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Thread: Had to change name for account, can old msg be linked?

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    Rikishi42 NNTP User

    Default Had to change name for account, can old msg be linked?

    Hi,
    I finally created a user on the openSUSE website.
    Now at least, people will be able to killfile be on the forums, too.


    But I had to remove a space (Rikishi 42 became Rikishi42) in the name.
    Can existing messages be 'linked' to the newer ones, somehow?





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    Default Re: Had to change name for account, can old msg be linked?

    It *may* be possible, I'll have a look

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    Default Re: Had to change name for account, can old msg be linked?

    Posting from NNTP without matching an email address of an existing user actually posts under the GUEST account so there's no way to match up those messages, however, there is a way to keep messages going forward synchronized to a user between both interfaces. Exerpt from our Forums FAQ:

    Q:Is my NNTP user ID recognized in the web interface?
    A: If your email address in your newsreader matches the email address you set up in vBulletin you will be recognized on both sides as the same user. If you prefer not to have your real email address in your newsreader, you can use the following syntax for an email address in your newsreader: userid@no-mx.forums.opensuse.org and your user will still be recognized.
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    Rikishi42 NNTP User

    Default Re: Had to change name for account, can old msg be linked?

    On 2008-09-02, kgroneman <kgroneman@no-mx.forums.opensuse.org> wrote:
    >
    > Posting from NNTP without matching an email address of an existing user
    > actually posts under the GUEST account so there's no way to match up
    > those messages, however, there is a way to keep messages going forward
    > synchronized to a user between both interfaces. Exerpt from our Forums
    > FAQ:
    >
    >> Q:Is my NNTP user ID recognized in the web interface?
    >> A: If your email address in your newsreader matches the email address
    >> you set up in vBulletin you will be recognized on both sides as the same
    >> user. If you prefer not to have your real email address in your
    >> newsreader, you can use the following syntax for an email address in
    >> your newsreader: userid@no-mx.forums.opensuse.org and your user will
    >> still be recognized.


    Ah, so it's the email address? That hasn't changed, of course.
    Only the name has.

    But doesn't that mean that my older messages will be counted again my - now
    existing - account ?


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    Default Re: Had to change name for account, can old msg be linked?

    Take this post I'm replying to as an example (as seen on the web interface). Though it shows your name, it is actually posting under the user GUEST (shown under your name) which is used for all NNTP users that aren't registered on the web side. We can't separate your messages from anyone elses's messages because they all are posted by GUEST. You have to match user ID as well as email address.
    My computer always used to beat me at chess, but it is no match for me since I changed the competition to kick boxing

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    Rikishi42 NNTP User

    Default Re: Had to change name for account, can old msg be linked?

    On 2008-09-03, kgroneman <kgroneman@no-mx.forums.opensuse.org> wrote:
    >
    > Take this post I'm replying to as an example (as seen on the web
    > interface). Though it shows your name, it is actually posting under the
    > user GUEST (shown under your name) which is used for all NNTP users that
    > aren't registered on the web side. We can't separate your messages from
    > anyone elses's messages because they all are posted by GUEST. You have
    > to match user ID as well as email address.


    That's what strange. I did create an account with that same name and
    address...

    Guess I'll have to check the registration again ...

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    Default Re: Had to change name for account, can old msg be linked?

    OK, let's test it from the forum, to check for differences.

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    Rikishi42 NNTP User

    Default Re: Had to change name for account, can old msg be linked?

    On 2008-09-03, kgroneman <kgroneman@no-mx.forums.opensuse.org> wrote:
    > Take this post I'm replying to as an example (as seen on the web
    > interface). Though it shows your name, it is actually posting under the
    > user GUEST (shown under your name) which is used for all NNTP users that
    > aren't registered on the web side. We can't separate your messages from
    > anyone elses's messages because they all are posted by GUEST. You have
    > to match user ID as well as email address.


    OK. After testing from within the forum, I think I understand; the email
    address I need to use in my nntp-client is *not* the one I was asked in my
    registration, but the one Novell assigned to me afterwards.

    If that is really the issue, don't look further, I'll just stay guest.

    My NNTP server and client are not just for openSUSE's forums. I also connect
    to other companies' NNTP feeds and to usenet. I don't want to present them
    with Novell's email, or mess about with multiple ID's.


    A bit sad, I won't be able to count the articles written and see my 'status'
    evolve. I'l end up a "Hovering Hering". :-)

    Oh, and some people might not find it easy to add me to an ignore list. So
    that's a plus. <grinning and ducking>


    Thanks for looking into it anyway.

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    Default Re: Had to change name for account, can old msg be linked?

    I think I understand; the email address I need to use in my nntp-client is *not* the one I was asked in myregistration, but the one Novell assigned to me afterwards.
    Two things if you want to be recognized as the same user in both interfaces:
    1 - Your user ID needs to match on both interfaces
    2 - Your email address used either has to match on both interfaces *OR* you can use the userid@no-mx.forums.opensuse.org format as an email address in your news client.
    My computer always used to beat me at chess, but it is no match for me since I changed the competition to kick boxing

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    Rikishi42 NNTP User

    Default Re: Had to change name for account, can old msg be linked?

    On 2008-09-04, kgroneman <kgroneman@no-mx.forums.opensuse.org> wrote:
    >
    >> I think I understand; the email address I need to use in my nntp-client
    >> is *not* the one I was asked in myregistration, but the one Novell
    >> assigned to me afterwards.

    >
    > Two things if you want to be recognized as the same user in both
    > interfaces:
    > 1 - Your user ID needs to match on both interfaces
    > 2 - Your email address used either has to match on both interfaces *OR*
    > you can use the userid@no-mx.forums.opensuse.org format as an email
    > address in your news client.


    But they *do* match.
    UserID is Rikishi42, email is skunkworks@rikishi42.net

    But please, don't waste your time on this.
    It was very kind to have looked into it.




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    Never attribute to malice that which is
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