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Updates to the forum 01/03/02


Peter Gariepy

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Peter ~ In the spirit of accomodation and cooperation I just tried to do as you requested and change my display name to Howard Scotland. It was rejected saying, "The display name you have chosen cannot be used as it is being used by another user."

You will have to either free it up or I will have to remain HVS. Is this some sort of Forum identity theft? <img src="http://www.aaca.org/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/confused.gif" alt="" />

The real hvs <img src="http://www.aaca.org/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" />

PS: Some of the instant graemlins no longer spell out what they mean, just give the keyboard symbols for typing them in.

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Guest BruceW

Just a frivilous question that doesnt matter a hill of beans.. but....

When we change our names.. do our recorded number of posts go with the new name?

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Peter ~ In rummaging through the forum this morning something came to my attention. A number of us, me included, have changed our display names to our NAME. HVS is now Howard Scotland. This presents no problem to me and most likely not to anyone else, since by this time all of the regulars knew who HVS was anyway.

<span style="font-weight: bold">BUT,</span> there are a lot of people on here like Idle Swede and 1937HD45 who have established a following and recognition based on their moniker. For them to suddenly become John Smith or the like will in my opinion destroy the recognition they have built up over the years.

I bring this up only to make the following observation. Please don't consider making using a person's real name mandatory. Let those of us who are comfortable with the change be the ones to change but let the others remain identified by their historic moniker. Even though my display name will come up Howard Scotland, I will still sign off as "hvs". It should be sort of a cross reference for some.

Just a thought and in no way a complaint or criticism. I like what you have done.

hvs <img src="http://www.aaca.org/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" />

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Howard I noticed that too. I changed mine and the same thing happened. I can deal with the initials. I probably should just change to one name. As far as 1937hd, I'd think he'd want to keep that. It's a moniker that's kind of famous now, and what could I say about Dave@Moon?! It's like calling a Chevy a General Motors car or something. Wayne

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Wayne,

We in the BCA will <span style="font-style: italic"><span style="font-weight: bold">NEVER</span></span> concede that GM built anything so inappropriately attired as to be wearing a bowtie in public!!! wink.giftongue.gif

There's a few dozen regulars on the forum who know my real name. For most of the time I've been on the forum I was a Chapter chairman in the Buick Club, so it wasn't too hard to look me up in the past.

I've deliberately left my personal information off of my home page listing for past professional reasons. Howard knows most of the story, as does anyone who knows me personally. Suffice as to say that you don't take on the career of environmental inspector without running into a few individuals that you really don't want your daughter to meet, let alone marry.

Even 300+ miles away in another state, I'm sure there are a few individuals who'd dearly love to know how and where to find me for an impolite discussion on the issues of personal freedom <span style="font-style: italic">vis-a-vis</span> public health and the right to bear arms lynchstill.gif (if, in fact, they've regained some of their own as yet!).

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Dave,

You talk about someone that you would not want your daughter to meet, let alone merry - - - - -check out that picture of Idle Swede. <img src="http://www.aaca.org/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif" alt="" /> <img src="http://www.aaca.org/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif" alt="" />

Dan <img src="http://www.aaca.org/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" />

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I dunno about this trend of using our real names, My posts are boring enough as it is, if I displayed my real name people would stay away in droves.........................................

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So my father had no imagination, not half as bad as two of my schoolfriends: Sussman Merrill Schiff and Duncan Delano Brevoort, with names like that we got picked on alot.

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Bill ~ I should have known better, but there is a Howard Victor Scotland, III.

Years ago when my father was still alive and all three generations lived in Baltimore, you cannot imagine the misdirected phone calls and mail.

Now my son and I have a new problem. We both live in Cheyenne, which is a rather small town. I am legally Jr. and he is III, but people assume that because I am the old one then he MUST be Jr. I write letters to the editor of the local paper and he gets the blame. I get calls from people at places where he used to work and I have no idea what they are talking about. It takes a bit of listening to realize their error.

For any of you younger folks reading this who as yet have no children, DON'T NAME THEM AFTER YOURSELF, or as in my case after my father. It becomes a lifelong problem for all generations, which only ends when there is only one survivor. <img src="http://www.aaca.org/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/frown.gif" alt="" />

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Peter, not sure everything works the same way. When I go through reading the posts, the yellow "lights" on the left border would go out after reading each thread. Now, I have to log off, then back on to make the "light" go out. Having trouble keeping up with what I've already read. Wayne

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Know the feeling, Howard. My son is Peter J. Heizmann II.

The only problem I have had is his propensity to open any, and, all mail.

Could not find anything on this topic in Emily Post's book, so, I resorted to telling him to "Knock It Off...!!!". It finally worked.

Regards, Peter J.

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Howard & Peter,

We had similar problems, for a while it was old Bill, young Bill but dad got tired of that after while. Then it was big Bill, little Bill but I have been bigger then him for awhile now.

Finally was solved when I moved away.

But of course when I go see Mom & Dad, we still hve fun with the names.

With Dee & I both in our 50's there probably wont be a fourth.

Seriously,though, I consider it an honor and am very happy to be named after both my Dad and Grandfather. I didn't really know my Grandfather, as he died when I was quite young, but all I hear was he was a great man.

While my dad and me had our differences as I was growing up, I cant imagine a man I would have rather been raised by.

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teddy ~ Thanks. Now I am with you. <img src="http://www.aaca.org/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" />

Peterg ~ Previosly you could post a response by clicking on "Reply" above a particular post, and it would indicate to what post you were responding. That feature doesn't seem to be there any more. Is that on purpose or a casualty of the changeover.

In one respect it is better this way since you do not accidently respond to one person on someone else's post because it was the last one on the page. But on the other hand it eliminates the ability to post an answer to one particular person without having to type in their name as I just did with teddy.

How do some of you others feel about this? Any comments? <img src="http://www.aaca.org/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" />

Just putting into print what I have been thinking, that's all. <img src="http://www.aaca.org/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" />

hvs

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Tom,

Will definitely eat up storage... but storage is cheap anymore. I've currently got 8gigs free... would take a while to fill that.

Howard,

Yup, its back the way it use to be, no one was using the "threaded" mode, so i turned it off. If you don't know what "threaded" mode is then dont worry, no need to now. <img src="http://www.aaca.org/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" />

Everyone,

Doing some special upgrades for photos soon... keep an eye out for it... it's GONNA ROCK!

Peter

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Howard,

Back in the "old days", last month; the majority of posters would simply click on the reply position of the last post. One seldom knew who was being addressed. If I remember correctly, you were incorrectly addressed and had to ask for clarification from the poster.

It got hilarious when poster "anonymous X" clicked on reply on "anonymous Y" post and Anonymous A thru D" thought they had received a reply.

Thank Goodness that's history. Tom

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