I am just wondering whether I have broken any rule by using my real name in this forum? Everyone else seems to have some imaginary fantasy name. Is there any reason why the sitters and home owners should NOT be identifiable in the chats here?
Personally, I would consider it a great benefit if we could recognise posters whom I have met in person or via my Inbox messages and use the opportunity to get to know each other better here. That’s why I used my real first name. Shall I change it to some fantasy nickname?
@Petermac : NICE! I love it! I didn’t know this feature. Now I only need to figure out how to create such a link from my “R” picture as well. By the way, I will do several sits in Scotland this autumn. Looking forward to my time there!
Hi Romana - Francine here, but you’ve likely seen my name many times, as I sign with my name when responding in my voluntary capacity, as a forum moderator. Any other times, I am Snowbird, a sitter.
Why did I choose ‘Snowbird’? Because it is (or maybe was) my main reason for joining THS. Canadians who like to travel to warmer climates to avoid the cold Canadian winters are called snowbirds. I think that username just shows a little more of my personality, and why I’m here.
I totally agree with you that identifying ourselves can make us more relatable to each other. That’s why I have my THS profile link embedded in my username, so that anyone can look at just about every aspect of my life, including my THS history. I would encourage you to do the same, so that others can learn more about you. However, these things - true names, usernames, and profile/listing links - are all choices here, which I think is ideal.
Congratulations on figuring out how to add your sitter profile to your forum profile. I thoroughly enjoyed reading your profile and learned so much about you that was so interesting. I hope your journey with THS is just as varied and fulfilling.
We didn’t use our real names because the forum is open to everyone. You don’t even have to be a member or create an user name to read messages. That for us creates a privacy concern, since there are people out there looking for information like that. The forum does allow the option to change your user name under Self> Preference > click on the pencil icon.