Name change?

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Name change?

Destri Destri
I have been a reviewer here on EF for many years. I started out using a nickname that fit at the time. I have long since outgrown it, and it really doesn't fit me at all.

I am thinking about changing my nickname here, but I have concerns. People here know me as Destri, will changing it confuse people? I really want to know what people think here.

If it matters, I would change it to LadyMindwarp.
12/21/2010
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DeliciousSurprise DeliciousSurprise
Quote:
Originally posted by Destri
I have been a reviewer here on EF for many years. I started out using a nickname that fit at the time. I have long since outgrown it, and it really doesn't fit me at all.

I am thinking about changing my nickname here, but I have ...
Why not do something like "LadyMindwarp (formerly Destri)" as your name for a while before changing it just to LadyMindwarp?

or just put in your profile your former name so people will know who you are.
12/21/2010
Lucidity Lucidity
Quote:
Originally posted by DeliciousSurprise
Why not do something like "LadyMindwarp (formerly Destri)" as your name for a while before changing it just to LadyMindwarp?

or just put in your profile your former name so people will know who you are.
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12/21/2010
Shellz31 Shellz31
Quote:
Originally posted by Destri
I have been a reviewer here on EF for many years. I started out using a nickname that fit at the time. I have long since outgrown it, and it really doesn't fit me at all.

I am thinking about changing my nickname here, but I have ...
I feel the same. I'm no longer 31 so that was dumb on my behalf but I'm also thinking of something very different but people recognize me as this.

So I'm interested to see what people think too.
12/21/2010
ToyTimeTim ToyTimeTim
Quote:
Originally posted by DeliciousSurprise
Why not do something like "LadyMindwarp (formerly Destri)" as your name for a while before changing it just to LadyMindwarp?

or just put in your profile your former name so people will know who you are.
This works good.
12/21/2010
Airekah Airekah
I wonder about this too. If a name change were to take place, would people still know who you were? but I think DELICIOUSSURPRISE had a great idea too. I am sure if you do an AKA or Formerly, everyone will figure it out.
12/21/2010
PussyGalore PussyGalore
I'm almost willing to bet a lot of people recognize your icon more than your user name. Try it. If it creates a lot of confusion at first, that's normal. Might take a month or so before people recognize the new name with the icon but if you really don't like it, you should do what you want.
12/21/2010
Chilipepper Chilipepper
'Rockin with a Cock In' had a good idea when she changed hers - she's now listed as 'Kris (Rockin)'. Just put your former name in brackets after your new name.
12/21/2010
Liz2 Liz2
I may be in the minority here but unless your name really bothers you keep it. I think about changing mine but after close to three years, people know me as Liz2, so I just kept it. I speed read posts and reviews so I don't necessarily check for changes and icons and names do it for me.
12/21/2010
Rockin' Rockin'
(Seeing how I did this, too, this shouldn't be a surprise...) I recommend displaying both your former and your current name for a solid month or two, while still keeping the same icon. I associate icons with names, so if only one changes a little bit, I might notice, but it wouldn't throw me off.

For instance, while I'm used to seeing "Shellz31" she could probably change to "Shellz" (dropping the 31) and as long as she kept the same profile icon, the transition (for me) would be seamless. Changing from "Destri" to "LadyMindwarp" is a more noticeable change, but I associate your lovely shoe icon with your name, which would help.

After you've had both names up for a bit, then I think a change to just one name and/or a different icon would be smoother.
12/21/2010
TitsMcScandal TitsMcScandal
Eh, I did mine completely differently than everyone else has recommended. I went from Jonsbabydoll to TitsMcScandal in a day, no little helpful hints in my name just did it. I did start a thread announcing the name change, but besides that nothing. People dealt easily.

I did keep the same icon, but that was more out of the fact that I like my icon here over not confusing people.
12/21/2010
Destri Destri
First, I want to really thank all of your for your input. I'm still mulling the whole thing over....
12/22/2010
clp clp
I made the change and kept the same picture. I have a little note on my profile addressing the change but it has been quite awhile now; I doubt anyone would be confused anymore. I think the URL for your profile stays with your original registered name, though.
12/22/2010
ToyGeek ToyGeek
I've had a couple of acquaintances change their names on LJ, and my brain just fills in the old name every time I see them. Or did, until I started to get confused as to which was which. So I'm in the resistant-to-change category, but if you keep the old name next to the new one for a really really long time, it might work for people like me.
12/22/2010
Bunnycups Bunnycups
Quote:
Originally posted by DeliciousSurprise
Why not do something like "LadyMindwarp (formerly Destri)" as your name for a while before changing it just to LadyMindwarp?

or just put in your profile your former name so people will know who you are.
I was going to suggest the same thing. This way people won't get confused and they'll begin to associate the new name with the reviewer they already have come to know.
12/22/2010
leatherlover leatherlover
I am also thinking of changing my name eventually, because when I made mine I didn't realize there was a large community here and just came up with something quickly. I'll agree with what the others have said, especially the part about keeping your icon.
12/23/2010
SassySam SassySam
Quote:
Originally posted by DeliciousSurprise
Why not do something like "LadyMindwarp (formerly Destri)" as your name for a while before changing it just to LadyMindwarp?

or just put in your profile your former name so people will know who you are.
I like this idea, sort of easing into it.
03/13/2013
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