Since the recent declaration of the doppel amnesty on fool.com ( http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=13159529 ) it has occurred to me that there may be lurkers at the British Invasion board (Home of the Longest Thread, and The First Official 1K Posts-In-A-Thread Board) from other boards, who, for whatever reason, feel unable to contribute here (perhaps your home board don't like the BI, or (you feel) you have inappropriate details on your 'known' account (e.g. you are a banker or mechanical designer).Good news!! You can!! Create a doppel to protect your 'known' identity.Here's how:1. On the uses of Webmail2. On the uses of Logout3. On the uses of Registration4. On the uses of Doppels1. On the uses of webmailThough not strictly necessary, you may be more comfortable using a different e-mail account for your doppel, that way any off-board replies you make will appear to have come from your new e-mail account, and any off-board replies to your doppel will come to your new account. Web based e-mail is the perfect answer. Simply create an e-mail account with a provider (it's free!!). The best known web based e-mail provider is hotmail, Microsoft's offering ( www.hotmail.com ), however a better option IMHO, is a provider that offers a number of different e-mail addresses to one inbox, they also offer a choice of domain names (the bit after the '@' in the e-mail address). One such provider is www.another.com , they offer both .com and .co.uk domains. A word of warning: when creating your doppel's e-mail account, remember not to choose a user name, or domain name that reflects either your real Fool id or your real name. That would be incredibly stupid!2. On the uses of LogoutIn this part I am assuming that you have accepted a cookie from the Fool (a biscuit in the UK), and therefore you don't Login with your username and password each time that you access the Fool (if you do, then simply print out these instructions, close your browser window, re-access the Fool and continue with step 3.) Still here ? Then print out these instructions and hit the Logout button at the top of this page. Click on 'Seriously, Log me out' when asked.3. On the uses of RegistrationOk, you've already done this bit before when you first signed up. Go here /www.fool.com/community/register/register.asp and sign up your doppel. Remember to use your doppel's e-mail address though. You may feel more comfortable lying about your personal details at this point, although, of course, consider own your ethical position on telling porkies.4. On the uses of DoppelsCongratulations!! You are now someone else!! To return to your 'known' user simply log your doppel out, and log back in as you!A few of things to bear in mind though:TMF's policy regarding doppels may change.Doppels must still adhere to TMF Rules. It is considered bad form to 'Favo(u)rite Fool' yourself, or 'Recommend' your own posts. It is also a bit pathetic.You may find it beneficial to adopt a different posting stylePlease take good care of your new doppel.Disclaimer: The author provides this post as a service to lurkers, he has no association with any dopples, living or dead.codesmith
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