Rockin´the suburbs! (of San José, Costa Rica) (christine) wrote in suggestions,
Rockin´the suburbs! (of San José, Costa Rica)

Extending character limit of login field by two characters

Extending character limit of login field by two characters

Short, concise description of the idea
I suggest that developers extend the text-limit of the various login fields by two characters, so that users that have 15 character names can still benefit from the "!" and "<" login shortcuts.

Full description of the idea
LiveJournal provides a nifty function by which you can add a "!" character to your username when logging in, to set your login settings to "never expire". Likewise, you can add a "<" symbol to your username, to set the "Bind to IP" option. Used in conjunction (!<) you can set both options, without using the radio buttons on /login.bml.

However, the various fields by which users can login (/login.bml, the login fields located in the upper-right corner of the XColiber and Dystopia site schemes, /update.bml, and the comment submission forms) only allow users to enter 15 characters, which is also the limit of characters a username may have. Thus, a user that has 15 characters in their username may not make use of the shortcuts described above, and users with 14 characters could use one or the other, but not both in conjunction.

I propose that the limit be changed to 17 characters, so that users with 14-15 characters may make use of either, or both shortcuts.

An ordered list of benefits
  • All users, regardless of username length, could utilize these shortcuts. (Yay for non-discriminatory practices!)
  • Increases functionality of quick-login fields (the login tools in the Dystopia and XColiber site schemes, the login field on /update.bml, comment-submission forms, and other areas of the site).

An ordered list of problems/issues involved
  • The shortcuts may not be widely used, so this change may not seem very high-priority in the grand scheme of things. This would also not affect the majority of the LiveJournal community, as many users have less than 14 character usernames.
  • It seems somewhat non-standard for the login field to be two characters longer than the character limit of a usename. However, since users must create their accounts before logging in, any confusion or other negative effects caused by this inconsistancy would be minimal.
  • I'm not sure if the shortcuts are supported on every login field on the site. The full functionality of this suggestion rests somewhat on being able to use it on the site in places othter than /login.bml, which is only possible if the shortcuts are supported by the various login areas discussed above.

An organized list, or a few short paragraphs detailing suggestions for implementation
  • Recoding each login field to accept 17 characters.
  • Ensuring that the shortcuts work in each login area on the site (if this is not already true. I can not test it myself, as I have one of those pesky 15 character usernames).
  • Possibly, promoting the change, to allow increased functionality of the shortcuts.
Tags: login, user interface, § implemented
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