I miss the good old days…

…when your screen name was your online identity. There was no expectation that you give your real name, though you could if you wanted to. This nostalgic feeling rushed into me as the response to my centos wiki edit permissions request came back stating that I needed my name as the username, not my online alias.

As if my online screen name identifies me any less than my actual name?

My online screen name actually better identifies me while online than my real name. You can google my real name and find lots of different people. Search my screen name? Basically, mostly me, and some references to people misspelling “commander” here and there. Hell, my domain name is my screen name.

The very first thing I did was unsubscribe from the centos-docs lists. Actually, the first thing I did was scoff, then I unsubscribed. I’m not going to play their game. If I didn’t have better things to do I’d ask for an exception (which they probably wouldn’t make anyway) and maybe get off my high-horse and give in to the username change for the wiki.

But, it struck a nerve, and here I am lacking in centos wiki edit permissions. If it’s someone’s loss, it certainly isn’t mine. Sorry guys.

Back to the nostalgia – there were no big corporations demanding you use your real name (ahem, facebook, google) on your social network. You could use a different screen name on each site if you wanted to, and not only were people were okay with that, it was normal. There are so many sites now that require an account that if I had a different screen name on every single one, I’d go insane. It’s no wonder why people use the same password everywhere.

Some things never change, such as missing the good old days. Better relish in how easy we have it today, because who knows what we’ll be complaining about how tomorrow has changed.

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