What should I do with my username?

Back when I created my LJ, I chose Wlonkly as a username
because Rich was deleted-and-purged. I didn’t realize
at the time that I could rename
to a deleted-and-purged username, and now it’s sitting there tempting
me to do so now.

Background: I’ve used “mendel” on IRC for about eight years now. I
started using “wlonkly” as my alternate nickname on IRC after
Mark-Jason Dominus was
talking about “wlonk” on IRC one night, but it’s rare that I use
it for any long period of time. It’s also my AIM/YIM/MSN username,
but that’s because it was available on all of them.

So in short, the advantage of Rich is that it’s what I
use on IRC, and the advantage of Wlonkly is that it’s a lot
more unique
than “mendel” is and it’s what I’m already known as here on LJ, both in
my own journal and in the support area.


3 responses to “What should I do with my username?”

  1. Your id here is irrelevant — once on my friends list I don’t care what your name is. You are your posts and your icons far more than you are your lj id. Don’t bother with the hassle.

  2. The Wayback Machine has a snapshots of the former mendel’s journal and former user info.

    Doesn’t seem like that guy hung on to the journal for long so if you grab it, the chances of mistaken identity are low. Except that seems to have known this other mendel, or maybe friended him by accident.

    Have you considered going by ‘wlonkly’ everywhere? You’d never have this problem again.

  3. I don’t know, I guess I just like mendel as a nickname better than wlonkly. Both are fine, though, so… yeah, this was a useless comment.

    Oh, and I added you to my friends list, just so yaknow. Woot.