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26 October 2009 @ 12:39 pm
Also,  
if my last name were Lutz, and if I had children, I would strongly consider avoiding names starting with the letter "K", given that so many email addresses are first-initial+last-name.
 
 
guppiecatguppiecat on October 26th, 2009 05:31 pm (UTC)
There was someone decades ago (from Usenet) whose name was Meredith Emily Cummings. The email standard was the first six letters of the last name followed by the initials of the first and middle.

She had a hard time explaining why she wanted a new email account.
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on October 26th, 2009 05:33 pm (UTC)
Oh, dear. Yes, I can see why that would be a problem.
Stephen Harrissweh on October 26th, 2009 05:35 pm (UTC)
In my first job we used the method "initial of last name" "initial of first name" "initial of middle name" (or "x"), then a count.

So my initials (sweh) became the user hsw1.

Now we had a Greek lady who had no middle name, her first name began with "e" and her last name "s". So... sex1. I had some trouble explaining to her why I really didn't want to give her that usename!
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on October 26th, 2009 06:57 pm (UTC)
Indeed. May I ask what she ended up with as a username?
Stephen Harrissweh on October 26th, 2009 07:42 pm (UTC)
Apparently (or so she said) sometimes Greek women take their father's name as a "middle" identifier (in a "daughter of" kind of way) so we used that; sel1
Violet Tigressviolet_tigress1 on October 26th, 2009 07:15 pm (UTC)
I remember an Amanda Lynn from Usenet.
Stephen Harrissweh on October 26th, 2009 07:43 pm (UTC)
In the year above me at my college we had a Richard Head.