's ThePinkSuperhero."

You have my sympathy. Let me guess, your parents followed The Dead?

I really hope you didn't type that sentence with a straight face.
posted by cedar at 3:07 PM on March 2, 2005


Nice girls have 8 digit nicks.

Uh huh.
posted by Specklet at 3:08 PM on March 2, 2005


I don't mind people shortening my username. In fact, I'm surprised when they don't. I like "juice" and "juicy." On the other hand, my other name is "eve" and people are always screwing it up "eva" "evelyn" "yvette" "evie" (like stevie) "eva" (Spanish pronunciation). I begrudgingly accept "evie" mainly because my sister refuses to call me by any other name and others like to use it as a term of endearment.
posted by Juicylicious at 3:10 PM on March 2, 2005


I am terribly, terribly upset about all of these shenanigans.
posted by cmonkey at 3:11 PM on March 2, 2005


Suck it, bucket!
posted by Mean Mr. Bucket at 3:12 PM on March 2, 2005


member since: November 18, 2004
Dear the lightly shaded red good guy;
You have been a member for over 3 months on a site that communicates through various ways. Please feel free to further this thread's discussion with all your pet peeves.
The reason being, this is one request is lame if you ask me. Think about it, you are reading this with out me addressing you by your member name.
Sincerely,
cat
posted by thomcatspike at 3:16 PM on March 2, 2005


Oh, for the sake of St. Fuck. Some people will whine about anything. But just because you can, doesn't mean that you should.

On preview: sing it, T-Cat!
posted by scody at 3:19 PM on March 2, 2005


You're fucking nuts if you think I'm going to type out XQUYZPHRWHATEVER all the time.
posted by Stan Chin at 3:21 PM on March 2, 2005


Please don't leave out the 'e' in my username. It bothers me.

However, I will point out that the common abbreviations for ThePinkSuperhero (TPS), PinkStainlessTail (PST) and thomcatspike (TCS) are remarkably similar and prone to confusion.
posted by me3dia at 3:24 PM on March 2, 2005


Weirdly, while I actually enjoy being referred to as Pink, Pinky, and PST here, in meatspace I am a Richard

Heh. Meatspace.
posted by mudpuppie at 3:26 PM on March 2, 2005


I like trying to get peoples' names right, and having the courtesy returned, but I certainly don't mind it if someone refers to me, or another user, with a nickname that's just as identifying. If, for example, people say "I agree with odin," well, that's not really true, but I get the idea all the same.
posted by odinsdream at 3:30 PM on March 2, 2005


Being just called Hopeless makes me giggle a whole lot. I don't mind it at all.
posted by hopeless romantique at 3:34 PM on March 2, 2005


'stav' or any of the many variations are much nicerer than the whole thing.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 3:36 PM on March 2, 2005


PLEASE use an abbrev of my stupid name! CL is just fine thanksverymuch.

(I like the many creative chicken variations people come up with better than "stav")
posted by CunningLinguist at 3:42 PM on March 2, 2005


I'm a Kate- no, really. That always confuses people- they figure it must be short for Katherine, or Kathleen. No, it's just Kate- says so on my birth certificate. That's where part of my Name Nazi comes from- having one too many people call me "Katie".

Firstly, your parents were a bit off the rocker for legally naming you the shortform of a longer name. Every baby name book in the world says not to do that. Totally a rookie baby naming mistake.

Secondly, maybe "ThePinkSuperhero" is too painfully lame a moniker to type out.

Thirdly, you need to touch yourself more.

People can call me whatever they want. "Klep", "K", "whore-face cunt-fucker". Whatever floats your boat. Jesus Christ, what a complaint.
posted by Kleptophoria! at 3:48 PM on March 2, 2005


orthogonality. No caps, no "ortho", no orthagonality, please.
posted by orthogonality at 3:49 PM on March 2, 2005


I prefer abbreviations of my handle, too -- redfoxtail is what I use when redfox is already taken (in my case, it had been taken by, whoops, me), and seeing the whole thing is always a little odd to me. Elsenet, I've often also been called red, fox, or foxy (*cough*) and all are dandy with me.
posted by redfoxtail at 3:53 PM on March 2, 2005


No. If you wanted people to use your full user name, you should have chosen a short one. And I say this as someone with a Sarah-with-an-h level of name anality.
posted by dame at 3:57 PM on March 2, 2005


SLoG, Secret, and Gravy are all fine. I just hope that no other secrets show up and spoil it for me. Thank God I am not Orange Life of Gravy.

Not really any way to mess up my meatspace name. Laura or Laurie-- I answer to both. Also Laura Jane. Also L. J.
posted by Secret Life of Gravy at 3:59 PM on March 2, 2005


Firstly, your parents were a bit off the rocker for legally naming you the shortform of a longer name. Every baby name book in the world says not to do that. Totally a rookie baby naming mistake.
Is that so? Do the books give reasons? I've never heard that before. Please tell me more, whore-face cunt-fucker.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 4:02 PM on March 2, 2005 [1 favorite]


fixedgear, fixie, fix, fg - they are all good. My mon calls me 'Peter' but everybody else call me 'Pete.' I've been Sweet Pete, Pistol Pete, and Petey. I try not to lose too much sleep over this stuff, but, yeah, whatever. I'll be sure to cut and paste your whole user name to avoid your wrath.
posted by fixedgear at 4:06 PM on March 2, 2005


I just hope that no other secrets show up and spoil it for me.

Sorry. But just call me rooftop.
posted by rooftop secrets at 4:11 PM on March 2, 2005


And while we're on annoyances TPS, your user page is goddamned radioactive.
posted by rooftop secrets at 4:12 PM on March 2, 2005


I think it's endearing and sweet when someone calls me ike or ico - it means that they feel they're on somewhat intimate terms with me, or feel comfortable with me. Which is nice.

I know that Wulfgar! hates being called Wulfy, and that jennak really hates being called jenna, and now I also know that ThePinkSuperhero hates being called anything but ThePinkSuperhero. So, since it's really no skin off my back either way, I will make sure to refer to her as ThePinkSuperhero from now on.

See how easy it is? Next?
posted by iconomy at 4:13 PM on March 2, 2005


I just hope that no other secrets show up and spoil it for me.

Sorry. But just call me rooftop.
posted by rooftop secrets


Phew that was fast! I knew as soon as I posted my comment that all the Secrets would come home to roost. At least you aren't Secret Life of Rooftops.
posted by Secret Life of Gravy at 4:20 PM on March 2, 2005


You can call me Amanda, you can call me Udoff, you can call me amandaudoff, but call me Mandy and so help me god, i'll hunt you down.
posted by amandaudoff at 4:22 PM on March 2, 2005


If I had a spare $5, I'd register as The Secret Pink Rooftop of Living Gravy, just to spanner up the works a bit.
posted by cosmonik at 4:27 PM on March 2, 2005


PLEASE use an abbrev of my stupid name!

My name already is a stupid abbreviation, so do whatever the hell you'd like.
posted by jonmc at 4:29 PM on March 2, 2005


You can call me anything you want, just don't call me late for dinner!
posted by Quartermass at 4:33 PM on March 2, 2005


ico, I think I love you.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 4:36 PM on March 2, 2005 [1 favorite]


Don't forget 'all the way down'.
posted by Arch Stanton at 4:37 PM on March 2, 2005


Sometimes I wish I had nicked myself 'Pain Quale' instead of 'painquale'. The parsing isn't obvious, so people spell it wrong all the time, and I'll bet it gets pronounced every which way from Sunday.
posted by painquale at 4:49 PM on March 2, 2005


In the 7th grade, another Erik (well, and Eric) showed up, and instead of doing the cheerleader thing whereby each of us appends our first name with our last initial (Where is Erik B? I think I saw him with Eric F), both of us began being called by our last names exclusively. From then on, I think the only people who called me by my first name were my parents; everyone else - friends, teachers, coworkers- all called me by my last name, even when I introduced myself by my first name, which I much prefer. They weren't doing it to be cocks, they were just doing it out of a sense of familiarity. It's cool to call someone something that's not on their birth certificate where it says "First Name".

Anytime someone complains about the names that I can call them, I will make it a point to mess up their name on purpose, until either they stop seeming like they care, or it stops amusing me. Or until they have a monster spaz out where they just start freaking out over their nicknamization.
posted by 23skidoo at 4:49 PM on March 2, 2005


TEA PEE ES: The reason the books give for avoiding legal shortforms is to prevent the child from being called by the longform when that isn't their name. As you have claimed is the case with yourself. Incredible how everything is connected like that.

This is totally beginner level parenting. Right up there with avoiding initials that form acronyms and knowing where to find your breast before the regular feeding.
posted by Kleptophoria! at 4:55 PM on March 2, 2005


ico, I think I love you.

so, like, what are you so afraid of?
posted by jonmc at 5:10 PM on March 2, 2005


Painquale, even knowing how your name is supposed to parsed, I find myself mentally pronouncing it "paINquaLAY" pretty frequently.
posted by kenko at 5:12 PM on March 2, 2005


Kate is a beautiful, strong name and can totally stand on its own. Chill out, whore-face cunt-fucker. You've not-so-subtly alluded to the fact that ThePinkSuperhero's mom and dad are somewhat lacking in basic parenting skills. Twice. You can stop now.

jonmc, I think she's afraid that she's not sure of a love there is no cure for.
posted by iconomy at 5:14 PM on March 2, 2005


I'm a Kate- no, really. That always confuses people- they figure it must be short for Katherine, or Kathleen. No, it's just Kate- says so on my birth certificate.

I'm just Jerry. There was a receptionist at an optometrist I went to when I was a kid, who always asked hopefully if it was short for Jerome, even though it hadn't been the last six times she'd asked, but other than that I can't say it has been a burden or an inconvenience or even anything to me to be Jerry and not Gerald or Jerome or Jeremiah.

I have been trying to start a rumor that my name is actually short for Gerund, but isn't taking off.
posted by kindall at 5:20 PM on March 2, 2005 [1 favorite]


Kleptophoria! = asshole.
posted by mlis at 5:23 PM on March 2, 2005


I respond equally well to "FFF", "FFFish", "Fish" and "Hey you." I think you'd have to be a little weird to not abbreviate it.

I'm "Fish" in real life, too, at least to a number of computer geeks. Works for me.
posted by five fresh fish at 5:26 PM on March 2, 2005


I think Kleptophoria! raises a good point. He could have been more diplomatic about it, but the premise is perfectly logical.
posted by fixedgear at 5:31 PM on March 2, 2005


I respond equally well to "FFF", "FFFish", "Fish"

Can I call ya "TripleF?"

It's very pro wrestler. I just imagine you in a gilled mask and scaly tights.
posted by jonmc at 5:34 PM on March 2, 2005


I have yet to be called "grapefruit" and for this I am grateful, though I don't think I would mind particularly.

In real life, I'm anal about the spelling and pronounciation of my name and most people get at least one wrong the first umpteen million times. It's Sonja. With a "j." And a long "o." And a short "s." Right.
posted by grapefruitmoon at 5:34 PM on March 2, 2005


Grr...
Hello, Graventy. What's happening? We need to talk about your TPS retorts.
/quotefilter.
posted by seanyboy at 2:21 PM PST on March 2 [!]
I got admonished once for using the uppercase "q" in quonsar.
posted by Marxchivist at 2:57 PM PST on March 2 [!]

I admonish thee, seanyboy!

I'll try and stick with ThePinkSuperhero, if/when I respond to specific comments. But if I'm feeling snarky, I'm bring out the TPS. And Fuck you, Curley! And William. And Katie. And pardonyou. And ...aw, fuck it. I'm just going to have to bookmark this thread for use when feeling pissy.
posted by graventy at 5:34 PM on March 2, 2005


I, for one, would have a tough time writing, "I agree with what five fresh fish said to me today."
posted by DrJohnEvans at 5:37 PM on March 2, 2005


The best nickname I ever hated (that people persistently called me because I hated it so) was Pax Brashear. I couldn't even begin to explain how that name came about.

I would find it hilarious that if anyone reads this, then weeks or months down the road, sees another one of my posts and uses it. That, my friend, would be quite the testicle.

There was also Neil Shearpiro...and #1 Party Animal, but that was self-proclaimed. While vomiting.
posted by mic stand at 5:39 PM on March 2, 2005


FWIW, I'd rather people didn't insert an "h" into my name, but I can live with it.
posted by jonmc at 5:39 PM on March 2, 2005


I respond equally well to "FFF", "FFFish", "Fish" and "Hey you."

What about "even FFF" ?
posted by Quartermass at 5:50 PM on March 2, 2005


I'm with dame. You don't want people to abbreviate your name, pick a short one. And I say this advisedly. I get LMC, LittleMiss, Miss Cranky, Cranky, and whoreface.

In other nickname news, my brother John was called Chuck by all and sundry, including our parents, for years. No one has ever actually known why.
posted by LittleMissCranky at 5:51 PM on March 2, 2005


I agree with whoever said it above (lazy... can't scroll... up) that it should be up to the individual referred to in each instance to defend his/her self.

For myself, I've almost never had a person type out all of shmegegge. especially not in game, etc... where you have to type quickly and get back to killing. too many repeating letters and interchanging combinations thereof. I just learned to accept that I'll be referred to as smeg (an abbreviated version of the word for the fluid within the scrotum.) more often than not. Just doesn't seem that big a deal to me. Hearing it pronounced on Xbox Live is hysterical, by the way. "Sme- Smuh... Shmegeg-... Fuck it."

But that's me. If someone asked me to type their whole name out when referring to them, it's certainly not too big a deal to do it. Maybe it didn't need its own MeTa thread, but there are worse offenses to make.

And I'm now referring to everything in the physical world as MeatSpace. Where did that term originate? It's incredible.
posted by shmegegge at 5:55 PM on March 2, 2005


Your search - "Pax Brashear" - did not match any documents. Darn it.
posted by iconomy at 5:56 PM on March 2, 2005


i never jump into these kind of threads, but it seems like the perfect opportunity to clear this up:

it's L. not "I", like what comes between H and J. I'm not Nicole, and even if I were, "I, Nicole" would be too cocky of a username. this (being called "Inicole") keeps happening, so I figured I'd just throw it out there.

carry on...
posted by lnicole at 6:25 PM on March 2, 2005


But your name doesn't parse:

"You know ThePinkSuperhero, I think you are wrong."


That's right, The Mascara Snake. Fast and bulbous. Tight, also.

/beefheart
posted by Dr. Wu at 7:11 PM on March 2, 2005


Abba Zabba Zoom, Dr. Wu.
posted by jonmc at 7:19 PM on March 2, 2005


ChatFilter!!
I've been dying to say that...

my nickname is actually a MetaNickname. It's short for "elhellbientalornawap".
posted by hellbient at 7:28 PM on March 2, 2005


I hate it when people don't pronounce my name with the iambi it deserves. And you should be smoking as you do so.
posted by robocop is bleeding at 7:31 PM on March 2, 2005


stynxno, stynx, stynxny, stinky, s are all acceptable.

you can also call me by my identical twin's name. 80 million people confusing you for your twin makes you answer to a bunch of names.

but if you're a hawt female, i'll answer to pretty much anything.
posted by Stynxno at 7:31 PM on March 2, 2005


stynxno, stynx, stynxny, stinky, s are all acceptable.

How about "styx", coz you know that we have too much time on our hands, right?
posted by jonmc at 7:46 PM on March 2, 2005


it'd be difficult to reduce my username much further, although people occasionally capitalize it, which looks different enough to not seem quite right (I don't care, but it doesn't 'strike' me as my name the way seeing mdn does).

Out in the larger world, my name's miranda, and like amanda above, I will glare mercilessly at any who attempts to mandy/randy-fy me. Mercilessly, I tell you.

Have to say, though, when it comes to typing usernames, you shouldn't be surprised that a 6 syllable name gets cut down a bit - wouldn't take it personally, or equate it with turning robert to bob - it's a much longer name than common parlance expects.
posted by mdn at 7:50 PM on March 2, 2005


I will glare mercilessly at any who attempts to mandy/randy-fy me.

How about "Brandy," cos you're such a fine girl, what a good wife you would be....
posted by jonmc at 7:57 PM on March 2, 2005


jonmc, I think she's afraid that she's not sure of a love there is no cure for.

Thanks so very much iconomy...now the Partridge Family is going to be singing me to sleep.
posted by Secret Life of Gravy at 8:06 PM on March 2, 2005


I'd like to encourage shorter usernames with no caps.

And this kind of shit is right out:
..ooOOoo....ooOOoo..
posted by scarabic at 8:08 PM on March 2, 2005


I'm now referring to everything in the physical world as MeatSpace. Where did that term originate?

Damn. Good question for AskMe. I'm curious, too.
posted by mediareport at 8:35 PM on March 2, 2005


Scary (because of comments on this thread)-

That is my favorite username.
posted by mic stand at 8:40 PM on March 2, 2005


shmegegge and mediareport - meatspace
posted by aine42 at 8:54 PM on March 2, 2005


Usually, I'm just "squirrel"... but, uhh... that was taken by someone who shall remain nameless. I find the best way to avoid any problems is to not say anything that someone might want to quote.
posted by theFlyingSquirrel at 8:58 PM on March 2, 2005


When I came to the new world, the folks at Ellis Island shortened my name from Squirrelovanovich. Please refer to me that way from now on.

Can I call ya "TripleF?"

It's very pro wrestler. I just imagine you in a gilled mask and scaly tights.


I always liked f-cube, but have never had the courage to use it.

(on preview, JINX! Do they really call you "squirrel?" Me TOO!)
posted by squirrel at 9:08 PM on March 2, 2005


i'm feelin' a little clever right about now...
posted by xo at 9:26 PM on March 2, 2005


y2k is OK with me but don't call me Karl. That bugs me, for some reason.
posted by y2karl at 10:00 PM on March 2, 2005


You can call me any kind of pasta you want. Please stay away from rice or potatoes though, with the exception of these ingredients being part of said pasta (i.e., gnocchi).
posted by spaghetti at 10:09 PM on March 2, 2005


And I prefer monster (or more correctly, 'monster) to Tina.

Just sayin'.
posted by tinamonster at 10:09 PM on March 2, 2005


And this kind of shit is right out:
..ooOOoo....ooOOoo..


I've always wondered if I'm supposed to read that name as Doppler Effect.
posted by scody at 10:17 PM on March 2, 2005


yumm meat space
posted by yodelingisfun at 10:18 PM on March 2, 2005


I'd like to meet spaghetti in meat space.
posted by taz at 10:28 PM on March 2, 2005


Usually, I'm just "squirrel"... but, uhh... that was taken by someone who shall remain nameless.

I dunno why, but I laughed harder at that than anything else I've seen all day.

All the people who said "if you don't want your name abbreviated, you shoulda picked a shorter username" are exactly right. But I think we'll all know to be extra careful about one name in particular. Personally, I plan to only ever use the appellation "The. Pink. Super. Hero."

Oh, and one more thing:

IKO, IKO!
posted by soyjoy at 10:37 PM on March 2, 2005


Get away from me with that fork taz...
posted by spaghetti at 10:43 PM on March 2, 2005


I hate it when people misspell "coelacanth".
posted by coelecanth at 10:48 PM on March 2, 2005


y2k is OK with me but don't call me Karl. That bugs me, for some reason.

*Tucks that away for a rainy day*
posted by Witty at 11:21 PM on March 2, 2005


You guys can just call me .ooO if it is easier.
posted by ..ooOOoo....ooOOoo.. at 11:23 PM on March 2, 2005


I hate it when people don't pronounce my name with the iambi it deserves. And you should be smoking as you do so.

[NitpickFilter] robocop is bleeding, just for reference, the plural of iamb is iambs. Furthermore, since the stresses in your name begin on the first syllable and not the second, it would be composed of trochaic feet, not iambic feet. Hence, it would be pronounced ROboCOP is BLEEding. Unless, of course, you mean that you'd rather it be pronounced roBO cop IS bleeDING. That would sound strange, though. The problem is easily rectified, however! Simply rename yourself, "The Robocop is bleeding, here!" and you're all set. Additionally, you may rename yourself "The Robocop is bleeding, here, you know!" to have a name consisting of one full line of iambic pentameter. [/NitpickFilter]
posted by shmegegge at 11:47 PM on March 2, 2005 [1 favorite]


I heart this thread. Must bookmark for future use if I want to annoy someone, or avoid it. ;)

Never had a problem with names, because I'm supremely lazy and copy-paste, thus avoiding capitalizing when I shouldn't or misspelling. Long names with spaces in them don't fit very well in sentences though, turtles all the way down can really throw the grammar out of whack, but since mine is terrible anyway it make little difference.

I don't recall anyone here at mefi messing up my eight char name. So, uh, thanks! I really don't know how people manage but at my own corner of the web people manage to email me with "Dear Mr. Da Bitch" all the time, search me where they get that idea. Annoying.

In meatspace people always want to add extra syllables on my name. It's Åsk. Just Åsk. They repeat as they're still shaking my hand "Åskiii?". No, it's just Åsk. Then a twenty minute conversation about my name ensues, ensuring that I never remember anyone elses, which is a little embarrassing.
posted by dabitch at 1:55 AM on March 3, 2005


I always try to use the full username whenever I reply to someone, unless they say otherwise, because I assume that the name they chose is the name they chose and if they wanted a nickname to be used, they would have chosen that nickname as the name they chose. Even if it's a long name, I don't mind taking a few additional seconds to either type or cut and paste it. Having said that, I'm not surprised that most people want to abbreviate a long name, since that's what most people do in real life, even if they don't have the permission of the owner of the name. So, even though I personally could care less what people use to refer to me, I understand your position ThePinkSuperhero, and agree that consideration should be given to a person's nomenclature preference. I do think some of the hostility in this thread may be due to the perception that you masked your personal preference by requesting it as a group preference. But, regardless of the responses in this thread, I'm sure the majority of MetaFilter members will respect your wishes regarding your username.
posted by EatenByAGrue at 2:36 AM on March 3, 2005


E-BAG's right, Pink.
posted by squirrel at 3:33 AM on March 3, 2005


icy cola, internet cola, ikky cola, invisible cola? I'm never going to win that prize!

Now would seem the perfect time for i_cola to step forward and answer his riddle.

If anyone finds Tarrama too long to type, HRH will be fine as long as the Mefi Men accompany it with a dashing Cavalier style bow.
posted by Tarrama at 3:56 AM on March 3, 2005


You're right, shmegegge. I struggled over the plural for iamb and was led astray by a chintzy web dictionary.
posted by robocop is bleeding at 4:29 AM on March 3, 2005


My dictionary shows iambi as one of the plural forms of iamb.

And speaking of plurals and i_cola, did you know that "cola" is plural for colon?
posted by taz at 4:40 AM on March 3, 2005


Thank God I am not Orange Life of Gravy.

I'll be big about this and not take it personally:-)

I don't mind having my username shortened or punned upon. I can't understand why anyone would - they're just silly names we gave ourselves. It's only a problem when it becomes a matter of confusing members. Hmm, let's see, I've gotten OS, Swan, Miss Swan, Swannie, and my favourite, "the citrus waterfowl". All good, although the OS always makes me think of the computer term.
posted by orange swan at 4:57 AM on March 3, 2005


ex, lotus, exlotus, whatever.

I tend to use bold tags around user names to make it easier for them to spot whatever comment I direct to them. If I'm just making a comment, chances are good that I'll truncate. If I'm quoting, I'm likely cutting-and-pasting, so you'll get the full nickname.

But really, if you have a username that's more than, say, 10 characters, you made your own bed, and you should fully expect to lie in it.

oh, and hi to the Mandy's. :p
posted by exlotuseater at 5:30 AM on March 3, 2005


I know that Wulfgar! hates being called Wulfy,

That's not so true. I hate being called "Wulfy" derisively. But as a familiar greeting, it ain't so bad. That might be part of what others react to most around here, is when a nick is altered for insult as opposed to reference, bonding or brevity.

Feel free to drop the "!" if it suits your fancy, but it's just unseemly when people drop the "f". "Wulgar" just reads ... ugly. For that reason, "Wulf" might be better, because no one would be prone to typing "Wul".
posted by Wulfgar! at 5:57 AM on March 3, 2005


I struggled over the plural for iamb and was led astray by a chintzy web dictionary.

Er... yeah, but "iambi" would only be correct if that were the plural for "trochee."

Sorry, couldn't resist RIBbing you about that.
posted by soyjoy at 7:01 AM on March 3, 2005


You guys can just call me .ooO if it is easier.

Can we just be done with it and call you Chuck or something?
posted by Quartermass at 7:01 AM on March 3, 2005


Feel free to drop the "!" if it suits your fancy

whoa, I always read the ! as an L.

*brain explodes
posted by Quartermass at 7:04 AM on March 3, 2005


I'd like to encourage shorter usernames with no caps.

Screw you, pal. Caps are all I got. Well, caps and an exclamation point.
posted by COBRA! at 7:14 AM on March 3, 2005


If you'll be my bodyguard
I can be your long lost pal
I can call you Betty
And Betty when you call me
You can call me Al

posted by DevilsAdvocate at 7:24 AM on March 3, 2005


they're just silly names we gave ourselves

My parents gave me mine, but that said, I don't care what sort of mangling people give it. I'm like teflon when it comes to nicknames, do your worst.
posted by jessamyn at 7:32 AM on March 3, 2005


Oops, should have provided for that possibility:-)

Incidentally, Jessamyn, I have loved your name since I first read the works of Jessamyn West, the Quaker novelist, in high school - I even chose to name the main character of the novel I'm writing "Jessamyn". I'm almost certain that I stumbled across your website when googling the author long before I ever heard of Metafilter (didn't you have a web site about her?).

I always thought it was kind of a cool coincidence to run into you again on MeFi...

</completely off topic
posted by orange swan at 8:03 AM on March 3, 2005


Dearest Great and Golden Swan (with the deep, deep coppertone tan):

My only reason for saying what I did was because your moniker came up recently in meat space. My husband is looking for a new user name for his mountain bike boards and I was telling him which ones I liked on Metafilter but cautioned "Whatever you do, don't use the word Orange-- it is strangely popular and leads to mix-ups." A quick search shows:

There were 40 results for "orange" in the following user accounts
posted by Secret Life of Gravy at 8:33 AM on March 3, 2005


*waves to the Wulfster*

My brothers are the only people to get away with shortening my name and only because they're bigger than I am.

For the rest of you - I have sporks and I know how to use them.
posted by deborah at 8:41 AM on March 3, 2005


FFF, 3F, F3; they all work well, too. Triple-F, sure, though I've never seen it before. "even FFFish" is surprising, but consider the source.

The name came to me in 1986ish at around midnight, as I was peering into the refrigerator looking for something snacky. As the fridge light came on, it was as if the finger of God came down and stirred my brains: 'Five Fresh Fish' leapt into my consciousness, and so it has been ever since.

I find it a little eerie that the bible story involves five fish, that FFF = 666, and that Monty Python had five fish in the tank, and was searching for them in the middle of the film.
posted by five fresh fish at 9:24 AM on March 3, 2005


I regret not getting a legal name change back when they were cheap. Now it'd cost me a few hundred dollars.
posted by five fresh fish at 9:24 AM on March 3, 2005


There were 40 results for "orange" in the following user accounts

Good gravy! Although very few of those 40 users actually have the word "orange" in their usernames - at most it's usually just part of their website URLs or email addresses.

But yeah, if I'd realized that it was so popular, I would have gone with something else.
posted by orange swan at 9:55 AM on March 3, 2005


It's "I" before "E" except after "C" and in my frickin' first name!!! Kieth should be pronounced K-eye-th and that makes no Goddamn sense.
posted by Cyrano at 9:59 AM on March 3, 2005


madam, juju, mjjj, madamj, jujube, jivelady, hey you or Jane You Ignorant Slut are all ok with me. Or pretty much any variations thereon.

There is another juju, a jujube and a givemejujubes but so far we haven't been bumping into each other.

In real life, I had a heart-stopping name mix up once. I got a call from my gynecologist office asking why I hadn't returned for my treatment for -- get this -- syphilis. My life flashed before my eyes, I could feel blindness and insanity stalking me. Thankfully, it was some other poor woman with the exact same name - a not particularly common one - but a different birthdate. We never "ran into each other" again, but I have gone through life thinking of her as my doppelganger, an unfortunate soul who absorbs all the bad energy that might have landed on me.
posted by madamjujujive at 11:13 AM on March 3, 2005


madam, juju, mjjj, madamj, jujube, jivelady...

Madamjuju, I think you are truly the Raymond J. Johnson Jr. of Metafilter nicknaming. And that's a good thing, because it's not a role I'd trust just anyone with.
posted by soyjoy at 11:58 AM on March 3, 2005


This thread is a mix of delightful hilarity and hilarious self-importance.

I'd like to say that "five fresh fish" is my favourite Metafilter moniker, and I'm not sure exactly why. Maybe because I'm imagining what his superhero logo would look like.

ooOOoOooO's is pretty good, too, but isn't really logo calibre.
posted by Kleptophoria! at 3:35 PM on March 3, 2005


Tarrama: You got it! But You'll have to give me one of the 4 you offered as the final choice ;-)

I would have thought that a community of Simpsons nuts would have guessed a lot earlier...

And for the record, I_cola, i-cola, I-Cola and variations bug me. It's really not that hard y'know.
posted by i_cola at 4:17 AM on March 4, 2005


Mmmm... invisible cola. Whew! I never typed so fast in my life!
posted by Tarrama at 4:34 AM on March 4, 2005


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