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  1. Gregory Misiorek
    but

    pseudonyms
    pen names
    aliases
    avatars
    nicknames
    proxies
    monikers
    brands

    are there for a reason and SDN and other online communities are full of them.

    @greg_not_so

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    1. Michelle Crapo Post author
      Agreed.  Technology has progressed far enough were we can find out who is behind the name. I love the list of non-hurtful labels.

      So in SCN land why take the time to try to find out the name?  Trolls yes, but honest contributors?  Do you really need to know their names? 

      Would a company do a complete search on the pen names, etc?  Only if the person was working with money I would think.  I guess as technology progresses even more that will change.  It will become easier and easier to find out who does what.  And then companies will find it cheaper to find names.  But the ever day person.  I don’t really care who is giving me information as long as they are.

      Is it hurting you or me to have someone posting with a different name that doesn’t connect with a “real” name?

      Yes, Trolls are bad news, but what about those that are not trolls.  Those that just want to contribute, ask a question, respond to a blog, create a blog, be active in SCN.  Should we stop them if everyone doesn’t know their name?   That would limit the people that could contribute.  An argument would be that it would eliminate some of the “junk”.  But really is a question ever wrong?  I suppose the blog that leads someone down a wrong path or a WIKI entry or whatever, well that would cost time.

      So I still don’t think you need to have your real name to contribute on SCN.  But I’d love to hear reasons on the other side.  What would the reason be for not letting them post?

      Oh no!  Now I’ve written a lot again.  There is no stopping my long answers.

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  2. Martin English
    I’m an SAP mentor, specialising in BASIS / Netweaver technology and Infrastructure.

    1) I’m not an SAP mentor because of what I know.
    I’m a mentor because I get involved in the community, I connect with people and I try to get collaborative efforts, whther they involve me or not, off the ground.  Any success, be it professional or personal, enjoyed by a fellow community member is enjoyed by me.

    2) SAP mentors, by getting involved, end up in areas of SAP totally outside their area of expertise.
    I don’t know everything about netweaver technology, let alone the areas of SAP I’m not paid for :). For example, I can’t write OO ABAP.  As a dashboard designer, a UI designer, or a workflow designer, I’m a good BASIS person. If I do need a pointer to something in these (or any other) areas, by all means feel superior if you want to. So long as you give me the answer !!

    hth

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    1. Michelle Crapo Post author
      Agreed.  As long as they give the answer!  You made my Friday morning.   A good smile is what I needed.  I’ve got a lot going on right now.

      As a new Mentor I feel like I should know ALL.  That’s just silly, as I wrote, as you wrote, we don’t.  And me, I’m still waiting to find that person who does.

      Then bingo we are on the next version.

      Michelle

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    2. Michelle Crapo Post author
      Agreed. As long as they give the answer! You made my Friday morning. A good smile is what I needed. I’ve got a lot going on right now.

      As a new Mentor I feel like I should know ALL. That’s just silly, as I wrote, as you wrote, we don’t. And me, I’m still waiting to find that person who does.

      Then bingo we are on the next version.

      Michelle

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  3. Kumud Singh
    Hi Michelle,
    I just happen to read the blog and comments which might have triggered this blog.
    Well, I would say if one wants to portray his/her real self and is positive (there is nothing called failure but only learnings) then he would not mind using real self.
    If one wants to remain anonymous,then use whatever one wants.Even his collegues would  not know how good he is on the site or even the opposite.
    However, now I think at few places we have the option of both the original photo and an avatar version.Hope this would be helpful for them.

    One question for you- What comes to your mind when I say “STAY HUNGRY STAY FOOLISH”.
    Just for fun and nothing serious.I have been asking this to many people, to know perspectives.

    Regards,
    Kumud

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    1. Michelle Crapo Post author

      Actually – BEFORE I LOOKED IT UP – a surfer on the beach.  She is basking in the sun.  Living day to day.  Just loving life.  She does odd jobs to make just enough money so that she can surf.

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      1. Kumud Singh
        I could not have got a better response, I bet.
        This is exhilirating response.I am so thankful that you went to this extent to reply back to my question.
        Now let me tell me you the fact:
        I was just walking back from office one day and I got a glimse of the book “STAY HUNGRY STAY FOOLISH”. This topic thrilled me.
        STAY HUNGRY – Quest for knowledge should be there always.
        STAY FOOLISH – There can be multiple interpretations
        a) Never consider that you are familiar with everything
        b) Even if you know much ,act or pretend you don’t know. Now this is scary.

        I got the book immediately and went to my room and asked my friend what came to her mind.
        you would laugh now – (she is very much fashion consicuous) – She said: If you are hungry and not eating for good figure, you are foolish.One should have a balanced diet.However the perspective is good.I asked few more people and got many ideas.
        It wold be great if you can write a blog on this.

        Regards,
        Kumud

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        1. Michelle Crapo Post author
          Consider it done – In fact I’ll see what kind of time I have to do this today.

          I’ll have to pick up the book too!  It sounds like a great read.  (I’ll do the blog prior to reading the book as the book will affect my blog.  And I don’t want it too.)

          I loved your friend’s response.  It was very practical!

          Michelle

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        2. Michelle Crapo Post author
          Consider it done – In fact I’ll see what kind of time I have to do this today.

          I’ll have to pick up the book too!  It sounds like a great read.  (I’ll do the blog prior to reading the book as the book will affect my blog.  And I don’t want it too.)

          I loved your friend’s response.  It was very practical!

          Michelle

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