I imagine it's not just me, but I am wondering about the odd "disconnect" I feel when people talk about a post of mine & say "Rob said this..."; & I know that means me, but my actual name is not Rob, not even close to "Rob" (Rob Anybody is an awesome character from Terry Pratchett's novels - Nac Mac Feegle!! Crivens!). The reason I even posted this is I just referred to @Birdjaguar as "Bird" in a recent post, & wondered if he felt the same (granted, after I posted it).
Not saying anyone should stop, or it's bad, or unusual. I also certainly don't mean to conflate it to when people Quote my posts. Just asking does @Lexicus feel weird when people say "As Lex said..."; or @Sommerswerd when someone says "As Sommer just said...". Or @Valka D'Ur if someone says "Valka just said..." Do y'all ever get this weird disconnect that I do? Like "oh, wait, they mean me"? Just curious how others.. "relate" to being addressed (not quoted, but addressed) not just by their forum name, but by a derivative of their forum name? Is it weird for anyone else?
Not in my case, because many people know me as warpus and refer to me as such, and that's been the case for almost 30 years.
I adopted warpus as my nickname in the early-to-mid 1990s and started using it on local bulletin board systems (that you'd call with a modem) as well as in the textmode art scene. "Warpus" has its origins at the high school I attended, and some of my friends there knew me as warpus from the 10th grade on or so. Most of my friends at the time were either high school friends or BBS friends, so basically all my friends either knew about this nickname or were actively using it. In the 1990s I also released some music as warpus with the music group ANMA (absolutely no musical abilities), we were a decently respectable hit in our local high school and adjacent friendsphere, as well as with the local tracking music collective Spleen. All these things contributed to the name sticking.
What also helped was that my mom took a bright orange toque (read: hat) and sewed a green WARPUS onto it for me. I don't think I even asked her to do this - she made this as a gift for me of her own accord. I ended up wearing this toque all the time and so it became a sort of symbol for me. If you didn't know my name, you could just look up and read my toque. My friend Kelly also made me an orange t-shirt with 'warpus' on the front in black.. It was inspired by the toque. When I wear both at the same time I get special powers, but the letters have faded somewhat over the years..
My mom clued in that people were calling me warpus pretty quickly though. I made a BBS door game with a friend once, and people ended up calling us to ask how to install it.. from places like the U.S. and Brazil. My mom would pick up the phone, and there were strange people with strange accents asking about somebody named warpus. She had to ask the first time, but not after that. I also sometimes got phone calls from textmode art group people, asking for art. Back in those days each group released a monthly pack of art, at the end of the month. So in the days leading up to the end of the month, groups would reach out to their members to try to prod them to finish and submit some art. I wasn't expecting a phone call in this case myself either - before this I was in local groups and that never happened.. So it surprised me too, but it made me feel 1337
These days both names can be used interchangeably. I was going to formally make warpus my middle name, but.. that's too much of a headache. I react to both names with the same amount of non-confusion and non-awkwardness. Furthermore, all the Polish variants of my name are also acceptable, depending on context. The German variant is okay only for Germans or people I knew in West Germany.