On 2010-08-24 22:53, Jim Henderson wrote:
> On Tue, 24 Aug 2010 13:03:28 +0000, Carlos E. R. wrote:
>> Remember I post via NNTP, I’m not tied by registration, and can use any
>> display name I choose. I choose to display as “Carlos”, instead of using
>> my (faked) email login name.
> As do I (use NNTP, that is). We don’t say that the NNTP and web
> interfaces are equivalent.
No, they aren’t. NNTP is limited in some ways, and better in others. I was exploring if it could be
>> What I suggest is not that different. People could register with a login
>> name, and display a more or less real name instead. Both parts of the
>> names could be displayed, same as both sides of mine are displayed via
>> nntp. Readers could choose what to display, perhaps a skin or
>> configuration. Hover the mouse over the name and the login displays, for
> Would that we had developer resources to do this type of development. I
> can put the request in the hopper, but I can tell you it’ll be far, far
> down the list of things we’ll even look at to put resources into.
Now, that’s a good reason
>> Hint: the first post of this thread is mine.
> Which more or less proves my point about the abuse possible when one can
> change one’s display name.
>>> No, I think opening up changing any part of one’s identity to being
>>> modified just leaves room for far more abuse than useful purpose.
>> The important part, the login, is immutable anyways. Filters could work
>> on that one, not the display name.
> Sure, but it’s also about how people perceive the conversation. In the
> shill example I provided, that happened on CompuServe, and it was amazing
> how long the vendor in question got away with it even though the ID
> number was displayed on every message.
The problem of “moving” identities with display names on a forum, can be solved by the software
always displaying the current “display name” on all posts. A user changes his name, no problem: all
his posts change names, not only new posts. But of course, doing this requires that the software
supports this, and if resources are limited, can’t be done. I understand that, it was just an idea.
> Needless to say, when people caught on, there was quite the firestorm. I
> even have a T-Shirt somewhere commemorating the event (because someone
> decided it was worthy of that kind of rememberance)
Yes, I also remember similar issues in Fidonet. Not to the point of the T-shirt, though
And more recently and close, in one of the suse mail lists.
Then, perhaps you should think about some time in the future needing a login to post via nttp.
Better you have it prepared and ready to implement, just in case.
And on the forum, just consider that if somebody wants to play that two identities trick to reply to
himself, they can do it simply by registering twice at Novell.
Cheers / Saludos,
Carlos E. R.
(from 11.2 x86_64 “Emerald” GM (Elessar))