I need to generate many neutral pseudonyms.
May 17, 2007 7:00 PM Subscribe
Renaming myself in grey. I need to come up with an ongoing supply of carefully neutral yet non-random (and non-lame) pseudonyms, for judging processes that require anonymous entry.
posted by allterrainbrain to society & culture (33 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Many competitions & opportunities in my field use anonymous entry (the work samples are marked not with your name but with a pseudonym; your name goes only on the application form or in a sealed envelope).
It's harder than it might sound to come up with an ongoing supply of really usable pseudonyms (and clearly it's not ideal to re-use them across multiple competitions).
The goal in each case is a pseudonym that doesn't detract or distract from my work in any way, and doesn't imply I'm part of any category against which the judges might have a conscious or unconscious bias. In other words, it should be ALL of these things:
• ethnicity-neutral and geography-neutral
• age-neutral (not strongly implying I'm part of any given generation)
• not cutesy, self-referential or otherwise "clever" (since clever for one person is annoying/lame for another)
• not anything that seems to be a cipher or puzzle, or otherwise divert attention by inspiring an instinct to figure it out (so I think this precludes totally random character strings).
Thanks for any ideas re. pseudonym-generating strategies or conventions!
This question is about coming up with usable pseudoyms -- not about whether competitions should be run this way / whether competitions are useful / etc.