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changing your WebmasterWorld name
even though I lose my status

 6:54 pm on Jul 15, 2005 (gmt 0)

yes it's me, httpwebwitch, with a new name. The first time I signed on to WebmasterWorld, my preferred alias was not available. I use "webwitch" on several other forums.

I haven't yet decided if I'm going to use this account. Maybe I'll stick with my http_ name since I've been httpwebwitch for a few years around here.

The only other person I know who abandoned and changed their WebmasterWorld name did so for personal identity reasons, not vanity or simplicity

Does anyone care? Does it matter if my status is demoted to "New User"?



 7:09 pm on Jul 15, 2005 (gmt 0)

I figure as long as the people I correspond with recognize me, it's neither here nor there


 7:11 pm on Jul 15, 2005 (gmt 0)

I've had more names on this forum than I can remember.


 8:41 pm on Jul 15, 2005 (gmt 0)

just don't develop a split personality and start an argument with yourself in a thread :)


Lord Majestic

 8:43 pm on Jul 15, 2005 (gmt 0)

Does anyone care? Does it matter if my status is demoted to "New User"?

I think in some cases it does. When I see a new just registered user posting a URL to some site then its gotto be self-promotion, where as those who been around would be more careful and put URL that is actually likely to be of interest to others.

Other than that its (post counter + status) a vanity tool designed to appease long time posters :)


 6:02 pm on Jul 16, 2005 (gmt 0)

Shorter is better IMO. Not a biggie, but as long as you've taken the shorter name, why not use it, especially if it matches the name used elsewhere.

There are a number of folks in here who've gone by more than one name, for any number of reasons.


 2:37 am on Jul 17, 2005 (gmt 0)

People who "know" what they are talking about and are "new" members stick out, sort of like a ringer at a company softball game. I understand sometimes it has to be done. If you are doing it to "hide" be careful lots of people have a "style" that's very hard to camoflage.


 2:54 am on Jul 17, 2005 (gmt 0)

I would estimate I have close to 1000 posts on a few accounts over the last few years, no real reason why. I have a strong attachment to this account so I don't think I'll be switching anymore.

If there was a way to combine accounts I would happily do so, but it isn't a big deal, especially since I don't get a free t-shirt for being a big poster.

Nobody seemed to question the validity of my articles because of my post count.

EDIT: Out of bordom I did some googling: I have 1051 posts over 3 accounts. Damn that is dorky.


 2:52 am on Jul 19, 2005 (gmt 0)

I agree... Post count doesn't matter too much here, just what you say. You don't get any special perks for posting a lot here but if you want to become a mod I believe that Brett looks at post count as one item in deciding weather or not you become a mod. He used to anyway:

from: [webmasterworld.com...]

Requirements for becoming a moderator: updated Oct 19,2000: current moderators are exempt from the following

Minimum of a senior level user. (currently at 300 posts).

Look at the post count above... can you tell this info is almost 5 years old? :)

Again, don't worry about it, just go with what you like better.


 3:10 am on Jul 19, 2005 (gmt 0)

Does anyone care? Does it matter if my status is demoted to "New User"?
I think there is more expected out of senior members then newer posters (Or where at least they appear to be new), also as Lord Majestic said there is more suspicion on newer posters when they post links on here and older (I don't mean age) members seem to be more respected, other then that I don't think it matters to much.

 3:23 am on Jul 20, 2005 (gmt 0)

can the admins not just change your username and retain everything else?


 9:57 am on Jul 20, 2005 (gmt 0)

can the admins not just change your username and retain everything else?

Short answer: No

FAQ: Can I change my member name? [webmasterworld.com]


 12:27 pm on Jul 20, 2005 (gmt 0)

I wouldn't worry about it, personally. I think most of us will know who you are. As for post count and join date, while some people pay a lot of attention to those things, you've been around long enough to know that they aren't that big a deal. There are plenty of people here who are worth listening to who don't post often. Conversely, there are some people with post counts in the thousands who tend to have a lot of fluff in their posts. :) People will recognize quality.


 2:28 pm on Jul 26, 2005 (gmt 0)

thanks for the opinions & feedback.
I think I'll stick with the longer http_ name (this one)... only since aspirations I have of volunteering as a mod would be quashed by starting fresh as a New User.

I visit here several times a day (compulsively?), but I don't always write so it would take me another 2 years to get back my vanity status.

Cheers, httpww


 7:20 pm on Aug 2, 2005 (gmt 0)

Is there a list of webmasterworld status levels and how to reach them, or can anyone just tell me? Thanks in advance...


 7:26 pm on Aug 2, 2005 (gmt 0)

the 'status' designation is based purely on post count, excluding the posts in areas which simply aren't counted, such as Foo and all or nearly all se update threads.


 8:29 pm on Aug 2, 2005 (gmt 0)

FAQ: What are the member levels? [webmasterworld.com]


 11:12 pm on Aug 2, 2005 (gmt 0)

Thanks for the link to the FAQ, jatar_k.

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