There's no secret behind mine, as Peilonrayz mentioned:
I stole the idea from 200_success, and brag about it regularly to confuse someone, somewhere eventually (Sorry Simon). It actually came about shortly after this article because I was just barely concerned about the visibility of it, but that's no longer an issue. (It's also a psychological trick to convince people to over-abundantly accept my answers. Muahahaha. (I kid, I kid.))
There's no secret to my real name, either, I plaster it everywhere, I make no qualms of it. If you want info on me, feel free to look it up. :)
No, we're not socks or associated, if that's your concern. 200 has been here for just about ever (and was previously a mod), and I've been around for a while as well (joined 2 or 3 years in). It just so happens that I stole 200's idea (and thunder) and have used it to cause pain-and-suffering in the universe. :)
- Do these users have an affiliation with each other? Nope. I speak with 200 in chat regularly, but that's it. (200 is from Canada, I'm from Toledo, OH, USA.)
- Were these names chosen as part of a scheme? Mine was for sure, can't speak to 200's.
- Should we know anything else about such display name formats? (e.g. are they regarded as sacred or anything?) Mostly just a play on HTTP. For a moment I was
418_Teapot (because HTTP 418 indicates the server is, in fact, a teapot). So, no. Nothing sacred, nothing important, just fun. :)