I'd post this in /s/Confessional if there was one.
Several hours ago I woke up from a nap unusually spry and sassy with a couple jokes and a number stuck in my head. The other day the Saiditrons were sounding off where their names came from. Some liked 3 letter names and some liked palindromes (deified, level, racecar, repaper, rotavator, wow). I woke up with with this number in my head: XIX - which could relate to the magic number of TRUTHERISM! (see: 2019-02-19 = Birthdate of the new religion... TRUTHERISM! - It's official.)
I came to SaidIt, not from Reddit but for a Truther tolerant community and to get feedback on my projects. I was never motivated to create multiple aliases to squat on them, though some months ago I asked magnora7 about it and he said it was frowned upon and that I'd found a loophole to get more subs per week. Because I respect SaidIt and the mysterious Mr. magnora7 I refrained from doing that. Until now. Sorta...
This itch of a XiX was embedded in my brain and it only got worse with caffeine. Then I found other justifications for creating aliases and proceeded to go on a rampage. I now have 38 aliases, all with the same password. I have some questions to put before you all, and I also have some explaining to do.
So I'm all about openness and transparency, thus why I'm sharing this with you. Firstly, let's get this out of the way: I'm not going to create subs with these aliases. Well, maybe two. Those two would be for my 2 big projects that may occupy the rest of my life. I don't care about other websites as I can't control all the Interwebs, but I'm planting roots here on SaidIt and I wanted to squat on my project names so that infiltrators, jokers, and impostors couldn't and won't tarnish my projects should they wish to.
One project is called "Trutherism 101" so I squatted on these names: T101, Trutherism101, Trutherism_101, Trutherism, Truther, TT20, and for fun, the palindrome number XIX.
The other bigger project is... well... I can't share that just yet. I need to buy the domain first, and then I'll share those 4 aliases. (Unless I forget to come back to this post and share in the comments.) I intend to write chapters and publish them here for feedback, refine them and then go wider to earn on other social media with that story. But that's another story.
So during this unfocused registration frenzy I was multitasking as there's a 2 minute waiting period between registrations. Jacked up on caffeine my brain was on a rampage and I'd come up with other clever names, some old nicknames, some new user names I'd always wanted to wear, and and and I was in manic OCD ADHD overdrive and didn't catch myself until I looked at the body count. It wasn't just a slippery slope, I was skiing on ice almost in freefall.
The funny thing is I just have no desire to use most of these other aliases - except one per project to organize my work distinctly uncluttered from my personal up-onions and freezepeaches. To ease your minds, IF I do create a sub with Trutherism101 it will only be to create the /s/Trutherism101 sub and I'll refrain from creating a sub for an extra week with my personal sub. Same with the other project. I ain't a cheat.
(There's actually a 3rd project, my umbrella production and management company, that I intend to do the same with after I buy it's domain name, and after I actually produce some animation to bring in the dolla dolla bills. But I caught myself and really don't need to squat on that name yet and no one will ever guess it.)
There remain 27 more new names for no reason other than I was on an unfocused roll, jacked up, distracted, and amusing myself immensely, though no one laughed at my jokes in the chat (perhaps because they were all asleep or dead inside):
Obviously I'm /u/JasonCarswell so I also grabbed Jason_Carswell. It's not a secret and I'm hardly doxxing myself further revealing my full name, Mark Jason Carswell - though no one but the government has ever called me Mark. Nonetheless my initials are MJC which I grabbed as well as: MaJaCa ; MaJaCal ; MaJaCall ; M4J4C4 ; M4J4C41 ; M4J4C411 because I'd always wanted to use it somehow since I'd thought it up years ago.
At Burning Man many folks have great nicknames. For example, my friends Dr. Whoa, Captain Sodium, and Leopard Queen have great names, among hundreds more. Lola, aka Leopard Queen, a friend at Burning Man called me jSunshine / WickedSunshine and it stuck (I was WickedSunshine.com from 2000-2010). I also like self deprecating humour so I often refer to myself as Chucklehead so I squatted that too.
However I'd changed with my blind faith in the Big Pharma poisons which almost killed me and drowned me in depression for 10 years and I drifted away from my Burning Man communities. Funshine became more Unshine. To reflect that I'd been thinking about "change" with an alternative to the near cliché titles like Captain or Sunshine. So I'd come up with Agent RutGroove based on one of my favourite sayings...
" If trouble is what you're looking for
Then trouble is all you'll find
The difference between a rut and a groove
Is all in your state of mind. "
So I squated on Agent ; RutGroove ; and AgentChucklehead.
There would have been more, like AgentRutGroove, but I finally caught myself. To be clear, none of these names were remotely registered in this order at all. It was chaos, but I made a list to keep track between my 2 minute multitasking distractions to gradually bring order to it all - and then realized I was out of control and looked at what I'd done.
That's Mr. Chucklehead to you.
That's right. I'd registered MrChucklehead to "protect" my first one. And irrational justification says you can't have MrChuckled head without MrsChucklehead ; DrChucklehead and BabyChucklehead. Obviously I was extremely distracted, unfocused, and manic. Not like my story here.
But to be fair, I was also being very clever with myself. I also came up with a lot aliases that amused the hell out of myself at the time. So I squatted on these too: AssTroll ; BoatyMcBoatface ; Censorable ; CensorSensei ; OxyMoron ; MoxieMoron ; MoxyMoron ; RoxyMoron.
I could make names for day. I thought I was clever, and maybe I was or wasn't, but now I feel foolish as I never ever even had the remotest intention of using all but a few of them. Well... it makes for a story of sorts.
All totalled these are my 38 aliases:
Agent ; AssTroll ; BoatyMcBoatface ; Censorable ; CensorSensei ; [ withheld 1 ] ; [ withheld 2 ] ; [ withheld 3 ] ; [ withheld 4 ] ; Chucklehead ; AgentChucklehead ; DrChucklehead ; MrChucklehead ; MrsChucklehead ; BabyChucklehead ; Jason_Carswell ; JasonCarswell ; MJC ; M4J4C4 ; M4J4C41 ; M4J4C411 ; MaJaCa ; MaJaCal ; MaJaCall ; MoxieMoron ; MoxyMoron ; OxyMoron ; RoxyMoron ; RutGroove ; Sunshine ; T101 ; Truther ; Trutherism ; Trutherism101 ; Trutherism_101 ; TT20 ; WickedSunshine ; XIX
Well, I have a few takeaways...
For one, IMHO the 2 minute wait is way too short. Do you agree?
I'm an idiot to be sure, but was I wrong? Am I bad?
Should we ask that people reveal their aliases and be open about it?
Is there a potential policy update to discuss?
Or is this just a nothing burger?
Also, it makes me wonder... How many unused accounts are there?
And lastly, for those among you wondering about my caffeine abuse, rest assured it's hardly the problem. One of the perks of being a chronic manic depressive is that sometimes it barely takes a half cup of diet Pepsi to trigger a mild ecstatic state. Unfortunately those perks are far and few between the mostly downsides of my lifelong condition. But I am fortunate that my situation is not worse for I've known a few folks who've had it waaay worse than me and definitely needed their prescriptions. Fortunately for me, I can get by without any torturous medications - and I've tried 18 of them, all evil, for me.
Some things are not destined to be perfect.