All permies.com users are asked to use a real sounding name as their
display name. Obviously fictitious names may be locked
out. By "real sounding name", we mean either your own actual, personal
name, or a name that at least looks like it could belong to a
real person. No names of celebrities or fictional characters.
No cute nicknames like "permiesrulz" or "Organic Farmer". No
joke names like "Adam Baum" (atom bomb) or "Justin Case" (just
in case). No names with embedded numbers or other unorthodox
punctuation like "Mike505" or "John_Smith". No names of
companies - just people.
This does not mean that if your formal name is Michael
Jingleheimerschmidt that you cannot use "Mike Schmidt". You
can even use an initial or initials for the first name if you
like (but not the last).
It is possible that you are uncomfortable about using your
real name on the web. This happens. In that case, feel free to
display a fictitious name. Just make it look like it could be
real - like "Al Swensen", "Roberta Cheeny", "Anand Singh" or
"Xiao Wu". And if you do use a fictitious name, don't announce
that it's fictitious. We want to encourage use of real names
as much as possible here, so please don't undermine that goal.
If you are currently using an account that uses an
inappropriate alias, you may be able to change this by
editing your profile.
I understand that in some cultures there is no such thing as
"first name and last name" - there is just one name. If you
are one of these people, I would like to humbly ask you to
sacrifice a piece of your culture to help me build this
culture. In the past, permitting single names has inspired
less wholesome "creative" aliases. The job of keeping names
professional grew exponentially. The result is that exceptions
to the naming rule are no longer permitted.
I hope that the value of participating on Permies is worth
following this rule.