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I think it should stay as a redirect to your new page until some one else claims the name. The only restriction would be if I change my name from xpnet to xpnet2 .. xpnet will still be locked until I make my 3rd change so the last name I changed to stays locked just in case I decided I wanted to go back to my old name.
If you need some help with the programming end I have plenty of experence and work close enough.
User IDs in the URL are better in my opinion, since they are limitless (because names have limits, and numbers don't), but it also makes a hard time for people to type out a certain user's webpage URL.
In the meanwhile, Usernames in the URL aren't good for a site that receives a lot of incoming users. It might give people an easy time typing an user's URL, but there's a certain limit to the number of users that this system can hold. (Note: Limit depends on the maximum number of characters allowed per username.)
It's up to you, Tom. You could make a poll or something like that, or sort out the problem yourselves. I hope you could sail through this dilemma safely.
At 9/30/08 07:04 PM, Randy74 wrote: I guess I'll stick to this username. There is a little part of me that wants to change it but I don't know what to. So I'll guess I'll stick to it :P
Uh, isn't this 2 years ago?
I still wish I could go back and have of my alts changed, but oh well.. I'll just make new accounts if it comes down to it..
One for each thing.. XD
Id say let EVERYONE change their name for a whole week and let people mix n match and try out new names, then lock it down. I dont like my name too much. Id love to change it, and the only reason ive never asked before is because i keep putting it off, i know my chances are slim, and i always figure i can do it one day.
There is always the option to not have your user name in the url that would make it a lot easier to do for the site than lock down on user names. That way links won't be dead and user names can be changed as often as on pleases.
My opinion is fact.
Maybe you can create something that when someone changes there name, it keeps kind of a log file, that lists the current and past names. And have a script run through and just redirect people.
Or that same concept but have it auto delete old username after a month, in which I'm sure people could easily find that their friends name has been changed
I think NG should let players change their username. Existing external links to the old profile page's url should redirect to the new one. In order to prevent people from changing their username 1000s of times and locking all those urls to their own profile, there could be a maximum history of 2 or 3 usernames for each user.
Go for it! Lock my name down, I see no problem with that.
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