Thank you for your help. But I follow your advise. At modify user profile page. I see this at the bottom I agree to receive site announcements (no advertisements) and submit button Where I miss this option to hide my info?
We have decided, for a period of time, to remove this option for our new users, especially because most believed that we show their entire address and not just the country. We are currently testing this and waiting for feedback from users before we decide if to reintroduce the option or not. Having your name appear in full can mean better exposure in internet searches but if you really need for your full info to be private you can contact us at support and we will activate it manually.
This can make sense for buyers but why would contributors wnt to avoid having their full name in a credit line? Especially since many buyers complain about having to use a username. We like having an online altergo, but it's more professional to be credited under Serban Enache instead of Achilles, don't you think? Hiding yourself is bad branding, how do you persuade your models to trust you if you hide yourself?
If you are only referring to branding and a credit line what is the difference between promoting yourself as your fake rather than your real name? Yes, perhaps a real name sounds more professional but there is no guarantee that those with real-sounding names are even using their real names. At this point many know you as Achilles of Dreamstime and fewer know your real name so Achilles might be a more desirable name outside of your country and your colleagues for promoting your work and speaking at events about the industry. Those higher up in the industry already know you as both.
A brand doesn't rely on a real name. Creating a brand is about making your product memorable and some names are not memorable. If you are exclusive, all links bring you here, a good thing if a buyer wants your particular images. If you are not exclusive it may make more sense to sell your images everywhere under one name, whether that is a real name or a brand name. Many of the big guns go by a brand, not a real name (Monkey Business Images). If a big seller has the name Jane or John Smith would that help his brand? There are 2,787,879 people in the US with the name Smith.
The whole anonymous thing is disappearing on the internet and if someone really wants to find out who you are they can pretty easily do so. They can contact you on the Tools Tab if they want more info. Buyers don't care who the artist is unless they want more of your images because of a special look or subject.
Those who choose to have their name and location hidden have their reasons (bias toward a country, divorce and new name, stalkers, etc - not always an unethical reason). The original question stems from having the ability to choose this option in the past and that option disappearing. If you don't want the anonymous here you should make that a new rule with a grace period so those who have good reasons to be hidden have time to leave or reveal their names. Or, if you are worried about something else, explain why and institute a method for vetting new members before you let them join with a hidden name or location.