Not the (Author) I Appear to Be

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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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