It was I who created a new nickname for myself; there was no hidden agenda, nor did I intend to deceive anyone. In fact, I am the one who before even posting, PM’d all three administrators notifying them of what I had done, and my reasons behind it (let any of them deny it). That they can trace my i.p., though helpful, will never provide them with anything conclusive, since I am not necessarily (and in this case am not) the only one using this PC.
It’s unfortunate that they chose to be tight about it; I don’t think it would have really hurt them had they let me be; nor do I see any public policy reasons behind their decision, considering no one else would have known (some may argue that people would have worked it out sooner or later, but that’s purely speculation).
Furthermore, the fact I was publicly moderated in the manner I was, suggests to me that their decision was more personal as opposed to them simply feeling obliged to enforce forum policy — I don’t intend to debate this, nor does it really bother me either way. However, regardless, a simple PM would have done fine; after all, I was the one who initially PM’d them asking for their permission, and hence would have immediately discontinued using the account in question had they answered in the negative. It could’ve been resolved privately with no problem.
In any event, I was going to leave the forum; not because I didn’t get my way, but rather because I thought my reasons behind needing a new account were sufficiently significant enough to stop me from using my old account nonetheless; however, I have since been convinced otherwise — I guess life is full of risks, and as we say in Arabic: “rabena yostor” (“The Lord protects”) - and plus, leaving like that would just be making it too easy for some.
+ Irini nem ehmot! +