Six (six2) wrote in suggestions,

Longer Usernames

Longer Usernames

Short, concise description of the idea
Allow longer usernames when creating a new account.

Full description of the idea
Currently, the username length is limited to 15 characters. Longer usernames will allow new users to be more creative with their names, without resorting to increasingly complicated combinations of numbers and letters.

An ordered list of benefits

  • Allow more users to get the exact name they would like
  • Effectively more namespace
  • Yahoo, for example, allows 32 characters, Blogger allows 50 characters
  • An ordered list of problems/issues involved

  • Global changes for username field length in Database, code
  • More disk space consumed
  • Slightly more bandwidth consumed
  • Usernames may be more difficult to key in by hand
  • An organized list, or a few short paragraphs detailing suggestions for implementation

  • Perhaps even 20 characters would be a good balance between more username space and not much increase in resource consumption
  • Changing this to a length that is comfortable will prevent the need for more future changes
  • Tags: account creation, account name length, account renaming, § duplicate, § rejected
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