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Ideas for Display Names.

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.

  1. 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.”
  2. Augment with your profession: “Pharologist Kandace Commons” or “Miss Kandace Commons, noted Pharologist” or “Captain Jack Sparrow.”
  3. Maiden names: “Kandace Commons née Orabelle”, or perhaps combine with the first. “Miss Kandace Commons née Orabelle.”
  4. 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?

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  1. Tepic Harlequin Tepic Harlequin January 4, 2011

    At the moment, there is a bug in Display Names with the main sl viewer, which turns everyone, or people at random to ??? as their name!  This also affects chat logs, with everyone showing ??? chatting in one box! Very confusing, and an annoyance.  The solution that works is to turn off Display Names, which i have done, until there is a clear resolution.

    Oh, seems it affects other viewers too.

    • Yang Moreau Yang Moreau January 4, 2011

      Yep, affects Phoenix as well, and actually, I got my own main’s SN stuck as ??? twice now and I don’t use display names on mine for business reasons. (Can’t have someone IM Satu Moreau for help with a rental or sushi and have a Hono Berada show up.) And you can only change them once a week too, so… To me it’s not entirely practical for every rper. However, I was considering fiddling with Dr. Sonnerstein’s so I can drop his group titler for the Dr. bit.

      • Kandace Commons Kandace Commons January 6, 2011

        I have seen it once or twice in the last few days (on Phoenix), but it’s not really an issue cause the user name always shows up. I’d say 95% of the time I see the display name, maybe other people have worse luck.

  2. Edward Pearse Edward Pearse January 6, 2011

    I haven’t had the ??? bug show up yet *touch wood*. Christine has altered her display name to McAllister-Pearse and so far it’s shown up properly.

  3. Mr Underby Mr Underby January 6, 2011

    Where would one find the option in Viewer 2 to change display name?

    • Kandace Commons Kandace Commons January 6, 2011

      In your profile, I believe. In Phoenix it is under Edit->Display Name.

    • Mr Underby Mr Underby January 7, 2011

      Oh, I wasn’t aware that altering display names was brutally enforced.

      • Grendel Footman Grendel Footman January 7, 2011

        trained gorillas with cattle prods come out of hiding to drag you away if you don’t, I don’t know what they do, bu I’ve heard it involves a few tons of dynamite and strawberries…

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