Real Names - One More Time

Eric Patterson

Staff member
Those that have been here for any length of time know that it is a requirement that you use your real name, or close variant. At one time we had open registration but that ended when people didn't read the rule at sign-up and registered with web handles instead of their real name. Once the registration process started only those using real names were validated. Roughly 1/2 were never validated for not reading/following the rule. Recently we made a change to the sign-up form which brought the rule to attention better and greatly reduced rejected registrations. However, after doing that some folks have taken to modifying their accounts AFTER they are onboard. Unacceptable. I have contacted numerous folks about this and it usually is unpleasant. I've been challenged, insulted, and ignored. Enough is enough. We are now going to a zero tolerance policy. After one warning accounts will be deleted for violating the rule. I'm giving one warning for the benefit of someone who signed up before the rule was placed in effect and wasn't aware. If you see someone in violation please direct them to this post. This rule is not up for debate. Below are examples of what is acceptable and what is not. If you want to associate a screen name you use at other sites here then edit your profile and place it in your signature.

John David Doe (Acceptable)
John D (Acceptable)
J Doe (Acceptable)
JDD (Acceptable but not very friendly)
Idaho John (Acceptable)

Duckwhacker (NOT Acceptable)
DuckGod (NOT Acceptable)
AutoLoader (NOT Acceptable)
Big Woody (Not Acceptable unless your name actually is Woody)
I could go on forever but hopefully you get the picture.

Finally, to those of you that find this rule objectionable or want to challenge it, don't. Not trying to be rude or insulting but you should choose another online waterfowling community. We have our own way of doing things. If it's not to your liking or makes you uncomfortable I encourage you to find a community with rules more to your tastes.
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I have met people on this site and I have met people from other sites...when you get together it is hard on others to try and remember that Quackerstackerduckguts name is really Antoine or Percy. I see this forum as a bunch of guys that strive to actually get together and hunt and have fun..not a bunch of wannabee's.
Here I was, ready to change my screen name to FlockNockerLoveByTheLadies3ShotsBang-BangUrDeadMallardMasher. Guess I'll just stick with boring old "Nate."

Happy Friday!

And I'll add that because of this requirement, I've never seen an avatar here that I couldn't let my kids see. Man some sites out there are down right embarrassing not to mention just plain skanky. To think the guys using them are proud of that!

Ed L.

What are the degrees of freedom?

Titan will be upset if I have to drop him from my "handle". Nobody wants to upset a fat chocolate lab in the off season. He's fat and grumpy...

Oh wait, that's me...

Is mine close enough?

its okay Charlie since we old timers know Titan does most of the posting..............
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We have no problems whatsoever with having your dog's name alongside your own. I thought Titan was your wife :)
Ouch Eric,

Always thought one of the unwritten rules was leave the wife out of it, but man, calling her TITAN, sheeshh..

now where are those smilies that Lee and Steve like so much???
I often wonder why people don,t use there name on a site like this. Is it acase of self importance or is it that they think everyone is looking for them? Hmmmmm
my nickname in the community is swampfox always has been always will be. BUT, due to the fact of the rules, I complied and must say it was the best thing I've done online. It is a alot cleaner atmosphere here than any of the other sites i frequent. And the people are better too.
YAA, drop the hammer Eric is right. Real names is like when they have a video camera trained on the strikers, everyone tends to behave a little better knowing that their actions will be called to account at a later date in time. Not that I'm against the right to strike however I've seen some pretty reasonable people do some dumb things when they thought no one was looking. Anyway the calibre of conversation on Duck Boats is hands down the highest of all the BB's that I frequent. It's a good rule and I have advocated it on other sites.

Bill Gass
Oromocto, NB
Well, I do miss some of the finer avatar photos\movies that I have seen on the net and I do miss trying to figure out who SmackAndWackAQuack is every time I get to meet a fellow hunter at the ramp, BUT......OK. Can we please have the dumb smiley faces???????? so I know when I am supposed to think something is funny.
And to think, I was just going to change my name to DucksDieForMeAndSoDoTheLadies!
I like the real name Idea just cause I don't have the creativity to come up with a good handle.
Eric I have no problem with this do I have the option of going in and changing this ??

Tim Bombardier ( "BOMBER")