Ok,Ok this is really me.....
This is a discussion on Internet anonymity. within the Off Topic & Humor Discussion forums, part of the The Back Porch category; Originally Posted by lowflyer Yes, but that is a fake mustache, right? Nope the 'stache is real. But, I no longer have it. I shaved ...
Sure does cut down on the shave time in the mornings too.
I consider myself as sorta' a 2nd Amendment activitst.
I teach the NRA Basic Pistol Course, shoot in IPSC competitions and train whenever I can afford it.
Anyone with me more that a few minutes know that I am very vocal about firearms.
At a recent meeting of my Rotary club, we had a discussion about a serial rapist in the area and talked about getting a group to volunteer to do a citizens watch. Our President then announced to the group, "let Paul do it, he always carries guns".
Maybe not the most stealthy way to go about life but it works for me.
My biggest concern is making sure that I am comfortable with the content of my posts. If I am ever involved in a lethal force situation, I don't want some anti-gun prosecutor pulling up a stupid rant that makes me look like a wacko.
I try to avoid this by being honest in my posts and making sure I think about what I REALLY want to say before posting.
I know my posts sound more like Elmer Fudd than James Earl Jones but I want to guard against saying something stupid that I don't mean. I can live with my stupid remarks if they are something I do mean.
fortiter in re, suaviter in modo (resolutely in action, gently in manner).
Yep, Scott is my name.
As for anonyminity...I'm like Paul. Taught CHP classes in VA for nearly a decade. Well known in my community as a gun guy. All my partner and I asked was that our former students not publicly out us as CHP holders. Such as shouting across a room, "Hey Scott!!! You carrying?"
There are pictures of me on the internet. Go ahead and google me.
Procrastinators are the leaders of tomorrow.
not only for anonymity sake should you not post your picture on the internet, but also its like the #1 rule when you use the internet, if you post a picture on the internet, don't be surprised if someone takes it and photoshops something very embarrassing to it.
My screen name has nothing to do with my given name--it's how people refer to me after they see me walk.
"Society never advances. It recedes as fast on one side as it gains on the other. It undergoes continual change; but this change is not [an improvement]. For everything that is given, something is taken."
Ralph Waldo Emerson
I have some friends who visit this site and know me IRL, and I honestly wouldn't care too much if people knew exactly who I was. But for most intents and purposes on the internet, my first name (Geoffrey) is all that's needed. :)
Discretion is the better part of valour; and a virtue beyond reproach.
Pennsylvania Firearm Owners Association
I understand where you're coming from and have often emailed people to tell them they may want to consider a different name. Some have taken me up on it and others just shrug it off. I don't really think it's paranoid to seek anonymity. It's sort of hard for me to strictly maintain that but, to the casual visitor, I am just "Bumper", a military nickname.
I would add that, anyone wanting to change their member name, that I, or one of the other Adminsitrators, have no problem doing for you. We have had a couple of requests in the past from people that were being "stalked" on the Internet request changes that we have also accomodated.
Coimhéad fearg fhear na foighde; Beware the anger of a patient man.
I've use top_gizmo on the net for years. You can google me and get about 5 pages and see how insane I really am.
I am a retired Marine Master Sergeant (therefore the "top") and I am an Information Technology Specialist and have lots of electronic toys (therefore the "gizmo").
I haven't shot since 2000 (not counting last month). I bought an XD-45 Service in Jan 07, my avatar is my first target at 10yrds.
I don't even remember my real name anymore.
When you've got 'em by the balls, their hearts & minds will follow. Semper Fi.
I tried to stay anonymous, but my picture slipped through the cracks. Now you all know how good looking I am.
I ain't too shabby myself...if I may say so. Matter of fact, I was voted sex star of the year by Playboy Magazine
Nothing Wrong With Shooting as Long as the Right People Get Shot.
Clint Eastwood, Magnum Force, 1973
I just want to add, specifically within the context of this thread, that I have changed my name on this board.
I was Alias, I am now 0.02.
No big reason for the change, and it didn't seem worth a thread of it's own, but did seem apt to add onto this thread.
And no, I didn't change my name because 'they' were catching up with me.
It's kind of sad in a way that we have to be so careful these days. After chatting on here for a while, it would be kinda neat to see what people look like - although the imagination can run wild at times. It might be better to keep it that way and never know.
Walk steathly - and carry a big Springfield.