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Message 1333786 - Posted: 2 Feb 2013, 3:28:32 UTC

exactly the point Mark. It was just to try to help keep track. Obviously.. we hit a nerve.


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Message 1333797 - Posted: 2 Feb 2013, 4:09:48 UTC

My screen name change uses self-deprecating humor.
Quite different from the others.
My screen name change points to the ridiculousness of the other recent changes.

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Message 1333800 - Posted: 2 Feb 2013, 4:16:53 UTC

Changeing a screen name is ok in its own right, The complaint was that some were changeing to many times. Yes you can figure out who is who by what they post and history or just a sig.

My gripe is when they change to a banished ID #. Now regular posters cant see hidden posts, us mods can and it gets confusing. When you see posts that are up to date and following a theme. How can they still be posting? Untill you figure out that this person really isnt banned.
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Message 1333801 - Posted: 2 Feb 2013, 4:16:54 UTC

However, it should be pointed out that ID has never changed his screen name, except, IIRC, to correct a spelling error.

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Message 1333803 - Posted: 2 Feb 2013, 4:17:59 UTC - in response to Message 1333800.

Changeing a screen name is ok in its own right, The complaint was that some were changeing to many times. Yes you can figure out who is who by what they post and history or just a sig.

My gripe is when they change to a banished ID #. Now regular posters cant see hidden posts, us mods can and it gets confusing. When you see posts that are up to date and following a theme. How can they still be posting? Untill you figure out that this person really isnt banned.


Hint: they're in blue and clickable, not black.
And, as I said before, such screen name changes are a public comment on moderation.

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Message 1333808 - Posted: 2 Feb 2013, 4:29:39 UTC - in response to Message 1333803.

Changeing a screen name is ok in its own right, The complaint was that some were changeing to many times. Yes you can figure out who is who by what they post and history or just a sig.

My gripe is when they change to a banished ID #. Now regular posters cant see hidden posts, us mods can and it gets confusing. When you see posts that are up to date and following a theme. How can they still be posting? Untill you figure out that this person really isnt banned.


Hint: they're in blue and clickable, not black.
And, as I said before, such screen name changes are a public comment on moderation.

Yes that is true. Its still intially confuseing.
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Message 1333813 - Posted: 2 Feb 2013, 4:37:02 UTC
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+1 to Mark's first post. Well said, and true and accurate.
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Message 1333819 - Posted: 2 Feb 2013, 4:50:36 UTC - in response to Message 1333803.

Changeing a screen name is ok in its own right, The complaint was that some were changeing to many times. Yes you can figure out who is who by what they post and history or just a sig.

My gripe is when they change to a banished ID #. Now regular posters cant see hidden posts, us mods can and it gets confusing. When you see posts that are up to date and following a theme. How can they still be posting? Untill you figure out that this person really isnt banned.


Hint: they're in blue and clickable, not black.
And, as I said before, such screen name changes are a public comment on moderation.

For a regular user, for a moderator they never change to black or become unclickable.

That is an issue with BOINC and DA needs to do a fix. I know there is code in BOINC to prevent space or spaces from being picked as a user name, but there is a poster who got around that by picking an alternate space character. DA needs set it up with a table that the admins can toss additional things into and he should put in a bunch of standard entries. Any name that any of the project tags GLOBS to, no matter the alternate character set, should be prohibited. Tags are things like project administrator, volunteer moderator, etc. No unprivileged user should ever be able to use such a name. Same for "(banished*" In a way I'm surprised no one has tried using someone's name but using alternate characters. This is one section of BOINC server code that needs attention and it isn't a sexy thing to work on.

Oh, as to the question from the OP, if you ask BOINC, it gives you a unique numeric ID so no one is being "outed." This is like a numeric IP number. People can change their domain name, e.g. pepsi.com to pepsico.com

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