What are the stories behind your username and avatar?
Some users' usernames and/or their avatars have a significance behind them. What about yours?
"caird coinheringaahing" comes from this Jelly answer. Given that the answer is written in Jelly (my primary language on the site), and the challenge is very much about the site, I thought that it'd be a fun, unique username that references the site.
Fun fact, moving the space around in that answer leads to the following possible usernames:
ChartZ Belatedly oppS,aback reerects bespangling aachen Erasmians cleptaahing caird coinheringaahing Dude coinheringaahing
So I may be changing to "Dude coinheringaahing" in the near future :)
As for my avatar, it is a picture of my adorable puppy, Patch. Over December, I put a Santa hat on him.
Mine has several meanings:
Many of my previous online aliases have been obscure programming terms, backwards. This one is not quite as obscure, but it has two extra features that make it suitable:
x, which as we all know, is the most expensive letter in the alphabet
It's pronounced /pʰə̆ɡsɛˈgə/ or /pʰə̆ɡsɛˈgər/.
Wow, y'all with your usernames that actually have meaning.
I literally just spent 5 minutes typing random keys until I ended up with something I deemed "cool" and "ironic". Having said that, I did want to make sure the letters L and X were present (for maximum coolness) and that there was a name length of 5 (shorter names are more memorable, leading to hopefully more up votes).
Admittedly, Google once attempted to give it meaning... I placed it into google translate (using detect language) , and it spat out
Lyhal, claiming it was in
Azerbaijani. I repeated the process with lyhal and detect language... The result was
to solve and the detected language was Arabic.
For the record, it is NOT pronounced
licks-all. That's just gross, weird and downright disgusting (screw you text-to-speech). It is supposed to be pronounced
likesal (tts it and you'll hear what I mean). Okay say it with me now...
Edit August 2021: Try it online! - decompress the string
lyxal in Jelly.
My avatar, on the other hand, is a story with a whole lot more thoughtful decisions:
Then (apparently) around the same time, I joined code golf. I'm pretty sure I linked my account here just so that I could have another site in my networks list. However, I didn't actually interact with the site, so I just left it be (I did post a single answer in November '18, made a golfing language but never really returned).
Skip ahead 6 months and I actually increase in activity. Looking around the site, I saw people with these cool patterns (those identicons that are autogenerated), and thought "hey, I wonder what mine looks like". So I used that as my profile for a month or so (after which, I think I returned to using the old one).
Then I changed my username. I thought that this was a perfect moment to "rebrand" my account by introducing something more personalised as my pfp: Lenny faces. I thought that by having a kind of personality I could become more established in the code golf community (I was still kinda new in confidence when posting here, and I didn't socialise much in chat2). I originally just had the stock standard Lenny, but then decided to make a custom Lenny on a generator. You can still see this picture on my github account.
The Lenny was excellent. It was poggers. So why did I once again make a pfp change? Because now I had moved on to something way more niche: Flowey. Even though undertale was released in 2015, and despite the fact that I had gone through the UT experience in 2019, I only truly learned to appreciate everyone's favourite determined flower in 2020. Consequently, many different variations of flowey3 managed to make their way into the avatar box on my profile page. However, I eventually realised it probably may not have been such a good idea, given the actual context of flowey4.
So instead, I decided it would be an excellent idea to have a hand-drawn avatar - a great idea, except for the fact I exceptionally suck at drawing5. I also wanted something ironic and humorous6. With this in mind, I did the most logical thing possible: download a pixel art app on my phone7 and draw whatever I thought was suitable. To add the irony aspect, I decided to write the word
frick. Why? Because only people deliberately trying to be cringe use it, which is kinda what I was aiming for.
Happy with my work, I saved it, uploaded it, and now you see it today. Wow. What a story. Much more interesting than my username backstory don't you think?
1: Completely subjective, I know, but don't question it. Never question my reasons, understood?
2: For the record, code golf is much friendlier and welcoming than SO. It's much easier being new here. I never once didn't feel welcome, I personally felt I needed something for myself to engage more
3: If you've ever played or seen a walkthrough of undertale, you'll know that flowey is capable of making many facial expressions while remaining the same shape and size. Google it if you don't know what I mean.
4: Don't google this unless you either already know what I mean or you don't mind spoilers
5: If you were to look up my username on a search engine like duckduckgo (#jointheduckside), you'd see someone's deviantart account with the same name. That ain't me. I have absolutely no capability to draw art more complex than lines on a page
6: see note 1
7: I do a lot of things on mobile. This post is written on mobile. I've golfed in Scratch on mobile. Don't look so surprised.
I was looking for a new name for this site and couldn't come up with anything particularly clever. The last answer I had submitted was in x86 machine code under IBM PC DOS, and the frequently mis-attributed quote to Bill Gates about "640KB ought to be enough" just popped into my head. So I just thought "haha, okay that'll work".
When I was 5, I gave myself and all my siblings nicknames. Beefy was the one I gave to myself and it evolved into Beefster by the time I was 12 and had an online presence. I see no reason to change it now with such a long-running history.
And no, it has nothing to do with muscles and no relation to Beefcake. It has more to do with the meat that comes from bovines.
My avatar is Verrick (from Legend of Korra) mashed up with Uncle Sam: "I want YOU to do the thing!" I made it in GIMP on a whim after being struck with the inspiration on a walk home from campus.
My username basically comes from my childhood when I loved to play Puzzle Bobble series. It's been my username of choice since I started activity on international online games and communities.
I also used to be a Kirby fan, so my avatar has always been a Kirby. I found out that "Bubble Kirby" is a thing a few years ago, so I changed my avatar to a picture of Bubble Kirby.
When I was seven or something my friends and I all had code names. Mine was
redwolf. A few years later, I got a gaming console, and
redwolf was obviously taken. I just stuck random numbers on the end, until I got
I actually used this for a while; I did have a stack overflow account with that name, but I forgot my password.
When I was twelve or so, I got an idea: I thought I was amazing at web development (read: I could make a box turn different colors), so my friends and I decided to make a company. We called it Redwolf Programs.
Later, I registered a domain with that name, and used it for my various projects. Originally I did web stuff, but then game development and chat rooms seemed like more interesting projects. The "company" is gone, but my name has stuck :p
My avatar is ultimately the portrait of Ryze from League of Legends, mangled beyond recognition by myself and a friend.
I just used my first name when I joined Stack Exchange and never changed it.
It's a less common form of Arnaud (without an "L") but is however pronounced the same way, i.e. \aʁ.no\ (and not \aʁ.nɔld\ like "Arnold").
I went by the nickname "Axl" many years ago as the sysop of a BBS running on an Atari 520 ST during the pre-Internet era. (Yeah... Like the singer of a famous hard rock band from Los Angeles. :-p)
My username is a shortening of my old display name on Google+ (RIP), which I made about 6 years ago.
R - Raghu a - all ze - the time
My profile pic comes from the "Color Ghost" Webcam Toy effect. It still looks pretty cool, so I've kept it for a while now.
In my country/language, the term "polfosol" is a mockery for people who pretend to be knowledgeable, but actually don't have the slightest idea about the subject. e.g.
-You shouldn't eat sausages. There are a lot of papers and scientific evidence that eating sausages will cause cancer.
And the profile picture just came after I decided to choose this username. Because you know, he was the best professor I have ever known in my life.
A couple of years ago, I got into reading a Russian knock-off of Harry Potter which one of my friends recommended to me (the book was actually really well-written, still one of my all-time favourites). During one of the chapters, a noticed a character with the name Varsus, suspiciously similar to that friend's online nickname Varsis. When I told him about it, he confirmed that he just slightly changed that character's name to create his nickname. I responded to that with doing the same - taking one of the character's name Dionius and simplifying it to Dion. I've been using it ever since, often wrapping it in 8s to make 8Dion8 when just Dion wasn't available. As for my pfp, it's a random year-old photo of me that a friend took on a trip to the countryside. I've often also been using a frame from this meme when I didn't want my actual photo on display, or a Bill Wurtz thumbnail on my Discord.
My username (Wezl) is Weasel spelled better and more recognizeable. Some weasel facts that may have influenced this decision.
These may seem like reasons not to like weasels, but there's a reason people still have cats as pets (weasels aren't often pets because they're wild and love to kill...fingers). In fact, weasels are kind of like cats in a squirrel-sized body.
EDIT: Now I realize that to truly show my devotion, I must also change my pfp. This is it currently, though I change it a lot:
The code first populates an array with 114 words I picked out by hand (
coffee, etc.) Then, at the push of a button, it picks two random words from the array and concatenates them! Simple as that.
After a few minutes of clicking, the string
sporeball came out, and the rest is history.
In January of this year, a friend of mine drew a picture of me in my signature purple cat costume (yes, I have a cat costume) as a present for my 17th birthday. I loved it so much that I immediately asked her if I could use it as my new avatar,* and she agreed.
My friend replaced the drawing's original white background with that nice lavender one, a hex code chosen for its similarity to my website's background color, and I cropped the drawing, which was originally from the waist up, to a 400x400 headshot. Closer to March, I asked if I could have it updated to reflect my change from rectangular glasses to circular ones; this new version, which also depicts slightly longer hair, is the one currently in use on this site.
* My previous avatar was created with the Snout Folk image maker on Picrew.
My username "Davide' is just my actual name. Few months ago I was learning C (my first language) and signed up on SO to ask something. I think I didn't typed any username, just logged using my Google account.
I take this opportunity to change my username and add an avatar.
My username is going to be Sheik Yerbouti. It comes from "The Sheik Yerbouti tango" by Frank Zappa. I chose this name because (apart from being the title of a nice guitar solo) it's kind of an actual name and it also encourages you to move, an invitation that can be interpreted in many ways.
As for the avatar I'll find a picture of music(?)
Oktupol is the german spelling for octupole, a magnetic field created by eight electric charges; four dipoles or two quadrupoles.
I started using that name while experimenting with computer networks as a teenage child. I was interested in physics back then; when I needed to come up with host names for some virtual machines, I named them Monopol, Dipol and Quadrupol because I just read about those in a book.
Eventually I hosted my first own website, and taking up on the scheme I established previously, I bought the domain "oktupol.de" and started using the name "oktupol" for myself everywhere on the internet.
My username? Well I just happen to see this mathematical expression everywhere in my math textbook im getting tired of this expression this is boring i want to get out of this! I hate 2x-1 2x-1 is bad I want to kill him!!!
And then, all of a sudden, I decided that I can use this as my username to make others feel bored like me as well! evil laughs
As for my avatar, I want to change it someday, but not now. :P
I was walking around one day, thinking about what my username should be. I wanted something pseudo-English sounding, but not really meaning anything. So Makonede randomly popped into my head for some reason.
TL;DR: Literally no backstory.
Also, in case you've been living under a rock, my profile picture is my Minecraft character.
My username has been around for far too long for me to remember the actual original inspiration.
My first real username was "galaxy_traveler" - my Minecraft username back in around grade 5 or so, when I created my account. I joined Code Golf under the alias James Smith, which was sort of an obsession of mine at the time (using extremely generic names as an "anonymous" name).
I changed my username to Alex L. sometime later, which is my real name, probably because I stopped using weird anonymous names everywhere (including my primary personal email - that got to be confusing, honestly).
The earliest record I can find of my presence as "HyperNeutrino" was in 2017 in this question (mentioned both in the comments and in chat, although that chat profile is detached + deleted and the one I use right now was created later). That was probably around the same time I switched my Minecraft username to it as well (I had possibly a couple in between; I remember there was at least one).
The idea definitely came from my obsession with random area of STEM at the time, and theoretical physics was definitely one of those areas (being a theoretical physicist was one my potential future pathways for a while, but I later decided against it to pursue computer science 100%). I am not sure where the "Hyper" part came from. "HyperNeutrino" actually has no real meaning, although I was once fooled into think it existed by Jan Dvorak in this chat message:
A bineutrino is an excited bound state of two neutrinos that occurs once per year per galaxy and lasts about 10^-36 seconds. Normally they aren't useful, but a type-IV civilization is able to create a swarm of bineutrino collectors that can stabilize one temporarily until hopefully a third neutrino reacts with the existing bineutrino. The resulting trineutrino lasts much longer and is very likely to catalyze further collisions, creating a hyperneutrino, a particle the size of a small star.
The reason my name is "hyper-neutrino" now is because many people have small screen size or higher page zoom that causes my name to entirely disappear while in chat. This issue was mostly caused by my diamond, since previously my name could just barely fit most of the time, but the added space from the diamond caused it to just vanish. By using "hyper-neutrino", the hyphen creates a spot for breaking the line, so my name will instead show as "hyper", which is still not ideal, but is much better than it just disappearing altogether.
There isn't a particular story behind my avatar. It used to be a benzene ring, which I joined the site with, owing to my obsession with chemistry at the time. It actually stayed as that for quite a long period of time, until around a year ago when I changed it to K/DA All Out Akali's icon (League of Legends) since the skin line was just coming out and I really liked it (and I am / was an Akali main). Also, it wasn't too far off from my previous icon, since it was still a black square with a white symbol in the center, which is fairly unique (or at least, it was, but now lyxal is probably more well-known if one is to think about a pure white-on-black avatar).
I changed it a couple more times as well, though I cannot remember all of those changes. It was a picture of Eula from Genshin Impact for a while, but eventually I decided to change it a) to simplify it for recognizability (which was prompted by the room owner election, where "static username" and "static avatar" because campaigning points for consistent recognizability), b) to stop people from saying "haha anime girl" (Genshin Impact is a Chinese game, not Japanese, by the way, but it is still pretty much an anime game based on its art style and like, everything about it other than the actual nationality of the comapany that created it), and c) one person did mention that they thought I changed my pronouns as a result of making my profile image a female character. I have always been 100% a cisgender male, and I can understand why that would be misleading.
Thus, I decided to create a new profile picture that I would stick to to be a) recognizable, b) unique, and c) representative. I couldn't find anyone using the lambda symbol yet, and so, based on inspiration from Redwolf Programs's profile picture, I made it a monochromatic 16x16 pixel art image of a lambda symbol. It was originally purple-on-black, but I didn't like that as much as the current purple-on-white one, so I used this instead after switching between the two a few times.
Is it recognizable? I would say yes. Is it unique? In terms of the lambda symbol being unique, yes; the style is pretty much copied from Redwolf. Is it representative? Sort of? I am a programmer, after all, not just by hobby but field of study and profession. Do I know much about lambda calculus? Not nearly as much as I wish I did. I know the basics, but by no means am experienced.
TL;DR - there is a story behind these, but no particular significance behind either my name or my profile picture. In fact, entirely rebranding myself has been something I have considered many times, but I think I will wait until a notable change in my life to do something like that, and I don't know if that will happen or if I want that to happen. So, in case I change it, for the record, this is my current profile.