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Some of you have new names now

I've installed a language learning extension in my browser called Toucan which changes an assortment of words on whatever page you're looking at into your target learning language -- in my case French -- with the idea that you will learn that vocabulary in the context of your primary language. But what's currently cracking me up is that when I open a page on Metafilter: communauté weblog, it often chooses to translate bits and pieces of peoples usernames. [more inside]
posted by jacquilynne on May 7, 2022 - 46 comments

matcha with tears

Fizz and I often joke about how random or out-of-context phrases or clauses that we either say or overhear in conversation would "make a great Metafilter username." Since we almost never bother to write them down, we've forgotten many of our favorites. Now that we plan to start writing them down, we thought we'd have some fun and put the question out to the community: what random phrases or expressions have you said or overheard that you think would make a great Metafilter username? (Fun bonus question: what out-of-context Metafilter comment snippets do you think would make great Metafilter usernames?) [more inside]
posted by nightrecordings on Feb 16, 2020 - 144 comments

Post Your Name Month!

If only I had a penguin...'s Post Your Animal month was the bee's knees! Let's continue with Post Your Name month, from now until November 7, or whenever we stop. Post anything even remotely related to your username, and tag it #postyourname to capture all that plant-, abstract concept-, or inanimate object- related goodness.
posted by Orange Dinosaur Slide on Oct 7, 2019 - 79 comments

Post Your Animal Month

So I had this wacky idea, and I'm doing it. Please join me. If you have an animal in your username, post (directly, tangentially, barely-relatedly) about your animal over the next month. Post your animal month goes from August 23 to September 23 or whenever people stop doing it. Whichever comes later. Tag #postyouranimal .
posted by If only I had a penguin... on Aug 23, 2019 - 112 comments

MeFites, how should we pronounce your username?

Following recent revelations that chris24's handle is pronounced chris-two-four aka christopher, we should probably all learn how everybody's usernames are pronounced, if it's not obvious (or maybe it is and we all collectively just don't see it). [more inside]
posted by numaner on Aug 24, 2017 - 401 comments

Go on, spill it.

Everyone is most likely familiar with the Profile page's "About" section explanatory text: "What's the deal with your nickname? How did you get it? If your nickname is self-explanatory, then tell everyone when you first started using the internet, and what was the first thing that made you say 'wow, this isn't just a place for freaks after all?' Was it a website? Was it an email from a long-lost friend? Go on, spill it.' I am curious if anybody's user name actually WAS inspired by an email from a long-lost friend. [more inside]
posted by Celsius1414 on May 2, 2016 - 115 comments

Pseudonyms for Mefites' family

I find the ways that Mefites adapt their usernames to refer to other people in their family (e.g. tel3path's tel3mum) really endearing. What are some variations you've seen and are fond of?
posted by divabat on Mar 10, 2016 - 191 comments

Rules for new accounts for existing users?

A few months ago I got into an regrettably poor discussion with another user in mefi mail. During the course of that discussion it became clear the user was an older user with a new account. I asked why they were using a new account and the answer was essentially: "because I want too". This seemed very different from the still current FAQ answer about new accounts which says that the only legitimate reason to change your username was a "Grave or life threatening reason". [more inside]
posted by Another Fine Product From The Nonsense Factory on Dec 4, 2014 - 179 comments

Usernames which match expertise

What are some MeFi usernames which match their users' expertise? For example, physicsmatt comes in to set things straight regarding physics posts. And backseatpilot can be relied upon to supply intelligent aviation-related info. Who else comments pretty much exclusively on topics represented by their username?
posted by paleyellowwithorange on Oct 19, 2014 - 237 comments

The Sword of Benny Andajetz

What's Your Metafilter moment?

For me, it was the dumb realization that after ten some years of seeing the name Benny Andajetz in posts/comments etc, that it was not just some weird assed Serbian name I would never really be called on to pronounce right out loud.

It was fuckin Benny and The Jets.

Christ what an asshole.

Ten fuckin years yo.

posted by timsteil on Apr 12, 2013 - 248 comments

Hello! Any Mefites also Alpha.net members?

So, who is a Mefite and also a subscriber (or developer) over at App.net? I am here (as you can tell) and there, and go by Faintdreams at both locations. I was just wondering who else might also fit into the thin slice of technical Venn? A refactoring of the subscription system and the release of Netbot (an Alpha mobile client from the makers of Tapbot), has caused a mini surge in activity over at App.net. If you too are over there, feel free to find me and say 'ello'. ::waves::
posted by Faintdreams on Oct 4, 2012 - 14 comments

Life Matter: Whoa Time

What's a fun anagram of your username? Mine scrambles into Daily Nonstop and Dons Ponytail both of which seem apt. Who is Orienting Enfranchised Loners? Whose alter-ego is the Hit Run Shopkeeper? Who Yens Jams? There is no Ell Poop Cabal! Which one of you Gobbled Poison Rice? Was it the Glaze Raven?
posted by not_on_display on Feb 17, 2012 - 353 comments

The name is Foo. Mister Foo.

MeFi offers a lot of ways to format "the same" user name, thanks to the fact that spaces and caps are fair game. Mister Foo could also be misterfoo or MisterFoo or mister foo or MISTER FOO or.... So I'm wondering: has a namespace collision ever occurred? Have we ever had, say, a Mister Foo and a misterfoo active on the site at the same time?
posted by nebulawindphone on Jan 17, 2011 - 177 comments

And the nominees are...

Best New Usernames of 2010? [more inside]
posted by JDHarper on Dec 14, 2010 - 120 comments

MemoryFilter Quiz

MemoryFilter: without looking at the site, how many MetaFilter usernames can you recall from memory? Set the timer for 10 minutes. [more inside]
posted by hermitosis on Nov 30, 2010 - 177 comments

Coolest usernames on MetaFilter

This is a MetaTalk post devoted to finding the coolest, most inventive usernames on MetaFilter. [more inside]
posted by jason's_planet on Oct 7, 2009 - 274 comments


Is it possible to change my username or should I close my account and pay another 5 bucks? (Reason: I want less anger in my life)
posted by angrybeaver on Aug 26, 2008 - 103 comments

Color coded usernames

I'm terrible at remembering names. It would be great to have usernames that are favorites show up as a different color. Is there a way?
posted by stbalbach on Apr 29, 2008 - 82 comments

Is it possible to change a MeFi username?

It's important that I change my username--the reason deals with online identity cleanup. Is this possible, or must I create a new account? Thanks in advance.
posted by boeing82 on Apr 4, 2008 - 24 comments

One hack Two hack Red hack Blue hack

I guess I missed the memo: when did Matt start handing out red usernames? And are other colors available? [more inside]
posted by flapjax at midnite on Jan 27, 2008 - 53 comments

Why is the capitalization on my username inconsistent?

Capitalization issue: why is my username capitalized differently in different places on Metafilter? [more inside]
posted by Pastabagel on Dec 14, 2007 - 33 comments

Dream? Stream? whatever.

How many other people took 2-3 years to notice that "odinstream"'s screen name is, in fact, odinsdream? [more inside]
posted by poweredbybeard on Nov 24, 2007 - 164 comments

It is occasionally referred to as a Bosie (or Bosey) after its inventor Bernard Bosanquet; in Australia it is commonly referred to as a wrong'un (and in India as the wrong one, which led to the naming of the doosra, meaning the other one, named by its inventor Saqlain Mushtaq

Did I miss the memo? Are we now required to do eponysterical front page posts?
posted by googly on Aug 13, 2007 - 113 comments

SEO heaven

Is a domain an acceptable user name? Seems like it would be a perfectly good name without the .com on the end.
posted by madamjujujive on May 16, 2007 - 87 comments

Who is this?

Okay, fess up.

Who are you, with no comments, posts or anything else, but 19 favorites (and counting?)

posted by yhbc on Jan 6, 2007 - 52 comments

Could the mouseover text for the number of favorites show the usernames of the favoriters?

When you hover / mouse over the [+ 2 favorites] text, you see more text that says "2 users marked this as favorites" Would it be useful if the pop-up text actually showed the usernames of those who favorited it? Small pony i know, only saving a few mouse clicks, but i think it would be cool. Any thoughts?
posted by kev23f on Dec 15, 2006 - 10 comments

Similar Usernames

Similar names. There are multiple active users with my name or a variation of my name. I'm SpecialK, there's Special-K, and SpecialK420. I've had people email me about askme questions and answers posted by both of these other users.

I obviously wouldn't ask anyone to give up their identity, but in the future can we get some sort of policy from admins? I mean, otherwise, I'm going to start snapping up names like Ouonsar and mattowie before they're all gone...
posted by SpecialK on Dec 12, 2006 - 123 comments

Name That User!

Which MetaFilter members can you identify by their writing style/content combination alone? [more inside]
posted by louigi on Nov 29, 2006 - 183 comments

Usernames with @

@mathowie: Why are people starting to put commercial at signs before usernames when they are directly addressing other MeFites? Is this a convention from Digg or something? Am I the only one who finds this annoying, even more annoying than putting other usernames in boldface? Even more annoying than Todd Lokkenning? Can we make it stop?
posted by grouse on Jun 9, 2006 - 98 comments

Usernames Instead of Numbers

Pony: any chance of having the ability to look up a user by appending their username name to the "/user/" URL? The user number is okay, but being able to have the name as well would be really helpful.
posted by TheDonF on Feb 5, 2006 - 8 comments

I thought it was decided that Unicode usernames were a bad thing

After the 김치 hubbub, I thought it was decided that Unicode usernames were a bad thing. So what about our new friend ND¢? What's the range of valid username characters? 0x0001 through 0x00FF?
posted by Plutor on Nov 17, 2005 - 66 comments

Why are there three shoutings?

Why are there three shoutings?
posted by delmoi on Oct 19, 2005 - 11 comments


Did someone try to steal my awesome account? I just got my password emailed to me, with a statement that I requested it, but... I didn't request it.
posted by The Monkey on Oct 19, 2005 - 16 comments

Why is the username case inconsistent?

Nitpicking: The text that says "You are logged in as: Username" uppercases your username, while everywhere else in the site it keeps it in the original case.
posted by smackfu on Oct 16, 2005 - 29 comments

Outting Users

Hey, MeFite Detectives! A request: Please think before you "out" someone. In our personal lives, most of us have learned that just because we can do something, it doesn't necessarily mean we should, and the same is true here. If a user (or perhaps the subject of a post, etc.) has caught your attention for some reason, and they have revealed (or you have figured out) their real life identity, and you go poking around to see what you can find, please think twice before publishing your big scoop. [more]
posted by taz on Sep 28, 2005 - 163 comments

Recycling Usernames?

Are usernames becoming recycled? I noticed a new user that I could have sworn had a taken username- it's a username I use often and almost always check for first when signing up places. Or am I imagining all of this?
posted by mkultra on Sep 9, 2005 - 38 comments

Favorite MetaFilter usernames?

Hi, I'm bored. What are some cool names around here?
posted by Smart Dalek on Aug 13, 2005 - 106 comments

how nice is matt about letting users change their user name?

how nice is matt about letting users change their user name?
posted by Tryptophan-5ht on Jul 28, 2005 - 20 comments

Changing My Account

How can I cancel my account? If I can't, how can I change my nick? And if I can't do that, then how can I cancel my account? I kind of ashamed of being a $5 MeFite.
posted by Tlahtolli on Jul 22, 2005 - 115 comments

username entity-ified

eponymous blargh registered himself a sock puppet using html entities which looks exactly like my username. thank you.
posted by quonsar on Jul 17, 2005 - 19 comments

Userphrases vs Usernames

I'd like to open a discussion on the seemingly growing trend of new users choosing a phrase as a username. My opinion of these username choices is _____. My suggestion to Matt is _____.
posted by Witty on Jun 2, 2005 - 95 comments

IRL, do we introduce other MeFites as friends, acquaintances, or what?

I was out at Jillian's in Boston yesterday, and I saw another MeFite there who I recognized from a previous MeFi meetup. Thing is, I didn't remember her real name, and I'm not sure that she'd remember mine. Should I have said hi, and if so, what would be the rules on having friends of MeFites meet each other? Do we introduce other MeFites as friends, acquaintances, or what?
posted by sachinag on Apr 9, 2005 - 44 comments

Unexpected apostrophe in user area!

Who is this...how exactly do they log in...and where have they been all this time?
posted by Jimbob on Apr 6, 2005 - 34 comments

I would like to encourage members to refer to other members by their full usernames.

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 on Mar 2, 2005 - 134 comments

Username links go to threads instead

When I click on the username in this archived MeFi thread I am taken to an old post with the same number as the user, i.e. the url says 'mefi' instead of 'user'. Only true for the original post, not for comments.
posted by Pigpen on Jan 28, 2005 - 4 comments

What is the policy on giving away usernames?

What is the policy on giving away usernames? I purchased a spare during the Great November Influx and now its just sitting there, rotting on Matt's server. I really have no use for it. It was an impulse buy and I'd like to give it away.
posted by KevinSkomsvold on Jan 25, 2005 - 25 comments

Old threads link usernames to posts, not users

Bug: old threads have the poster username linking to the thread with the same number as their usernumber. Example (working). Example (nonworking). Only in the post; the username links in comments are fine.
posted by dhartung on Jan 18, 2005 - 2 comments

Do you ever wish you could change your username?

Do you ever wish you could change your username? What would you change it to?
posted by PrinceValium on Oct 1, 2004 - 127 comments

Add usernames to the spell checker?

Would it be possible to add usernames to the spell checker? Misspelling someone's name is insulting, and it would be nice if the Spell Checker did its bit to help us all get along.
posted by Capn on Apr 29, 2004 - 32 comments

strange relationship between posts and the posters' usernames

We know that nofundy usually posts about "Fundies", hama7 has posted Hama-Net, and Vidiot's first post was about TV newscasts, but hasn't the relationship between posts and the posters' usernames gotten a little strange lately?

First, I saw Keyser Soze's AskMe about "my friend getting busted by the cops" and its MetaTalk follow-up. But then I noticed posts from PenDevil about rewriting the Chinese Constitution, Dome-O-Rama about an Act of Congress, psychotic venom about these depressing times, loquacious about Rumsfeld's words, ferociouskitty about howwasshe.com, and four panels about China's Building Blitz.

And AskMe has a problem with the French from staggernation and a mouse in a messy room from Slimemonster.

Am I just going overboard when I see the connections between a car insurance site and mr crash davis, Jay-Z and soundofsuburbia, or Sudden Oak Death and barkle (oops, that should be bargle) ? If so, just say "adjust your meds, Wendell", and we'll leave it at that. If not, I'll be back tonight with a post about Wendell Willkie.
posted by wendell on Mar 20, 2004 - 74 comments

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