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Thread: Authoring a site under a pseudonym

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    Default Authoring a site under a pseudonym

    I'm looking at authoring (yet another) review site.

    For my Wordpress topic site, I use my real identity.

    I know we have the option of using a pseudonym, and I like the idea of including a picture as well.

    Now, I don't really want to use my picture for this.

    Would it be improper, immoral or just downright wrong to use a picture from places like iStockPhoto or even Flikr Creative Commons for this?

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    No I don't think it's a problem at all. If you have old pictures of yourself that look different from what you look like currently, you could us that. You could also just use a logo instead.
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    I've used older, obscure photos of myself like Angie mentioned. The only problem with using a stock photo is that others may use it elsewhere. In the case that the same person sees both, they'll assume either association (with that other site) or "fraud".
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    I've faced the same dilemma. I bought some iStock photos of other people and used them as a profile pic, but it just didn't sit well with me. I took them down and resorted to no photo but continued with a pseudonym.

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    I'm using an old picture of myself, but I'm changing it to be a cartoonized picture of me. At least I think I am. Haven't seen the cartoon yet!

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    Quote Originally Posted by goaskmom View Post
    I'm using an old picture of myself, but I'm changing it to be a cartoonized picture of me. At least I think I am. Haven't seen the cartoon yet!
    I think we're all in the funny papers, we just don't know it.

    I have a couple of references for people that do the cartoon thing. I haven't used them but their work looks pretty good.

    I'd be happy to PM them if you'd like.

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