Questions tagged [real-name]

For questions about real names of users; note that they aren't shown publicly, unless a user chooses to include them in their profile text.

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There's not much point in storing users' real names on public Q&A sites now that Stack Overflow Jobs has been discontinued; can it please be removed?

TL;DR: I don't think there's any point in having a field for a user's real name in their public Q&A profile now that the only two real uses for it, for use by Stack Overflow Jobs and Stack ...
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Do I have a right for references to my username to be anonymized if I delete my account?

I'm posting this from an anonymous account for privacy reasons. I understand that, should I remove my account, content remains available. However, there are many references to my username scattered ...
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What are the most common first names of users on Stack Overflow?

I am curious about what the most common first names are on Stack Overflow. I wondered if there was a BigQuery I could write to accomplish answering this question, but it doesn't seem feasible. Does ...
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Is there a reason to allow different full name on each site?

There is "Full name" field on the user profile page: Such name can be set different on each SE site. Is there a reason to allow that, since this name is not shown publicly?
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Could the profile/developer story real name warning be clarified?

When editing your real name, you get this warning message: If you have a Developer Story on Stack Overflow, saving to all communities affects the Full name that employers and visitors to your ...
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Problem with my profile name [duplicate]

I have an account at Stack Exchange which I have used to log in into the Stack Exchange app. My problem is that it does not show my name. Instead it shows "user153722" as my name. How to change my ...
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Can somebody actually find out my name on a Stack Exchange community? [duplicate]

So recently I tried answering back and to somebody's post on SO. However, he replied back to me with my real name, which is not public. I am just wondering, from where did he get the name, since my ...
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Can associating my real identity with Stack Exchange have any serious risk?

What are the pros and cons of associating your actual identity with your Stack Overflow account? I am more interested in understanding the cons. I am aware of all the pros, especially with SO ...
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My real name was used in a beta invite email

I've been participating in the engineering private beta this week and filled in the form in the sidebar to invite a friend. I was very surprised to find out that my real name was sent to that person ...
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Deleted "Real Name" returns after logging in on mobile site

In my profile, I had once entered a real name and after some time I decided to delete it. On my PC in my profile I clicked edit and deleted the name and it stopped showing up. However, every now and ...
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What is the intended purpose of having a "Real Name" field in user profiles?

I've seen questions regarding Adding real name to user profile and Why does the “Real Name” field not appear on the user profile page?, but this doesn't tell me why this field exists in the first ...
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Other than looking at the profile, is there a way to find out someone's real name?

A user on SO, Abhijit, referred to the OP of a question, acpigeon, as "he" (and then Aaron) in the comments on this answer. I didn't see the name on the question page, nor on acpigeon's profile page. ...
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Why does my name reappear sometimes?

I removed my real name on all StackExchange websites. But sometimes I go in my profile and my real name is back. It happened to me a dozen times. Any idea of why? Perhaps one of the following ...
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Is it bad to use your "real name" as your user name?

I use my real name. However, I started wondering if this is bad and am considering changing it. I ask A LOT of questions on Stack Overflow, way more than I answer. Mainly because for most questions ...
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Why does the "Real Name" field not appear on the user profile page?

When I edit my user profile, there is a field for "Real Name." Why does this field not appear on the user profile page? The field is optional, so it's not like it's a privacy issue (if someone ...
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Adding Real name to user profile

In the user profile there is a field to enter your real name (which is optional), but that field is never shown when visiting the user profile. I think it would be interesting as it can allow for a ...
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