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  • Did they happen to say why? There are scads of people using not only alternative names, but even the names of real, famous people. I haven't seen any crackdown on them.

    I wonder if perhaps Mattel, Inc. had their attack lawyers investigating Facebook and they came across you. That would be a bit stupid, though, considering that it's not like you're pretending to be that other Barbie.

    • No this is nothing to do with Mattel Inc. this is all the Facebook admins. I happened to come to their attention because I highlighted a bug in their software. This is the thanks I get!

      They state their policy is that you have a full first name (you cannot use just an initial only) and a full last name. You may have a nickname, but it must be derived from one or other of the other two names. For example Liz would be an acceptable abbreviation of Elizabeth.

      I can't see them saying they need it for legal reasons as they have no other method of authentication of your name. They don't require a credit card, passport or National Insurance number, so what is the point of stipulating a rule that is essentially meaningless? Answers on a postage stamp :)

      • My grandfather's name was J. T. Not his initials; his name. The national guard actually made up a name for him at one point. Genealogical records often supplied a matching name of an ancestor and named him a Jr. I wonder what facebook would do about him.

        My grandfather and I shared an employer, and thus an insurance provider and other benefits, although he was retired before I was born. And we lived together for a while, and my name is John David, which I abbreviate to J. David, which is often screwed

        J. David works really hard, has a passion for writing good software, and knows many of the world's best Perl programmers