Forum name or first name?

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In the last few weeks I've noticed that some forum members are addressing people by their Christian names. Is this good or bad? Do long term members find this helpful? Do newer members feel a bit excluded?
I would rather use Forum names in general postings and only use real names when sending a PM. At least I try to. More secure I think?
I generally try to use forum names. If there's someone who often signs off a post with their real name I occasionally use that as they have already chosen to post it on the forum, but if they don't use their real name, I don't use their real name... At least I hope I don't. Apologies to anyone if I have.
An individual thing I think BB, I didn't want to sign up with my username being my "given name", but didn't take long for me to start using my christian name on here, I find it friendlier. I can't speak for newer members, maybe it would be an idea to set up a poll to ask members their opinion. As a long term member I respect the wishes of other members and address them by whichever name they are more comfortable with on the forum.
Very wise. I think it's generally a good idea to refer to others as they refer to themselves. A few times people have used their real names as their usernames but later changed their username to something different, at which point I think it's only fair to call them by their new username.
I think we have to stick to publicly using Forum names, to avoid confusion for new members. If we started calling 'Submarine7' by their real name 'Gertrude' for instance, the new members wouldn't have a clue who we're on about.
In the last few weeks I've noticed that some forum members are addressing people by their Christian names. Is this good or bad? Do long term members find this helpful? Do newer members feel a bit excluded?
The reason I dont use my real name is because I think I would feel too vunerable and if someone was, say, aburpt or nasty then it would at RRB and not me,if you know what I mean, low self esteem sometimes Image Saying that, it would be nice to be included in first names, but in time, you never know.

Best wishes RRB X
I'd prefer a bit of anonimity too - so won't be using Facebook!
I'd prefer a bit of anonimity too - so won't be using Facebook!
No I have never used facebook,or twitter twatter chirpy chipry tweet tweet,blogging or blinging Image RRB
felt safe enough to use my real name just spelt it differently