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2021-12-02 2:44:57 PM  
<pristine lawn mode>
When I was young enough to have what would now be an embarrassing handle, E-Mail was a private message on a BBS, and the Internet wasn't even a thing -- or not a public thing anyway.  Although when I did finally get on the Internet in the early 90s, I tended to use "Diehl" -- the phonetic pronunciation of the letters DL, short for DragonLord, which was my main BBS alias from back in the day that would be cringy today if I still used it.
</lawn, off>
 
2021-12-02 3:15:31 PM  
The only time I was embarrassed enough to change something was when I started my first job out of college. My boss (now one of my really good friends) was a big gamer. When I interviewed, I was there an extra 30 minutes talking about favorite games and all that. My Xbox Live handle at the time was HandBanana420 (Hand Banana from ATHF and 420 because obvious reasons). After I started, he asked a few times what my handle was because he wanted to add me as a friend. I put it off for a bit because I did not want him seeing it (was more worried about the '420' part than anything). I then changed it to something a bit more innocuous.
 
2021-12-02 3:22:00 PM  
I sometimes have to explain why I use the email name 'smarties' when interviewing.

When I tell them about Necco Wafers, some of them get it.
 
2021-12-02 3:23:19 PM  
That's why I went with PirateKing. There's nothing untoward about musical theater.
 
2021-12-02 3:24:01 PM  
I'm sticking with mylong­do­n­g­[nospam-﹫-backwards]l­oa*com
 
2021-12-02 3:24:31 PM  
I've got grco­o­p­er­[nospam-﹫-backwards]loa­*c­om but I don't use it ...

/beta tester for the first windows version
 
2021-12-02 3:24:37 PM  

Abe Vigoda's Ghost: I'm sticking with mylongdong[[nospam-﹫-backwards] image 7x13]loa[* image 7x13]com


Maybe if you washed it every now and then...
 
2021-12-02 3:24:56 PM  
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2021-12-02 3:25:06 PM  
I have 4 different email addresses.
One is my assigned work email, basically my name @corporate name.
I don't get how this is a big deal.
 
2021-12-02 3:25:45 PM  
I still have shiathead in my Steam account name. I can't change it.
 
2021-12-02 3:26:15 PM  
My middle school email address was something like hoeslayer. 

I didn't slay many hoes.

My new username is more appropriate.
 
2021-12-02 3:26:35 PM  
step 1: setup forwarding
step2: use new address

step3: there is no step 3
 
2021-12-02 3:26:45 PM  
Meh. Still way less embarrassing than most people's "social media" presence.

Most companies still use email. Not everything can be done via social media and Google Docs, though some people seem to think it can.

They're wrong.
 
2021-12-02 3:26:51 PM  
I have always had an email that's first­na­me_la­st­na­m­e[nospam-﹫-backwards]eciv­r­es­lia­m­e*co­m

When I was in university in the early 2000s we used to add our addresses to a sheet at the beginning of the semester for the prof to keep us updated. Even back then I was shocked at the number of hotchick87 and keggerdude69 emails people would use.
 
2021-12-02 3:27:22 PM  
IH8YRGOD

ChocolateNutz

placentainthecurtains

I have no regrets.
 
2021-12-02 3:27:28 PM  

disaster bastard: My middle school email address was something like hoeslayer. 

I didn't slay many hoes.

My new username is more appropriate.


hoewatcher? hoestalker?
 
2021-12-02 3:28:13 PM  
Huh, I just noticed my doctor's email is w­eedlordboner­h­itle­r69­[nospam-﹫-backwards]loa­*c­om.
 
2021-12-02 3:29:50 PM  
I bought a copy of Netscape 2 browser (yeah!   bought) and got a 'free' email address.   It was originally 5 megs.  That was a lot back then, adjusts onion.  Still got the netscape.net address.  When the tire store asks for my email address, they get this one.

Bought Netscape 2 and got Web Zeppelin with the last copy of ProComm, so technically, I've two more browsers than anyone else.
 
2021-12-02 3:29:58 PM  
Wait. You're not allowed to have more than one email address?

Am I breaking the law?
 
2021-12-02 3:30:04 PM  
Until a little over a decade ago, we used to let new students and fac/staff create their own user IDs. But, this had a problem of people either putting in stupid joke stuff and having it accepted by accident, or getting so annoyed at seeing for the 100th time a message of "this username is taken" or "this username is invalid" (ie. it ran up against the profanity filters), that they would then enter some string of random characters and have it accepted. BONUS: once the creation process was done, the only way to change the userid was to contact the help desk and hope and pray you found someone sympathetic enough to go through the arduous ID change process.

Anyway, we ended up with a student-turned-FT employee in one department with a UserID that was nothing but the same letter repeated 6 or 7 times. Which didn't help when he was trying to talk to anyone outside the department or University, as everyone saw the "FROM" line and thought the email was spam.
 
2021-12-02 3:30:21 PM  

Glenford: I have always had an email that's firstname_lastnameecivresliamecom

When I was in university in the early 2000s we used to add our addresses to a sheet at the beginning of the semester for the prof to keep us updated. Even back then I was shocked at the number of hotchick87 and keggerdude69 emails people would use.


That's fine if your name is Cuauhtémoc Goldstein, but there's a good chance that real names are already taken.
 
2021-12-02 3:30:55 PM  
I use the old embarrassing E-mail for accounts where I know they are gonna bombard me with spam.  Like Netflix or Amazon.

Otherwise I use a different email for correspondence with my child's school.
 
2021-12-02 3:31:05 PM  
I recall reading a resume for an applicant that was something like babydaddy86. Had they stayed around longer I would have told them to register an account with something more professional. It's not that difficult folk. You can have multiple emails.
 
2021-12-02 3:31:12 PM  
xXx_­Lor­d­M­o­nst­e­rCock­Lol­6969­6­9_x­Xx[nospam-﹫-backwards]lo­a­*c​om
 
2021-12-02 3:31:17 PM  
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2021-12-02 3:32:35 PM  
I'm old enough I managed to get emails as just my initials and also first name last name @ gmail/hotmail/yahoo
 
2021-12-02 3:35:04 PM  
I have this username on most platforms, though I also have a .xyz domain that i have that's my professional contact email address.
 
2021-12-02 3:35:19 PM  
I didn't realize that when you start using a new 'adult' email address you have to delete all the messages in your old account and then close it forever.
 
2021-12-02 3:36:29 PM  

GodComplex: I recall reading a resume for an applicant that was something like babydaddy86. Had they stayed around longer I would have told them to register an account with something more professional. It's not that difficult folk. You can have multiple emails.


Worked at a staffing agency and trade school for a bit one time. Couldn't count the number of times I've had to tell people they need a new email.

They were also shocked that anyone could search their name on Facebook and pull up their entire account. One guy challenged it (during a career presentation). I went to Facebook, searched his name, and found him in 5 seconds, and the subsequent photos of him blowing huge clouds of weed smoke, "I get high every day!" posts, and various pics of wads of cash. He shut up pretty quickly and listened intently on how to lock down your social media.
 
2021-12-02 3:37:18 PM  
The Hotmail account is the Internet Handle and where all the writing type stuff goes.

The main one is initials/old house number

Work is corporate format
 
2021-12-02 3:37:19 PM  
I have always been bughunter.

I will always be bughunter.

At that earthlink place, if you care to correspond.
 
2021-12-02 3:38:00 PM  

DecemberNitro: xXx_LordMonsterCockLol696969_xXx[[nos​p​am-﹫-backwards] image 7x13]loa[* image 7x13]com


So YOU'RE the reason I had to register xXx_LordMonsterCockLol696970_​x­Xx[nospam-﹫-backwards]l­o­a*c­om!
 
2021-12-02 3:38:22 PM  
My email is my initials and last name, business style
 
2021-12-02 3:38:24 PM  

disaster bastard: My middle school email address was something like hoeslayer. 

I didn't slay many hoes.

My new username is more appropriate.


ho-p­ro­po­s­i­t­i­oner­[nospam-﹫-backwards]ni­am­o­d*co­m ?
 
2021-12-02 3:40:03 PM  

XanthPrime: I use the old embarrassing E-mail for accounts where I know they are gonna bombard me with spam.  Like Netflix or Amazon.

Otherwise I use a different email for correspondence with my child's school.


If you've got a gmail account, you can differentiate the spam by using a + in your email address. Gmail ignores anything after the + so if you've got w­eedl­ordb­o­nerhit­le­r6­9[nospam-﹫-backwards]l­iamg*co­m, you can sign up with weedlordbonerhitler69+netflix@gma​il.com and then filter that stuff. I do that quite a bit. Only problem is that some services won't let you use + in your email address... or even more annoying, they'll let you sign-up with a + in the email, but then the login screen for the service won't let you actually login with it
 
2021-12-02 3:40:06 PM  

XanthPrime: I use the old embarrassing E-mail for accounts where I know they are gonna bombard me with spam.  Like Netflix or Amazon.

Otherwise I use a different email for correspondence with my child's school.


Same.  There's my professional/adult account, which is where my bank, health insurance provider, professional contacts, etc. send things, and then there's the personal email, which is where things like receipts and order confirmations from Steam or Amazon or food delivery go.
 
2021-12-02 3:40:23 PM  

kindms: step 1: setup forwarding
step2: use new address

step3: there is no step 3


Step 3: Profit
 
2021-12-02 3:40:52 PM  
I had an embarrassing one, but I forgot the password so I assume Gmail deleted it.

My primary one for everything but work is my first initial, middle initial, and first four of my last name, at Gmail.  It was my undergrad email handle, but at Gmail and not at school dot edu.  Works out quite well.
 
2021-12-02 3:41:24 PM  

Harry Freakstorm: I bought a copy of Netscape 2 browser (yeah!   bought) and got a 'free' email address.   It was originally 5 megs.  That was a lot back then, adjusts onion.  Still got the netscape.net address.  When the tire store asks for my email address, they get this one.

Bought Netscape 2 and got Web Zeppelin with the last copy of ProComm, so technically, I've two more browsers than anyone else.


did you get Whole Lotta Fark on that Web Zepplin?
 
2021-12-02 3:41:27 PM  

big pig peaches: Wait. You're not allowed to have more than one email address?

Am I breaking the law?


I sure hope not. I set up some domains with catchalls, so I have effectively infinite email addresses. If you're breaking some law, I've apparently obliterated it.
 
2021-12-02 3:42:17 PM  
All rise for the honorable judge Smith. You can contact judge Smith at x­XW­ee­dL­or­dBon­er­HitlerXx­[nospam-﹫-backwards]ooh­ay­*com
 
2021-12-02 3:42:49 PM  

Joe_diGriz: Until a little over a decade ago, we used to let new students and fac/staff create their own user IDs. But, this had a problem of people either putting in stupid joke stuff and having it accepted by accident, or getting so annoyed at seeing for the 100th time a message of "this username is taken" or "this username is invalid" (ie. it ran up against the profanity filters), that they would then enter some string of random characters and have it accepted. BONUS: once the creation process was done, the only way to change the userid was to contact the help desk and hope and pray you found someone sympathetic enough to go through the arduous ID change process.

Anyway, we ended up with a student-turned-FT employee in one department with a UserID that was nothing but the same letter repeated 6 or 7 times. Which didn't help when he was trying to talk to anyone outside the department or University, as everyone saw the "FROM" line and thought the email was spam.


so....
actions have consequences?

/who knew?
 
2021-12-02 3:44:33 PM  
plenty of "professional" emails can be more embarassing.
We had an email address policy of first initial last name @etc
Poor old Paul Hart who became phart@etc
Then they changes things up to be the first name + first two letters of one's last name. Poor Pho whose address was phole@etc. During a meeting someone asked who this "Pee hole" guy was that was emailing him.
 
2021-12-02 3:45:25 PM  

Marcos P: My email is my initials and last name, business style


I tried that with my first out-of-college email address in the 90's, but it didn't work well because my first inital is M. and my second initial is S., so people were parsing it as "Ms..."
 
2021-12-02 3:46:03 PM  

scottydoesntknow: GodComplex: I recall reading a resume for an applicant that was something like babydaddy86. Had they stayed around longer I would have told them to register an account with something more professional. It's not that difficult folk. You can have multiple emails.

Worked at a staffing agency and trade school for a bit one time. Couldn't count the number of times I've had to tell people they need a new email.

They were also shocked that anyone could search their name on Facebook and pull up their entire account. One guy challenged it (during a career presentation). I went to Facebook, searched his name, and found him in 5 seconds, and the subsequent photos of him blowing huge clouds of weed smoke, "I get high every day!" posts, and various pics of wads of cash. He shut up pretty quickly and listened intently on how to lock down your social media.


sounds more like scottydidntwanttoknow
 
2021-12-02 3:46:16 PM  
Buddy of mine went into the Air Force. He filled out his contact info with the only email he had at the time, which was its­i­nmy­pro­stat­e­[nospam-﹫-backwards]o­ohay*com

I think he did get official USAF email, so somebody had to have typed that into a system somewhere
 
2021-12-02 3:46:28 PM  
Meh, I'll stick with f4rko­nthe1­st­d­a­te[nospam-﹫-backwards]ooh­a­y*c­o­m
 
2021-12-02 3:46:32 PM  
Back in the early days I bought the domain name of my last name, so my email is first name at last name dot com.
I can also type anything as the name before the @ so I can easily create a different name for every service I sign up for, so if I start getting spam I know who leaked my email, yes hotels dot com I'm looking at you...

/I am also amazed at how often I see a brand new shiny trade truck, professionally signwritten, apparently a thriving successful business, yet they have a ac­meheati­ng[nospam-﹫-backwards]oo­hay*co­m email address. Only yesterday I saw a brand new Transit Connect with a very expensive paint job with a @yahoo email, and right below it they had their website, acmeheating.com! So they own a domain, but still use a Yahoo email!
 
2021-12-02 3:46:57 PM  

Target Builder: I'm old enough I managed to get emails as just my initials and also first name last name @ gmail/hotmail/yahoo


Yep I got the same for my sweet sweet Hotmail account which I still have. I was originally going to have a cool account name I'd probably later regret but I had sensible teachers that drilled into me the importance of appearances and how anything ending in "69" might be funny now but later would get your job applications filed directly in the trash. As somebody that now receives job applications it is plain to see that lots of other people never got that memo.
 
2021-12-02 3:47:11 PM  

the voice of raisin: Harry Freakstorm: I bought a copy of Netscape 2 browser (yeah!   bought) and got a 'free' email address.   It was originally 5 megs.  That was a lot back then, adjusts onion.  Still got the netscape.net address.  When the tire store asks for my email address, they get this one.

Bought Netscape 2 and got Web Zeppelin with the last copy of ProComm, so technically, I've two more browsers than anyone else.

did you get Whole Lotta Fark on that Web Zepplin?


Actually, Web Zeppelin wouldn't run javascript  and maybe CSS wouldn't load, so I got a lotta "Your Browser Sux!"
 
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