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So some else posts in MR under the name of “Andrew”. @tylercowen I will offer cash for the rights to use the name “Andrew” on MR.

Other Andrew, please submit your sealed bid…

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I'll send you a bitcoin for Samuel

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Why a sealed bid? Let's start the bidding here.

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1,000,000 US dollars, payable Jan 1, 2100.

Not if Ron Paul 2096 has his way!!

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I'm willing to promise to never use the name Andrew for $10.

I will promise never to grow cotton under the name Andrew for $10.

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Is ANDREW also up for bidding?

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Give me $100 and the rights to Andy.

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I would be rather interested to see the difference in what Andrew1 is willing to accept to give up his name vs. what Tyler/Alex are willing to accept to boot Andrew1 out of using that name.

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why don't you just put your last initial after your name like I do?

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Everyone change your handle to Andrew.

lolz!

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New meme, anyone?

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Its getting crazy here . Another "Bill" popped up other than the regular one and had to be identified by the time of his comments on electric bulbs. And for the first time in a year , recently I saw a comment by another RR. How about a little stagnation in the number of commenters?

I just realized: it is a nefarious plot by Tyler and Alex to drive down snarky comments, as opposed to well-argued comments. There is no honor in snark if ownership of your pseudonym cannot be enforced.

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this name is available for 1 dollar

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At least they are not calling themselves "Anonymous".

Indeed.

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check

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How about naming right for the renaming of the blog "Marginal Revolution."

Instead of Marginal Revolution, you can name it: [insert name here]

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The person who wants to purchase the name Andrew assumes there is a positive reputational value in that name. That the viewers will recognize him as the Andrew of previous posts and that that name somehow carries some goodwill. Maybe not.

As a person who goes by the name of Bill, I have seen my name used in vain as well by someone else, though I am not sure that the person who uses my name clearly understands all the baggage that comes with it.

As a lawyer and someone who seeks to solve this problem without having to fork over money to the site manager of the Marginal Revolution, I would suggest that you go out and get your monicker trademarked. That way you can deny MR revenue and go after those scurilous fool who uses your name in vain.

Bill (TM pending, 2011, All Rights Reserved)

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@Bill goodwill/brand equity need not imply positive reputation. What if I had opposing interests to Andrew, and wanted to assume his name to start talking shit on people and making him look bad? Or what if Andrew sold me his name so I could start making awesome posts in his name thereby rebuilding his reputation then selling the name back at a profit?

JCL,

All true.

That's why you should not rely on a name, but rather the contents of the message.

Sometime's I've agreed with Andrew.

But, I don't know which one.

Bill(TMpending, 2011, All Rights Reserved)

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wait -- i have the option to post as andrew as well. i've just never used it. how much will he buy this for?

Given the supplies of false indistinguishable Andrews,

I'm going to Short Andrew.

What we need is a Federal Reserve to create a Coinage of Andrew.

All these imposters are inflating the supply of Andrew!

It's useful to have an unusual name. I'm the only person with my name in the world, so I feel somehow protected from inflation.

BS! English soccer player, probably from the 80s, with your name. Unless you are him...

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This is part of the reason that I wish Tyler/Alex would enable an alternate commenting system like IntenseDebate or Disqus.

this post is obviously for levity...

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As an Andy, I am willing to accept payment to NOT post as Andrew.

I don't know, but that might diminish the value of the name Andrew, depending on the quality of your comments. Maybe Andrew would pay you instead to increase the value.

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He can have it, but if you give it to him I'm going to post as Deez Nutz.

Or maybe Weiner.

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This discussion is quickly devolving into an anti-Libertarian proof of the value of the State in creating and enforcing property rights.

So cool.

No, it isn't.

Yes it does.

If I were to end this comment with your monicker, in signing off as ladderFF, you would not have a "right" to prevent me from using the name without the intervention of some authority that granted it to you and had the authority to deny me the right to use it.

If you own a car but have no drivers license, do you have a "right" to drive the car you own. Did you get that right from owning the car or from passing the drivers test? Who gave you that right?

You know what's really cool Bill with the current system? Blogs that want to differentiate people and give (or sell) unique names, can. And blogs that don't or can't be bothered, don't have to. And people that want to post and visit blogs that do or don't can choose. And then we can see whether people really want as blogs that do or don't allow unique naming systems prosper or die. Maybe people will want both, maybe neither (as seems to be the case), maybe sometimes one and sometimes the other. Who can really know? Under your preferred system, a Government controlled internet, we would all be told what to do (probably by someone in the pockets of some company with an internet naming program) based on some compromise perhaps to get a bridge built in Nevada. Never in a million years are you going to convince me that is better.

How did this get to be a government controlled internet discussion from my comment?.

Chris, do you have a birth certificate? Your parents named you and it was duly recorded by the government, and henceforth you will go by that name, officially at least, in government records, and will be recognized on government documents, including your drivers license, except in social situations where you go by the name ChrisA.

My god, a government conspiracy in NAMING people by that big, bad government. A government conspiracy in using drivers licenses, deeds recording the ownership of property, and access to bank accounts with government issued drivers licenses.

I can understand why Obama didn't want a birth certificate.

He was the first libertarian.

A government that can record your name and establish your identity is the first step on a path to tyranny.

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Huh? Libertarianism starts with property rights.

This is ad*m who used to be known as adam, locally famous in the healthcare debate.

See what happens when property rights cannot be enforced? There are now at least 2 new adam-s, and one Adam on MR, most with views opposed to mine - ad*m - and with comments of substantially lower quality.

If someone steals ad*m from me, I will use ad!@#$%*&(IOm from then on.

Who gave you the property right for ad*m, ad*m? You're creativity in naming yourself is not unique if I have the right, because of your inability to enforce exclusivity, to use it.

Go register it at the Copyright and Trademark office, and then you will start with a property right, or else ask the site administrator to give you that property right.

The only point is that some property starts from the consent of all of us to give someone the right to manage the property rights and enforce them.

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With all the confusion and duplication of names, sigh, this looks like spontaneous order did not arise on this website.

Bill +3

Not quite.

Apparently Bill doesn't realize there is a reason we don't use last names. It's not me who benefits from marginal non-anonymity.

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$10. Demand should be pretty much everyone who reads MR and HRO.

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I didn't know names were unique. Glad I got Andy then!

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funny...if it's meant to b. how about "androo", "andru"?

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Wow. I had no idea my name could be worth $$$$ until somebody forwarded me this link.

No kidding,

Ann Dru

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Curious what it would cost to have Andrew' cease from commenting forever.

Taking bids.

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I'll take the $10. Of course, you have no legal recourse if I continue to post under the name Andrew.

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I'm Andy!

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I think this is having the opposite effect on Andrew's reputation.

PS: I'm selling "Andre." Everything is more expensive when in French.

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Another Andrew?

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