Frequently Asked Questions

The NearlyFreeSpeech.NET FAQ (*)

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Q. Why do I have to enter my real name when creating a membership?

We don't have very many rules, but providing your real name on your membership is one of them, and we do take it seriously.

If you lose access to your membership, the first step in our recovery process is providing a government-issued photo ID matching the name on the membership. If you entered a fake name or an organization name or "Thus-and-such Webmaster" when you signed up, you're typically screwed.

We're absolutely fanatical about our privacy policy. We're not going to give your name to anybody unless somebody shows up with a judge's signature. If you don't trust us with your name, you probably shouldn't trust us with your content either.

Requesting a real name also helps people avoid the most common signup mistake.

If you sign up with a name that isn't a person (i.e. a club/company/organization/role name), or if we have any other reason to believe you've given a false name, we will ask you to fix it. If you refuse, we'll ask you to show photo ID matching the name you provided (if we're not sure) and/or we'll suspend your ability to make further deposits, and eventually terminate your service.

If you are an existing member who has given us an incorrect name, please see this entry in the Member FAQ to fix it before it's too late.