using a person's given name on a messageboard
I've noticed this a few times here. The scenario, as I interpret it, is that members who know another member's real given name will address that member in a post using their real name and not their username. I'm wondering why they would do that? Is it a slip up? I personally find it confusing, given that I don't really know people's names aside from their user names plus I would think that unless someone's user name is their given name, then that person probably doesn't want to be using their real name on the board. Is it just to show a deeper level of familiarity between these two persons or is it just as I mentioned earlier, a slip-up?