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On Wed, Aug 29, 2012 at 2:46 PM, Brian Woodward <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> whom you do. Even as far as jobs and friends. If your friends can't accept you then they're not your friends. If a job doesn't want you because of who you are you probably wouldn't be hired to begin with.

Not all unpopular interests are worn on one's sleeves or listed on
one's resume.  It's entriely plausible you might not want your
employer to know about things you do in your off hours which are none
of their business.  It's easy enough to say that an employer who would
fire you for conlanging when off-duty is not an employer one would
want to work for long-term, but under current circumstances finding
another job with a more understanding employer is not trivial.  And
although the employers who would conceivably fire someone for
conlanging are probably very few, some people might have other
unpopular interests that *do* warrant using a handle, and might as
well use the same handle in multiple online fora for the sake of
consistency.  Or they might prefer to be safe rather than sorry; maybe
their current employer is tolerant of employees with weird hobbies,
but their next one might not be, and they don't want to have a
googleable track record that such a potential employer might find.

-- 
Jim Henry
http://www.pobox.com/~jimhenry/