09 January 2008 @ 08:21 am
Let's see:

Slightly early to bed...fall asleep reading the latest expansion to "The Official Handbook to the Marvel Universe"...have bizarre dreams that wake me up more than once...wake up again because Dianna wakes up from a nightmare...go back to sleep and have incredibly strange dreams...finally awake. Man, what a night.

So, I have a question, and since at least a couple of you do this, maybe you can help: why do people sign their posts/comments with their name? Since the post/comment comes from the account, it's obvious who did it, thus, why the need to sign a name again? I'm curious.
cobie on January 9th, 2008 04:48 pm (UTC)
i suspect that people who do this for their posts as well as their comments don't perceive their actions as merely the scribbling in a journal, theirs or otherwise. if anything, it's like leaving a note for someone. it's the same logic behind signing your email. i mean, why do you need to since the from: address field says so anyway? i think it's equal parts formality, politeness and habit.
God of Thunder and Rock'n'Rollarchmage on January 9th, 2008 08:24 pm (UTC)
See, I get that, but at the same time, it's incredibly redundant. At least an e-mail is akin to a letter, so I can dig it more. I'm all for gentility, you know this, but signing a blog comment feels...well, at the small end, kinda pointless, at the far end, a hair arrogant, or at least, self-aggrandizing.

cobie on January 9th, 2008 08:37 pm (UTC)
oh i don't disagree with it being ridiculously redundant and of no use. but i wouldn't go so far as to say that it's arrogant necessarily. cyanidesgirl brings up a good point that it personalizes communication. especially in the case where what's signed is the person's actual name or what they go by rather than just going by the preceding login/username that may not be the same thing.

Edited at 2008-01-09 08:38 pm (UTC)
Betsedivinemissb on January 9th, 2008 08:44 pm (UTC)
I don't get that either. Although I do sign my global when I post in the CoH communities because it's different from my LJ username.
Kellykwsapphire on January 9th, 2008 08:51 pm (UTC)
I have a friend who does it because she's just very, very polite. She doesn't even swear.
No Time For Love, Dr. Jones: homestar vikingpolarbear on January 10th, 2008 12:55 am (UTC)
Low intelligence. ;)
Baracus Naturalmadeofmeat on January 10th, 2008 05:59 am (UTC)
I occasionally do it to mimic/connote the formality of other methods of communication, but only very rarely.