I'm on a lot of email lists; (probably too many). For whatever reason, I am really bothered by the fact that some people feel the need to use some sort of cutesy name in the from field of their messages. For example, on one list I'm on, for the longest time, one user was Spongebob Square Pants. Please explain to me why exactly this is normal? And, is it a blind thing or does it happen everywhere? To me, even an email is a form of communication that means something, and proper form is just as important with messages as any other form of communication. I want to be taken seriously, (when I actually have something serious to say), and to me, using a name like Sponguebob Square Pants isn't going to make people take me seriously.
So, I'm curious. What's the story behind making up names? If it's because you're trying to protect your identity, if a person wants to know who you are badly enough I'm sure they'll be able to figure it out. To me, it just seems that coming up with a fake name, especially one that so obviously fake, is pointless. And, what's the deal with having one name on the email message, and then signing the body of the message with a completely different name? I just don't understand!!!!
And now, rant over. I'll let you all get back to your regularly scheduled Monday (did I ever mention that I hate Mondays?) morning.