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I was using some user name on some forum. Then I changed that name. I want to address this in my signature.

What should I write?

  • I was posting as X before.
  • I used to post as X before.
  • I have posted as X before.

Which one of those is the best for what I mean?

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Any of these is ok, except I would simply say "I used to post as X"; the "before" here is redundant. However, to do what you want, I would prefer not to use any of these and use formerly instead:

Bob Rodes
formerly Sasquatch

For completeness's sake, "I was posting as X before" means that over a period of time in the past, you had the ongoing habit of posting as X. "I used to post as X" means pretty much the same thing, and I would prefer this usage. "I have posted as X before" means that at least once in the past you posted as X.

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I'd like to suggest another alternative: "Bob Rodes (aka Sasquatch)". This is especially useful when we still occasionally use the old name. :) –  Damkerng T. Jun 15 '14 at 20:07
@DamkerngT. Or alias or aliter both meaning otherwise. –  StoneyB Jun 15 '14 at 20:17

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