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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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Re: Name Change

Postby blakebowling on Sat May 25, 2013 3:35 pm

The only way this would be plausible is if previous names are listed somewhere on a user's profile, and functions (such as invites) work with any username that used to be associated with the account.
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Re: Name Change

Postby IcePack on Sat May 25, 2013 3:43 pm

blakebowling wrote:The only way this would be plausible is if previous names are listed somewhere on a user's profile, and functions (such as invites) work with any username that used to be associated with the account.


Along that lines, another site i used to play on had the abilty to buy names etc. once you bought it, you could go to settings and drop down / change to any of your existing names. invites and things like that, as you say, work for any of the names.

so one month i could buy IcePack2 $10
next IcePack3 $10 (total 20)
next IcePack4 $10 (total 30)

and then any month after, i can switch to any of the previous ones since i already paid. its really just a display thing that changes and invites and lal that just go to the account, not the name.
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Re: Name Change

Postby betiko on Mon May 27, 2013 8:25 pm

I already solved that issue with my bulletpoint proposal a few posts above. once a username is changed, the old username is retired, no one else can use it and sending an invite to the old or new username works to invite that person.
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Re: Name Change

Postby Metsfanmax on Mon May 27, 2013 8:39 pm

betiko wrote:I already solved that issue with my bulletpoint proposal a few posts above. once a username is changed, the old username is retired, no one else can use it and sending an invite to the old or new username works to invite that person.


Yes. This does solve blake's issue neatly. The main question is, besides invites, is there any coding changes that need to be done to make functions work for both old and new usernames? For example, what about PMs?
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Re: Name Change

Postby blakebowling on Tue May 28, 2013 2:21 pm

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betiko wrote:I already solved that issue with my bulletpoint proposal a few posts above. once a username is changed, the old username is retired, no one else can use it and sending an invite to the old or new username works to invite that person.


Yes. This does solve blake's issue neatly. The main question is, besides invites, is there any coding changes that need to be done to make functions work for both old and new usernames? For example, what about PMs?

Everything that takes a username, Invites, PM's, Searches, Gifting, etc. would require a re-code. I did see your point earlier with the solution bekito, I'm just not sure it's something we're looking to pursue at this time. It's a neat idea though.
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Re: Name Change

Postby Ace Rimmer on Tue May 28, 2013 2:50 pm

stahrgazer wrote:
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.


Just FYI, the name changes does propagate across all of those now when it's done to hide personal information. You may not want the old one shown if it was changed for personal information (like mine). Your old username also isn't changed in any quoted forum posts, but it is in game logs.
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Re: Name Change

Postby Al B. Damned on Wed May 29, 2013 4:13 pm

Ace Rimmer wrote:
stahrgazer wrote:
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.


Just FYI, the name changes does propagate across all of those now when it's done to hide personal information. You may not want the old one shown if it was changed for personal information (like mine). Your old username also isn't changed in any quoted forum posts, but it is in game logs.


Something that might not have been though of: When I joined I thought I was entering my real name first and then a screen name would be asked for later (as many sites do). Lo and behold, the first name I entered (my real name) was the ONLY name offered to me. Now, I'll admit that perhaps I was a little dense during the signup process ... but don't i now whish that I'd paid more attention? ... and it would CERTAINLY be nice to change my name to a more appropriate gamming name ... not to confuse and evade but to simply gain a wee bit of privacy.

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Re: Name Change

Postby Al B. Damned on Wed May 29, 2013 9:56 pm

Um ... as a result of my post, BG sent me a PM advising me that my "real name" could be changed without cost by simply contacting king achilles or opening an eTicket. A couple of lines of text and a few minutes later and bada-bing, bada-boom ... problem solved. Thanks, BG, for reaching out and thanks to king achilles for such a swift response. Now I get to experience a whole new round of $h!+ for my new name (but I wouldn't have it any other way). ;)

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Re: Name Change

Postby betiko on Thu May 30, 2013 6:06 am

Al B. Damned wrote:Um ... as a result of my post, BG sent me a PM advising me that my "real name" could be changed without cost by simply contacting king achilles or opening an eTicket. A couple of lines of text and a few minutes later and bada-bing, bada-boom ... problem solved. Thanks, BG, for reaching out and thanks to king achilles for such a swift response. Now I get to experience a whole new round of $h!+ for my new name (but I wouldn't have it any other way). ;)

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so you mean that your real name isn't Albert Brandon Damned?
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Re: Name Change

Postby jimboy on Thu May 30, 2013 10:30 am

I would be in favor of a 1 name change per lifetime and that name change being free
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Re: Name Change

Postby spiesr on Thu May 30, 2013 11:57 am

Ace Rimmer wrote:
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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.


Just FYI, the name changes does propagate across all of those now when it's done to hide personal information. You may not want the old one shown if it was changed for personal information (like mine). Your old username also isn't changed in any quoted forum posts, but it is in game logs.
There is a difference however between just changing the username and editing all those features to work with past user names.
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Re: Name Change

Postby Shayetet13 on Fri Jul 05, 2013 10:38 pm

when u re buy premium u could change your name for an additional 5 dollars or anytime for a premium member for 10 dollars or for a fremium member for 12 dollars :)

hows something like that sound
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Re: Name Change

Postby Fazeem on Sat Jul 06, 2013 11:32 pm

why not just add the phpbb nickname coding so people can create whatever nickname they desire that day but still retain there original screen name so as to not be confused the original screen name stays displayed on there user screen but there nickname displays in forum posts and (I assume) on the games. You eliminate the need to charge and you provide a feature that the community would enjoy. Before anyone says anything to the negative I have moderated on 3 separate forums using phpbb that had the feature added and it was awesome.
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Re: Name Change

Postby jltile1 on Sun Jul 07, 2013 7:47 am

Fazeem wrote:why not just add the phpbb nickname coding so people can create whatever nickname they desire that day but still retain there original screen name so as to not be confused the original screen name stays displayed on there user screen but there nickname displays in forum posts and (I assume) on the games. You eliminate the need to charge and you provide a feature that the community would enjoy. Before anyone says anything to the negative I have moderated on 3 separate forums using phpbb that had the feature added and it was awesome.



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Re: Name Change

Postby stahrgazer on Sun Jul 07, 2013 6:14 pm

Ace Rimmer wrote:Just FYI, the name changes does propagate across all of those now when it's done to hide personal information. You may not want the old one shown if it was changed for personal information (like mine). Your old username also isn't changed in any quoted forum posts, but it is in game logs.


I think it should be changed wherever; and the "it was changed for personal info and that's okay and should be an exception" doesn't ring well with me because no one could KNOW it's your real name unless YOU chose to disclose that.

In a way, my name is "real" because it's a "real" nickname I've gone by since 1977. OMG now you know this "personal info" about me - and why? Only because I told you.
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