At 9/10/06 03:43 PM, ASSMAN wrote:
When will all you morons realize that the change isn't being done for cosmetic reasons??
It's being done now in order to make it easier to implement a certain system later.. I'm sure we'll all see it soon enough.
It is indeed hilarious how many people (well, in the first 5 or so pages, which is all I read completely, though I read a bit here and there where I saw posts from liljim and Tom in their posthistories.... and of course I read this page) seem to think that the reason we're not allowed _s at all and -s on the starts/ends of names is some sort of persecution of those two symbols for purely objective, silly reasons.
The whole attitude of so many users who were affected and wanted to resist the change (though most seemed to realise there's not much point) appears to be "the admins have lost their minds.... but I guess we've no choice but to go along with it."
Though Tom didn't spell it out entirely in his first post in this topic, he did say that these username rules should have been in place a long time ago.
There are reasons usernames can't have characters like / and \ and now we're just adding _ and - to the list, except for single in-between-text dashes.
These are obviously, as ASSMAN and someone back on page 13 or 14 noted... can't remember who exactly.... changes for strictly coding/string-based reasons. _s and -s throw shit off.
Ever try to double-click usernames on NG to select the text so you can copy and paste the name?
I do this all the time when I add a new user to my pentalist. I was just doing it yesterday and today, in fact, while updating the September update.
Anyone with _s or -s in their name... I can't just doubleclick it. I have to click-drag over their entire name, and half the time I'm going to accidentally copy the ":" after their name (I get names from the "profile comment/message" section of the top of our profiles.
Anyone with a nice simple name like myself, ramagi, fixit, alexsmolik, etc. etc.... the name is easily doubleclicked and ctrl-c'ed, and that's all that needs to be done.
If no underscores and dashes makes MY life that much easier when I'm just making a simple, small list for my own enjoyment every month on this site...
IMAGINE HOW MUCH EASIER NO UNDERSCORES AND DASHES MAKES THE ADMINS' LIVES. Get it now, people? I hope so.
But while reading through the first few pages, I noticed a hell of a lot of people who posted in this topic but still have illegal names, so... I hope you holdouts are just enjoying your current names as long as possible and do realise there are good reasons for this, which anyone should have been able to guess from the start. Like liljim said back in the middle of the topic... not being able to guess those reasons, or assuming they're cosmetic reasons, doesn't change the fact that the admins have GOOD REASONS. Don't assume you know everything.
In conclusion: burn in hell assholes.
I wouldn't have gone that far.... but maybe had I read ALL 27 pages before I made this post... I might have been much more tempted. #;-}>