Despite the footnote on my prior post, I’m still getting this crap:
You’ve also never admitted that you’re writing under a nym yourself. Or is Zvan your real name?
Spoiler alert: She won’t answer this question.
Adding to the funny is the fact that the person who signed the paperwork required to make Zvan my legal name has now twice told “spectator” that I’m using my real name. Yes, Shari there was maid of honor at my wedding. But apparently it’s more fun for spectator to keep insisting that I answer her charges or keep up with what I’m writing to see whether I’ve already answered that quesion.
Since she’s not keeping up, it’s time to let everyone else in on the joke. Want to know where this idea that my name is a pseudonym comes from?
This round of discussions about pseudonyms is hardly the first. This idea that my name is a pseudonym has its roots in older discussions of the topic. As far as I can tell, this comment from 2008 is the first time I talked about how the subject related to me:
Although I don’t blog anonymously, I do comment semi-anonymously. But it’s for a reason that’s unlikely to add much to the discussion. (Then why are you posting this, you might ask. Uh, ask me later. I’m busy posting right now.) I have a nearly but not quite unique name.
My blog contains enough information for people to be able to tell easily that I’m not “the other me.” Blog comments, even if they link to my pages, don’t. So rather than having her get a reputation for being as cantankerous as I can be, or be discriminated against for my atheism, I use a pseudonym that won’t show up if she’s Googled.
On the other hand, my hosts get a real email address if they promise not to post it, and I use the same name wherever I’m not using my real name. And since my only real authority on most issues around here is geek-who-found-it-interesting, I don’t give up much posting this way.
I left that comment as “Stephanie Z”. That was the name I used at ScienceBlogs and throughout the atheist/science blog/skeptic community at that time. The comment wasn’t linked to my blog, because I was still new to the community and wasn’t big on self-promoting.
A few months later, after I’d started linking and gotten more involved in the community, Greg posted this:
A regular commenter on Greg Laden’s Blog, the proprietor of Almost Diamonds, pseudo-pseudonymous known as “Stephanie Zvan“ has hosted her first Radio Show.
You can go HERE to get the details and listen to the podcast.
From that point, I have to start guessing about what happened. However, given that the information in question entered the slime pit’s consciousness through BluHarmony/Maria Maltseva, I have a pretty good idea. Maria has, shall we say, a habit of not bothering to be careful with information about people she doesn’t like. For example, it was just a couple of days ago that she was still saying on Twitter that Greg had allowed her address to be posted on his blog, despite having previously issued an apology for saying the same thing.
So, two and a half years after Greg’s post, Rebecca said something mild about elevators and all hell broke loose. By October of that year, my employer information had been posted at Abbie Smith’s blog in the original slime pit. Pitters were actively researching those of us who argued with them on the topic.
Side note: That was considered complete kosher at the time. In fact, it still is. In the last couple of days, a four-year-old sarcastic comment my husband made was posted in the pit as evidence of…something. Don’t let anyone tell you that “any and all information available” is anything but business as usual just because someone connected some dots on one of their own.
Because of Elevatorgate and subsequent events, that post of Greg’s was shared around somewhere, and Maria, no stickler for detail, never bothered to figure out that “pseudo-pseudonymous” doesn’t mean the same thing as “pseudonymous”, much less that it means “not pseudonymous”.
So now, here I am, with a fun little tell for pitters and their friends. Want to look like you can’t be bothered to find out the truth? Go ahead, tell me my name is a pseudonym.