Your Real Name™ Attribution


What is a Real Name?

A Real Name attribution is a signature based on the name entered by the author as the cardholder name on his or her credit card, i.e. the author represents this name as his/her identity in the "real world." An author willing to sign his or her real-world name on content posted on Alys Grace is essentially saying "With my real-world identity, I stand by what I have written here."

A Real Name attribution establishes credibility much as reputations built over time in the Alys Grace community, and just as high-reputation authors and their works receive badges, authors who use a Real Name attribution receive badges.

Why does Alys Grace encourage me to use my Real Name attribution?

In general, we believe that a community in which people use their Real Name attributions will ultimately have higher quality content, since an author willing to sign his or her real-world name on a piece of content is essentially saying "With my real-world identity, I stand by what I have written here."

What is my reputation?

Your reputation is based on the Community's assessment of your activity (e.g. content you have authored) at Alys Grace. Positive votes on your content will improve your reputation.

Where will I see my Real Name attribution?

Your Real Name attribution will be displayed next to any review that you write. It will also be displayed in your Profile associated with your account and with other content you submit, like customer images. When you select a Real Name attribution, we will update your existing reviews with your Real Name attribution.

How are Real Name attribution options generated?

Real Name attribution options are generated by Alys Grace based on the cardholder names entered for credit cards you have registered with us. If you do not have a credit card on file with Alys Grace, we cannot grant a Real Name attribution to you.

What if I don't want to use one of the Real Name attribution options?

If you do not want to use the Real Name attribution options we provided, you may choose to create a Pen Name attribution.

Do I have to use my Real Name attribution?

No. You can use a Pen Name attribution instead.

Am I penalized for using a Pen Name attribution?

The use of a Real Name attribution is just one input into a function that much more strongly weights "helpful" votes when votes are available. A top-ranked reviewer who writes great reviews and chooses not to use a Real Name attribution will still be a top-ranked reviewer.

Can I write anonymous reviews?

All your reviews must be signed with either your Real Name attribution or your Pen Name attribution.

How do I remove my Real Name or change my Pen Name?

You can change the name used to sign your content at any time. When you make your selection, we'll change your signature on all of your content (past and future).

To edit the name associated with your content, please visit the Create/Edit your Pen/Real Name™ page from Your Account and follow the instructions on the page.

My name is not capitalized correctly--what can I do?

Your cardholder name is automatically capitalized by Alys Grace. If you would like to use a name with different capitalization than the options we generated, you may create a Pen Name attribution.

Are my Real Name attribution, Pen Name, and personalized signature unique?

Your Real Name attribution, Pen Name, and personalized signature are not guaranteed to be unique.