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Poll: My ProZ.com username is:
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neilmac  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 08:37
Spanish to English
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Other Nov 12, 2013

My alias is my real name with a twist, i.e. the last 4 letters chopped off.

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Julian Holmes  Identity Verified
Japan
Local time: 15:37
Member (2011)
Japanese to English
My real name Nov 12, 2013

I am an open book.

Is this poll intended to find out how shy translators are or to out doppelgängers?


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Gallagy
Ireland
Local time: 07:37
Member (2010)
French to English
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real name with a twist Nov 12, 2013

Yvonne Gallagher becomes gallagy2!

People have asked me if there's a gallagy1 but no, this was just my university login when I returned recently ('08-'09) to do MA in Translation Studies so decided to use it when I joined Proz. Also, I felt safer not using my real name when joining as I really didn't know anything about the site and privacy issues. So, I also didn't upload a CV.

I thought about changing to my "real" name a few times but have decided for the moment to stick to this. I've got used to it now! And I've been horrified by CV and identity theft over the past while so it's highly unlikely I will ever upload a CV here.


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Ty Kendall  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 07:37
Hebrew to English
Real Name vs Pseudonym debate Nov 12, 2013

I opened a forum thread about this a year or so ago.

http://www.proz.com/forum/business_issues/225556-pseudonymsgood_bad_or_ugly.html

I still prefer to interact with a real name, but after a few pages of the thread I came around to thinking that pseudonyms are not evil.


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jashio  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 08:37
Member (2012)
German to English
Other Nov 12, 2013

My user name is an abbreviation of my real name.

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oxygen4u
Portugal
Local time: 07:37
English to Portuguese
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Mine is obviously not my real name... Nov 12, 2013

I randomly found Proz.com many years ago. I didn't know much about it and decided to give it a go. I was listening to U2 at the time and decided to come up with a funny name just because. I never bothered to change it.

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Chris S  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Member (2011)
Swedish to English
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Pseudonym Nov 12, 2013

I used my real name for a while but stopped when I realised that KudoZ comments and disagrees, fair and unfair, would be on Google forever.

I'm also prone to saying things in forums I later regret

I'm not sure that any of my customers would ever see any of this, or care, and my full name is readily available in my profile, but I really don't want people Googling my name and coming across some macho eejit dissing my rep as sometimes happens.


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Doan Quang  Identity Verified
Vietnam
Local time: 13:37
Member
English to Vietnamese
Yes Nov 12, 2013

Yes, I use my real name.

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Triston Goodwin  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 00:37
Spanish to English
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Real name, though no one gets it right... Nov 12, 2013

My name is Triston, but I can't think of any of my Spanish speaking friends, colleagues or clients who believe me. My wife refuses to call me Triston and instead calls me by my middle name.

http://www.wordreference.com/es/en/translation.asp?spen=tristón

I'm not changing my name to Contentón.

I use my real name here because it is a professional site and I want clients to find me. Everywhere else gets my gamer tag.

[Edited at 2013-11-12 19:02 GMT]


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Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 23:37
Member (2003)
Spanish to English
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Real name Nov 12, 2013

I don't have anything to hide, and I have the idea that it will help me get work. It also helps to promote my book ("Finding My Invincible Summer").

I can't imagine hiding behind a "handle" - it doesn't feel right to me.


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Alexandra Schneeuhr  Identity Verified
Cyprus
Local time: 09:37
Member (2012)
English to Russian
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"With a twist", if this is a right definition in my case )) Nov 12, 2013

I use my own name, not an alias or something made up, though the spelling differs from that in my official English-language docs. That's because I know the origins and thus the correct spelling of my surname while the folks who issued my foreign passport neither know it nor care

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Cristiana Sima  Identity Verified
Romania
Local time: 09:37
English to Romanian
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Real name Nov 12, 2013

like Triston said, I use my real name because it is a professional website and I use it also as reference when my clients want to learn more about my work/background.

(come to think of it, maybe "foxylady" would have brought me more clients, some even for translation jobs..)


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Texte Style
Local time: 08:37
French to English
Pseudonym Nov 12, 2013

I obviously have a pseudonym.

I'm not here to find work and I prefer to maintain a low Internet profile because of bad stalking experiences. I do give my real name to those I choose to communicate with in private, as a matter of courtesy, provided we have struck up enough affinity.

My pseudonym is the name of the company I eventually decided not to set up, punning on my main source of translation work.


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Allison Wright  Identity Verified
Portugal
Local time: 07:37
German to English
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Real name Nov 12, 2013

That's all of it. No extra bits, and nothing in the middle.


When I first got a hotmail.com account back when Noah and his family of furry friends were floating around in their ark, I had to be AllisonWright82. I hated that.

A lot of my namesakes must have opted out or changed their names because I managed to reduce my Gravator to 48 tagged on the end.

There are, apparently, 25 others just like me on LinkedIn.

When I joined Skype I chose the higher number of several options: 22 - because of its symmetry.

Logan, of course, will always be Logan5.

If you're family, I shall answer to any nickname I have picked up on the way. If you know me incredibly well indeed, you can call me Al (or variations).

It is such a relief to have my own, full name on ProZ, coming to think of it!


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