Mobile Pen names Keep 'em Guessing

laughing Today I could write as Donald Trump & tomorrow I could write as Obama & the next day I could write as Jesus Christ or the Pope & all my posts change for that day according to the whim of the day.  One thing that does show is that your name doesn’t mean anything along with words . 
The RWG of “my doing” is better than your thinking is putrid.  It is a balance of thought, feeling & will that makes the rose grow out of the manure pile – not the arrogance – like a great symphony has melody & harmony & rhythm .heart


Mark de LA says
Magor of group mark 2016-02-19 09:12:22 [item 20034#46058]
Nice meme: Rose-in-concrete
seth of group seth 2016-02-19 09:18:15 [item 20034#46059]
me, i would probably do neither.  i would appreciate it for just what it was.   roses are knarly thingies … they are good at surviving in their own right … if they could talk, they might tell me to leave them alone. 
Rubbing seems to be you nemesis.  I just put the the challenge in the context of today’s politics ad absurdum & got a belly laugh. 

There is no substitute for a sense of humor during these days 

Mark de LA says
Magor of group mark 2016-02-19 09:24:17 [item 20034#46063]
the quote marks got lost – maybe a bug
道教, 道家思想 of group da 2016-02-19 09:26:43 [item 20034#46064]
Not a bug. We deliberately restyled blockquotes inside threads because the fancy ones mangle the thread format too much.
Magor of group mark 2016-02-19 09:37:07 [item 20034#46067]
Only good in the body of the item? Maybe should be greyed out in the RTE . pondering
道教, 道家思想 of group da 2016-02-19 09:41:19 [item 20034#46068]
I have some more syncing up to do between the RTE css and the css in the wild. It is something I do every so often but it is not worth doing every time I make a little change.
yesgood for U

Holmes says
Magor of group mark 2016-02-19 09:52:46 [item 20034#46072]
Seth should like it it is basically “other” from Latin:
alias (n.) Look up alias at
"assumed name," c. 1600, from alias (adv.).
alias (adv.) Look up alias at
mid-15c., "otherwise called," from Latin alias "at another time, in another way," from alius "(an)other," from PIE *al- (1) "beyond" (cognates: Sanskrit anya"other, different," Avestan anya-, Armenian ail, Greek allos "another," Gothic aljis "other," Old English elles "otherwise, else," Modern English else).
allo- Look up allo- at
word-forming element meaning "other," from Greek allo-, comb. form of allos "other, different" (see alias (adv.)).
Yep. That’s what I’m saying. yes

Holmes says
It was my mistake to call it a pen name. That was a wrong use of the term and I take full responsibility for that. What I implemented is purely an alias, even by the dictionary definition.


Holmes says
seth of group seth 2016-02-19 09:11:14 [item 20034#46057]
The way pen names are currently working here at fbi, is not the way pen names should work.  I do believe nathan is aware of that.  So what is happening now is to be considered more discovery of possibilities, than the way they are intended to work.   Have fun with it … see what it does … don’t bother complaining … rubbing alcohol really does not make it taste better. 
道教, 道家思想 of group da 2016-02-19 09:23:15 [item 20034#46061]
My understanding is that we have aliases, which work perfectly as an alias should work and how they work anywhere else. It is an ability I added. My understanding is that we chose to give up the fbi1 style of non-trackable and accountable pen names in favor of trackable user identities. At some point in the future it is possible to add pen names in a way that works with user identities. Right now they are not a high priority feature.  I don’t have an understanding that there is anything not working as it should work or anything wrong in the system.
seth of group seth 2016-02-19 09:35:32 [item 20034#46066]
well you are using them partially as if they were a pen name and they are identified on the screen as a pen name.   if they are acutally going to be aliases, then people should not be encouraged to change them willy nilly each day.   there should be a more careful procedure for such a name change … and the name should change not only for internal references, but also for external references.

I look at taking on other identites like a actor standing on the stage who acts as if he were some character other than himself.  He does not loose his identity as the actor, but attempts to get into the role as completely as possible to convince the audenence.  When he does that, the other plays he acted in do not suddenly change to be the persona he is acting today. 
道教, 道家思想 of group da 2016-02-19 09:47:30 [item 20034#46071]
Do you still see somewhere calling them pennames? I tried to change all of those.

My understanding of an alias is that it is an alternate name for something, not an assumed identity on top of something else. This is what we have, an alternate name. Aliases, being simply an alternate name, can be changed anytime and the way they are implemented in the system allows that and doesn’t require the outside to know about the change. No internal url contains an alias and there is no way to manually write a url to an identity at all, only to a profile group.

In your dialog, you seem to be talking about what a pen name actually could be like, not an alias.
seth of group seth 2016-02-19 10:00:26 [item 20034#46075]
ok you apparently you changed it since last time i looked.  Now it appears as “author name alias” … like any casual person is going to know the consequences of changing that in their profile with is just always two clicks away.   If it is to work as the identities name change, then it should not be on that screen at all.  It should be on a setting screen where a person goes to upload their picture and set their other default preferences, lots of examples of those on the web.  And changing the person’s name there should change it in the URL for everybody else on the web to see, and it should not be allowed to collide with any other names in the domain.  Then, yes, it will behave as an alias and should change in all internal contexts where it is shown.
Yes. When we have a nice active thought for a profile, with picture and such, then that would be  a great place to put the alias too. Right now, where it is, is all we got.

Si says
MR of group mark 2016-02-20 12:21:42 [item 20034#46212]
What’s in a name – opportunities for gaming 
Apparently on twitter verification can lead to troll status or not & hiding/unhiding from searches & all the wonderful stuff that can happen in the lower part of the Internet sewer of information.
nathan of group nathan 2016-02-20 12:27:59 [item 20034#46213]
Yep. Fortunately we take a different route. Instead of a badge, we link all author names to their actual profile, which at some near point, will be verified via email and/or FB or G+ linkage. Someone can still create another email at some email provider and sign up as anything they want, but they can do that anywhere on the web too.

If a particular thinking.domain needed more verification, they could add a credit card verification step to the sign up plugin.
MR of group mark 2016-02-20 13:25:00 [item 20034#46214]
Still have means of censure, hiding & rights gaming.
I have no idea what you think you want. Do you want things to be clear? Do you want anyone to do anything they want anywhere as anyone? Do you want privacy? Do you want anyone to be able to write scripts that makes all the ones around them change? Do you want playboy bunnies everywhere?