However they did suggest I register a nickname - is that worth bothering with?
The mock Lobster (as far as I know) has never turned up on the PuppyLinux IRC channel - where it is easy enough to verify who someone is if you are a regular.
ah kiwi seems to have brought her friend - LOL - well - well . . . just as I thought they are the very source of the problem . . .
If you meet anyone on the IRC who is not interested in Puppy - it is probably because they are not interested in Puppy (no more clues)