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Why did you pick that name?

The stories behind the names



10:35 pm on Mar 5, 2006 (gmt 0)

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My real name is Rani and it's also my user-member name.
I'm glad i didn't choose a nickname because i probably would have wanted to change it 10 times by now.
I notice many members with very interesting nicknames and I'm always curious to why they picked that particular name.Is it a reflection of a hidden identity or a childhood hero? I would love to hear about it.



8:47 pm on Apr 24, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Syzygy was also the name of Atari before it was called Atari. Proper geek credentials :)

I had the logo of minor LA glam band Jetboy painted on the back of my leather jacket many years ago, and we both got our name from the New York Dolls song.

I started as jetboy on WebmasterWorld, used jetboy_70 from 2002 after I forgot my login, and am now back to being jetboy again!


11:18 am on Apr 25, 2006 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member henry0 is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member

Just a neat trick I learned long time ago
Everyone willing to use his/her first name ends with:
First-name3654 (too many of the same!)
However very few will think about simply adding a ZERO
Thus henry0 :)


12:18 pm on Apr 25, 2006 (gmt 0)

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My best friend in France used to name all his cats after stars. When I first met him, he had three cats: "Spica" (whose father was "Arcturus"), "Cassiopée", and "Véga". Véga was crazy, and I didn't like her too much. Cassiopée was lazy and fat and slept all the time. However, Spica and I liked each other a lot, so I decided to use her name when choosing my internet nick.
In reply to the theme started by zeus, travelin cat and bobothecat: I strongly believe that cats are gods, so I broke the star tradition and named my current cat "Theo". However, not all gods are cool. Theo is a little monster that immediately throws on the floor anything that I dare putting down on my desk (it's "his" desk!). Theo also preferentially uses flower beds as fresh litter boxes (he especially likes the newly dug beds, just after I carefully plant seeds or precious seedlings). Interestingly, the only plant that Theo won't tramp on or chew is catnip!


1:31 pm on Apr 25, 2006 (gmt 0)

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This has been such a fun thread to read through, especially after just returning from PubCon. It was quite interesting trying to match up faces and names to usernames!

Some of them I knew by their photos on their sites, and had a hard time remembering their 'real names' instead throughout the week. LOL

My own username is simply my name: Lynn Terry. That seemed to stump some of the people I met at PubCon :p


12:45 am on Apr 26, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I changed the spelling of my given name from Karen to Caran when I started grammar school and joined another 5 other Karens in my year. I couldn't stand being like them and have loved this version every since so will always use it where possible.


3:05 am on May 2, 2006 (gmt 0)

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"webwitch" was taken when I joined my first BBS... so I had to add the full protocol. I've dragged that baggage around for years, and have always struggled with the decision to drop the "http".

be careful not to get me confused with another poser [webmasterworld.com] who lurks here


4:02 am on May 2, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I live in Minneapolis which is often refered to as MinneApple, the NYC of the upper midwest.

However the domain name minneapple was taken and I didn't want anyone to think I was related to the domain name so I dropped the e.

I was thinking about using MurderApolis but the domain was taken also.

I used to manage a business downtown in the mid 90's, some nights we could have a couple of drive by or random shootings on the block.

Walking to work at 3:00 am with what looks like a double barreled shotgun is good fun.


5:31 am on May 3, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I'm with the boring lurker group. Was in a hurry; was staring at the F1 F2 F3 keys; then condensed it to F123.

BTW, this is my first post. I'll blame this rare appearance on everyone I met in Boston and re-met from Bourbon! Great networking! See you in Vegas. (Going back to lurking!)


5:31 am on May 5, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Bennie is my nick in real life - suprising huh...

Only I am ie, nor y. Can't say why though.

I also have other nicks for all the main forums, so you may know me but not know me, hehe.

Reason being that when I started I was so scared by the WebmasterWorld seniors that I thought they'd find our sites and outrank them (serious). Now I have been around a little while (I seriously lurked for a few years) I reaslise how far ahead we were back then. Kinda cool. Helps having a father that was online since 1994 and built the first site in the state.

I think we originally had a couple of other nicks for here too. Funny how times change. When I look back over some of my posts I grimmace, it's great.

Also twist, care to pass whatever your into across here, it sounds great...


7:00 am on May 5, 2006 (gmt 0)

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For me if you play at making a living from SEO and the Internet you should play the Percentages.

One day, sometime soon, something will go wrong for at least one of your sites. The only way to survive is to have many sites, many varieties, many flavors.

Accept that they won't all smell of roses every day, but that most days, most of them will ;)


8:15 am on May 5, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Limbo was a name given to me by a bar tender in Mwanza, Tanzania. Prince Dennis told me: 'you seem lost Liam, 'til you have found what you are looking for, your name will be in Limbo'.

I was drunk, so were my friends, and the name stuck - for the duration of the trip at least.


12:03 pm on May 6, 2006 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member essex_boy is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member

My original login was Bill_Gates.

Which I thought was vey funny, a mod didnt and told me to change it.


1:45 pm on May 6, 2006 (gmt 0)

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My parents named me Larry_Hatch (but without the underscore).
I also left out the underscore and neglected to press the shift key for capitalization.
I've been undercapitalized ever since. My site is unmonetized, almost by design.

My lemon tree is full of 50-cent lemons I'm too lazy to pick.
What I really need is a beer-bottle tree. I'd prefer the Dutch or German variety.
That and a gasoline bush would be very welcome here. -LH


3:03 pm on May 6, 2006 (gmt 0)

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My daddy (from Southern Rhodesia) tried and tried to explain what a 'sticky wicket' was.

By that time, and born here in California, I was so thoroughly
Californiated that I just didn't give a #*$!.

I take it a Sticky Wicket has to do with English Baseball.
In American BB, some players cheat by spitting on the ball.
In English BB (if I have this right) they smear their opponents' Jai Alai rackets with sugar syrup.

Details aside, one thing stands clear, common and absolutely necessary.

Fair play. _Larry-Hatch


7:51 pm on May 8, 2006 (gmt 0)

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malachite sounds better than Cu2(CO3)(OH)2 :)

I studied geology and always loved the look of malachite, the green coloured copper-bearing ore. As I have copper-coloured hair and green eyes, it seemed an apt name.

It's also supposed to help arthritis sufferers, and be good for aiding interpretation and transfer of information. I'll take all the help I can get ;)


10:17 am on May 9, 2006 (gmt 0)

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To make a long story short: First name + first character of last name

Please don't ask for the long version. ;)


11:10 am on May 9, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Please don't ask for the long version

Whats the Long version?

Ha ha


12:44 am on May 13, 2006 (gmt 0)

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When I was a kid we lived in the country and thus had chickens.

One day I noticed one little rooster that was getting picked on alot, I grabbed him and noticed he had a bad eye so I decided to make a pet of him, build him his own cage, that sort of thing. I needed to name him as he was now a pet and wouldn't be getting eaten.

At the same time, I was creating a board game using supplies I had ordered from Avalon Hill, the kind of game with a map and tiny little hexes all over it, i had mapped out the Middle East and the game was to simulate a Mid-East war. To further this cause, I had been studying up on the various wars of the region.

So, while trying to think of a name for a one eyed rooster, the only one eyed person who cropped up in my head was the Israeli General, Moishe Dyan. So, the little rooster became Moishe Chickan.

Over the years I have had many pets but he has always been my favorite so I use his name as a nick, company name and for a few other things.

Mike Richardson Jr. AKA Moishe

PS, this is my 300th post, I thought it would be appropriate:)

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