Profile Name Policy

1. Description of Service.

We are a web publishing service and optional hosting service (the "Service").

These terms are an agreement between the Service and you.

2. Profile Name Policy.

The Service has developed this policy to help our members understand the displaying of real names throughout the Services.

The Service requires all users to use their real name for public display.

3. Frequently Asked Questions.

Here are a few of the frequent questions that we receive regarding this policy.

Why does the Service have this enforced policy in place?
The Service makes connecting with people on the web more like connecting with people in the real world. We believe that you go by your first and last name it will help you connect with people you know and help them find you. We do not believe that Christians should lie about who they are. We do not believe that Christians should hide their faith. These are contrary to the role and responsibility of a Christian.
Can I use professional titles like 'Rev.' or 'Father' or 'Dr.' in my name?
No. We realize that professional titles can be a nice way to further promote yourself and your educational and employment experience, but as a Blog Service Provider we cannot find any reason for such promotion on an individual level, given the fact that the Service is a community-style blogging website.
How do I add a nickname or other name to my profile?
When you register your account you create your @nickname, also known as a nickname and/or vanity name.
Can I just use my initials or my first name?
You must provide a two-part name. It’s acceptable for one of these to be an initial, but not both. For example, 'Jane Smith,' 'Jane S.,' and 'J. Smith' are allowed, but 'J. S.' is not allowed. Surnames can be used as a first or middle name if they are a variation of your real first (like Bob instead of Robert).
Can I use some fun punctuation to make my name look different?
No. Profile names such as, 'Matthew 12' and 'M@rk Sm1th' aren't allowed.
Can I create a profile for TobyMac or Francesca Battistelli or other celebrities?
No. Impersonation is a serious issue. Pretending to be someone else could cause your profile to be suspended. If someone is pretending to be you, you can report them by visiting their profile and clicking the 'Report' option.
What can I do if my profile name violates the policy?
If your profile is determined to not meet our policy, you will be notified. The right thing to do would be to make sure that your profile settings contains both your first name and your last name.
Why are more and more websites forcing people to use their real names?
While we cannot speak for other websites, we do know that a lot of it has to do with more and more websites taking the stance that if people use their real names, and not hide behind a pseudonym, they are more likely to behave in a manner more becoming of themselves. As Christians we should be holding the higher standard and it is just a natural fit that as a Christian website we take the higher path. There have been numerous and global internet and social arguments about forcing people to use their real names - so much so, in fact, that the term Nymwars was even created.
What if I live in a country where it is illegal to proclaim my Christian faith?
This is paramount to asking us permission for you to break the law. As a Christian Service we are not going to answer you with an answer that suggests you break the law.

4. Policing

The Service regularly reviews our services to ensure both they and our members are in compliance with this policy.

This policy may change from time to time. If changes are made that we consider to be significant, we will provide a prominent notice on our website.