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Subject:Re: Help with fake names issue From:Cindy Daoust <cynthiadaoust -at- gmail -dot- com> To:Fred Ridder <docudoc -at- hotmail -dot- com> Date:Thu, 29 Mar 2012 13:17:00 -0600
Another good idea. Thanks!
On 3/29/12, Fred Ridder <docudoc -at- hotmail -dot- com> wrote:
> Cindy Daoust wrote:
>> I have been provided with a list of acceptable names to use in a
>> training project that includes things like "Deadlines, Expects Many,"
>> "Flare, Shiny Red" and "Paint, Many Colors."
>> As an alternative, I presented a list of names like "Sarah Bellum,"
>> "Les Payne," and "Jean Poole" (it's a medical application) and most
>> people liked it. But there is an objection that if it could possibly
>> be a name of someone anywhere that it can't be used.
>> Someone pointed out that if Beyonce can name her daughter "Blue Ivy"
>> that nothing can be ruled out for a name. But some are still fearful
>> of consequences.
>> I feel the users will be distracted by these names.
> I agree that users are likely to be distracted by any name that tries to be
> too cute in its artificiality.
> And I agree that nearly anything is fair game for a given name these days.
> So I think my approach would be to use given names that are as common as
> possible and surnames that are obviously not real but are not trying to
> convey a message (whether overtly cute or subliminal) or make a pun. I might
> use names like
> Andy Anyone
> Barbara Bullpuckey
> Charles Citizenship
> David Democracy
> Ellen Everybody
> Frank Flattery (well, maybe just one or two puns...)
> George Greasyspoon
> Helen Homecooked
> and so on
> -Fred Ridder
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