Harold (fiddlingfrog) wrote in suggestions,

Append _syn to all new syndicated accounts

Append _syn to all new syndicated accounts

Short, concise description of the idea
When a new syndicated account is created automatically append _syn to the end of the name.

Full description of the idea
It's currently possible to name a syndicated account any legal (not taken or reserved) name when creating it. This further depletes the number of available names for anyone who wants to create a journal or community. While it's common for the feed creator to add feed or blog or even rss to the end of the account name it's not mandatory so you end up in situations where a popular blog has taken a name that someone may have wanted for their journal or community.
The suggestion is to force all new syndicated feeds to have the _syn suffix added to the end of the creator's chosen name. This a) avoids namespace problems in the future and b) clearly marks an account as a syndicated feed even without seeing the type icon or viewing the profile page.

A patch is available from Dreamwidth: http://bugs.dwscoalition.org/show_bug.cgi?id=185
Note: On DW they are called Feeds and so they append _feed to the end of new syndicated accounts.

An ordered list of benefits
  • Helps avoid namespace conflicts
  • Makes feed identification easier
  • Existing patch will make it easier to implement.
An ordered list of problems/issues involved
  • Available patch may not be easily adapted.
  • Appending _syn will reduce the available characters for the account name by four.
Tags: account creation, syndication, § no status, § patch available
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