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Policy On Username Changes

Discussion in 'Support & Feedback' started by digitalpoint, Mar 19, 2007.

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  1. #1
    If you want your username changed, you need to have a *very* good reason to do so.
    SEMrush
    Reasons like, "I sold my domain", "I don't like my old one", "I work at a different company", etc. are not good enough reasons IMO.

    The biggest reason is a bunch of "nasty" SQL queries have to run on the DB servers, and the database for the forum is just getting too big. In some cases, a username change can seize up (meaning no one can use that server for the forum) a DB server for 5-10 minutes. Forces a few full table scans on many gigabytes of data.

    So from now on, you need a very, VERY good reason to change it (I can't think of a good enough reason off the top of my head, but maybe there is one).
     
    digitalpoint, Mar 19, 2007 IP
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  2. bluemouse2

    bluemouse2 Well-Known Member

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    I totally agree. I love my bluemouse2 username :D
     
    bluemouse2, Mar 19, 2007 IP
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    integrity Well-Known Member

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    Good, there has been so many sql errors on my side lately that is is crazy. Luckily I have an awesome name. :D
     
    integrity, Mar 19, 2007 IP
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    Kulwinder Active Member

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    #4
    Its a good thing, I got my name changed before this.
    But I guess I had a really good reason :)
    Keep up the good work Shawn.
    Thank you.

    Regards,
    Kulwinder.
     
    Kulwinder, Mar 19, 2007 IP
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    Correctus Straight Edge

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    #5
    A VERY VERY good reason would probably be that you sold the trademark to your name and now the person who bought it wants you to remove it off you completely else they will sue you.

    Although an awesome policy I'd say, EVERYONE seemed to be doing that these days. Oh and Kulwinder, you did NOT have a good enough reason as per the new policy when you changed your username, I am 100% sure about that.

    IT
     
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    jdR!pper Peon

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    #6
    I think most people have their usename changed just because they don't like it. I had the same reason when I had my username changed. Anyway, I think I'll stick to "jdR!pper". :D :D

    --Joe
     
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    CountryBoy Prominent Member

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    A sensible clarification Shawn. Hopefully no more '10 post wonders' will be wanting to change their username only a month into their life here at DigitalPoint!
     
    CountryBoy, Mar 19, 2007 IP
  8. sundaybrew

    sundaybrew Numerati

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    #8
    You should just end the username change thing for good anyhow....

    Its more of a pain when a member switches there name anyhow, Tying to find them with the new name becomes crazy sometimes
     
    sundaybrew, Mar 19, 2007 IP
  9. Nintendo

    Nintendo ♬ King of da Wackos ♬

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    Don't give da lawyers any ideas!!! :D:D

    Disclaimer: Nintendo is a registered trademark of Nintendo of America. Copyright 1492. :D:D
     
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    Ewww something tells me I kicked this off. After my name change today I started getting DB errors.

    Sorry Shawn. :(
     
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  11. fryman

    fryman Kiss my rep

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    Should of been done a long time ago.

    Horrible to see a post by someone with 10 green reps and wonder "who the heck is this guy?"
     
    fryman, Mar 19, 2007 IP
  12. Greg-J

    Greg-J I humbly return to you.

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    #12
    I didn't know it was ever allowed...
     
    Greg-J, Mar 19, 2007 IP
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    MattEvers Notable Member

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    #13
    I changed my name from mattevers to MattEvers a while back. I just forgot to include the uppercase when I signed up.

    I can't think of a good reason other than that. Maybe that isn't even a good reason. :rolleyes:
     
    MattEvers, Mar 20, 2007 IP
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    DomainMagnate Illustrious Member

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    oops looks like I've missed my chance.. was thinking of changing mine and couldn't find a good enough alternative.. now I'll have to find a good enough reason as well :(
     
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    integrity Well-Known Member

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    Now that I think about it, I wist I could have gotten my first letter capitalized. :D
     
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    I thought the same thing, anyway its a good decision, people usually are not allowed to get their name change anyway, and It does become confusing when long term members change their name.
     
    bacanze, Mar 20, 2007 IP
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    Thank God, I've changed my username a few weeks back. Previously I had my name as my username. I changed because I did not want Adsense to come after me after seeing all my posts :D
     
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    #18
    Another good addition to DP Forums.

    Nice one Shawn. Maybe I will need to change my username in future...bit IMO what'll be the good reason :rolleyes:?
     
    inworx, Mar 21, 2007 IP
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    Yeah. I never use my username for anything really ;)

    Col :)
     
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    it career Notable Member

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    #20
    Is this a database design problem? why not create another table which maps the login id and what is displayed as user name? that way the login id does not change only the name displayed changes.
    I guess there are many database experts in the forum who can provide some viable solutions to the problem
     
    it career, Mar 21, 2007 IP
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