At 11/6/06 08:26 PM, TomFulp wrote:
The question is... Do we allow users to change their names at this point? If you change your name, you are essentially changing your URL, meaning all existing links to your page will become dead links.
I wasn't aware we had the option of changing our nyms in the first place. Heh.
As far as the problem of deadlinks go, is it really such a problem? Yeah, people outside
of NG who link to specific pages at the NG site might find it a royal bother, but the person
most hurt by something like that is the person who would change hir nym on a frequent basis.
Unless, of course, you're suggesting that there are NG members who are such jerks that
they'd flip names just for the twisted joy of creating dead links so as to give the NG servers
I suppose if you and liljim (or whoever codes for the site) wanted to be extra nice to people
outside of NG it might be possible to write a script that keeps track of nym changes and
redirects to the appropriate page when someone uses an outdated URL. My experience with
a site that does not allow nym changes is that when a person really wants to change hir nym
the person creates a new account and either migrates the old material to the new account
or simply abandons the old account. Would that create less or more mess for NG than
finding a way to allow folks to still change their nyms?
And thanks for the headsup. I'll give some thought to it as i'm kinda tired of the nym i
currently use here.
"They are an inquisitive race, always anxious to pry into other mens' lives, but never ready to correct their own." -Augustine of Hippo