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Re: Username Changing: Redux

by Coruscate (Sexton)
on Mar 29, 2003 at 02:56 UTC ( #246574=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Username Changing: Redux

If you have a really good reason for having your username changed, then why not try a /msg gods? There are few reasons for requiring a new username. Note the word requiring. Wanting a new username isn't a good enough reason. If you want a new username, simply register a new one. Many people here have done that and it seems to work quite well. Besides, how many sites actually let you change your handle on the fly?

(Oh, as for problems with changing links to reflect new usernames, there is a database table somewhere that allows mapping of a keyword to a node id. I forget the table name. It contains the word 'keyword' anyhow.)

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Re: Re: Username Changing: Redux
by djantzen (Priest) on Mar 29, 2003 at 04:19 UTC

    why not try a /msg gods? Why that's (almost) exactly what I did Coruscate :) I proposed this solution so that we have a standard manner of dealing with the issue, although as tye has already said, it's easier just to deal with it manually. So be it.

    The reason I wanted to change my handle is because I'm on the job market, and I want to be able to point potential employers to my work here without twittering on about what and why my handle is what it is. How that fits into your want/require distinction I cannot say, however it's part of a larger policy that I've enacted for myself: if it's professional (e.g., Sourceforge), I use my real name; if it's semi-professional (i.e., Slashdot), then I'll use a pseudonym, and for all else I'll choose a random throwaway name. If anything, this desire on my part shows respect for the Monastery and for this community, because I want to be identified with it for real, even to the point of allowing others within two clicks of my home phone number.

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