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Display name dilemma
« on: September 25, 2016, 03:29:36 pm »
So, as I was changing my name, I realised that the one I was choosing "is already in use". I changed it to something else obviously, but this does make a problem. All inactive accounts are pretty much wasting a name which somebody may want to use, and the chances are that this person may never be coming back, and that name is forever gone. I have a couple solutions for this, but I'm not sure if any of them can be done: There could be multiple of the same name. Or after a period of time, their display name can be erased and replaced with some sort of number (yeah, maybe people want a certain number as there name, but like... I think you can manage without that).
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Re: Display name dilemma
« Reply #1 on: September 25, 2016, 03:50:59 pm »
Does a username on this website even have any use except for signing in?
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Re: Display name dilemma
« Reply #2 on: September 25, 2016, 03:52:06 pm »
Does a username on this website even have any use except for signing in?

I'm not talking about usernames, I'm talking about display names.
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Re: Display name dilemma
« Reply #3 on: September 25, 2016, 03:56:34 pm »
Does a username on this website even have any use except for signing in?

I'm not talking about usernames, I'm talking about display names.

Oh I didn't know you couldn't take a display name already in use. I agree with both solutions of having multiples of the same name or having unused account names erased.
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Re: Display name dilemma
« Reply #4 on: September 25, 2016, 05:01:19 pm »
You can't have the same display name as another users username even if their display name is set as something different (eg no one other than me can ever have their display name set as "MysticSolstice" even if my display name is set to Faye because MysticSolstice is my username). I think that's where most of the names are taken and changing usernames is not an option as users would no longer be able to sign into their accounts. As for changing display names to numbers after a person becomes inactive I don't think it'll help much and just cause a lot of confusion, as I said before their username would still not be able to be used and it'd be hard to look through old threads and see who people were if no one had their names. Having the option to let multiple people use the same name might be plausible (assuming the forum software has an option for that) but I'd be afraid of it causing confusion, especially if there's two active users with the same fursona name
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