Why does everyone in the forum have a fake name - except me?

petermac - guess what my name is? and click on my picture to see my full profile. :wink:

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Hi! I am Amparo :wave:

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I agree with you, Romana, I also use my real first name on the Forum.

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@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!

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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. :slightly_smiling_face:

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Here you go, Romana. I was busy writing my response and then saw your comment to @Petermac

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And a camper van too! you will get on well with @Vanessa-ForumCMgr :rofl: :rofl:

Well done on creating your link.

Bedtime in Bali. Have a good day/morning/evening where ever you are, everyone

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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. :clap:

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Hi, Colin here :grinning:

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I’m who I say I am. Nothing to hide.

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@Snowbird Thank you so much for your help and nice comments!

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@Romana - We have 5 back to back house sits June - October , if you are around and want to meet for a coffee let me know

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My name’s Lindsay :woman_shrugging:t3:

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@Romana hello ! I also use my real name - with my husband’s name : as we both sit together.

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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.

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@Amparo : An unusual name - but nice!

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@BunnyCat I can respect a need for privacy, but you have embedded a link to your sitter profile. That displays your first names and more. :thinking:

Kelownagurl is always my online name for no other reason except for fun (I live in Kelowna). But if you click on my name, you go straight to profile and can see my real name is Barbara. :slight_smile:

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Hi I’m Susan! :blush:

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I don’t use any of my real information for the reasons BunnyCat mentioned, and I don’t have a link to my profile.

I already found it troubling that the TH site itself is not secure and you don’t have to be a paying member to see profiles, but that’s the sacrifice I make to use the site. I don’t need to make the same sacrifice to use the forum.

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