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Opened 6 years ago

Closed 6 years ago

#216 closed enhancement (fixed)

Block @ in WPORG usernames

Reported by: Ipstenu Owned by:
Milestone: Priority: normal
Component: Support Forums Keywords: needs-patch
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Description

We should filter @'s (and email addresses) from WPORG usernames so people can stop signing up as ipstenu@… and so on (like I just did, you can nuke that).

Change History (6)

#1 @iandunn
6 years ago

Why?

(I'm not objecting, just curious, because I don't see any inherent harm in it.)

#2 @Ipstenu
6 years ago

Because people rarely (if ever) actually WANT a public username to be their email address. It causes spam, and also a high number of people kvetching to us because we can't change the usernames.

tl;dr - Protect people from being silly.

#3 @samuelsidler
6 years ago

Another solution would be to detect (via JS) an email address in the username field and pop-up a message saying something along the lines of "Your username is public. Are you sure you want it to be your email address? We recommend a username different from your email address."

#4 @Ipstenu
6 years ago

If we did that, we may as well add it 'Your username is public and cannot be changed....'

Not that I think people actually read, though, Sams. They'll just click and then complain later.

#5 @nacin
6 years ago

We need to make our usernames more restrictive. Spaces, @ signs, and such cause a lot of inconsistency, grief, and general issues across WP.org.

#6 @Otto42
6 years ago

  • Resolution set to fixed
  • Status changed from new to closed

The @ signs have given us grief in other ways too. They're blocked now. Existing usernames can still have them, but new accounts cannot.

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