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I doubt I would need to change my name, but I think it's a great feature that you should try to keep if possible. On other sites, there are people who delete their accounts simply to change their user name, but Newgrounds gives users the flexibility of changing their names whenever they like.
What exactly worries you about the dead links? The problem would be when users themselves post links to their userpages on forums, reviews, author's comments, or other similar things. But if users can do that for other websites as well, and when those websites change the link becomes a dead link. It's to be expected whenever you allow user input on the site.
If you're worried about Newgrounds having problems when you make links to the user pages, that wouldn't be a problem. You already allow us to have signatures for forum posts, and whenever those area changed, they're changed across the entire site. You could do the same with user pages.
I reccomend putting a warning when people change their name though. Something like, WARNING: The URL of your user page will also change to match your new user name. If you have posted a link to your user page on the forums, in comments, your own personal site, or the like, these links will become un-functional. Maybe not a prompt though. That might annoy people.
Perhaps you could make user pages that have the user name in them optional, or make the user name user pages redirect to one that uses a number. It would give people a little more flexibility.
Good luck finding a solution to this dilemma, Tom.
Name changing on the drop of a dime has always been a kind of neat thing to do on NG, but it's really nothing that's worth it, and doesn't actually help in any way, especially if it's going to cause problems for the developement of the new system. I say go ahead with a lockdown. If anything, it will be missed for less than a month.
At 11/6/06 08:29 PM, ZekeySpaceyIizard wrote: well tom its all up to you, i in my own opinion don't care, i like my name:D
You obviously don't reilize how much that is on his shoulders.
I've change my name once in 4 years. I think it was from -Subkutz-, so it doesn't really bother me.
Personal pages? I never knew about that.
Just tell me one thing please Tom.
Tell me this isn't becoming EmoGrounds and being like myspace. You won't let us customize our pages, right?
I personally never cared for name changing. The only time I changed my name is when I went from NG Fan to NG employee. I decided to drop "RedDakota" (which was dumb anyway) and go with WadeFulp. I haven't changed since.
The problem with people who do change their name is, they always have alt accounts to hold their favorite name. So while they are using a different name there is another account (or accounts) hold their other names. Maybe if people couldn't change their name they wouldn't make alt accounts to hold their primary name while they use another. However, if someone doesn't like their name they will be forced to start a new account.
Name changes always makes our job more difficult, even when the mods do it. If someone is like "This Mod JoJoNuts banned me" I'm like "Who is JoJoNuts?" and then I look and no mods are called "JoJoNuts" and I'm at a loss. BTW, I just made up JoJoNuts. It will now become the greatest alias ever if someone decides to use it.
Why don't you just have the URLs done by number as well? like 510270.newgrounds.com instead of orb.newgrounds.com?
Awww! I like username freedom!
Seriously, I like this name, but I'll probably get tired of it eventually. That happens with me. I'd still be LemonAxe if I hadn't gotten tired of that one.
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At 11/6/06 10:05 PM, WadeFulp wrote: BTW, I just made up JoJoNuts. It will now become the greatest alias ever if someone decides to use it.
The best alternative would be to use the method MuyBurrito posted about; this would make some people happy and no one angry. However, with username lockdown, some users are angry and some don't care.
Hmm... I don't think it's such a great idea. While there are those who don't care and say "Do what you can to make NG better!" or "Yeah, doesn't matter to me", there are still the people who say "Hmm, I think this alias is a little bit too dull and stupid, maybe I should make it more efficient and nicer"
It's pretty much half and half. So the choice is up to you. I personally don't see much of a point in having your own username page for NG, although it would be really neat to see done, and easy to view profiles. However..... if it's going to be so much of a hassle where you think people will panic over it, then why risk it?
I don't know enough coding of internet languages to be able to help, so I wouldn't know how to solve the dilemna.
Half and half. Either fix it or count up some votes. It's election day tomorrow ;p
At 11/6/06 10:14 PM, C41um wrote:At 11/6/06 10:05 PM, WadeFulp wrote: BTW, I just made up JoJoNuts. It will now become the greatest alias ever if someone decides to use it.Damn, it was already registered in '04 :(
Heh, if you actually want it, I can change the alias back to Morgan-Webb.
At 11/6/06 10:13 PM, JoJoNuts wrote:At 11/6/06 10:05 PM, WadeFulp wrote: BTW, I just made up JoJoNuts. It will now become the greatest alias ever if someone decides to use it.Gotcha Wade.
That didnt take long.
I think user names shoudl be locked down. Really, does it make that big of a difference not being able to change names? Sure people will bitch and whine, but in the ned how many people will leave the site ebcause they lose the ability to chaneg their name for a week then chaneg it back.
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At 11/6/06 08:28 PM, Dejanus wrote: I personally dont have a problem with it, I like my name and have only changed it as a temporary joke.
Same. Snype (or different versions of it) is practically my alias all over the Net. I love my name.
I'm good with my username; the only change I've ever made was capitalisation, which I won't be changing back.
Go for it.
That's a problem for certain
example,if somebody want to become a clock,and he want to change his account name,what will he do to know that he is a clock now?
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Maybe set up a time limit once per year or so for everyone that wants to change their names to do so. If they miss the time limit, then too bad for them.
That is, if you can automate the changing of the links...
"Be peaceful, be courteous, obey the law, respect everyone; but if someone puts his hand on you, send him to the cemetery"
Do you really need to put the usernames on lockdown? Maybe someone already suggested it, but couldn't you make the names variables that you can replace in that spot of the code that defines our user sites on Newgrounds? I'm not exactly sure what your whole 'code structure' looks like, but it seems that you could easily make the usernames (that are being used for the url of our profile sites) a variable that can be replaced and easily changed. I'm not claiming that it will fix the problem because who knows how your coding is done, but I think that would be quite the easy thing to do. Come on Tom, all that brain but nothing as simple as this resting in it? For shame.
It is an all right idea I say even though I have changed my name so many times I think it may help out with the people who have that habit.
I like my username and don't want to change it anyways. The problem you bring up is difficult, but another problem is if people copy somones name and ruin them that way. I've had that happen before in stick arena where a hacker changed his name to be like mine and was claiming I was the imposter (although his colour was yellow and I was red). The lockdown of a username will be helpfull to stop if somone who has many usernames then could blam or protect something by using all of their accounts.
Hmm, wow uhh anyone who knows me should know this could be a problem. I've changed names so many times it's beyond ridiculous. Having a lockdown seems kind of unfair, but if it's REALLY necessary, then I guess I could deal with it. I do like the name I have, but I can't deny that there is at least one name I would rather have and was already denied for good reason.
In the end tho it's up to you Tom. People may bitch about a change, but if it's something that needs to be done, then so be it.
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