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what about having a display name and a user name
the user name is what you log in with, the display name is what appears in the bbs, portal, profile, etc.... kinda like an addition to your 'real name' and no need for formatting restrictions.
When first implemented you could just make all the default values equal to the username.
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At 11/6/06 08:46 PM, OldGust wrote: Have two names, a user name and a display name:
That seems like the most logical solution to me...
if this were like myspace, couldn't my page be like "clickingheremakesyouafaggot.newgrounds.com"
then have my username for flash submissions and etc interchangable
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I think the best option is to use a similar method that some sites (Myspace for one) use. Have a changeable display name people use on the forums and such, and then have a userpage url that has the user's id in it (849127.newgrounds.com, or the like). I don't see why it's really necessary to have the user name in the url. If someone knows of a user and wants to find their page, they could simply search for them under a user search, much like the title and author search already on the site.
I think this method would take the best of both worlds, and keep everyone happy.
I personally don't really mind it... Yet I do enjoy my account freedom!!!
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Forgive me if this has already been mentioned. I'm to lazy to read through all of this.
Anyway this doesn't effect me cause I like the names on my accounts but just a suggestion, maybe allow users the abbility to change their names up unto the point in which they decide to create this umm special page/blog/feature mystery thing.
I honestly think it's good idea to not be able to change your name. Because I hate when people change their name and you're all the sudden like, "Where'd so-and-so go?" or, "Who's this guy with 10,000 posts that I've heard of," when there was only a name change.
I have no problem. I'm fairly lucky to have "Pyro" and don't think I'll ever change it for fear of name squatters.
lock it down, people will get over it. Its all in the name of growth, the site has to evolve just like any other site.
hmm. I say perminant names. or having username and display name two different things...like already suggested. i think thats a deacent solution. But perminant if anything.
At 11/6/06 08:44 PM, TomFulp wrote:At 11/6/06 08:39 PM, MrMonopoly wrote: You should make it so the user must PM you to request an alias change.Wouldn't that be wonderful. :)
It isn't liek your PM box would be filled daily...
That was a great post. Right Zach?
Considering that I've been using this username for years on all the sites I visit, I wouldn't be pissed if the ability to change our aliases gets taken away. A lot of people would be though, so it probably makes more sense to have our profile ID's in our URL as others have suggested.
Name changes arent essential, i have been a member since july 2004 and havent changed my name once, people sign up and choose a name and they should really keep that chosen name, i think a lockdown would make user locating easier too.
At 11/6/06 08:26 PM, TomFulp wrote: I get this bad feeling that people will totally freak out at the thought of not being able to change their names.
What?? How do I changed name? (stupid meme ref, but serious)
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I enjoy the freedom we get now, but I wouldn't die if I was locked to this username. Although, I really think profile URLs should use our user ID, as long as there was a user search.
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What about redirects?
like joeschmoe.newgrounds.com(old) redirects to jayiscool.newgrounds.com, like how newgrounds.com/samurai redirects to its portal page?
I was thinking about changing my name at one point. But I can't come up with anything better and I already have the domain registered. I know that's not a big deal, but still.
I was only concidering changing my name because it fails to reflect my life. Most user names don't have to worry about that, but mine is just one of those names that make people assume the wrong things.
I think I have an idea for how to fix this (although I'm no expert on the matter). Do you dynamically generate the the user page every time it is accessed or is it saved as a static page after each time the user updates something? Would people update their pages more often or would people access them more often anyway?
If it's saved as a static page you could let the user create as many names with associated pages as they want without have to store them in a database. The only thing you would need stored is their username and id which are already there. The way I think it would work is in a comment or something in the static html page (or a seperate .txt with only the variables if each user has a folder with several pages) that the referer page check to see if it matches the current username associated with the id. If it does then it doesn't do anything, if it doesn't it deletes everything and replaces it with a header(Location: /path/correctUsername.html). Now if nobody takes the name it simply redirects to the correct one. If somebody takes the same name it will overwrite the redirect and old links will point to the new user, but there will be no broken links. I understand that this requires a certain amount of overhead, but as far as database intensity it's really just a single database query each time somebody accesses a username.newgrounds.com page which is minimal compared to the number of queries for the forum.
If they are dynamically generated each time then I'm pretty stumped. After writing this post and giving it some thought I'm pretty sure they must be or the pros would have figured this out. Oh well, it's all typed I'll post it anyway.
Isn't there a way to make the profiles be yourid.newgrounds.com, and then redirect the ID to your newgrounds' current name? It would be a bit messier, but it would still allow changing names and whatnot.
Most people (around the flash forum, thats all i can talk of) like to change their names for set seasons. EG. Christmas, Halloween, etc. And it would be rather sad if you took down the feature. :'(
Please take my idea into account.
Whoa... i never knew i could change my name in the first place... but hey that is a good idea i vote yes with tom on this.
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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
I don't know if anyone has suggested this yet, but perhaps make an automation to make the old user name site automaticaly redirect to the new page, until someone dicedes to use the old name...
It wouldn't really bother me, because I've had the same name since I first got this user ID. I've never seen the real reason to change it, other than changing the first letter from lower case to uppercase.
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Why do we even have to have user pages in the first place? THIS ISN'T GODDAMN MYSPACE!
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