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Name Change

Postby BGtheBrain on Wed May 22, 2013 3:11 pm

Concise description:
  • Allow users to change their name, for a fee

Specifics/Details:
  • For $x.xx let any user change their name.

How this will benefit the site and/or other comments:
Sometimes, people just want to change, as we've seen it can be done. This will let some people with stupid names like BGtheBrain change it to something awesome like BGtheAwesome.

I know Xbox Live charges $10 to change your name, and people pay this all the time. This is a quick fix for an additional revenue stream.

The users records, history, comments, etc... all remain so the only thing changing is the name itself
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Re: Name Change

Postby Woodruff on Wed May 22, 2013 8:09 pm

BGtheBrain wrote:Concise description:
  • Allow users to change their name, for a fee

Specifics/Details:
  • For $x.xx let any user change their name.

How this will benefit the site and/or other comments:
Sometimes, people just want to change, as we've seen it can be done. This will let some people with stupid names like BGtheBrain change it to something awesome like BGtheAwesome.

I know Xbox Live charges $10 to change your name, and people pay this all the time. This is a quick fix for an additional revenue stream.

The users records, history, comments, etc... all remain so the only thing changing is the name itself


Excellent suggestion. Will prevent the willy-nilly change-your-name-as-often-as-you-breathe while still allowing individuals who seriously just want a different name the ability to do so.

However, wasn't the argument always that it would impact the ability to find their games and such? Has that been resolved, or am I misremembering?
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Re: Name Change

Postby TheForgivenOne on Wed May 22, 2013 8:13 pm

Woodruff wrote:
BGtheBrain wrote:Concise description:
  • Allow users to change their name, for a fee

Specifics/Details:
  • For $x.xx let any user change their name.

How this will benefit the site and/or other comments:
Sometimes, people just want to change, as we've seen it can be done. This will let some people with stupid names like BGtheBrain change it to something awesome like BGtheAwesome.

I know Xbox Live charges $10 to change your name, and people pay this all the time. This is a quick fix for an additional revenue stream.

The users records, history, comments, etc... all remain so the only thing changing is the name itself


Excellent suggestion. Will prevent the willy-nilly change-your-name-as-often-as-you-breathe while still allowing individuals who seriously just want a different name the ability to do so.

However, wasn't the argument always that it would impact the ability to find their games and such? Has that been resolved, or am I misremembering?


I believe the problem had been fixed, but not 100% sure.

Maybe add in a little log somewhere on their profile tracking their name changes? Just so people know why they had this person was foed, even though the name is different.
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Re: Name Change

Postby codierose on Wed May 22, 2013 8:57 pm

8-) love it
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Re: Name Change

Postby sempaispellcheck on Wed May 22, 2013 10:23 pm

I support this.
I also support TFO's suggestion of a name change log - and I would add to that a note sent to anyone who tries to invite someone to a game under their old name that the player is now known under a different name.

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Re: Name Change

Postby chemefreak on Wed May 22, 2013 10:27 pm

codierose wrote:8-) love it


Yes! I would pay $10 to change my name to "codierosesux" for a few weeks ;)
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Re: Name Change

Postby codierose on Wed May 22, 2013 10:32 pm

chemefreak wrote:
codierose wrote:8-) love it


Yes! I would pay $10 to change my name to "codierosesux" for a few weeks ;)

I would donate the money to you :D
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Re: Name Change

Postby Agent 86 on Thu May 23, 2013 3:40 am

If it could be done, $10 would be worth it for many members I presume. I vote yes ;)
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Re: Name Change

Postby betiko on Thu May 23, 2013 6:42 am

yes and under these conditions:
-you would have your old name written under your new name on your wall page so that people recognize you
-your old username is "retired", no new member can take it
-inviting with either the old or the new name works
-you remain on people's foe/friend list after the name change
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Re: Name Change

Postby Donelladan on Thu May 23, 2013 9:18 am

Suggestions is nice. But 10$ to change your name??????? :shock: :o
No... 1$ would be ok I think.
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Re: Name Change

Postby BGtheBrain on Thu May 23, 2013 9:20 am

donelladan wrote:Suggestions is nice. But 10$ to change your name??????? :shock: :o
No... 1$ would be ok I think.

The reason for $10 is to prevent excessive name changes. $10 isnt much, but it should be enough to prevent that.
$1 we would have name changes too much and it would cause serious problems Id imagine.
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Re: Name Change

Postby cooldeals on Thu May 23, 2013 9:56 am

BG with $1 name changes

Monday: BGtheGrumpy
Tuesday: BGtheBrainless
Wednesday: BGtheHopeful
Thursday: BGtheDoodler
Friday: BGtheAwesome
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Re: Name Change

Postby cooldeals on Thu May 23, 2013 10:00 am

On a more serious note. I think LOTS of multis are created because people don't like their name. The site needs more revenue anyway, why not give them an option to change their name within the rules?

I think having a log of old names on their profile isn't a horrible idea either. I'm also curious if you'd have to refoe someone who changed their name?
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Re: Name Change

Postby IcePack on Thu May 23, 2013 10:24 am

I'll just give my +1.
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Re: Name Change

Postby MoB Deadly on Thu May 23, 2013 11:59 am

But If we had $1 name changes, we could change our names for mafia.
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Re: Name Change

Postby TheForgivenOne on Thu May 23, 2013 9:39 pm

betiko wrote:yes and under these conditions:
-you would have your old name written under your new name on your wall page so that people recognize you
-your old username is "retired", no new member can take it
-inviting with either the old or the new name works
-you remain on people's foe/friend list after the name change


+1 to these. But I think a list would be better. Because if player A decides to change his name often, that's going to be a lot of names listed on the profile. I just think a little drop down list/box of previous names to reduce clutter.
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Re: Name Change

Postby stahrgazer on Thu May 23, 2013 9:48 pm

TheForgivenOne wrote:Maybe add in a little log somewhere on their profile tracking their name changes? Just so people know why they had this person was foed, even though the name is different.


I'd think the drop-down log would be good, but I'd also think the new name should be replaced wherever it showed. Like, on foe list, on friend list, on game invites, prior games played, forum posts, etc.
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Re: Name Change

Postby Woodruff on Thu May 23, 2013 9:52 pm

betiko wrote:yes and under these conditions:
-you would have your old name written under your new name on your wall page so that people recognize you
-your old username is "retired", no new member can take it
-inviting with either the old or the new name works
-you remain on people's foe/friend list after the name change


That seems like a good addition.
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Re: Name Change

Postby Woodruff on Thu May 23, 2013 9:53 pm

BGtheBrain wrote:
donelladan wrote:Suggestions is nice. But 10$ to change your name??????? :shock: :o
No... 1$ would be ok I think.

The reason for $10 is to prevent excessive name changes. $10 isnt much, but it should be enough to prevent that.
$1 we would have name changes too much and it would cause serious problems Id imagine.


Agreed. Hell, look how often BGtheBrain changes his damn avatar?
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Re: Name Change

Postby Metsfanmax on Thu May 23, 2013 9:59 pm

Woodruff wrote:
BGtheBrain wrote:
donelladan wrote:Suggestions is nice. But 10$ to change your name??????? :shock: :o
No... 1$ would be ok I think.

The reason for $10 is to prevent excessive name changes. $10 isnt much, but it should be enough to prevent that.
$1 we would have name changes too much and it would cause serious problems Id imagine.


Agreed. Hell, look how often BGtheBrain changes his damn avatar?


I propose that the fee be $10 for BGtheBrain and $5 for everyone else.
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Re: Name Change

Postby The Voice on Fri May 24, 2013 1:48 pm

Are those with personal information in their usernames exempt from the theoretical fee should they choose to change?
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Re: Name Change

Postby BGtheBrain on Fri May 24, 2013 2:17 pm

The Voice wrote:Are those with personal information in their usernames exempt from the theoretical fee should they choose to change?

Id let personal info changes remain free, because those are used for privacy measures, but they do show it can be done!
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Re: Name Change

Postby trinicardinal on Fri May 24, 2013 2:58 pm

I like the idea. My only concern is with tournaments. I've had the problem where someone has had a name change due to personal info... and they were in a tournament of mine. Didn't notify me and when the time came to invite them I got the User doesn't exist message... I can see this sort of thing happening more often with this suggestion. In this case the positive seems to outweigh the negatives but It would be nice if there is some log or such that could be accessed with the changes.
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Re: Name Change

Postby DoomYoshi on Fri May 24, 2013 4:41 pm

trinicardinal wrote:I like the idea. My only concern is with tournaments. I've had the problem where someone has had a name change due to personal info... and they were in a tournament of mine. Didn't notify me and when the time came to invite them I got the User doesn't exist message... I can see this sort of thing happening more often with this suggestion. In this case the positive seems to outweigh the negatives but It would be nice if there is some log or such that could be accessed with the changes.


This same thing happened to me. If you look at their sign-up post in the thread, it shows the new name though.
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Re: Name Change

Postby Woodruff on Sat May 25, 2013 1:26 am

DoomYoshi wrote:
trinicardinal wrote:I like the idea. My only concern is with tournaments. I've had the problem where someone has had a name change due to personal info... and they were in a tournament of mine. Didn't notify me and when the time came to invite them I got the User doesn't exist message... I can see this sort of thing happening more often with this suggestion. In this case the positive seems to outweigh the negatives but It would be nice if there is some log or such that could be accessed with the changes.


This same thing happened to me. If you look at their sign-up post in the thread, it shows the new name though.


That does seem like a pain in the ass for the tournament organizer though, particularly in a very large tournament where they would have to go through a high volume of names to figure out "now who was this guy again?". The burden shouldn't be placed on the other users (in this case the tournament organizer) for the after-effects of the change...that should be felt by either the user themselves or the site.

It seems to me that if a user doesn't notify you of the change, they are effectively eliminating themselves from your tournament unless you, as the tournament organizer, are willing to do the research on their behalf. After all, they may have five or ten tournaments to keep track of, but typically, the tournament organizer (even with only one tourney) is going to have more users than that to have to deal with.
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