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    screen name stolen

    One month ago some one created an account on youtube.com with my screen name . THAT IS NOT ME on youtube. Just so every one knows.

    Has anyone else had this happen to them? Has anyone else had their screen name stolen?

    And what did you about it or could do about it?

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    Nothing. Add some numbers to the end. I'm lucky though, mine was free and I didn't have to do anything weird.

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    err... are you for real?
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    Quote Originally Posted by kryptkat View Post
    One month ago some one created an account on youtube.com with my screen name . THAT IS NOT ME on youtube. Just so every one knows.
    YOUR screen name? There is over 5 billion people in the world, alot of them have access to the internet. Do you really think your nick was going to remain unique forever, and that no one would ever think of the same name? Do you really think that guy on youtube frequents this board, saw your name and decided to steal it? I think not, it's pure coincidence...

    Besides, why is it YOUR screen name? Maybe this guy has been using that name since the dawn of the internet on some p2p network or IRC channel? Why do you get to decide who's name it is then?
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    Nevertheless, it's annoying when someone has the name you want. Picking reasonably random or long names helps their availability. If that doesn't work, I tend to use different names rather than sticking some numbers on the end.
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    I find it hard enough to remember all my passwords for different sites, never mind the possibility that someone may steal my identity.
    Boy am I irked? At least 4 people are using twomes. Gah!

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    God forbid anyone to use Mario F. anywhere! I'll sue them up the wazoo.
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    Originally Posted by brewbuck:
    Reimplementing a large system in another language to get a 25% performance boost is nonsense. It would be cheaper to just get a computer which is 25% faster.

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    Yeah, a lot of people tend to stole my lucky nick... Moreover some stupid sites like Macrovision prohibit usage of 4-letters names. Errr....

    IN this case I started to use alternative nick walking_vart - which is so far more lucky to be unique.

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    Hmm, to prevent people from using my name, I suppose I could sign my posts with Ma&#169;Gyve&#174;.... but considering I ripped it from a certain well known TV show, I don't think I can claim too much originality.

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    Apparently there is some guy named SlyMaelstrom that did something with adult websites, or so many have told me... that's not me, though.
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    For some reason, this thread reminded me of this: http://www.adrianxw.dk/
    Even your full name might not be unique . . . .
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    It hasn't happened to me yet, and the closest I've gotten to it was registering to find that my display name was already taken, because I didn't know I previously registered. A quick log in and I'm set. Screen names (display names as I often call them) typically have one's name or a few words in them. These will likely cause "that name is already taken" to occur at sites with numerous users. In my case, since it's neither a word, nor any common name, it's extremely unlikely, though it is still possible. Considering others think it's tricky to spell, it's surprisingly easy once you figure out the many patterns. 4 letters: u, l, i, a (in backwards order too), with "ill" (synonym for "sick") copied twice and placed right between the center. U + L + ILL + ILL + I + A. Pronouncing it is a bit trickier in my opinion since patterns aren't really all that apparent. It came from a character in my stories I wrote long ago (from late 1997 or early 1998, the third episode of "The Story of the Wonderful Adventure", my first series).
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    Quote Originally Posted by dwks View Post
    For some reason, this thread reminded me of this: http://www.adrianxw.dk/
    Even your full name might not be unique . . . .
    Interesting Win32 tutorials that guy has, thanks for the link
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    The best strategy I think is to let everyone know that whom ever is using my screen name over there is not me. Else you might think it is me over there. Or if this happened to you would you want every one to know that someone over there is not you? The concern is this....if they the one using my screen name over there does something offensive or says something malicious I would want you all to know that the person over there is not me. And I am sure you all would want me and everyone to know that you did not do something malicious that someone else did right? Unknown is if there is malicious intent so yes this post is for real. Especially the particular spelling and way which thought was put into creating the screen name then trying to remain a halfway respectable cat. Meow. It would be like if you were some athlete then someone who never played the game or sport started using your name or screen naem.

    While it may not be that big of deal if there was no malicious intent. Youtube is a popular social web site. This my happen and be more common than I know. But there is also identity theft. So overflowing the litter box when I seen that.... you have to meow. If you see the same screen name on several boards do you automatically assume it is the same individual? Thank you for seriously listening and your advices.


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    If you see the same screen name on several boards do you automatically assume it is the same individual?
    Yes, if the name is reasonably uncommon or if there are other identifying characteristics. For example, I am very much certain the Salem on DaniWeb is the same Salem we have here -- both are moderators, both share the same posting style, both know a huge amount about programming, both share the same avatar.

    And then there is deliberate identity theft . . . .

    Interesting Win32 tutorials that guy has, thanks for the link
    You're welcome . . . it's the personal page for the moderator adrianxw on this board. I agree with the sentiment, by the way.

    Hmm, to prevent people from using my name, I suppose I could sign my posts with Ma&#169;Gyve&#174;.... but considering I ripped it from a certain well known TV show, I don't think I can claim too much originality.
    No, but you could use something like "MacGyver, master Deathray Engineer". Though I'm not sure if Elysia would like that or not.
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