pidgin keeps revealing my real name.

Ethan Blanton elb at
Sat Feb 27 11:01:46 EST 2010

Kate spake unto us the following wisdom:
> I'm trying to learn how to participate in an IRC chat room for a forum I
> help moderate. I need to use my alias to do this... but Pidgin seems to be
> pulling my real first name from somewhere in my computer or modem
> settings... apparently it displays something along the lines of
> "jane@[whatever.number]
> has joined". I suppose maybe that's my IP address? Is there a way to disable
> or mask this?

Pidgin cannot mask your IP address, that's something between you and
the IRC server.  You can, however, change your 'username' as reported
to the server (which is apparently jane) in the Advanced tab of your
IRC account settings.


The laws that forbid the carrying of arms are laws [that have no remedy
for evils].  They disarm only those who are neither inclined nor
determined to commit crimes.
		-- Cesare Beccaria, "On Crimes and Punishments", 1764
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