posted on Nov, 10 2012 @ 05:57 AM
I can see where they wouldn't want to let people switch the names due to the social interactions that take place and "stalking" that could happen.
However, it would be nice if they could somehow open it up to people given a set of "hoops to jump through" to prevent people from doing it on a
whim. Perhaps a waiting period in addition to an "application" to fill out and have considered by the admins.
I have no doubt they are capable of changing the names but choose not to for very good reasons. I can imagine people who would change their name every
other week or so and use the name change to do less than honorable things, pick fights, stalk others, many things that aren't at all related to a few
who would like to just change their names one time due to personal growth or other reasons. I can't fault them for not making that an option. It's
much easier and more consistent to say "no name changes" and keeps people from getting up in arms about "well you let so and so change their
name...". It would be a major headache.
If it's very important to you to change the name, you can contact a mod or admin and speak with them and they would most likely walk you through
creating a new account and "cancelling" your old one (can't have two accounts, not allowed for additional obvious reasons). You have to make the
choice of keeping the account you have built and making a new account and "starting over". Although it's not an ideal situation, it's one that
keeps things equivalent for all.
On a related note, I have two relatives on ATS who use my computer/internet service for their accounts. I was asked about them by a mod due to the
same IP address being used. Of course after I told them who it was and why, they were fine with that. It's good to know they actually check those
things though because it could get rather complicated if they didn't.