When I joined AOL, I used my last name with "law" at the end--Like LA LAW, the TV show. I used it for over 10 years without a problem, so when I joined SFN in '06 I used the same name. I never dreamed anyone would dig into my real life, but they did. My screen name was the same as my website. Someone posted the link, people started fucking with me IRL.
Even though the horse was out of the barn, Mutt changed my name to Mlaw, which is the 1st letter of my last name, with "law"---a few posters used to call me that anyway