So my name has been kuroiyousei for about eight years now. I like the name not only because black is my favorite color (hue!!) and I love faeries, but also because it’s unusual enough that I never have trouble signing up for things using my name and people don’t mistake me for others. But recently I have becoming increasingly aware of somebody calling herself “kuroi-yousei,” even wis the lower-case k like mine, about various places online, and it’s really annoying me. Not that people don’t have the right to call themselves whatever they want, and not that the term “black faery” in Japanese is unlikely to appeal to anyone but me… but I’ve already had two instances of being mistaken for this person, and I’ve been used to having a unique name. I’ve got a freaking domain and a permanent lj account named after myself, among other things. Gah.