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Long Usernames (Account Deletion)
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Posted 9/1/07
^ Allowing users to freely change their username would be very messy. I suggest allowing moderators to change user names upon the request of the user.

Or, to facilitate name changes, an update PM could be sent to all buddies in the user's buddy list, so that they are informed of the name change.

But to minimize the incidences of multiple name changes, I think keeping it as a moderator function would be best.
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Posted 9/1/07
Well I understand the reasons for why they would want to do that, and I agree that 30 characters is really long. I thought mine was long and it's only 16. Yet it really isn't fair to those who have spent a really long time here you know. All the time they put into their profile is gonna be for no good! That sucks! I know if I spent time picking an avatar, uploading videos, writing in information, making friends, and getting points I would be mad if all that was gone and I had to start over again. They should just make a place for ppl to be able to change their name so that way they fit the criteria and don't lose all their stuff!
Posted 9/1/07
whats wrong with the guy andy?
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Posted 9/1/07
i know everyones like "but they spent sooo long working on it it will be mean to delete the acct!" and blah blah blah. there deleting the ones that have barely any points, no buddies,no avatar,no "about me" written, NOTHING. i mean seriously! yea right they worked really hard. let them do what they want. this is for the good NOT the bad.
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Posted 9/1/07
Abvius really summed this whole account deletion thing up. It was the first post too! Though I can typically say that those long usernamed users are probably not going to get very far in this forum as they're probably just joke account, I would honestly feel for them if they made around 100 posts on this forum, were uploading videos, but then find out that their account has been deleted because of their username.

I would much rather see you PM'ing them a message that they need to chang etheir username, and change their username depending on what they answer you.
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Posted 9/1/07
cant u just like instead of deleting their account how about using ... like instead of Andy8888888888888888 u can just put andy888...
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Posted 9/1/07
I just went ahead and deleted over 90% of the users in question. The last few have actually interacted with the site so I'll have to think about those on a case by case scenario.
Posted 9/2/07
after all this time i have to make a new account??
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Posted 9/2/07
^ We take it on a case to case basis. Since you're account is active, we won't just delete your account blindly. Until a feature allows us to change user names, then we'll just have to wait.

Just be aware that in the future, you may have to change your user name.
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Posted 9/2/07
I guess that is fair I mean you must have no imagination whatsoever or nothing better to do if you want to make your account 35 char long thats really pushing it If you want to make a statment put it on your profile info not your name silly.
Posted 9/2/07
Oh thank God. :-O

in the beginning, my name was gonna be:

SENTA_PWNS_ALL_OF_YOUR_ASSES_SO_STFU_BETCHES

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Posted 9/3/07
wow i wonder who will write 30~35 word...when u gona log in u have a hard time typing it izzit rite?
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Posted 9/3/07

edsamac wrote:


blablabla9876 wrote:


Abvius wrote:


All users who currently have usernames longer than that will be sent a PM warning before having their account deleted.

Kind of crude don't you think? ~Just an example: They could have their account for a long while, then all of a sudden get a message saying its gonna be deleted.~ Unless I'm missing something where you can change your Username. I don't think thats kinda fair.

I agree.



From a practical standpoint, it doesn't make sense to have an account with such a long username. Just by looking at these accounts (if you've seen one), it more or less looks like it was created just for the sake of spamming (or leeching). They usually have no avatar, hardly any CR points, nothing placed in their About me! section, and if they're not recently made, they're pretty old, so it looks like no activity has happened much with regard to the user that created the account.

And in many respects, it isn't a big deal for profiles like this to get deleted. They might as well just make a new one, since there's very little to begin with before it was deleted.

And as with what Azngrace said, we do take into consideration several things before nuking an account. Sending them a PM, for one thing, is one of the measures we do to see if the account really is active. Plus, it's better to warn them in advance than just nuke them with no warning whatsoever.


EDIT:
Here's a prime example:
Andy88888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888


wow that is a long user name, but I doubt I heard that name before here on cr..........
Posted 9/3/07
m i c k e y d e r k s k o u t a s a m a n i j m e g e n N L
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 T 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 T 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 T

Only 30 character name i could think of for me XD

Still looks like a damn lot... 17 characters should be enough you know
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Posted 9/3/07

BasouKazuma wrote:

Update:

The character limit is set to 30 now

~shinji

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This hasn't been much of a problem in the past but when people post on the site and have a long username, they stretch the page in a very annoying way. Since we don't really have a built in character limit for the usernames, I have made an unofficial limit of 3-35 characters for a valid username. Having a username that is between 30 and 35 characters is really pushing it.

So as of now, we will not allow people to have usernames longer than 35 characters. All users who currently have usernames longer than that will be sent a PM warning before having their account deleted.


thats really harsh u could always just send them a message saying that they need to shorten it if thats possible but anyways
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