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Official WCA Regulations and Competiton pages

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Do I have to use my real name for the WCA profile and competitions?
Why would you not want to use your real name for your WCA profile and competitions? I don't know the rules about this, but I would assume that unless you have a very good reason, for example if your name will get you in a lot of troube or attract mockery (which I can imagine if you're called Adolf or something like that) you'll have to use your real name.

Also, what do you mean with your real name? If your full first name is Benjamin for example, I think you might be okay if you use Ben.
 
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Do I have to use my real name for the WCA profile and competitions?
2c) Registrants must provide all required information (at least: name, country, date of birth, gender, contact information, selected events) for their registration to be considered complete.
2e) Competitors must be able to show a passport/id-card during registration at the location to prove their identity
Get a fake ID if you want a fake name on your profile.
 
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Sure. But if you want to use a name like Willie Stroker, I think the organisers might want to check.

And actually at Melbourne Cube Day, new competitors were asked to show some form of ID. I hadn't seen this happen at previous competitions.
 
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Legally it's Daniel but who's counting.
Yeah, I'd say that's still your real name, just not exactly/legally. And the question was about real, not about exact. Didn't sound like he's asking about something like Dan/Daniel but about calling himself Superman or bestcuber42 or Barack Obama or Stefan Sucks when his real name is nothing like it.
 

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Ok :3

All in all, maybe we should have an ID check mandatory for all new competitors. Just to be sure. Abbreviations of names (Daniel -> Dan) being acceptable.
The biggest problem with this is that we have a number of quite young competitors, and in some countries, many young competitors don't really have a reliable form of ID. I suppose most have some sort of birth certificate, but of course there's no picture to verify that it's theirs. An ID check would make it a little more reliable, but it could still be cheated, and it would potentially cause hardship for competitors. Imagine a parent of a 9-year-old who just brought their son or daughter 150 miles to a competition, only to discover that their child is not allowed to compete without a valid ID, which they didn't bring. I'm quite sure it would lead to at least a few ugly scenes.

Note that this is not saying we can't do this - it's merely pointing out that there is a price to pay for doing it. I'm not looking forward to being the person to tell a parent something like that someday, but I'll do it if I have to, I guess.
 
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