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Old 11-22-2009, 08:38 PM   #1
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Just so everyone knows, I changed my username from Allurepainting. Nathan requested that I re-introduce myself, so there you go. Is it just me, or does anyone else think that it is not too wise to have your company name in an open forum? I'm talking painter to painter, not trying to drum up business.
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Old 11-22-2009, 08:43 PM   #2
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That signature will link your forum name to your business name with google.

One account per member is the rules. Otherwise you would not believe how many threads would end up good cop bad cop, With one guy acting both parts. It would be a mess.


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Ok. That just stupid.
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Thanks for ruining my attempt at privacy. Just so everyone knows, I changed my username from Allure Painting. Nathan requested that I re-introduce myself, so there you go. I s it just me, or does anyone else think that it is not too wise to have your company name in an open forum? I'm talking painter to painter, not trying to drum up business.
If you conduct yourself professionally I don't think it is a problem. I have many customers that say "I was reading your advice to someone and you seemed to know what you are talking about", or "we trust you because we found you all over the internet". It can be a double edged sword though so I can understand some being apprehensive. Having my name down there keeps me from growing those internet muscles and acting like an azz..
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If you conduct yourself professionally I don't think it is a problem. I have many customers that say "I was reading your advice to someone and you seemed to know what you are talking about", or "we trust you because we found you all over the internet". It can be a double edged sword though so I can understand some being apprehensive. Having my name down there keeps me from growing those internet muscles and acting like an azz..
Great point. We could use more internet ethics advice.
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Ken, as always great post.
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With the accessibility of the internet, the power of the search engines, and the curiosity of your typical HO, I do not understand why people do not use forums like this to promote a professional and knowledgeable persona.

Heck, I think people's real names should be made clear with every post. A handle is fine, but the dba or corporate name should be there. It would help maximize one's reputation, reduce inflammatory posts, and maybe keep professionalism to a max. (Thus lightening the work load for the mods )

So to answer your question, I think it is unwise to HIDE your business name in an open painting forum.

Now if you were frequenting public forums where your less than socially acceptable habits and hobbies were being displayed, then by all means hide behind a pseudonym.



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With the accessibility of the internet, the power of the search engines, and the curiosity of your typical HO, I do not understand why people do not use forums like this to promote a professional and knowledgeable persona.

Heck, I think people's real names should be made clear with every post. A handle is fine, but the dba or corporate name should be there. It would help maximize one's reputation, reduce inflammatory posts, and maybe keep professionalism to a max. (Thus lightening the work load for the mods )

So to answer your question, I think it is unwise to HIDE your business name in an open painting forum.

Now if you were frequenting public forums where your less than socially acceptable habits and hobbies were being displayed, then by all means hide behind a pseudonym.
Exactly why I changed my avatar to my logo, my tag line in my sig. and now I will add my name. To help control my inflammatory posts. Making me accountable for the things I post.
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Exactly why I changed my avatar to my logo, my tag line in my sig. and now I will add my name. To help control my inflammatory posts. Making me accountable for the things I post.
DRAT,

Think I need a socially acceptable avatar?
Wouldn't everyone rather hire this:
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Bill, I get a kick out of you.

PS - not sure I'd hire either one

PPS - just kidding
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Wow, you guys have all the right answers. I'm new to the forum world. I've been in business for 8 years, 16 years experiance over all, and I've never been to a forum nor have I ever even done an internet research on how to run a painting business. Just dove in and it worked out. I posted some stuff on here that I don't think showed the real humor that was intended, so I have been editing some posts. Ken, I can tell that you are a pro at this forum stuff, good job. BTW, if you are wondering about my username, yes, I have the uncanny ability to make anything cover perfectly in one coat on any surface. Ancient Chinese secret.
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Wow, you guys have all the right answers. I'm new to the forum world. I've been in business for 8 years, 16 years experiance over all, and I've never been to a forum nor have I ever even done an internet research on how to run a painting business. Just dove in and it worked out. I posted some stuff on here that I don't think showed the real humor that was intended, so I have been editing some posts. Ken, I can tell that you are a pro at this forum stuff, good job. BTW, if you are wondering about my username, yes, I have the uncanny ability to make anything cover perfectly in one coat on any surface. Ancient Chinese secret.
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There have been debates before about the pros/cons to having real info in your profile. Many of us choose to share personal info, business info in a open book sort of way. Some choose to keep those details private. Both are ok.

This forum (like many others) is more than a place to just come, ask how much or how do I, and then disappear. It is like the local watering hole, and the different personalities are what keeps it fresh and interesting.

Which personality are you?
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Nice watering hole association Chris. That is how I like to think of PT. Not to mention the great info.

Senior Archibald, when your mustache is longer than your hair, you have no need to worry about social acceptability.
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Wow, you guys have all the right answers. I'm new to the forum world. I've been in business for 8 years, 16 years experience over all, and I've never been to a forum nor have I ever even done an internet research on how to run a painting business. Just dove in and it worked out. I posted some stuff on here that I don't think showed the real humor that was intended, so I have been editing some posts. Ken, I can tell that you are a pro at this forum stuff, good job. BTW, if you are wondering about my user name, yes, I have the uncanny ability to make anything cover perfectly in one coat on any surface. Ancient Chinese secret.
I like your honesty,
It is easy to be who your not on the internet. Many come to play a game, play harsh cause they can't do that in real life. But when it comes down to it, if we were face to face, would you be the same? I'm not saying this is you, just telling you what I have learned since joining a forum. Getting carried away. can happen quickly. Do to the fact that your reading words, without the facial expressions, body language or vocal expression. Takes all the personality out. People can get the wrong idea in what you say. So its easier to react negatively. Causing a train reaction. Next thing you know your in a internet brawl. Pulling others in while taking shots at one onother, causing a complete melt down on the forum.
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I have the uncanny ability to make anything cover perfectly in one coat on any surface.


Ahhhh, I like to hear secret, Grasshopper.

I am betting evrerybody here would like to know that one.
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I believe that with calling yourself a "Professional" comes certain responsibilities. Like acting like a professional. If you operate with this understanding then you should have nothing to worry about. If you do not then you will have no one to blame but yourself for anything that you post,write, or say!
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