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Response to Username Lockdown? 2006-11-07 02:23:29 Reply

I don't believe it to be a big issue. Have never thought of changing my alias. Do that and lockdown the usernames. I much rather prefer the url erixs.newgrounds.com then to be able to change my alias.

It's a good idea and i think you should go for it!

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Response to Username Lockdown? 2006-11-07 02:26:10 Reply

This really is becoming the great name purge of 2006. All I can say is maybe you should send an automated message to all users before and after the finalization of this.

I feel sorry for new sign-ups though. They don't get years to fiddle around with their aliases finding just the perfect one, as I had. Oh well, there loss. I had plenty of fun name changing all of these years though, it was a great feature. But if it must be sacrificed so we can be the next Blog site, so be it. :P


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Response to Username Lockdown? 2006-11-07 02:38:30 Reply

Would it be possible to know an appoximate time you're going to turn NewGrounds into MySpace?


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Response to Username Lockdown? 2006-11-07 02:41:22 Reply

At 11/6/06 08:31 PM, MuyBurrito wrote: Would it be possible to give users a "Display Name" that can be changed as the username is changed under the current system, while locking down an official "Account Name" which is tied directly to user pages?

I agree to this. I think this is like what Myspace does where you have your personal URL account name but you can change your display name. Now, I never change my name because that's just me, but I know people who would DIE if they couldn't change their name on a whim. You don't have anything to lose really because people aren't going to leave if nothing changes but if you were to lockdown the names, you might lose some fans. Maybe hit up Tom from Myspace and find out what he did.

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Response to Username Lockdown? 2006-11-07 02:47:50 Reply

Personally, I like the idea I've seen so far of leaving a dynamic display name, while locking down a URL for that user's homepage. I don't know if it is feasible, but having both a user name which can be changed, and then a profile name to link up to the site seems kind of like a happy medium for this situation.

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Response to Username Lockdown? 2006-11-07 02:52:42 Reply

how people can constantly change their names has good freedom, but it can be annoying. personally i never change my name (with a few wacky exceptions) as BlueHippo is me through and through :)

i haven't read this thread fully yet as i'm not as "home" ("home" being where i'm staying), so i'm not sure if it's been adressed, but hopefully we can get admin name changes or something, like most websites. that would be fine by me, all this name freedom is unusual, and will take some getting used to.

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Response to Username Lockdown? 2006-11-07 02:54:16 Reply

personally, i don't have any problems with the name change. My username for *all* the sites I visit has been something along the lines of badger-head, and I don't have any wishes to change it. Do what you wish, Tom ;)

And on an off-topic note, I'd like to take this opportunity to laugh at the people who seriously thought Tom was dead. LOLOLOLOLOLOL

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Response to Username Lockdown? 2006-11-07 02:59:31 Reply

I've only changed my name for special occasions or that im just a bit bored with it. A lot of users would probably be pissed at the situation but im not too much.

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Response to Username Lockdown? 2006-11-07 03:10:10 Reply

6 pages, and i have 5 min until class starts... probably suggested before, but here goes;

Lockdown one selected name, allow profile names to be changed. After a while ppl will probably get bored about changing names anyway, since the "anonymosity" would disapear with a "name lock"...


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Response to Username Lockdown? 2006-11-07 03:25:08 Reply

Fine with me. Smoother user pages > name changing novelty imo


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Response to Username Lockdown? 2006-11-07 03:25:23 Reply

I've already made a movie with my name (with an underscore, but still) and I have no plan to change it. I think that those who actually change their username often are actually in the minority. Even if there was a username lockdown, I think it would eventually lead people to have more pride in their usernames. I am, and forever shall be, THE-BOLSHEVIK, and I'm damn proud of it.

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Response to Username Lockdown? 2006-11-07 03:29:11 Reply

No big deal, just give people enough warning before you lock it down and it should be fine.


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Response to Username Lockdown? 2006-11-07 03:34:18 Reply

nah, let us change our names.


I hardly ever come here anymore....

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Response to Username Lockdown? 2006-11-07 03:37:01 Reply

But changing a user name is crucial part of NG and is loved by most users at some point when they begin to hate their username.

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Response to Username Lockdown? 2006-11-07 03:39:34 Reply

ugh, I hate all the people saying this is a good thing.

FREEDOM. stop taking the freedom out of this site. Freedom to have a big sig, freedom to make a review, now freedom to change our name

It's silly. Don't do this Tom.


I hardly ever come here anymore....

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Response to Username Lockdown? 2006-11-07 03:40:20 Reply

The "Account name" and the "Display Name" seems to be a good idea for me. However, I have some suggestions.

I know that this goes against the "Grand Scheme" of NG. But is it possible to have users decide?

Like I mean that users who want to have a personal page must lock down their names before they can have one. And users who want to be able to change their names not be able to have a personal page. So then now users must decide whether or not to lock down the names for the sake of a personal page.

Also, each user who has their name locked down would have a special indicator (like a boarder or something) so when visiting their profile or replying on the BBS, that other users can see that this name is locked down, and that this name cannot change.

Also, in the case that a locked username wants to change, they would have to be of a certain level and wait 30 days or something before they can do so. If you really wanted to, you could make the users pay a small "fee" in order to have their name changed.

Pros:
-satisfies everyones needs

Cons:
-NG becomes less uniform
-User renaming may become a problem
-More alts for people who want both

Another alternative, which probably has been already mentioned, is to have the ID # in the webpage:

So instead of InsertNameHere.newgrounds.com it would become 1234567.newgrounds.com

Pros:
-Takes away the problem of user name switching

Cons:
-Doesn't look as nice

But whatever you decide, I won't complain if we have to lock down our names. Just make sure you give us an announcement before you do so.


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Response to Username Lockdown? 2006-11-07 03:43:42 Reply

I'm glad you liked my idea, Keep wearin' out the mouse homie, Peace.

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Response to Username Lockdown? 2006-11-07 03:47:27 Reply

i don't have a problem with my name being locked down as i have only changed it once (used to be mrb1) but i don't wanna change it againg so it's fine with me.

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Response to Username Lockdown? 2006-11-07 04:03:54 Reply

What ?! No !
Name changes please...


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Response to Username Lockdown? 2006-11-07 04:04:21 Reply

Lock the names seems like it would make things easier for many things such as alts but mostly the dilema you have, so lock em up.

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Response to Username Lockdown? 2006-11-07 04:29:22 Reply

I could really give a fuck about my own personal webprofile on NG. It would be to much like myspace, and that would suck ass. I would love to change , my name to a permanant name in the near future... keep it as it is.

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Response to Username Lockdown? 2006-11-07 04:32:17 Reply

Yeah, just lock them up. DeviantART does it and everyone over there is fine.
If someone wants a name change that bad they can just delete their old account and get a new one. Or something...

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Response to Username Lockdown? 2006-11-07 04:34:09 Reply

At 11/7/06 04:32 AM, squeakytoad wrote: Yeah, just lock them up. DeviantART does it and everyone over there is fine.
If someone wants a name change that bad they can just delete their old account and get a new one. Or something...

That's fine for small artists who don't have anything worthwhile in their profiles dude, if we wanted a namechange on here, it would mean making a new account and abandoning flash, music, portal awards, exp, b/p points, forum posts and more.

I'm not affected by the name change, I think it'll do some good, but it'll be problematic for the important changes.

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Response to Username Lockdown? 2006-11-07 04:44:14 Reply

At 11/7/06 04:34 AM, RupeeClock wrote:
At 11/7/06 04:32 AM, squeakytoad wrote: Yeah, just lock them up. DeviantART does it and everyone over there is fine.
If someone wants a name change that bad they can just delete their old account and get a new one. Or something...
That's fine for small artists who don't have anything worthwhile in their profiles dude, if we wanted a namechange on here, it would mean making a new account and abandoning flash, music, portal awards, exp, b/p points, forum posts and more.

I'm not affected by the name change, I think it'll do some good, but it'll be problematic for the important changes.

My main point was, millions upon millions of DeviantART users suffice with only one unchangeable name. Why can't the NG users?

I'm also curious as to what these new user pages will do. I'm all fine for them if they just add on to the site, but if they change stuff.. I don't like change.
Change makes me feel insecure.
Change is scary.

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Response to Username Lockdown? 2006-11-07 04:44:58 Reply

Well... seriously, i am really glad you gave us a heads up...

i really dont want this to go down, every time i think of a name, i hate it 2 weeks later. this is a huge problem on the net, because i can never change my name if i end up hating it...

i love newgrounds, because i can change my name whenever i get tired of my old name (i hate the name seercentral by the way... im glad you gave me this oppertunity to change it, i just havent thought of a new one yet).

please tom, think of another way than cutting of the ability to change our names... it what makes ng special :P

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Response to Username Lockdown? 2006-11-07 04:48:23 Reply

At 11/7/06 03:39 AM, N-Antichrist wrote: FREEDOM. stop taking the freedom out of this site. Freedom to have a big sig, freedom to make a review, now freedom to change our name

1. how has freedom to review been taken away?
2. this change on the whole would give users MORE freedom, individual customizable profile pages.
3. you have the FREEDOM to choose a name when you signed up, theres more ways to be creative on a holiday then changing your name to BigBadSanta or whatever.


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Response to Username Lockdown? 2006-11-07 05:17:06 Reply

I've basicly stuck with my username throughout.
The only change I made was from "Little_Rena" to "Little-Rena"
So it's not really a big deal.

Name changes aren't that important.
If you stilc with a name, people will remember who you are better.
In my opinion anyway.

Also, a custom profile page beats username changes.


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Response to Username Lockdown? 2006-11-07 05:54:59 Reply

I dont to lose the username change, who knows when you might want to change it?


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Response to Username Lockdown? 2006-11-07 06:11:45 Reply

you could make up the urls from a user's real name eg rorycooke.newgrounds.com

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Response to Username Lockdown? 2006-11-07 06:17:25 Reply

I reccomend asking people like Channel Cat (creator of Sheezyart) about how to handle this kind of thing.
Also I see you're not dead. Always good.