Having been steering clear of Viewer 2, I have not given Display Names much thought until Phoenix added support for them recently. Now I’m wondering why they’re so little used, and talked it over a bit with a friend, who simply hadn’t considered ideas for it. I assume most people see it as a means to change your identity, rather than a way to augment your identity, so I thought I’d throw out some ideas.
- Most basics use: Honorifics! Everyone can use one of these. “Miss Kandace Commons”, or perhaps just “Miss Commons.” We’ve plenty of doctors about, why not “Dr. Steve McGee?” There’s always the ever classy “Lady Kandace Commons” as well, or “Lord Murphy Darington.”
- Augment with your profession: “Pharologist Kandace Commons” or “Miss Kandace Commons, noted Pharologist” or “Captain Jack Sparrow.”
- Maiden names: “Kandace Commons née Orabelle”, or perhaps combine with the first. “Miss Kandace Commons née Orabelle.”
- This one is probably more obvious, but married names. Take your partner’s name, or hyphen it with your own.
I’m not sure what the character limit for display names is, but there’s a myriad variety of things that can be done to spice things up. What’s everyone waiting for?