Every now and again an ASF member comes to me and asks that their username be changed. There are occasionally some genuine reasons for doing so - sometimes people accidentally enter their email address or real name in the username field during registration. Usernames, after all, are an alias or a nickname and I can understand why under those circumstances they would want them changed.
Then there are those who wish to change their username because they are tired of the old one. This is the issue that I wish to ask the opinions of the ASF membership today. As the forum gets busier I can only imagine that people asking to change their usernames will be happenening more and more so I want to develop a clear policy on it for the future.
There are a couple of particular areas of confusion that allowing the changing of usernames could cause:
1. General confusion about who is actually who, especially as the forum grows and the amount of members increases.
2. When a username is changed, the old 'quoted' parts of posts where it says 'Originally posted by Joe Blow' remains as the old username rather than the new one. Obviously the more posts a member had before having their username changed the more of an impact this will have.
So could everyone please vote in the poll and let me know how you feel about the issue of members changing usernames. I would appreciate your feedback.