Re: Addressing users...
Reply #3 –
RJ is a special case. He looks for ways to make a mess of his mother tongue, so I wouldn't use him as an example for anything regarding spelling of usernames.
Right now, I have two usernames in use. One is the one you're familiar with here, the other is mjmcmillan.
Using real names?? Facebook seems to require it, Google has been trying to force people to use their real names (with rather debatable results if the You-Tube fiasco was any indication) and I think there's a couple of other sites trying it. Even then, I don't see how it guarantees the use of real names, only the forbidding of "handles" like asj938. I don't have to give my real name and might not if I have reason to suspect something's amiss. I'll make up something on the fly.
Look, here on a forum you're not speaking like you would face to face anyway. So, how hard can it be to copy and paste a username if you want to refer to that person?