Display a nickname or a surname and a name

27 May 2010 - 9:20am
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Patricep
2009

Hello,

Here a simple question but i don't know how to respond : imagine a user with a nickname. The same user has a public page on a website to display some information about him. Is it necessary to display his name and his surname on this page ? Shall we only display the nickname ?

I have to propose something about this page but i'm very embarassed with this question,

Thx to read me, your advices will be strongly appreciated.

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27 May 2010 - 10:37am
fj
2010
Let the user decide. On the settings page, allow the user decide which parts of the name to publicly show.
27 May 2010 - 11:48am
Patricep
2009

it looks more simple like that,

thx

27 May 2010 - 11:05am
cfmdesigns
2004

It it necessary. Ask instead "Is it desirable?"

My nickname is Jim, but James might be fine. His legal name is
Thelbert, but he only goes by Tad. Her first name is Boris (family
tradition), so she uses her middle name, Helen. (These are real
examples.)

And then there are stage names (Cary Grant, Lady Gaga), single names
(Cher), and so on.

So maybe the right answer is an opt-in option: assume that they want
to display the nickname, let the choose to show the rest, and let them
see the rest when they view their own page

-- Jim Via my iPhone

On May 27, 2010, at 7:26 AM, Patrice PENA wrote:

> Hello, > > Here a simple question but i don't know how to respond : > imagine a user with a nickname. The same user > has a public page on a website to > display some information about him. Is it necessary to display his
> name > and his surname on this page ? Shall we only display the nickname ? > > I > have to propose something about this page but i'm very embarassed with > this question, > > Thx to read me, your advices will be strongly > appreciated. > >

27 May 2010 - 11:53am
Patricep
2009

i'm going to let the user choose by an optin in his settings, it's look more simple indeed

thx

27 May 2010 - 12:05pm
Charlie Kreitzberg
2008

Hello Patrice:

One possibility which I have seen implemented, is to create three fields at registration.

The first is the person's name/surname The second is the login id
The third is the display name -- how the user wants their name displayed.

I like this solution because it allows the user to choose how to be identified publically. They do this by specifying the display name.

Of course, you still have the problem of what to do if the person does not specify a display name.

You can force them to choose or you can default to either the real name or the login (nickname).

When I select a default, I base the decision on the type of information that is associated with the user.

In general, I prefer real names because I think this helps hold members of the audience responsible for what they post. It leads to a more authentic dialog and trust.

On the other hand, sometimes there is a need for less visibility. If the users are talking about work situations or health situations, for example, it may be better not to identify them. In that case I would use the nickname as a default.

I hope I understood your question correctly and this is a useful response.

Best,

Charlie

============================ Charles B. Kreitzberg, Ph.D. CEO, Cognetics Corporation

www.cognetics.com

-----Original Message----- From: ixdaor@host.ixda.org [mailto:ixdaor@host.ixda.org] On Behalf Of Patrice PENA Sent: Thursday, May 27, 2010 11:17 AM To: charlie@cognetics.com Subject: [IxDA] Display a nickname or a surname and a name

Hello,

Here a simple question but i don't know how to respond : imagine a user with a nickname. The same user has a public page on a website to display some information about him. Is it necessary to display his name and his surname on this page ? Shall we only display the nickname ?

I have to propose something about this page but i'm very embarassed with this question,

Thx to read me, your advices will be strongly appreciated.

27 May 2010 - 2:18pm
adityadipankar
2010

I agree with Charlie and hence would like to add by saying that further to his saying...

In general, I prefer real names because I think this helps hold members of the audience responsible for what they post. It leads to a more authentic dialog and trust.
On the other hand, sometimes there is a need for less visibility. If the users are talking about work situations or health situations, for example, it may be better not to identify them. In that case I would use the nickname as a default.
 
... It is important to understand the purpose and the audience of the website as a primary activity. Then maybe talking to the target users will go a long way in deciding a solution for the problem.
27 May 2010 - 12:59pm
thepofo
2010

Do like we did in our latest web application, allow the use to choose if he wants to be visible by their nickname or full name.

/E

27 May 2010 - 1:05pm
Patricep
2009

Hello Patrice,
recently I've faced a similar problem. I've worked on a portal where people share their thoughts or experiences with others. During the user research phase we conducted several user interviews and created also an online survey. The results showed that there were people ready to share their thoughts with their full name, others who wanted to appear with a nickname and others who wanted to appear just as "thinker". Since there wasn't a dominant group we decided to offer the users the choice on how to appear, they choose during sign up but they can change at a later time. This way everybody fills comfortable to share his thoughts.

My 2c.

Nicola De Franceschi



Il 27/05/2010 16.55, Patrice PENA ha scritto:

Hello,

Here a simple question but i don't know how to respond :
imagine a user with a nickname. The same user
has a public page on a website to
display some information about him. Is it necessary to display his name
and his surname on this page ? Shall we only display the nickname ?

I
have to propose something about this page but i'm very embarassed with
this question,

Thx to read me, your advices will be strongly
appreciated.

27 May 2010 - 2:14pm
adityadipankar
2010

I have a question here to ask you before suggesting a solution.

Is the website a social network? If yes, is it so informal that the user can think of being addressed by his nickname by visitors/strangers who'd want to get in touch?

Maybe the above helps u in decising whether the feature of letting him choose between 'Displaying Full/Nick name is viable.

Further, I feel giving the user too many options is more often than not, not advisable. I mean how many of us have a problem with being addressed by our first names. Most of us are fine by that.

If this argument does not satisfy you, maybe you can create a 1-question survey and ask people how they like to be addressed! Ask 100 people, give them choices between:

  1. First Name
  2. First name + Last name
  3. Nickname

 and see what the results are like.

There is no better solution to this problem than through the above said method, in my opinion atleast.

My 2 cents! :)

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