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[Meta] Why anonymity, paleohacks?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created October 10, 2011 at 4:55 AM

I am curious about why so many paleohackers are shielding identities? Are answering these questions particularly risky? Is there some reason that anonymity is preferred?, especially for some of y'all with giant reputation points? I'm beginning to wonder whether my profile ought to be wearing a disguise, too. Am I going to end up on some nutritional blacklist or something? What's the deal?

9f54852ea376e8e416356f547611e052

(2957)

on November 15, 2012
at 10:54 PM

Who I am is irrelevant since I don't claim to be an authority.

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(2923)

on November 15, 2012
at 03:47 PM

You're confusing anonymity with pseudonymity ... two very different things ...

863fbe3ea7cacba9a77b19a09bf445cf

on August 27, 2012
at 12:43 AM

Quilt, your lies and exaggerations, scientific or otherwise, are obviously going to get called out here. I mean, COME ON. You know this by now.

0bc6cbb653cdc5e82400f6da920f11eb

(19235)

on August 26, 2012
at 10:40 PM

Are you sure Bongo is your son? He looks quite old. http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3234/2985262628_fa46fe59be.jpg?v=0

9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on August 26, 2012
at 04:18 AM

your son isn't old enough to be Bongo and the pictures posted of Bongo are clearly you. Anyone with gooogle can find them.

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

(25477)

on August 25, 2012
at 02:29 AM

plus one cole slaw. I like your style.

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

(25477)

on August 25, 2012
at 02:28 AM

Bongo is the son but I take credit for offspring.

963322f175cdd4c5f7d52cc372b3a167

(646)

on August 25, 2012
at 01:18 AM

Hey, Bongo! :) (Jack knows all about using other names...)

96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

(19398)

on February 23, 2012
at 02:30 AM

We are all Spartacus... or Grok... or something...

E7a462d6e99fec7e8f0ddda11b34a770

(1638)

on October 27, 2011
at 05:11 PM

Johnny - if you are referring to my use of initials, then FYI that was a conscious choice for this site as some others have mentioned below. And what makes you think they are my real initials anyway? Maybe they stand for "Just Craves Beef"?

F79dd33c17d9fbb55cc7e202dfa30e6e

(300)

on October 12, 2011
at 01:59 AM

Yes! I'm interested to know as well! How can I change the name I'm using on my profile. And if I do, will my questions/comments/badges/reputation comments thus far change over to the new name? Or, do I just have to start fresh?

F79dd33c17d9fbb55cc7e202dfa30e6e

(300)

on October 12, 2011
at 01:56 AM

Very good to know!

F79dd33c17d9fbb55cc7e202dfa30e6e

(300)

on October 12, 2011
at 01:52 AM

Long story, Kaz. Maybe not appropriate here, as you rightly point out. My posts may very well be under an alias from now on...I'm gonna have to sleep on it....

F79dd33c17d9fbb55cc7e202dfa30e6e

(300)

on October 12, 2011
at 01:50 AM

Wow! These are things that never occurred to me. Thanks for opening my eyes.

E040cb40de8ffe5cd38ae53a7ce5c598

(90)

on October 11, 2011
at 05:23 PM

Not very bright are we, JCB?

9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on October 11, 2011
at 02:27 PM

It's pretty stubborn IMHO since anyone with google can find your profile http://health.state.tn.us/licensure/Practitioner.aspx?ProfessionCode=1606&LicenseNumber=31606&FileNumber=31606 and now you have a blog that uses your real name + your moniker here.

F79dd33c17d9fbb55cc7e202dfa30e6e

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on October 11, 2011
at 08:30 AM

Extremely good point, Kaz. I just may go get me one of them anon profiles lickety split!

F79dd33c17d9fbb55cc7e202dfa30e6e

(300)

on October 11, 2011
at 08:24 AM

Huh....I didn't know that! Guess I am still a babe in the woods when it comes to chat rooms. Too many years of living off grid in the forest!

F79dd33c17d9fbb55cc7e202dfa30e6e

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on October 11, 2011
at 08:22 AM

And I may in the end create another anon profile, now that I've heard from you all! I was curious about peoples' experiences, and have been sufficiently frightened by some of them! Especially Wozza's answer below about smearing, and Happy Now's worries about potential employment. Thanks everybody for chiming in. Some verrrryyy real concerns here. I've been schooled!

0bc6cbb653cdc5e82400f6da920f11eb

(19235)

on October 11, 2011
at 06:31 AM

@AnonymousChump - Have you ever tried critiquing Quilty? It is usually a waste of your time as he does not like being questioned. It is best to just ignore him most of the time although he does add amusement value to the site with some of his cryptic, zen-like answers. Also remember that Context is Critical...

C56baa1b4f39839c018180bf63226f7d

(3499)

on October 11, 2011
at 05:08 AM

+1 for the second paragraph.

Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

(18452)

on October 11, 2011
at 03:11 AM

Anon - It's just that my comments don't have anything to do with that. I am not talking about making a mistake on PaleoHacks (or the internet) that you regret. I am talking about putting exactly what you want, but then understanding that people are goofy. I'm referring to keeping your identity anonymous, not portraying some kind of pretentious delusion of perfection. And your name didn't help your comment by the way. It did seem like an insult but I wasn't taken aback by it. I was just jabbing you back. Thanks for clarifying though.

93f44e8673d3ea2294cce085ebc96e13

(10502)

on October 11, 2011
at 01:29 AM

@AnonymousChump --- quilt is not protected anymore than you are.

93f44e8673d3ea2294cce085ebc96e13

(10502)

on October 11, 2011
at 01:28 AM

Quilt -- you are rewriting history dude. You were, at the time, anonymous & claiming to be a doctor. We said, you can stay anonymous but then remove reference to your title or expose full identity & add MD to your user name. Your choice.

Da3d4a6835c0f5256b2ef829b3ba3393

on October 10, 2011
at 10:37 PM

That wasn't meant as any sort of insult to you, Jack. Apologies if it was taken that way. I probably didn't write what I was thinking very well.

Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

(18452)

on October 10, 2011
at 10:35 PM

yah sure. okaaaaaay. (wtf?)

Da3d4a6835c0f5256b2ef829b3ba3393

on October 10, 2011
at 10:08 PM

Get active and posting in the blogosphere, Dr. Parker. The more MDs who post, the better!!!

Da3d4a6835c0f5256b2ef829b3ba3393

on October 10, 2011
at 10:07 PM

Dr. Kruse, I'm a big critic of you. I believe that you are protected here merely because you're a frequent poster. If anything, you're protected here and not picked on.

Da3d4a6835c0f5256b2ef829b3ba3393

on October 10, 2011
at 10:05 PM

We're all human, Jack. No one can be 100% consistent on everything all of the time. I've given myself permission to be imperfect. You ought to consider it. :)

Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

(18452)

on October 10, 2011
at 09:01 PM

Yes, and Dr. Kruse has earned the privilege to have Dr. in front of his name as much as anyone. Many doubted that about him.

Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

(18452)

on October 10, 2011
at 09:01 PM

Yes, and Dr. Kruse has earned the priviledge to have Dr. in front of his name as much as anyone. Many doubted that about him.

7d0c3ea9bf8be00b93e6433d8f125ac3

(7540)

on October 10, 2011
at 08:53 PM

"Although it may feel like you're just sharing inside the nice, safe, fire-lit corner of the internet that is the Paleo Hacks community, this is unfortunately just an illusion." Yes, exactly that.

0bc6cbb653cdc5e82400f6da920f11eb

(19235)

on October 10, 2011
at 08:38 PM

Ironically, you could now call yourself Dr. Quilt.

0bc6cbb653cdc5e82400f6da920f11eb

(19235)

on October 10, 2011
at 08:37 PM

Ironically, you now could call yourself Dr. Quilt.

66974b2cb291799dcd661b7dec99a9e2

(11121)

on October 10, 2011
at 08:23 PM

+1 exactly this...

306aa57660d911781231f8090c2a5619

(3808)

on October 10, 2011
at 05:35 PM

Also, for me the answer is yes - as a healthcare professional, answering questions here under my real name could be risky in terms of future employment.

Fa9f340eddbad9a544184c688fa4dcdd

(6433)

on October 10, 2011
at 04:31 PM

I was under the impression that it wasn't the use of your real name that was objected to, but that you prefaced it with the title "Dr". According to the tougher (but fair) new rules, claiming to be an MD on Paleo Hacks is a privilege limited to those who have proven it.

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

(11157)

on October 10, 2011
at 04:08 PM

Good stuff. Thanks for the link.

E7a462d6e99fec7e8f0ddda11b34a770

(1638)

on October 10, 2011
at 03:25 PM

This is a fabulous essay - do yourself a favor and take a minute to read it.

6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

(24553)

on October 10, 2011
at 08:25 AM

Although, they have yet seemed to need a reason to raise the rates every year anyway.

74f5d2ff6567edd456d31dfb9b92af61

(5227)

on October 10, 2011
at 05:52 AM

I googled your name, Nala Walla, and you seem like a very interesting, accomplished person. :) The question is, though, did you want me to know that about you? If not, then you might want to be anon on here, too. Otherwise, by all means, wear your name proudly!

74f5d2ff6567edd456d31dfb9b92af61

(5227)

on October 10, 2011
at 05:51 AM

I googled your name, Nala Walla, and you seem like a very interesting, accomplished person. :) The question is, though, did you want me to know that about you? If not, then you might want to be anon on here, too. If not, then by all means, wear your name proudly!

74f5d2ff6567edd456d31dfb9b92af61

(5227)

on October 10, 2011
at 05:46 AM

You know, I have a very unusual first name, and that's part of the reason I'm anon here. If I gave you my name, there's very few of us out there and I'd be pretty easy find. Clearly, I'm paranoid. :D

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74f5d2ff6567edd456d31dfb9b92af61

(5227)

on October 10, 2011
at 05:45 AM

I'm shy.

Seriously shy.

Plus, if I'm going to google-stalk my peers, I should probably be braced for them to google-stalk me.

I'm a very private person, really, and it would disturb me to know that a complete stranger could walk up to me and go, "Oh, hey, you're Kaz, and I read all about your poop online!" Now, if I initiated a conversation with said stranger about poo, that's fine. But, I don't want them to automatically know that bit of minutae about me. (Of course, you can sub out any topic that I've discussed on here in place of poop, but I really don't want strangers/no-so-strangers to know about my history of ED, or any of the other things I've shared with you guys and be able to pin it to my name or face.)

Also, like Olivia said, I don't want to be off-putting to future employers, and I don't want old acquaintances looking me up, and I don't want my exes to know what I'm up to. I'd be mortified if my high school friends (or enemies! c'mon, we all have them) knew all of this stuff about me.

You do your own thing, though, Nala. If you don't mind anyone knowing your dietary habits, feel free to keep your name/image up. You're loads braver than I, though. :)

Did I mention that I'm shy, too? Seriously? I'm really shy.

F79dd33c17d9fbb55cc7e202dfa30e6e

(300)

on October 11, 2011
at 08:30 AM

Extremely good point, Kaz. I just may go get me one of them anon profiles lickety split!

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306aa57660d911781231f8090c2a5619

(3808)

on October 10, 2011
at 03:21 PM

Let's turn this question around... who benefits most from having a person's every online activity directly tied to their real-life identity and easily searchable?

306aa57660d911781231f8090c2a5619

(3808)

on October 10, 2011
at 05:35 PM

Also, for me the answer is yes - as a healthcare professional, answering questions here under my real name could be risky in terms of future employment.

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7c9f81d68c78de1a31eab9c91c17b4b8

on October 11, 2011
at 12:24 PM

I work for a large investment bank. In one part of our bank we release people from portions of or all of their mortgage by a short sale or a deed in lieu of foreclosure. We also modify their existing mortgages to make the payments affordable. The investors we represent require review of hardship to justify whatever program is being requested.

Let's say you want to quit your corporate job and start a business as a nutrition consultant or sell pemmican or something.

Your hardship letter to the bank states you were laid off or had a decrease in pay and therefore can't pay your mortgage.

All the underwriter has to do is google you to see your latest blog post on your new dream web-site..."I finally did it...I quit my job and decided to do photography full time." Or on facebook, "Just got back from our trip to Europe. It was really great." Or a newspaper article..."Local real estate investor donates $200,000 to local charity."

It is no different to the underwriter than looking at the credit and seeing they just bought an Escalade but have not paid the mortgage for 36 months.

(There are other people who apply for these programs who can barely eat and desperately want to keep their homes--who typically don't have time for facebook etc.)

My advice is...don't put information on the internet you don't truly want everyone to see.

F79dd33c17d9fbb55cc7e202dfa30e6e

(300)

on October 12, 2011
at 01:50 AM

Wow! These are things that never occurred to me. Thanks for opening my eyes.

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7d0c3ea9bf8be00b93e6433d8f125ac3

(7540)

on October 10, 2011
at 04:58 AM

Because lots of people (yes me included, clearly) don't like to put a bunch of information about themselves up for potentially anyone to see, if they can help it?

I just like to keep internet activity/forum stuff separate from real life, basically. I guess I don't have a good reason, it's just how I feel. I like that when I google my full name, only my facebook profile comes up (and also stuff about a college athlete with the same name as me), and nothing else that might potentially be off-putting to future employers or whatever. Maybe I'm a little paranoid. But I feel like on the internet, sharing less information is better than more, because you just can't know who's reading.

I dunno. I don't feel like it's so weird to not want to put up a photo of yourself or whatever.

edit: also, what Kaz said re: shyness and such.

66974b2cb291799dcd661b7dec99a9e2

(11121)

on October 10, 2011
at 08:23 PM

+1 exactly this...

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B3e7d1ab5aeb329fe24cca1de1a0b09c

(5242)

on October 10, 2011
at 11:05 AM

Once upon a time, when interweb forums and chat rooms (IRC) were relatively new, having an alias was the norm. Being a child of that era it's just habit as much as anything for me to use an alias. Frankly I like the privacy aspect of this.

It is of somewhat more recent times, since the explosion of social networks, that using your real name on the interwebs has become much more common.

F79dd33c17d9fbb55cc7e202dfa30e6e

(300)

on October 11, 2011
at 08:24 AM

Huh....I didn't know that! Guess I am still a babe in the woods when it comes to chat rooms. Too many years of living off grid in the forest!

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Fa9f340eddbad9a544184c688fa4dcdd

(6433)

on October 10, 2011
at 12:17 PM

Ugh, posts like these make feel so out of step with the zeitgeist.

Although it may feel like you're just sharing inside the nice, safe, fire-lit corner of the internet that is the Paleo Hacks community, this is unfortunately just an illusion.

All things considered, for me the question is more like "why not anonymity?" even though I'd probably garner a lot more upvotes if I swapped my current tortoise avatar for a photo of myself batting my eyelashes at the camera.

7d0c3ea9bf8be00b93e6433d8f125ac3

(7540)

on October 10, 2011
at 08:53 PM

"Although it may feel like you're just sharing inside the nice, safe, fire-lit corner of the internet that is the Paleo Hacks community, this is unfortunately just an illusion." Yes, exactly that.

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B525b3e4b1d6f1cdceec943cdec6eb7d

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on October 10, 2011
at 03:15 PM

Ever had a stalker? I have, and it was alarming to see what my stalker was able to find out about me on the internet. He used that information in his attempts to threaten and intimidate me and my family. Since then I've worked to keep my real name off the web altogether. If a site requires that I use my real name in order to participate, I just leave.

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Db4ad76f6f307a6f577e175710049172

on October 10, 2011
at 03:26 PM

My main reason is that I don't want people who are searching online for me to realize I'm part of a fringe movement of sorts.

Primarily a lot of paleo thought tends to be against most conventional thought, and I don't know if I want everyone to know that it's a way that I think.

This way, if no one knows I'm paleo, I can just keep my mouth shut if I'm at a discussion with some big-wigs and the topic of vegetarianism and it's benefits come up (or the benefits of increasing American agriculture output).

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1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

(11157)

on October 10, 2011
at 11:37 AM

Why, you ask? Because I can. No one's business but mine.

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6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

(24553)

on October 10, 2011
at 07:09 AM

Because I'm crazy paranoid that my incessant ranting about how healthy saturated fat and red meat are could lead to higher health insurance premiums considering they routinely send me reminders to avoid those things.

6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

(24553)

on October 10, 2011
at 08:25 AM

Although, they have yet seemed to need a reason to raise the rates every year anyway.

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Da3d4a6835c0f5256b2ef829b3ba3393

on October 10, 2011
at 10:04 PM

I don't understand what there is to gain by putting your personal information out there. I see no upside.

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C2502365891cbcc8af2d1cf1d7b0e9fc

(2437)

on October 10, 2011
at 09:40 PM

With one particular question I answered here, a lot of people didn't like the answer. One guy went so far as to start digging the internet to find stuff about me and posted that in the answer comments in order to discredit me personally. It made me feel sick to think someone would do this.

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9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on October 11, 2011
at 02:20 PM

I think it was two and a half ago now that I stopped being anonymous. I had been posting for some time on various low-carb forums and had a now-defunct blog. There are pros and cons to being "out." It's honestly a very minor form of celebrity and you have to be OK with being a public persona. I'm glad I did it...if I hadn't I never would have been in the New York Times, never would have made most of my friends, and probably never would have had a somewhat popular blog. But I have a tremendous amount of privilege because I'm a freelancer and I also have a family business as a backup, so I don't worry very much about employers Googling me. It also forces me to be more honest as a blogger and as a person. No more trying to hide my weird hobbies from dates and potential friends, which was honestly dysfunctional and led me to date or become friends people who were not right for me. Now I have to be myself and find people who really can accept that I'm the polar opposite of a vegan and I think cookies are stupid. But I totally understand people who don't want this life or who don't have the privilege of choosing it. And I know bloggers who use their real name who have suffered consequences for it.

Hilariously, sometimes when people Google me, they forget I'm McEwen and not McEwan and if they haven't met me they might think Shakesville blogger Melissa McEwan is me. I was thrilled when I finally outranked her on Google when you search for my correctly-spelled name. There is also a poet with my exact name and since she is pretty good, I feel kind of bad for outranking her.

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on October 11, 2011
at 02:25 AM

This is actually the first forum where I haven't been anonymous. I noticed that PH has pretty good search engine ranking, so I thought that if any of the people I've lost touch with ever searched for my name, they could easily find me and my e-mail address, contact me and who knows, maybe change their diet.

I suspect that there is a positive correlation between a user's desire to be anonymous and frequency with which they post in the ubiquitous bowel movement threads.

C56baa1b4f39839c018180bf63226f7d

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on October 11, 2011
at 05:08 AM

+1 for the second paragraph.

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66974b2cb291799dcd661b7dec99a9e2

(11121)

on October 10, 2011
at 08:28 PM

There is a saying, 'If you would not want to see it on the 6 o'clock news do not put it on the internet'. This sums it up for me. I am proud to be paleo but there are just too many nut jobs & wackos on the interwebs, if someone really wants to get to know me, for some reason, they can just ask. I do have a web site for my business and it has my name, etc on it.

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B4e1fa6a8cf43d2b69d97a99dfca262c

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on October 10, 2011
at 07:29 AM

identity theft; why make it easy for someone to mine info on-line?

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E040cb40de8ffe5cd38ae53a7ce5c598

on October 10, 2011
at 02:11 PM

E7a462d6e99fec7e8f0ddda11b34a770

(1638)

on October 10, 2011
at 03:25 PM

This is a fabulous essay - do yourself a favor and take a minute to read it.

E040cb40de8ffe5cd38ae53a7ce5c598

(90)

on October 11, 2011
at 05:23 PM

Not very bright are we, JCB?

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

(11157)

on October 10, 2011
at 04:08 PM

Good stuff. Thanks for the link.

E7a462d6e99fec7e8f0ddda11b34a770

(1638)

on October 27, 2011
at 05:11 PM

Johnny - if you are referring to my use of initials, then FYI that was a conscious choice for this site as some others have mentioned below. And what makes you think they are my real initials anyway? Maybe they stand for "Just Craves Beef"?

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Cdee7454bccdc4ac14ec23b9657eb573

on October 10, 2011
at 06:39 AM

Good question, Nala. Using my real name helps keep me civil and thoughtful, not that I have much of a problem with incivility. When I see a post from "Kurt Harris," I give it more credibility and consideration. On the other hand, just because I say I'm using my real name doesn't make it necessarily so. (Now I'm starting to worry that someone will hijack my name and make all sorts of cockamamie comments!)

-Steve

Da3d4a6835c0f5256b2ef829b3ba3393

on October 10, 2011
at 10:08 PM

Get active and posting in the blogosphere, Dr. Parker. The more MDs who post, the better!!!

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(4878)

on October 11, 2011
at 01:06 PM

I'm a landlord and "pre-screen" my potential tenants through Google searches. I am constantly amazed by photos, comments, and other personal information I find. Sometimes that information means I won't be returning your phone calls/emails.

Edited: I just wanted to add to the paranoia... with a recent legal case in LA where a lawyer downloaded EVERY picture in a Flickr account to use as evidence AGAINST this person. While in "real life" this person is extremely responsible, the photos gave the appearance of a reckless attitude and provided evidence that they "condoned" illegal activities.

The internet is a scary place and anything you post is permanent, regardless of your attempts to "erase" it.

F79dd33c17d9fbb55cc7e202dfa30e6e

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on October 12, 2011
at 01:56 AM

Very good to know!

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B3c62d89cd47b7d7209b6a99243d0ded

on October 10, 2011
at 11:32 AM

On most sites, I just use my real name.

I'm comfortable that way, but I understand that other people have other concerns and issues.

Your nickname may vary.

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on October 10, 2011
at 05:37 AM

Is your name really Nala Walla? It's pretty but unusual which is why I ask.

74f5d2ff6567edd456d31dfb9b92af61

(5227)

on October 10, 2011
at 05:46 AM

You know, I have a very unusual first name, and that's part of the reason I'm anon here. If I gave you my name, there's very few of us out there and I'd be pretty easy find. Clearly, I'm paranoid. :D

F79dd33c17d9fbb55cc7e202dfa30e6e

(300)

on October 12, 2011
at 01:52 AM

Long story, Kaz. Maybe not appropriate here, as you rightly point out. My posts may very well be under an alias from now on...I'm gonna have to sleep on it....

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361bc16cfdad25411a6f93e10c45aadc

on February 22, 2012
at 10:10 PM

Anonymity is motivating, invigorating, enabling. Anonymity sets you free.

96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

(19398)

on February 23, 2012
at 02:30 AM

We are all Spartacus... or Grok... or something...

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Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

(18452)

on October 10, 2011
at 09:58 PM

Some people are fine with putting their whole identity. Others are more hesistant. We discuss a whoooooole lotta things on here. I don't think choosing to be anonymous equates to having something to hide. I think it's just guarding against being taken out of context from an outsider (of PaleoHacks). Anyone can look you up and come to conclusions about you based on one thing you said or whatever. This, of course, doesn't have much to do with PaleoHacks. It applies to the internet. I take a more guarded approach with all that. I can always change my mind but once you do you can never go back.

Da3d4a6835c0f5256b2ef829b3ba3393

on October 10, 2011
at 10:05 PM

We're all human, Jack. No one can be 100% consistent on everything all of the time. I've given myself permission to be imperfect. You ought to consider it. :)

Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

(18452)

on October 10, 2011
at 10:35 PM

yah sure. okaaaaaay. (wtf?)

Da3d4a6835c0f5256b2ef829b3ba3393

on October 10, 2011
at 10:37 PM

That wasn't meant as any sort of insult to you, Jack. Apologies if it was taken that way. I probably didn't write what I was thinking very well.

Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

(18452)

on October 11, 2011
at 03:11 AM

Anon - It's just that my comments don't have anything to do with that. I am not talking about making a mistake on PaleoHacks (or the internet) that you regret. I am talking about putting exactly what you want, but then understanding that people are goofy. I'm referring to keeping your identity anonymous, not portraying some kind of pretentious delusion of perfection. And your name didn't help your comment by the way. It did seem like an insult but I wasn't taken aback by it. I was just jabbing you back. Thanks for clarifying though.

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Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

(25477)

on October 10, 2011
at 03:19 PM

Ironically, i had my original name up here and was forced to change it because i had to prove who iwas by new rules after "some" people complained. So when i would not comply i picked this name instead. So context is critical in answering this question.

0bc6cbb653cdc5e82400f6da920f11eb

(19235)

on October 10, 2011
at 08:37 PM

Ironically, you now could call yourself Dr. Quilt.

Fa9f340eddbad9a544184c688fa4dcdd

(6433)

on October 10, 2011
at 04:31 PM

I was under the impression that it wasn't the use of your real name that was objected to, but that you prefaced it with the title "Dr". According to the tougher (but fair) new rules, claiming to be an MD on Paleo Hacks is a privilege limited to those who have proven it.

Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

(18452)

on October 10, 2011
at 09:01 PM

Yes, and Dr. Kruse has earned the priviledge to have Dr. in front of his name as much as anyone. Many doubted that about him.

0bc6cbb653cdc5e82400f6da920f11eb

(19235)

on October 10, 2011
at 08:38 PM

Ironically, you could now call yourself Dr. Quilt.

0bc6cbb653cdc5e82400f6da920f11eb

(19235)

on October 11, 2011
at 06:31 AM

@AnonymousChump - Have you ever tried critiquing Quilty? It is usually a waste of your time as he does not like being questioned. It is best to just ignore him most of the time although he does add amusement value to the site with some of his cryptic, zen-like answers. Also remember that Context is Critical...

Da3d4a6835c0f5256b2ef829b3ba3393

on October 10, 2011
at 10:07 PM

Dr. Kruse, I'm a big critic of you. I believe that you are protected here merely because you're a frequent poster. If anything, you're protected here and not picked on.

Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

(18452)

on October 10, 2011
at 09:01 PM

Yes, and Dr. Kruse has earned the privilege to have Dr. in front of his name as much as anyone. Many doubted that about him.

93f44e8673d3ea2294cce085ebc96e13

(10502)

on October 11, 2011
at 01:29 AM

@AnonymousChump --- quilt is not protected anymore than you are.

93f44e8673d3ea2294cce085ebc96e13

(10502)

on October 11, 2011
at 01:28 AM

Quilt -- you are rewriting history dude. You were, at the time, anonymous & claiming to be a doctor. We said, you can stay anonymous but then remove reference to your title or expose full identity & add MD to your user name. Your choice.

9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on October 11, 2011
at 02:27 PM

It's pretty stubborn IMHO since anyone with google can find your profile http://health.state.tn.us/licensure/Practitioner.aspx?ProfessionCode=1606&LicenseNumber=31606&FileNumber=31606 and now you have a blog that uses your real name + your moniker here.

963322f175cdd4c5f7d52cc372b3a167

(646)

on August 25, 2012
at 01:18 AM

Hey, Bongo! :) (Jack knows all about using other names...)

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

(25477)

on August 25, 2012
at 02:29 AM

plus one cole slaw. I like your style.

9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on August 26, 2012
at 04:18 AM

your son isn't old enough to be Bongo and the pictures posted of Bongo are clearly you. Anyone with gooogle can find them.

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

(25477)

on August 25, 2012
at 02:28 AM

Bongo is the son but I take credit for offspring.

863fbe3ea7cacba9a77b19a09bf445cf

on August 27, 2012
at 12:43 AM

Quilt, your lies and exaggerations, scientific or otherwise, are obviously going to get called out here. I mean, COME ON. You know this by now.

0bc6cbb653cdc5e82400f6da920f11eb

(19235)

on August 26, 2012
at 10:40 PM

Are you sure Bongo is your son? He looks quite old. http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3234/2985262628_fa46fe59be.jpg?v=0

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3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

(26217)

on November 15, 2012
at 12:57 PM

I would also add, to what Tovesworld mentioned, if I were to use my real name and my real identity, any comment that is attributed to me would be attributed to my company and there is a potential for legal ramifications (due to my position, any public comment is considered -- this is why I cannot have Facebook/Twitter/etc). I would not be able to contribute to a public forum if I was anything other than anonymous.

1
60c285ff1dff1ea5af6a5820aa5320cf

on October 11, 2011
at 08:50 PM

I have a job in social services and I do not post under my real name because I do not want to be googleable to them. I have several online selves so that people cannot tie them together.

1
Ab19df3ededa28f7bf7daeba8435b205

on October 11, 2011
at 02:00 PM

I actually want to change mine to something more anon. Some of my questions are pretty personal and even though I want to bring people in to the paleo fold, I really dont want them knowing some of this stuff.....how do we change our names?

F79dd33c17d9fbb55cc7e202dfa30e6e

(300)

on October 12, 2011
at 01:59 AM

Yes! I'm interested to know as well! How can I change the name I'm using on my profile. And if I do, will my questions/comments/badges/reputation comments thus far change over to the new name? Or, do I just have to start fresh?

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4e184df9c1ed38f61febc5d6cf031921

(5005)

on October 10, 2011
at 07:13 AM

Also, if you have a name like John Smith, there would be so many of them registered with any give site that you would HAVE to adopt a pseudonym in order to register.

And I agree with most of the points above too!

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0f8f77156cd0667d43194fc4b8bc3b5d

on September 17, 2013
at 03:57 AM

Because I'm a health care professional who has to daily "tow the company line" about "healthy whole grains, low fat, no red meat", etc. espoused by all the docs and dietary professionals in my large chain-hospital. Then try my best to have surreptitious, lowered voice conversations with patients about alternatives to more drugs, procedures, surgeries, suggested by their doctors who have made no mention that all or part of their conditions could be altered by changing dietary practices.

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