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02/06/2007 08:16:23 PM · #1
DPC Site Council has seen a sharp increase in both the number of users on the site, and the number of users requesting name changes.

The following changes have been implemented to manage username changes:

1. Usernames must be at least 2 letters long, and may contain letters, numbers, hyphens or underscores, but must begin with a letter. Spaces are NOT ALLOWED. Existing usernames which do not comply with these standards are allowed to remain, but no name changes that conflict with this policy will be permitted.

2. There will be a 24hr waiting period for all username changes. Users who request a name change will be asked to confirm they still want the change after 24hrs and if so, the change will be done at that time.

3. All previous usernames are listed on user's profiles FOREVER.

4. You must wait 6 months between name changes.

5. Usernames on older accounts without any participation may be taken by newer users if the following criteria is met: The account cannot have a single vote, comment, forum post, or challenge entry, etc associated with it. The account must have been created at DPChallenge (not DPCPrints) and the account must have not been logged into for 2 years. If this criteria is met, the username is up for grabs by anyone.

Why no spaces you ask? Well, having a space in your name doesn't allow you to have a valid DPCPrints URL with your username in it. So you can't tell people: Find my prints at http://frisca.dpcprints.com! A space also prevents you from linking to your profile like this: http://frisca.dpchallenge.com.

Anyone who has a space in their name and would like to remove it, or have it changed to a hyphen to take advantage of DPCPrints, can do so without the 6 month restriction on successive changes.

Message edited by langdon - Added bullet #5.
02/06/2007 08:33:16 PM · #2
Will usernames from inactive accounts ever be purged from the system?

Let's say there's a username that was registered in 2002. Said hypothetical user made one comment, voted 46 times, never used the forums, never entered a challenge, and just plum doesn't use the account. Would there ever be a chance that username would be freed up?

How about if that username is someone's actual name and they wanted that account? And said wanter of username was an active, dues paying member? Would the stuck-in-the-quagmire username then be freed? Especially since it seems that, after half a decade, the person who signed up with the username will never use it?

Just askin'

:)
02/06/2007 08:37:28 PM · #3
Originally posted by alfresco:

Will usernames from inactive accounts ever be purged from the system?

Let's say there's a username that was registered in 2002. Said hypothetical user made one comment, voted 46 times, never used the forums, never entered a challenge, and just plum doesn't use the account. Would there ever be a chance that username would be freed up?

How about if that username is someone's actual name and they wanted that account? And said wanter of username was an active, dues paying member? Would the stuck-in-the-quagmire username then be freed? Especially since it seems that, after half a decade, the person who signed up with the username will never use it?

Just askin'

:)


hypothetically speaking, of course LOL
02/06/2007 08:39:55 PM · #4
Originally posted by Prof_Fate:

hypothetically speaking, of course LOL


Of course! :)
02/06/2007 08:39:56 PM · #5
We decided that accounts with ANY activity (a vote, a comment, a forum post, a challenge entry, etc) or accounts created through DPCPrints will not be purged, but accounts with no activity and that haven't logged in for 2 years can have their usernames taken.
02/06/2007 08:41:35 PM · #6
Originally posted by langdon:

We decided that accounts with ANY activity (a vote, a comment, a forum post, a challenge entry, etc) or accounts created through DPCPrints will not be purged, but accounts with no activity and that haven't logged in for 2 years can have their usernames taken.

d'oh! i've got 11 months to go...
02/06/2007 08:44:12 PM · #7
Originally posted by langdon:

We decided that accounts with ANY activity (a vote, a comment, a forum post, a challenge entry, etc) or accounts created through DPCPrints will not be purged, but accounts with no activity and that haven't logged in for 2 years can have their usernames taken.


Gotcha.

I just like tossing out hypotheticals like that now and again ;)

... and no chance of changing the account from xx to xx-notusedinalonglongtime? (Of course that would eventually become a pita, but ... :)
02/06/2007 08:55:53 PM · #8
Originally posted by alfresco:

Originally posted by langdon:

We decided that accounts with ANY activity (a vote, a comment, a forum post, a challenge entry, etc) or accounts created through DPCPrints will not be purged, but accounts with no activity and that haven't logged in for 2 years can have their usernames taken.


Gotcha.

I just like tossing out hypotheticals like that now and again ;)

... and no chance of changing the account from xx to xx-notusedinalonglongtime? (Of course that would eventually become a pita, but ... :)


I was gonna try to contact him for you to see if he would change it but he hasn't updated his blog in two years so i doubt he will even recieve a PM. anyway good luck with it JP.

amybe you could just be "the_real_JP" like those female rappers in the early 80's that wer fighting over who was Roxanne:)

Message edited by author 2007-02-06 20:57:18.
02/06/2007 08:57:07 PM · #9
Soo, can we have a you're stupid... and can't change your username again rule? ;-)
02/06/2007 09:00:20 PM · #10
Originally posted by langdon:

We decided that accounts with ANY activity (a vote, a comment, a forum post, a challenge entry, etc) or accounts created through DPCPrints will not be purged, but accounts with no activity and that haven't logged in for 2 years can have their usernames taken.


:-( Have been waiting for my taken username to get archived but it has a few votes with nothing else, so probably not huh.
02/06/2007 09:03:08 PM · #11
Has this got anything to do with my request to change my username earlier today?
02/06/2007 09:09:01 PM · #12
Originally posted by Palmetto_Pixels:

Has this got anything to do with my request to change my username earlier today?


awww we find the beginning of this whole mess...nice going. ;) j/k

I wanna change my name to Art Roflmaoff so maybe I'll get mistaken for being cool...never mind, even THAT wouldn't make me cool. :(
02/06/2007 09:10:40 PM · #13
Originally posted by Palmetto_Pixels:

Has this got anything to do with my request to change my username earlier today?


We've received several username change requests over the past few days. This announcement has been in discussion for a while and just recently finalized. :)
02/06/2007 09:14:36 PM · #14
Originally posted by sher9204:

We've received several username change requests over the past few days. This announcement has been in discussion for a while and just recently finalized. :)


Well, since I put in my request before the official announcement, do I have to wait 24 hours? :-)
02/06/2007 09:16:05 PM · #15
Originally posted by sher9204:


We've received several username change requests over the past few days. This announcement has been in discussion for a while and just recently finalized. :)


Didn't have anything to do with that shakalaka caca guy did it?
02/06/2007 09:21:09 PM · #16
what about deleted accounts?
could I become Rikki if I wanted?
Only joking of course.
Probably.
02/06/2007 09:21:57 PM · #17
Originally posted by Palmetto_Pixels:

Originally posted by sher9204:

We've received several username change requests over the past few days. This announcement has been in discussion for a while and just recently finalized. :)


Well, since I put in my request before the official announcement, do I have to wait 24 hours? :-)


lol...afraid so. :-)
02/06/2007 09:22:26 PM · #18
Originally posted by fotomann_forever:

Originally posted by sher9204:


We've received several username change requests over the past few days. This announcement has been in discussion for a while and just recently finalized. :)


Didn't have anything to do with that shakalaka caca guy did it?


I'm fairly certain that's where it ALL stems from!!!!
02/06/2007 09:44:46 PM · #19
Originally posted by Palmetto_Pixels:

Originally posted by fotomann_forever:

Originally posted by sher9204:


We've received several username change requests over the past few days. This announcement has been in discussion for a while and just recently finalized. :)


Didn't have anything to do with that shakalaka caca guy did it?


I'm fairly certain that's where it ALL stems from!!!!


Actually . . . .
02/06/2007 09:45:22 PM · #20
Originally posted by langdon:

We decided that accounts with ANY activity (a vote, a comment, a forum post, a challenge entry, etc) or accounts created through DPCPrints will not be purged, but accounts with no activity and that haven't logged in for 2 years can have their usernames taken.


What if they only have some favorites marked, but no entries, forum posts, comments, or votes?

Yeah, I had my eye on a particular name :P
02/06/2007 09:48:10 PM · #21
Originally posted by karmat:

Originally posted by Palmetto_Pixels:



I'm fairly certain that's where it ALL stems from!!!!


Actually . . . .


Uh oh... do I get sent to the corner now :-/
02/06/2007 09:53:06 PM · #22
Oooh... *salivating over a name that meets all the criteria*...
02/06/2007 09:57:39 PM · #23
So just to get this straight...DrAchoo_RuLz would be valid?
02/06/2007 09:58:44 PM · #24
NO KARMABREEZE!!! (i won't let you have my name, not ever!)
02/06/2007 10:03:04 PM · #25
I want to change my name to BetterThanScalvert:D
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