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Re: Signatures (was APD V3 #877

Hello James,

I am with you on this one! It might be "the in thing" to use a "handle"
instead of a proper name, but I consider it to be impolite (even if I am
told by my son, that "these days" it is OK).

I have a simple rule -- unless a topic is of particular interest TO ME
-- questions without a proper name (whether on the "from" line or at the
end of the post) I just don't bother to answer! Period.


> Date: Sun, 28 Feb 1999 04:27:40 -0500
> From: "James Purchase" <jpurch at interlog_com>
> Subject: What's your REAL name?
> This is a simple request, at least I think it's a simple request. Could
> people please sign their posts with a genuine, honest to goodness, NAME?
> We're all adults here, we have nothing to hide. A lot of subscribers seem to
> be using "handles" in both their email addresses and as their signatures.
> Very reminiscent of USENET Newsgroups or teenage chatlines. You might not be
> able to do anything about an asigned email user name, but you can sign your
> post with the name your mother gave you. I don't know how others feel but I
> have a really hard time either relating to or communicating with someone who
> signs their posts as "Ratfish".
> >Date: Sat, 27 Feb 1999 13:31:20 -0800
> >From: Rat Fish <Ratfish at Pacbell_net>
> >Subject: The best SAE deal in the history of mankind..
> ><Body of message deleted>
> >Ratfish
> And while you're at it, a location would help too, especially if you are
> commenting about the great "deal" you got.
> Thanks.
> James Purchase (my honest to goodness, real name)
> Toronto (my honest to goodness, real hometown)