Actually it is my name, but now I'm hoping that song is stuck in your head.
Uh... HP's changed my name on my profile page. Kinda weird. Im not sure how it happened or why, but the name on my account is "Sed-me" and in that little fill-in-the-blank-real-name-spot, I had my real name which is Beth. Now my real name has starring credits, which, for what ever odd reason, I don't prefer. Does anyone know what's up with that?
And for your listening/viewing enjoyment.
Beth, I see your name, when I click on your profile photo. Perhaps it is simply a glitch in your computer?
When you click on my photo/go to my profile page, the main name advertised is Beth. It used to be Sed-me with a tiny Beth over to the side. I am wondering why they have switched places and now it looks like my account name is BETH. Has anyone else noticed their real name taking over the title?
I see it happened to you too. It is not just on your hubfeed, it's on your profile page.
I wonder what the reason is for the change.
Yes, I noticed but it didn't click that both are changed until you posted this. What's the point of having pen-names now if our real names are prominent throughout the site? Some people don't want their real names out there like that.
I wonder if it has to do with establishing "authority." I read somewhere that sites/blogs do better with readership/traffic when real names are used. I can't remember where but I think it was a forum where Paul Edmonson was imparting wisdom. (sorry if I misquoted and it wasn't Paul) I bet this is another step toward improving the site. Some pen-names may be read by Google algos as misspelled words. I dunno, just guessing.
Sorry, Beth. I was called away for awhile. Now, I understand.
I didn't like that, either. Changed mine.
If you don't want your real name to be seen you can remove it by editing your profile. Removing it will put your pen name back as dominant.
I wondered if that would fix it. I think Ill do that. thanks
Yea! It worked. I am once again simply Batgirl with a Latin name. "Latgirl' or something like that.
That's right, SirDent. I believe this was also stated in that forum I can't remember. Thanks.
I saw my name appear and a small bracket of my username below
Oh, all they changed is the look of the font and color. Under your profile account, you can edit it to remove your real name, but at some point you added it. Our real names used to be smaller print and I think in green on our profiles. Then our hubber names were larger and not light gray. Now, it seems they are trying to highlight our real name more by increasing the font size and shading out our hubber name. I like the old way better, personally, as I like my hubber name to be prevalent. I may remove my real name now and see how it looks.
We're making the Real Name (username) formatting consistent across the site, i.e., the way it looks on the author bio on mobile and desktop Hubs. We are still figuring out how names should be displayed in Forums, Comments, and the Feed.
If you did not provide a Real Name on the Edit Profile page, only your username will be displayed.
Just a suggestion. If you change which name is displayed in the forums, it is going to take a while to figure out who is who. If you decide to put real names in the forums, would it be possible to also put the user names, as they are displayed on profiles?
Absolutely. I don't think it would make sense to display only Real Names in the Forums. In other words, I completely agree with you!
I thought I was seeing things yesterday when I looked at my avatar on my hubfeed page and it looked different. I don't recall our name and pen-name being there before. I wonder why they did that. It is kinda weird because only we can see our individual hubfeed pages, right? Why would I need to see my real name there? Maybe they're trying something new again. I dunno.
I am confused as to what your screen name is Beth. When I bring up your profile, or click on your photo, I see Sed-Me.
This is a change HP should have announced for people like me who had put weird stuff in that field.
No harm done. I just went and capitalized it on both accounts.
Sorry for not announcing! We figured that since it's already on Hubs (the most-viewed pages on the site), implementing it the same way on profiles, topic pages, and QA would not be a huge change. Now I am curious though...what weird stuff did you have in that field previously?
edit: a few words so as to not repeat myself
It has happened to me too! I used to be tlcs now in bold letters it says Trudy Cooper and tlcs in brackets. Mmm, not sure whether I should leave it that way or not. Will see.
I just noticed that yesterday, so I went checking some other people's profiles and saw some (not all) had the same thing. My situation is kind of strange because I selected my own subdomain "name" when subdomains were new - so I have two versions of a pen/user name - and then my real name. Anyway, I just figured it was part of the thing that we've been told about how HP will be making author's names more prominent than they had been. (Then I thought it might be a glitch of some kind too). Of the sampling of people's profiles that I checked, I can't see any particular thing they seem to have in common (old Hubbers, maybe less active Hubbers, type of Hubs, etc.
Anyway, in my case (with the pen name, which is this one) it's fine. There was the pen name and then the pen-name as my once "real") name (for the purposes of online writing at the time), and then there's the pen-name-derived user name; so nothing looks weird. I have an account (not much in it) that's a user name that doesn't sound like anyone's "real" name (like the pen name does). That one has the the change too, and that essentially makes the user name fade into the background and makes the almost empty profile be under my real real name.
Anyway, I like the change (if it's an intended change rather than a temporary glitch). I know people operate differently on here for their own reasons; but I think (again, if it's an intended change) having the non-person-sounding user name (for lack of a better way to describe it) de-emphasized on HP profiles allows people to associate their non-HP user/screen names on other sites with their HP profiles; while giving HP a more professional look.
Neither of my accounts on here is very active these days (for my own reasons), but my pen-name account (this one) still works well with any left-over stuff I have out there online; and my previously no-person's-name account (now real-name account) is under my real name (which I couldn't do before because we weren't able to change HP user names, my other account is five years old; and at that time, I selected a user name that I thought was related to writing (and you can imagine how many "available" writing-related names there were at the time ).
Anyway (and for good or bad), I've got any names I've ever used lumped together in my Google profile (which, for anyone who doesn't already know this) can be set on "private" if someone prefers that. So, the "legitimate" person who has legitimate reasons for wanting more than one HP account doesn't have to make a big, public, deal out of his "fifty zillion" different-niche, HP, user names. Also, though, the person with a "weird" user name on here can still encourage/send traffic from other sites where he uses that name (and still have it show up on here to "confirm" that it's actually them).
In any case, (and for my own, selfish, reasons but also because I think if a site wants to be seen as "reasonably legitimate", for lack of a more appropriate choice of words), I'm pleased to have that non-person user name on my other account de-emphasized. For now, I've got both accounts pretty much emptied out (or as emptied out as "certain ones" can be, given their history and the thing about not wanting to delete some things for some reasons), at least until I clean them up before doing much of anything else with either of them.
I thought this happened at the same time they redesigned the style and width of the hubs, placement of ads etc recently.
I think I first noticed it when they changed the layout too. At first I wasn't sure what to think of it, but now I like it. I didn't like the user name I chose, since I write on so many other topics besides finance, so having my name more prominent is a good thing!
I wonder if/when this change migrates to the forums...
I got chastised once for using someone's real name. It was posted next to their pseudo-name on their profile page, for all to see. i mentioned that is was displayed. they complained that it was displayed on their profile page and not in the forum. It was a ludicrous argument, but all that to say, if they thought they were somehow anonymous before, they would be wide open now.
Much havoc could indeed be implemented if the change were to be included in the forums.
I hope we continue to be able to use pseudonyms because my real name is too common for anyone to remember unless I were to become outrageously famous.
There are seven people in my home city alone who have exactly the same name I do. One is the same age I am and goes to the same dentist.
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