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I have a dumb question Linden Lab, why did you do away with choosing Last names???


Lacie Keng
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Hi Lacie, welcome back. Your observations are about a month or so late, that topic has been talked to death, but you share many of the others opinions on the matter. Wait until you start meeting people with just numbers for names, no joke, they are out there. Im not sure about the whole Phoenix name changing thing, but all the rage was the introduction of display names, boy were peeps upset about that! Basically, you can have whatever name you want floating over your head, but you still keep your unchangeable user name, yeah, I know, right?

So yeah, a lots been going on. Like I said, welcome back.

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Hi Lacie, welcome back. Your observations are about a month or so late, that topic has been talked to death, but you share many of the others opinions on the matter. Wait until you start meeting people with just numbers for names, no joke, they are out there. Im not sure about the whole Phoenix name changing thing, but all the rage was the introduction of display names, boy were peeps upset about that! Basically, you can have whatever name you want floating over your head, but you still keep your unchangeable user name, yeah, I know, right?

So yeah, a lots been going on. Like I said, welcome back.

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Most new users are also complaining about this new "Resident" last name feature, but there is absolutely no way to change this. If I was new, my name would be "valerie Resident" or valerieInshan Resident". Stupid or not, that is how it is now.

However, you can choose a Display Name of your choice in both SL viewer and Pheonix. Your account name will remain "xxxx Resident", but people inwolrd will see your Display Name hovering over your avatar. In Phoenix, this can be set just under the "Preferences" tab.

In the forums, only four first name will show ("Resident" is not displayed here").

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Wow... hahahaha. Well Charlotte, I really didn't think anything of it until all of a sudden I kept seeing the name Resident everywhere I went. I was like, what the heck is going on? And thanks for the Welcome Back, I really like SL obviously, but sometimes The Linden Lab just does things... or fixes things they think needs to be fixed when they actually don't... Sorry about bringing up an old subject, but it just baffles me. Why? Why did they resort to this? It's kind of annoying and very uncreative for a world that is suppose to allow creativity, I mean is SL going under? Is there something New that is coming? I need to read up and catch up with things I guess... lol

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lol, i wasnt berating you :P i was just being humorous, its late and the SL world is asleep, yeah, there is suposedly some stuff coming, mesh, web based profle improvements, easier account registrations, oh! thats another sore subject! stick around a few days, you will read all about it, it gets rather repetitive. Hot button words : Basic Mode. oh and i think the one word names, for example, you are now lacie.keng is some sort of preperation for something that doesnt allow spaces, thats the rmors anyways. yay, gossip :P

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hahahaha Oh I didn't take your comment as a berating... I am just thouroughly confused. And you know SL, full of drama... but thanks so much for the heads up on things and I will be checking back about new stuff coming. Thanks Charlotte And Valerie

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Yes, that's one of the dumbest things that LL has ever decided to do, but it's part of their campaign to open SL to the wonderful world of (yuck) Facebook.  Display Names are a poor solution to the problem of being known as LacieKeng Resident for many reasons, all of which were brought out during a protracted but completely fruitless debate in forums and blogs last winter.  The bottom line is that we're stuck with the new naming system and LL is not likely to turn back.  Just be glad that you are lucky enough to have a legacy name.

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Hi Lacie,

There are still some registration portals open with the old 2 name system in place, but we don`t know how long they will be active. If you did want a new account that isn`t a Resident you can try one of these.

http://www.emagine.jp/regapi/secondlife.php
http://islab.org/slreg/
http://sl.nmc.org/create.php?v=2
http://registration.nanolands.com/
http://registration.scilands.org.uk/
http://registration.secondhealth.org.uk/
http://www.thevesuviusgroup.com/reg/vai/slreg/index.php

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         Lacie, I feel your pain,

  Answering this really late.

I have new friends that hate the last name ' Resident '.

It is so demeaning.

Then if you choose a non-ASCII code title, you have so many problems

logging on and such.  Then LL says they don't support  non-ASCII code titles.

So stupid, grrrrrrrrrrrr

     Honey

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