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Maneesh Godbole
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La Vish is not a fictious name, my friend. It is short for Lakshmi Vishnu. If Mahalakshmi Annadurai could change hers to Maha Anna why not La Vish? I am using that name since 2002 and suddenly in 2014 you find that it is against your same old naming policy? You could change your name to Man God and still it would be valid, wouldn't it
 
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La Vish wrote:La Vish is not a fictious name, my friend. It is short for Lakshmi Vishnu. If Mahalakshmi Annadurai could change hers to Maha Anna why not La Vish? I am using that name since 2002 and suddenly in 2014 you find that it is against your same old naming policy? You could change your name to Man God and still it would be valid, wouldn't it


I don't think that there is a hard rule for or against shortening of names. It is definitely in the gray area. And as a side note, if Maneesh did change his screen name to "Man God", he will very much likely be challenged...

Also, how do you know that it is sudden? Moderators debate over stuff all the time -- sometimes for years.

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La Vish wrote:I am using that name since 2002 and suddenly in 2014 you find that it is against your same old naming policy?

I wouldn't call it suddenly. It so happens, I noticed it for the first time today and it did not 'sound real' to me, which is all the name policy expects. Why was it not challenged for so many years? Who knows. Maybe it's because you do not post that frequently. (161 posts counting the one above).

La Vish wrote:You could change your name to Man God and still it would be valid, wouldn't it

I doubt, as it does not 'sound real'. As you can see, Henry would think the same.
 
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La,
We are still discussing this in the private moderator forum. One question: how would you feel about changing your display name to "La Vishnu"? It's only two characters longer.

The problem isn't that your shortened your name. It's that "lavish" is an English word. The concern is someone sees that and thinks they can make their display name an English word as well like "Ja Va". It's short for "Jane Von Trapp". If your display name were "La Vishnu", it would no longer be an English word and wouldn't throw up a "fake name" signal.
 
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Jeanne Boyarsky wrote:La,
We are still discussing this in the private moderator forum. One question: how would you feel about changing your display name to "La Vishnu"? It's only two characters longer.

The problem isn't that your shortened your name. It's that "lavish" is an English word. The concern is someone sees that and thinks they can make their display name an English word as well like "Ja Va". It's short for "Jane Von Trapp". If your display name were "La Vishnu", it would no longer be an English word and wouldn't throw up a "fake name" signal.


Jeanne,

It looks like "la" has elected to not respond after two weeks. I suspect that "la" knows about "lavish" and has been busted. It is perfectly okay with me if you wish to lock the account.
 
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I decided to give "la" a cow skull for his/her part (or lack of response) in this naming thing.
 
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paul wheaton wrote:Jeanne,

It looks like "la" has elected to not respond after two weeks. I suspect that "la" knows about "lavish" and has been busted. It is perfectly okay with me if you wish to lock the account.

I'm thinking that if "la" posts again without chainging the display name, the account is locked then. That allows for the remote possibility the user is on vacation.

And good use of the cow skull!
 
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