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Weekend Open Forum: What's the story behind your username?

By midian182 ยท 63 replies
Nov 17, 2017
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  1. Many people have the same username across multiple online accounts and forums, but have you ever wondered what some of them mean? For every Pepe_lover93, Dr.Sausage, and ChodeMaster9000, there’s an online handle with a story behind it. What’s yours?

    For this weekend open forum, we want to know why you chose your username(s). Have you gone for the humorous option? Perhaps, like me, you’ve been using the internet for a while and still have a “legacy” handle—are you a ChandlerBing01, or a LimpBizkitGod? Maybe it’s part of your name. Or it could just be a line of meaningless garbage you came up with and find easy to remember.

    I’ll put aside feelings of humiliation to explain my own username—Midian182. It’s one I’ve used since the early 2000s when I was much younger and less prone to embarrassment. Thanks to my love of all things horror, the first part comes from the Clive Barker novel Cabal, which was turned into the 1990 movie Nightbreed. Sadly, that name alone was usually already taken by other lonely men, so as a then fan of pop-punk group Blink 182, I decided to add those three extra numbers to ‘Midian.’ I’d like to reiterate that I was quite young, though that’s no excuse as to why I never changed it.

    Now I’ve shared that, please feel free to do the same in the comments below.

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  2. Panda218

    Panda218 TS Evangelist Posts: 553   +270

    I took my Nickname "Panda" at the time and added my birth month and day to the end. Initially the Panda nickname was supposed to be offensive but I loved it. I don't care if people were calling me it cause I was antisocial and preferred to do my own thing.

    I'm curious Rob are you no longer a Blink fan? If not WHY?
  3. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 10,797   +4,605

    I will spare every one the boredom of hearing my life story.
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  4. Cycloid Torus

    Cycloid Torus Stone age computing. Posts: 3,618   +987

    Spent too many years as a young man being fascinated by geometrics, but 'mandelbrot' was taken.
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  5. HIC99

    HIC99 TS Enthusiast Posts: 30   +14

    I have had 2 usernames, HI C 99 and Blue Dragon. the first one was when I first got a xbox 360 and was asked to make a username, I tried to come up with something uncommon. The second , the one I use now, is because I love dragons,Why else?
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  6. Enohp15

    Enohp15 TS Rookie

    Back in 1997 I was asked to enter a user name when I was creating my first email account. Sitting next to me on the desk was a phone. I entered it in backwards and added my age at the time to the end of it. Hence enohp15. Been using it ever since.
  7. psycros

    psycros TS Evangelist Posts: 2,321   +1,935

    My user name has no meaning at all, I just pulled it out of the air because I'm good at making up names. Over the years I've helped a number of fanfic and role-playing types who needed just the right sound for a character. Years later, however, a Greek fellow told me that in his language "psycros" pretty much described my personality at the time: "ice cold". I like to think I've moved beyond that anti-social phase of my life. At least a bit.
    Last edited: Nov 17, 2017
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  8. Alpha Gamer

    Alpha Gamer TS Evangelist Posts: 357   +119

    Rather long story, sorry. Back in 2010, here in Brazil, when I built my first pc, the price of games was so prohibitive it was inconceivable to buy them legally. Steam wasn't a thing here yet, there were no regional prices and they only accepted international credit cards, which I didn't have. The road to Brazilian gaming culture was paved on piracy and I was no different. The consoles weren't released here, let alone the games. If you wanted to game legally , you had to import both the console and the games. Which no one did. Thus, I had pirated every single game I ever played until then, but I was never comfortable and felt very ashamed of it. One day, my room mate saw me playing an unreleased game, the following conversation ensued:
    - "this game is not supposed to be out for the next 7 days, how the hell are you playing it?"
    - "I'm a beta tester"
    -"beta tester my ***... you're an alpha gamer!"

    *just so you know, playstation 2 was released here in 2009
  9. Kenrick

    Kenrick TS Evangelist Posts: 630   +403

    I use this name whenever we go to strip clubs in Asia before. So many memories with it so why not use it to Techspot and make a difference.
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  10. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,973   +1,322

    If anyone can't figure out mine, they have problems. :p
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  11. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,231   +489

    Back in the early days of AOL (maybe 1994) I joined a group on the chat rooms called LNC (Late Night Crew). We ran a gaming channel there and Papa is part of my real name so I've been using it ever since. There were lots of us LNC people there but it was so long ago I only know of 2 who still exist other than myself.
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  12. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 2,005   +1,396

    Mine has nothing to do with Family Guy
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  13. Danny101

    Danny101 TS Guru Posts: 529   +202

    I'm posting to remind me what it was
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  14. m4a4

    m4a4 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,235   +760

    M4a1 to m4a3 was taken when I wanted a simple name...
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  15. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 10,797   +4,605

    @m4a4 - Did you try eM4a1?
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  16. ddg4005

    ddg4005 TS Guru Posts: 388   +55

    My username consists of the first letters from my first, middle, and last names. The '4005' represents the year from a short story I wrote.
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  17. m4a4

    m4a4 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,235   +760

    Too long ;)
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  18. mcborge

    mcborge TS Guru Posts: 481   +366

    The "Mc" is from my last name and "borg" because I'm a trekkie and I have a metal plate above my left eye like 7of9 does, although mine is covered by skin. The "e" on the end is because "mcborg" was already taken on steam.
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  19. CortyDK

    CortyDK TS Addict Posts: 114   +63

    My first name and country sign. Boring, I know, but easy to remember and accurate.

    For gaming I usually use Soulcat because it was my DJ name on local radio in the 90's playing late night soft music mainly from Vinyl and Carts, if anyone remember those.
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  20. chickenAvo

    chickenAvo TS Rookie

    I once used the now legacy handle "vegiTaTor"... Yeah I used to game a whole lot more than I do now.
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  21. misor

    misor TS Evangelist Posts: 1,347   +285

    This is not my first account on techspot. I forgot my first username and the email associated with it.

    my current username, misor, is a contraction of the province where I currently reside in the Philippines: MISamis ORiental
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  22. MarkHughes

    MarkHughes TS Addict Posts: 163   +83

    Mines just my name without a space.
  23. I was 18 years old at the time and I needed an account for ebay I believe. Dr Dre's song "Forgot About Dr Dre" was popular and eminem says "Jibberish" in one verse. So I put two together Jibberish-18. Its stuck every since then.
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  24. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,283

    Heavens knows. It's was just a brain fart. Why I never used my normal nick which I've used for many years, Infidel Gastro or infidelgastro, a slur on Cuba's dictators name Fidel Castro, and has been my Google user name since about 2003, I'll never know.
    Last edited: Nov 18, 2017
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  25. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,283

    Lemme guess, your name is Stuart or Stewart. A nice old Scottish name.
    stewi0001 likes this.

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