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Previous username

Discussion in 'General Discussions' started by Peo, Apr 20, 2009.

  1. LeX

    LeX ლ(╹◡╹ლ) NLC

    Pop quiz: what's needcgispace called now?
  2. Jan

    Jan Forum Cleaner NLC

    niv - what do I win? :banana:
  3. TaoPhoenix

    TaoPhoenix Well-Known Member NLC

    Why Change?

    You know, you want to change out of a handle like "ZuneRulez". "What was I thinking??"
  4. Darknight

    Darknight Premium Premium Member NLC

    Past usernames

    Current .oa.
  5. punicial

    punicial New Member


    username can be a problem if we treat it like this way
  6. iBrightDev

    iBrightDev Jay Street NLC NLC

    i know my previous username was methodcomptech, but, i think i had one before that. if i did, it probably was jstgermain been iBrightDev for a while now. i doubt i will change anytime soon.
  7. anhedonia

    anhedonia I'm on a boat NLC

    So if someone changes their name & doesn't want to be associated with the old name, what happens when you go to look at their previous posts?

    E.g. if I changed my username today, and someone tried to look at my OLD posts, would it come up blank? Or would it show them up with the old username? Or, alternatively, with the new username?
  8. Dynash

    Dynash It gets better. NLC

    It'll show the new username on all posts. (Including quotes IIRC.)
  9. dmmcintyre3

    dmmcintyre3 New Member

    I see quotes of posts when the username used in the quote is not in use even. Just look through some old threads
  10. Jan

    Jan Forum Cleaner NLC

    The name doesn't change on quoted posts :)
  11. anhedonia

    anhedonia I'm on a boat NLC

    OK, so if someone wanted to no longer be associated with previous posts, they'd need to register under a new username?
  12. Peo

    Peo Administrator Staff Member Admin

    We don't allow members to register under a new username. Well, maybe in special cases temporarily. But ask first.

    If there is some info in an old post you want removed, we can take a look at that. But it has to be something like a private phone number, real name or something like that in order for us to remove it.
  13. anhedonia

    anhedonia I'm on a boat NLC

    This was more of a curiousity thing :).
  14. Cam.

    Cam. Pro NLC

    I used to be NetXHosting
  15. DarkBlood

    DarkBlood NLC NLC

    Since I no longer will change my username... I guess I'm OK in giving out my oldie names.

    • DarkBlood (When I first Signed Up)
    • Iyeru42
    • furnilover
    • CoffeeMonster (Originally was going to be coldReactive)

    Now I'm back to DarkBlood, no more of this.
    dmmcintyre3 likes this.
  16. Trel

    Trel Zen NLC

    I was previously LP-Trel. I don't want anybody to get confused. :D
  17. Jan

    Jan Forum Cleaner NLC

    Phew! I'm glad you let us know!
  18. Trel

    Trel Zen NLC

    It was Peo's idea.
  19. Peo

    Peo Administrator Staff Member Admin

    I think any username changes should be posted in public. But we don't require it since some would not like to be associated with a previous username (mostly people working for a host). With InvisionBoard any previous usernames are automatically listed in user profiles for everyone to see. Hopefully this gets added to vBulletin someday.
  20. TaoPhoenix

    TaoPhoenix Well-Known Member NLC

    In a bigger sense, this touches the center of my studies of the digital world vs privacy.

    "If the incentive is right", this policy would only be a stopgap - one of the fundamental concepts of the digital world is that where people previously could escape past errors through "localism" (being the "Grand Dame of Monowi, Nebraska" and such), with the advent of the real power of the digital and the intense efforts of both Facebook and Google to cast aspersions on UserNames, such "security through obscurity" is becoming increasingly difficult.

    I have struck a midway point in my project by keeping the thread history, but generally not unduly chasing after Alumni after they move on to new chapters.

    However, such lists of prior user names can be developed from scratch at any time.

    This is a source of tension that is "eternal" - it is simply uncollected data only waiting for someone to bother. There is a small sentiment here which I mostly approve of, to let sleeping dogs lie. But it cannot be counted on forever, and it has only lasted this long because of the inherently small dollar volume of the Free Host industry.

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