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I think that your URL name should stay constant while you still have the ability to change your username. I thnk that you should have to choose your URL during the process of setting up your profile.
At 11/7/06 07:03 PM, KemCab wrote: I think that there should be a system in which every account is alloted one free page to do what they want. The URL for their username (user.newgrounds.com) will be reserved for that user. If he does not want that URL, he will ask for a different one to do whatever he pleases.
And more user pages can be purchased for a small fee if needed.
I don't think anyone would be convinced for more pages if there was a fee, but your other ideas, however, are good.
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If you don't already have a commitment to atleast one name you go bye, nick name or user name then you my friend.... are sad. If you can't think of one name that will stick with you throughout the span of using this website....then you kinda lack the neccesary imagination to create and or enjoy creations of newgrounds.com caliber.... Thus all you who constantly change your name = PWNED!
At 11/7/06 08:14 PM, HanziDrown wrote:
:Thus all you who constantly change your name = PWNED!
Most name changes are based on inside jokes or holiday themes. Also, a lot of good names are taken so people have to choose crappy alternatives instead.
But yeah, name changing can get annoying and isn't needed for the most part, although it is nice to have the option.
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Your name should be dynamic untill you create a user page, and then after you do that, what ever your name is then becomes perminant.
But then, after you finalize your name, you can have 'pseudo names.' Just have the actual name somewhere else on the post but not as prominant as your pseudo name.
So like, lets say I join NG as Cipherzero. Then I decide to change my name to Ciph3rzer0, so I do. Then I find out about these cool ng user pages you can make, and it says to make sure that the name I currently have is the name I wish to be stuck with. So I say yes and I make my user page :)
I would really like to see the user pages be something distinguished. But It would probably be more functional if available to everyone.
Like people can have their alpha and beta files up there. So then when you're going through old threads the links will still exist.
But ultimately i think it would be a good way to promote flash authors. You can have a page that has the top 50 for BA and for popularity and stuff. Author info and stuff, I can see it now, it's going to be a great thing!
Do you think maybe we could earn partial ad revenue from our user pages? Like if we have a good BA and get alot of hits to the NG page or something.
I would probably just have a redirect to my page anyways...
I dont know why I posted, its not like anyone will see this on page whatever this is.
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Cool. I already like my name. I pretty much had it since I really got into NG.
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I liked the username freedom, but having a user page is defiantly worth it.
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Well, if you want to get all technical about it, if you shell out money for an actual Url, you'll be wanting to stick with the name you pick (or have to compromise into); having to keep a name doesn't seem like such a bad thing -- I mean, when you have different names in real-life that usually means you're a serial-killer or a date raper or the like. And we aren't those, are we guys?
(I gave it up years ago)
But of course, in my case, like many others taking this side of the argument, I have the profile-name I want, of course.
I seemed to have found the perfect name for myself so I have no desire to change it, but I do have another question, will it come bundled with the new layout?
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do like myspace you're allowed to change your alias as much as you want, but you always have the same url. Just make it so you can change the usernames, but not the urls, like they do
i really dont give a HOOT! but if you have to, go ahead. im probably sticking to my name anyway. although maybe i would change it once in a while idk. i also kinda like the idea some other people said about being able to change your username/display name, but have only one certain domain name. idk just an idea???
Alright, I haven't said my piece here and I guess it's time to do that.
For all of those of you who're saying "Do what [other sites] do", you're blind as to WHY they're doing that. That's basically a band aid on a poor username implementation system.
Luckily, the only thing we've ever had to alter with respect to usernames in the past 7 years of user accounts on Newgrounds is the restriction of underscores (_) from usernames, and that's largely down to Ross' foresight, when he created the user accounts system years ago.
As for going ahead with the "user name/display name" situation. What a crock... Most of the people who're going for this argument have actually complained in the past about not being able to get their desired username. So, if you have a "username" that's unique and then a "display name" that's also unique (and is assigned to every new user), then you also have to check (when signing up a new user), whether: a) the username is taken and THEN b) whether the display name is taken.
Imagine how many people (like you who have requested unique usernames (that were previously taken) for a long time) would feel, given those peoples' situation.
With regards to those who have given input about meta-redirects, header redirects, etc - thanks, but, with respect, those sort of situations should only ever arise after actual data (as in posts to the bbs) has been sent to the script, rather than relatively insignificant handle comparisons.
Let's not forget what a user page is supposed to be. It's supposed to be a user's page.
Changing usernames just for the sake of holidays doesn't cut it with me, change your image in your profile or in your bbs signature instead. Sorry.
At 11/7/06 09:55 PM, liljim wrote: Changing usernames just for the sake of holidays doesn't cut it with me, change your image in your profile or in your bbs signature instead. Sorry.
OK, if that doesn't cut it, what about people who come here when they're little kids and make names like zeldadude6969 or in my case, GamesCool. If they become an active member of the community, and they're not 13 anymore, they may not want to carry that babyish name with them. Just a thought.
At 11/7/06 09:55 PM, liljim wrote: Changing usernames just for the sake of holidays doesn't cut it with me.
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At 11/7/06 10:03 PM, DFox wrote: OK, if that doesn't cut it, what about people who come here when they're little kids and make names like zeldadude6969 or in my case, GamesCool. If they become an active member of the community, and they're not 13 anymore, they may not want to carry that babyish name with them. Just a thought.
In my opinion, GamesCool is better than DFox. People remember you (I'm talking about the hundreds of thousands who DON'T voice their opinions, either way) by your initial username. You might have lost fans (or at least their association with who you are) by changing names.
Well on myspace and youtube you can change your url whenever you want. Surely their coding isn't that advanced? If not why not just set up a deadline day where people have to have stick with thier names after that? I'm it won't bother too many people, and of course there'll be complaints on the forums but that's all forums are anyway, complaints. Do it Tom, userpages would really kick ass. It would be so much better than linking people to a search result that doesn't always work. Also while I'm here would it be too much to ask for some way of sorting people's flashes by the date they were made? It's always nice to see how an animator has progressed.
At 11/7/06 10:11 PM, liljim wrote: In my opinion, GamesCool is better than DFox. People remember you (I'm talkig about the hundreds of thousands who DON'T voice their opinions, either way) by your initial username. You might have lost fans (or at least their association with you are) by changing names.
Oops (didn't know I had fans) :) Maybe I made a mistake, but it's too late to turn back, and personally I prefer DFox. It's short, and like my real name.
Anyway, about people being know by their initial usernames, I'll take your word for it as you know better than be. Hopefully the people who outgrow names and want to change will be the minority. I mean I think you're defined more by who you are on this BBS rather than your name, which is the way it should be, so I guess changing the name you made when you were younger isn't a biggie.
Either way, I'm sure the coolness of user pages will greatly outweigh not being able to change your username. Personally, I can't wait. I despise MySpace, so having a user page on one of my favorite sites will be awesome.
At 11/7/06 10:21 PM, Doki wrote: Well on myspace and youtube you can change your url whenever you want. Surely their coding isn't that advanced? If not why not just set up a deadline day where people have to have stick with thier names after that?
I highly doubt coding is the issue. The only issue is the change in URLs would throw off people and links that were previously created before the name change. Also, looking at what MySpace does is just pointless as it's such a poorly designed site.
I think you should just give us a 30 day deadline or something to change names. If that be the case then, can we take dibs on the names that inactive users have?
It's obvious by now that many users don't like the idea of a username lockdown. But personally, it doesn't bother me in the slightest since my username has pretty much always remained the same and is the same for any site I goto and makes me more recognizeable that way since people see "Vegeton" and know that it's me and not someone else. I support all your decisions through and through Tom, even if at times they shake the foundations of NG.
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