Thursday, July 8, 2010
A Short Anecdote
I have been wanting to change my nickname on FetLife for some time. Originally someone had told me you couldn't. I did a very superficial dig on FL to see and it appeared that person was right. Either I didn't dig well or FL changed their rules, because I discovered at random the other day you can simply email FL and they will change your nickname anytime! So I did!
I started out as "Showman451" many moons ago when we first entered public play. "Showman" partially for what I do for a living and for the fact I like fire & wax, which are very "showy" and 451 because, well, Hotmail already had Showman1-23 taken and I didn't want to be Showman24, just seemed sooo CompuServe, so I chose 451 because it was from one of my favorite books growing up and because 451 degrees is the temperature paper spontaneously combusts, which also went back to Showman. A bit.
Over time I "migrated" to Craig Aych and felt over time the name name and the nickname got confusing, thus my desire to change.
I contacted FL to request the name change. I asked to please change my name to craigaych, thinking about logins and how they aren't case sensitive. I never once thought about capitalization in a D/s sort of way. So when I got a message from a fellow kinkster on FL saying, "So, I see you've gone from Showman451 to craigaych. Anything you want to tell me?" I had to reread the message a few times and said to myself, "Oh shit. I look like a sub now."
So I wrote to FL again and said, "Look, it's all my fault, but could you change my nickname again to CraigAych from craigaych?" They rapidly and politely made the change.
I got the usual autobot response that informed me the change had taken place, but I had also received an email from Matt in Tech Support over there at FL who notified me of the change and signed the email, "Happy Spanking!"
Which got me thinking: is this what Matt in Technical Support always replies? If so, isn't that a bit odd to send that to a bottom? Or someone into bondage? Then it started to eat at me. It was so contextually accurate. Did I know Matt? Did Matt know me? Know my profile? Even if you looked at my subscribed groups or my kinks you wouldn't necessarily know what I was mostly into.
So I leave you with this parting thought: FL staffers know all, see all.