Archive FAQ > Pseuds

What is a pseud?

Pseuds are additional names associated with your user account. They can be used for a number of different purposes: unlike usernames, they don't need to be unique, so you can go by any name you'd like; they allow people to engage in role-playing without having to create multiple user accounts; they allow people who've posted under multiple names over the years or in different fandoms to gather their work together under one account while retaining the author names that were originally associated with those works. Your pseuds are what will appear on works, series, bookmarks and comments.

How do I add a new pseud?

To add a new pseud, go to the 'My Pseuds' page linked in the sidebar of your 'My Dashboard' page and choose 'New Pseud'.

What characters can I have in my pseud name?

Pseuds have more flexibility than usernames: they can contain letters, numbers, underscores, spaces, and dashes. They must contain at least one letter or number.

What is a default pseud?

Your default pseud is selected automatically when you post a new work or a comment. By default, your user name is set as your default pseud, but you can choose to make another pseud the default.

How do I set a default pseud?

When you create an account, your user name is set as your default pseud. If you'd like to change this default, go to the 'My Pseuds' page linked in the sidebar of your 'My Dashboard' page, and edit the pseud you want to make as default by selecting the checkbox 'Is default' next to the pseud name. When you make a pseud your default pseud, this only affects works posted after you make the change. Anything you posted under your previous default pseud remains under that name unless you specifically change the pseud on that work.

How do I choose which pseud to post under?

When you post a new work, you'll see an option to 'Select author/pseudonym(s)'. Simply select the pseud you want to use and post as normal.

When you post a comment, you will see a 'Name' field. Just select the pseud you want to use from the drop-down box and comment as normal.

How do I edit a pseud?

You can edit your pseud and pseud description and add or change an icon by going to the 'My Pseuds' page linked from the sidebar of your My Dashboard page. If you change the pseud itself, then the name displayed on all works posted under that pseud will also change. The exception is your 'fallback pseud' - the one created from your username - which can't be changed.

Someone else has the same pseud as me! How did this happen?

Unlike user names, pseuds are not unique. This is to allow users to reflect the names they have used on different services over the years, even if someone else used the same name on a different service. It also allows for easier roleplaying - we can have many Harry Potters! To ensure that different users with the same pseud cannot be confused, user names are displayed in brackets next to the pseud.

Why does my account name display in brackets next to my pseud?

Unlike user names, pseuds are not unique. To ensure that different users with the same pseud cannot be confused, user names are displayed in brackets next to the pseud. The only exception is when the user name and the pseud are the same. For example:

  • Suzy_Fangirl has two pseuds: Suzy_Fangirl, created from her user name, and Suzy Fangirl.

  • If she posts using Suzy_Fangirl, it displays like this: Suzy_Fangirl

  • If she posts using her other pseud, it displays like this: Suzy Fangirl (Suzy_Fangirl)

What happens if I delete a pseud?

If you delete a pseud, then all works and comments left under that pseud will automatically be assigned to your default pseud. You will be offered the option of assigning your bookmarks to your default pseud, or deleting the bookmarks under the deleted pseud.

What is a pseud description?

A pseud description is a short explanation identifying your pseud. For example, you may want to note which other sites you have used that name on or which fandoms you write under that pseud. If you'd like to give more details about yourself, you can put these under your user profile. You can add or edit your pseud description on your user dashboard under 'My Pseuds'.

What HTML can I use in my pseud description?

You can style the text in your pseud description using html tags: a href, em, strong, i, b.

How do I upload an icon?

You can upload an icon when adding or editing a pseud. For more information, go to the section on icons or the Tutorial on Icons.