Tips for the names you choose. *READ THIS UNNAMED GUESTS*

This begins with a small story. I Had Gotten my first name and
All my friends liked it. Then the Management comes and asks me
Politely to change it. It wasn't in any way Racist, Dirty or Upsetting.
But it Was Pratchett. Literally.
So Anyone who Thinks that’s a good idea. Take it from me. DONT.
It would hurt this brilliant websites credibility and, Not to mention,
The fact that Terry will land you with a lawsuit which Will cost you
lots. Terry Pratchett himself comes on this website. Very rarely.
I’ve been on nearly a week and haven’t seen him. But keep an eye out.
Now onto the tips. The first one I want to make very clear:
1. NEVER.EVER. USE TERRY PRATCHETTS NAME OR ANY VARIATION OF IT
(Unless your names terry)
That’s clear? Good.
2. Think of your favourite Discworld Character.
Let’s take Rincewind as a example.
3. Think of all the different things that he/she could be called.
E.g. Rincewind is also: Don’t let him get away, hey you,
Library assistant,
P.O.C.&.U.G (Professor of cruel and unusual geography), An apes number
2 etc.
Quite easy to do.
4. Think of all the things he/she says.
e.g.*Screams*, "How do you live with a philosophy like that?"
"Continuously", I wish I wasn’t here, etc.
5. If all else fails, Use the characters clothing.
eg. Wizard's staff, Pointy boots, Red torn robe, Wizzard (already taken)
Pointy hat, etc
If that doesn’t work,
6. Chose another Discworld Character.
e.g. Foul Ol' Ron, Moist Von Lipwig, Nobby nobbs, Azrael,
Esme Weatherwax, William De Worde, etc.
(Just because they don’t play a major part, doesn’t mean you cant
use them!!!)
7. You could always use your own boring name, But where's the fun
in that?

Hope this helps, Feel free to use any of the suggestions I used
Except For Wizzard for that is taken by one of my friends.
Take care, And happy Thudding!!
Dara (aka Ironfoundersson)

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Re: Tips for the names you choose. *READ THIS UNNAMED GUESTS*

Druid

thanks for the tips!

choosing my name was really quite easy, coz i am very like ponder in many ways...


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Re: Tips for the names you choose. *READ THIS UNNAMED GUESTS*

good on ya mate,someone should keep these names relative to this site and pterry's discworld characters


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Re: Tips for the names you choose. *READ THIS UNNAMED GUESTS*

Dont let granny know yo udont think shes not a major part. Witches hold the world together you know. Like glue.

Anyway, If Rincewind had turned left instead of right in hell he might just have bumped into dante. so Nurr.

D.A.


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Re: Tips for the names you choose. *READ THIS UNNAMED GUESTS*

I was just saying some of those in that list were Minor Players. Granny, Moist and William arent Minor Players. Thank you for your comment
Dara

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Minor character in Fifth Elephant ? Laughing

good post.. only criticism is lose the caps... but thats a personal hatred Smile

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bah, i wanted the luggage first time round but somebody allready nabbed it. by then i'd decided on nelly the marrow, my decision for why being in "nicknames"


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"Tiddles!" bellowed Moist. He wished he hadn't. It was such a stupid name to shout in a burning building.

An explosion of soup made the bumblebee fly, so I'm told.


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ah,nicknames are glorious things,but there's no need to say it twice my dear vegetafriend (see what i did there?)

i don't think that the luggage would have suited your personality though,you're not the most angry person i know,and you're not covered in legs (or is there something you're not telling us?....)


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ook wrote:

vegetafriend (see what i did there?)

well done, have a gold sticker Very Happy

ook also wrote:

i don't think that the luggage would have suited your personality though,you're not the most angry person i know,and you're not covered in legs (or is there something you're not telling us?....)

*cough* course not, no, never.... ahem, i only wanted the luggage on the basis that it is one of my all time favourite characters from the book

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by the way, i meant to write Nicknames not "nicknames"


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"Tiddles!" bellowed Moist. He wished he hadn't. It was such a stupid name to shout in a burning building.

An explosion of soup made the bumblebee fly, so I'm told.


Re: Tips for the names you choose. *READ THIS UNNAMED GUESTS*

ahh,i see now.

I GOT A GOLD STICKER EVERYONE!!

do you have agold sticker?no you don't


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I used to, but it got soggy when i was caught in a cloud burst


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"Tiddles!" bellowed Moist. He wished he hadn't. It was such a stupid name to shout in a burning building.

An explosion of soup made the bumblebee fly, so I'm told.


Re: Tips for the names you choose. *READ THIS UNNAMED GUESTS*

Thanks for that advice, although I should have read it half an hour ago. Hopefully I've made the right decision by choosing an actual character name instead of an obscure reference, because of course "Sideways" is not just a name, but also a description of that character.

The brilliance of Terry's writing is hundreds (at least one hundred, as a guess) of characters are developed to the point where you can conjure up some information about them in your mind upon hearing their name (if you've read the relevant book that happens to mention that character).

If you give me that gold sticker, ook, I promise not to remove this paper bag from my head. (:


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you know what,i'm actually very surprised that no one has used the name BS Johnson,if i thought of that at the time of my naming i would have been building things everywhere,and everywhen,and everyhow,and every...


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Please no, it's bad enough as it is


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"Tiddles!" bellowed Moist. He wished he hadn't. It was such a stupid name to shout in a burning building.

An explosion of soup made the bumblebee fly, so I'm told.


Re: Tips for the names you choose. *READ THIS UNNAMED GUESTS*

On further reflection, if I had allowed myself longer to think of a name, I would have used Captain Tuber, referring to the Librarian's comments to Captain Carrot when he entered Unseen University using a disguise intended for a potato (I forget which book this is)... but I don't think I'll change my name now.


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i ave ressurected this topic from ye old dais so we can get some decent naming going on!!!
But check the forums and lists of users so we dont get the"sam vimes, sam-vimes, sir samuel vimes " thing going on, i searched the lists and theres a user called "hex" who has the druid badge!!!
Whats up with that Lee, am i not the first Hex on the site!!!

(the true) HEX


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Hexon wrote:

i searched the lists and theres a user called "hex" who has the druid badge!!!

hmm *looks*...your right Very Happy

a good way of knowing if the name has been used before is to look at "Top 10 users by points" Very Happy

Angua (best name/person ever hehe)


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angua wrote:

a good way of knowing if the name has been used before is to look at "Top 10 users by points"

yeah, fun. any idea how many thud members there are? i don't, but they are hundreds amd they are all on that list. search function is muuuuch fasr.


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in the end of the top 10 users list there's a guy with -2 thudpoints. how is that possible?


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Druid

erm...i think SA explained it in another topic somewhere...

there must be quite a few thudders!

Angua


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Hexon wrote:

i ave ressurected this topic from ye old dais

Nice use of the word "dais" there Hexon Very Happy

Hexon wrote:

i searched the lists and theres a user called "hex" who has the druid badge!!!
Whats up with that Lee, am i not the first Hex on the site!!!

(the true) HEX

Heh! Dunno. May be a druid sock puppet long forgotten about Cool

May be the mystery Druid from early Stonehenge return to hack Javascript for us Shocked

May be a subroutine from an earlier version of the site that achieved a sympathetic resonance with the upgrade code... kinda like the Oracle Idea

We may never know.... Wink

Ratdeath wrote:

yeah, fun. any idea how many thud members there are? i don't, but they are hundreds amd they are all on that list.

As of this post in time, there are 1340 members onsite and they're joining at the rate of about 2 per day. This is the slowest since the site came here but it is summertime which is a slow time. We expect to hit 2000 early next year.


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Re: Tips for the names you choose. *READ THIS UNNAMED GUESTS*

To clarify the site Admins' stance with regards to the original post: The admins only object, in this case, to someone "passing off" or pretending to be someone who could potentially lose reputation, value or otherwise by the actions of someone else. In this case someone could pass off being Terry Pratchett by using his name and an avatar containing his picture - not all would be fooled but enough that he would have been alerted to the usage and the thudgame franchise could have been endangered.

The threat of legal action is a red herring. However this site is licensed by the holy trinity and is subject to the license being revoked for. amongst other things, misuse of the Discworld franchise or properties by allowing someone to pass off as Terry Pratchett. Not taking action would have been one of the more lax and foolish things the admins could have done. For this reason they insisted (firmly but politely, it must be said) that the gentleman change his username.

As to use of character names, anyone can use any Discworld name as a username as no one can pass off being a fictional character. The exception to this rule is that there are people who have been written about as archetypal persons upon whom characters in the books are based. Others have purchased at auction the right to designate a name and be featured in a book. Cohen the barbarian, SANEAlex and others own rights to their nicknames thus (on this site at least) they are entitled to use them here and others using them must change their name. Otherwise names are fair game.

Finally Dewi is working on a way to make all usernames unique such that there is only one Sam Vimes, only one Granny Weatherwax, etc. This may be done strictly, i.e. without various derivations of the same character, or more loosely where Vimesy and Sam Vimes are both allowed but not commander Vimes as well. This depends upon future developments that may not come about but there are sufficient Discworld characters that all who require one can have a DW name.


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