Not the (Author) I Appear to Be

So I got up this morning and — like a lot of you — took my first cup of coffee over to ANewsCafe to see what was new. In the lead was Doug Mudford’s latest “Reflections In a Mirror (While Shaving),” one of my favorite features.

Doug was hilarious, as usual, and I appreciated the laughter boost first thing in the a.m., so I was the first one to comment. My own little joke. Haha. Good morning, everybody.

But when the comment appeared, my name was in giant letters and it looked like this: Steve Brewer (Author).

You’ve probably seen this before. That “(Author)” thing has magically appeared behind the names of other ANewsCafe staffers who’ve commented. The difference is that I am an author. So when it appears behind my name, it looks like I’m trumpeting my other job title, which would make me a jackass.

The last time this happened, I contacted our all-knowing technical wizard, Jim Gore. He told me it was a quirk of the software. If I’m logged into the site as a staffer (and I almost always am), and I make a comment, that “(Author)” thing will appear. If I don’t want it to appear, I should comment only when I’m not logged in, or I should log out first. Now what are the odds I’m going to remember that before I impulsively comment on something?

So, next time you see Steve Brewer (Author) in the comments, don’t think: “What a jackass!” Instead, think of it this way: “Hey, this guy’s an author. I should run right out and buy all his books.”

Thank you.

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6 Responses

  1. Avatar Phil "Philbert& says:

    So, why doesn't "cartoonist" follow my name? In fact, why doesn't ANYTHING follow my name? Chopped liver. That's what I am, chopped liver.

    • Avatar Susan Daugherty says:

      So can Jim fix it so when Philbert comments it can say "(ANYTHING)" after his name? Or even Phil "Philbert" Fountain (Chopped Liver)

      It seems only fair.

  2. Avatar Ann Webber says:

    I happen to love chopped liver! You are not too bad either Phil!

    Thanks for the iceberg link! Wow!

  3. JoeD JoeD says:

    I don't mind taking credit for being an author even though I don't write a word.

  4. Avatar Hal Johnson says:

    I'm relieved to learn the rumor that you threw a tantrum to get your name and "(author)" in bold is without basis. That kinda stuff is tabloid fodder, y'know?

  5. Avatar Budd Hodges says:

    Steve…I want my title to read "Grumpy old senior citizen".

    Merry Christmas to you! ***