As a result of recent events I've decided to stop participating in Newsvine as stevetherobot. Instead, I'll be appearing as Perry O, my real first name and last initial. The recent "Prank", the community's response, my own (thankfully limited) participation in that response and the ensuing discussion about honesty, community and our participation caused me to do a great deal of thinking about my own role here. This led to a desire to start anew here and to be a bit more forthcoming about who I am. It is also an opportunity to put an end to my own little COH and UA violation. You see, stevetherobot is not my first user name here on Newsvine. Back in the beta days I heard about Newsvine and decided to check it out. I joined up, created a user name, looked around a little then promptly forgot about Newsvine. A few months later, the news discussion community I was participating in seemed as if it had gone defunct. Looking for a new place to call "home", I rediscovered Newsvine. It wasn't until I started to sign up again that I remembered my first account.
Dammit! I had a long article written about this, laying out my history and my reasons for doing this, but something happened to it after I clicked save. The fragment above is all I managed to retrieve. I'll try to recreate it as best I can.
I wanted to keep my username from the other site, so I created the stevetherobot account. Only commented a handful of times with the other account when I happened to use the computer I created it on (which was still logged in under the that account). I never voted for myself or commented on my own column.
Missed the prank, commented briefly and soon regretted doing so. I'm an introvert who feels like an outsider in most situations, so was surprised at how close I felt to some of the people I was criticizing. Felt bad about speaking critically about them. Read the ensuing discussions on honesty, community and belonging. Had a lot to think about, including some personal issues. Decided I wanted a clean slate, not just a name change. Contacted Newsvine and explained. They agreed. I'll be using my first account under my real first name and last initial. My fullname is not common and it is incredibly easy to find a lot of personal information about me with it, which is why I'm only using my last initial.
Now I have to rebuild my Newsvine "life". Will be contacting those on my friends list under my new account asking them to be friends again. I hope to get to everybody before this account closes, but may not so don't be offended if I don't ask you. I need to rejoin groups. Hope I soon see some branches on my Vine.
My new user name is Perry O and my new column is http://anthopos.newsvine.com.