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Name: Paul
Joined: June 8, 2013


What's the deal with your nickname? How did you get it? If your nickname is self-explanatory, then tell everyone when you first started using the internet, and what was the first thing that made you say "wow, this isn't just a place for freaks after all?" Was it a website? Was it an email from a long-lost friend? Go on, spill it.

I used to post as never used baby shoes. I thought it was a clever Hemingway reference. Unfortunately, over the years, many users expressed a negative reaction to it and the associated idea behind the reference. I'd also started using "nubs" on some other sites, like MefightClub, so I figured that switching would allow me to 1) create consistency in my username across sites and 2) avoid the negative associations of my original username.

And, as was pointed out to me by mimo, when all you have is nubs, you don't need shoes anyways.

I note with pleasure this definition of nub from the Urban Dictionary: a internet acronym, similar to "noob". HOWEVER, whilst a NOOB is someone who is lame/idiotic because he is new, a NUB is someone who has had the opportunity to learn something new, but never did, and is therefore idiotic/stupid.

(Other names suggested and considered: infrequently used baby shoes; gently used baby shoes; well-used baby shoes)

I like to consider myself part of Shepherd's B-List of Metafilter, though I am more likely on the C-list - not the paint on the walls, but perhaps the baseboard.