it's probably just because I've had the same handle and avatar for the past seven years of interneting. maybe I should go crazy and change it up. that would be wild. y'all would be like "woah".
I've done this as well and for the most part people that change their names on here tend to revert back to their original eventually. Were you around when everyone was "SBTRKT"-ing their user names and putting masks on their avatars? It was a fun little thing but most people reverted back eventually.
I've changed my name on here once as a joke but for the most part I've used this username on here and other boards for years.
I admit the SBTRKT phase was pretty fun, that's a good point. so there is a beneficial creative aspect to being able to change your name.