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suggestion: enforce name rules at signup  RSS feed

 
Susan Hoover
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I see a lot of messages from the sheriffs informing single-named or name-plus-initial ranchers about the naming rules here at the ranch. Why doesn't someone just modify the signup page so it enforces these rules?
1. Make it two blanks instead of one, and make both required.
2. Enforce length > 1 in the second blank.
For backward compatibility with the existing database of names, concatenate FIELD_1 + " " + FIELD_2 before storing.
That would seem to solve the problem.


[This message has been edited by Susan Hoover (edited January 08, 2001).]
 
paul wheaton
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That would require hacking our message board software. While we have hacked it plenty, all of our hacks will be lost the next time we upgrade. Plus, I've investigated doing that particular hack and it looks like if I do it, there is a good chance that other things will stop working. Not worth the risk. That's why when you log on you have to agree to
<h1>For your user name, use a first name,
a space and a last name.</h1>
But this font must be too small for some people.
 
Susan Hoover
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I knew there had to be a good reason. I like what I've seen of UBB so far. Too bad it isn't more customizable.
As far as why people don't obey the rule, I offer the following possible explanations:
1. They are conditioned to associate really big bold text with advertising, and automatically ignore it.
2. The rules apply to other people, not me (same as when driving or using the express lane at the grocery).
 
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