Why Don't Members Put Their Name in Their Profile?

Last Update: August 27, 2016

The question of why members don't put their name in their WA profile comes up pretty often.

I think I might know the answer!

When someone make the wise decision to join WA, they get a couple welcome messages. One is from the member who referred them and the other is from Kyle or Carson.

Those message refer to the member by their first name. They can do that because it is build into the automated messages that the system sends out.



It is probably only natural that when the new member goes to write their profile, they think everyone can see their name. So, they don't think about including it.

After we have been here a while, we know that isn't true. If we want to be polite and refer to the member by name, we have to search through old messages on their profile page looking for it.

So, please go to you profile page and tell us your first name or what you would like to be called. It only takes a minute and makes it easier for everyone.

Thank you,

Tom

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Debbi26 Premium Plus
I like to see everyone's real name too and the new feature is great. When you hover, you see the real name. In your case, it's says "Leave Thomas a message...." ~Debbi
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tclough Premium
OK - I get it now. It just takes me a while :)
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paulgoodwin Premium
H Tom and I thought that names were there when you joined so I went to m page and my names are there twice actually a f I have never done anything
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Lundquik Premium
I totally agree with you Tom! I like to make my communications personal and having their name (or whatever they want to be called) in their profile would be very helpful.
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tclough Premium
It sure does help Kevin.

I hope this will remind some to add it.

Tom
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Loes Premium
I love the new feature, hover over the little profile picture and you have instant the name!
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jvranjes Premium
First time I see this. Did not know about it.
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tclough Premium
That is a great addition Loes but it still only give the user name right? It doesn't really tell us what the member wants to be called.

Tom
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Loes Premium
No, it gives the real names
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Loes Premium
Carson blogged about it 2 days ago Jovo
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tclough Premium
I must be missing something Loes. I don't see the real name - just the user name and first few lines of the profile.
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Loes Premium
The first line where you place your message says: Leave Thomas a message - or - Leave Jovo a message
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tclough Premium
Thanks Loes - got it now. That is a great addition!
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jvranjes Premium
I was in mountains Loes, no Internet. Yes you are right, there is real name. They did it nicely.
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Loes Premium
Hope you enjoyed:)
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JudeP Premium
I still don't see why that would give a reason to not have your name on your profile. When other members want to respond to you it's far easier (and more personal,) if there is a name by your profile :)
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tclough Premium
Part of my post didn't come through Jude. I just fixed it.

I think new members assume the name shows even though we know it doesn't.

Tom
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Mark Tait Premium
I agree - I have no problem with my name here.

I suppose for some people, their name is not their "brand" - and for others, it may be that they don't want their current employers or family to find out that they're trying to make money elsewhere, in case it is seen as a conflict for their employment, or in case they fail in the eyes of their family. Both of which are quite a shame.

For others, simply having an assumed name is just part of anonymity on the internet - which has its own many obvious plus points.

For me, I don't mind either way - I choose to use my name, and am happy to do so. I've no problem with others not using theirs though.

All the best, Mark
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tclough Premium
I still think there should be something their Mark. If someone doesn't want to be called by their name then they should tell us what they do want to be called.

Tom
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