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Poll: Do you disclose your real name in your online profile(s)?
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neilmac  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 22:56
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Other Jan 31

I usually try not to, but online registration is so intrusive nowadays that it's rather difficult.

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Chris S  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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Yes Jan 31

Always

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Teresa Borges
Portugal
Local time: 21:56
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Yes Jan 31

I use both my real name (well, my shortened real name; in Portugal it is usual for people to have very long names: I have two given names and four family surnames) and my business name…

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Elizabeth Tamblin  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 21:56
Member (2012)
French to English
Yes Jan 31

This is officially my name. In "real life" I'm known by my middle name.

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Kay Denney  Identity Verified
France
Local time: 22:56
Member (Apr 2018)
French to English
nope Jan 31

been stalked in real life, not letting it happen online.
don't put a photo either because that's just asking for trouble
being gorgeous has its downsides


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Angie Garbarino  Identity Verified
Member (2003)
French to Italian
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Me too, just shortened Jan 31

Teresa Borges wrote:

I use both my real name (well, my shortened real name; in Portugal it is usual for people to have very long names: I have two given names and four family surnames) and my business name…


Surname is real, Angie is shortened, because my official name is too difficult especially for non Italians


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Ricki Farn
Germany
Local time: 22:56
Member (2005)
English to German
Only professional ones Jan 31

... and I think I still haven't been able to have my identity verified by ProZ in spite of several attempts, because there's a long and a short version of my first name.

Chris S wrote:

Always


So your last name is "S"? You're lucky you're not German, then it might be "ß" and you would be thin chocolate slabs.

Angie Garbarino wrote:

Angie is shortened, because my official name is too difficult especially for non Italians


You're making me curious.

[Edited at 2018-01-31 11:34 GMT]


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Anna Herbst  Identity Verified
Australia
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Yes Jan 31

Why would a professional want to hide behind a moniker? Very unprofessional if you ask me, but then I'm a baby boomer....

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Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 13:56
Member (2003)
Spanish to English
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Yes - it's good for business Jan 31

Just like a photo, people want to know who they're dealing with when they're going to be giving them money.

Also, it's important for search engine optimization--i.e., getting found by potential clients and colleagues. Many people that I've been very happy to hear from, including new clients, have found me by name on the Internet -- as in "I remember Muriel ...; she used to ... I wonder if she's still translating ..." That's how I got my very best client. Since I'm also an author, using my name is crucial for SEO - i.e., spreading word about my book (s) - two more percolating as we speak.

About long names, I legally ditched my maiden name (which I never liked) when I married a man with 12 letters in his surname. When I went to Brazil recently, the travel agency repeatedly asked me for my "legal" name and I kept saying "this is it!" They refused to believe me.

The only problem is that some people don't believe I'm a native speaker of English ... You can't win for tryin'


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Jasa Pipan
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Yes, but only in a professional setting! Jan 31

Muriel Vasconcellos wrote:

Just like a photo, people want to know who they're dealing with when they're going to be giving them money.


This! I agree 100% ... but then again, photos are a different story. My name is an extremely rare name in Slovenian and coupled with an actual photo of me, I might as well invite people over


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Chris S  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Swedish to English
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Eszet mmmmmm! Jan 31

Ricki Farn wrote:
You're lucky you're not German

Trust me, with my name, being German would make life a lot easier!

Anna Herbst wrote:
Why would a professional want to hide behind a moniker? Very unprofessional if you ask me

Why?

I'm semi-anonymous here precisely because I value my professional reputation.

Why would I want to be associated with a clearinghouse for cheap and cheerful translations populated to a great extent by rank amateurs?


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Kuochoe Nikoi  Identity Verified
Ghana
Local time: 20:56
Member (2011)
Japanese to English
Only on Proz Jan 31

Only Proz, and even here sometimes I do, sometimes I use a nickname (TransAfrique). I haven't noticed any great change to my fortunes either way.

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Linda Miranda  Identity Verified
Portugal
Member (2013)
French to Portuguese
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Same here Jan 31

[quote]Teresa Borges wrote:

I use both my real name (well, my shortened real name; in Portugal it is usual for people to have very long names: I have two given names and four family surnames)...

[Editado em 2018-01-31 14:51 GMT]


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DZiW
Ukraine
English to Russian
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No branding Jan 31

I used to provide my real ID and send CVs/cover letters, but now I don't readily give out my real name and papers till it's right for communication and business.

As once I heard a biz-talk:
- I don't give a damn what's his name, references or credentials for I just want my job done timely and properly! So, IF it's OK, then I'd like to get in touch with the man and continue cooperation. Otherwise, we'll also have a talk with you, as a referral...


Perhaps, working with direct clients did shape my POV


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