We're a friendly group, and we encourage members to use real (or real-sounding) names, rather than “handles”. We've found this contributes to a more congenial and respectful atmosphere. Your first name is fine, or your favorite nickname - whatever you're comfortable with. We'd just like to know what to call you when we're replying to you.
To change your username, follow these steps:
To avoid being confused with other members, pick something that's likely to be unique. If your nickname is the same as another member's (e.g., two members both using the nickname “John”), staff members may ask you to add the first initial of your last name or some other unique identifier (e.g., “John from St Louis”) to your nickname to avoid confusion.