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Postby RusselB » Sun Mar 30, 2014 5:17 pm

I reported a post where the username had an e-mail format. One of the moderators did edit the post to handle that situation.
When I was looking at the stats for the forums, I noticed the Newest Member had the same type of username... specifically jfritchey1@gmail.com
I don't know what, if anything, can be done on a permanent basis, but, if possible, I'd suggest not allowing the @ symbol in a username
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Re: Usernames

Postby Hagar Delest » Sun Mar 30, 2014 6:08 pm

Yes we had a discussion some time ago about that. In fact we were supposed to advise each OP to change their username. I sent a bunch of PM but got very few replies so I let it go after some time.

Not sure if it's possible to forbid a character in such field.
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Re: Usernames

Postby RusselB » Sun Mar 30, 2014 6:27 pm

I know it can be done, as other sites only allow alphabetic (a-z) and numeric (0-9) characters. Anything else is either ignored or causes an error.
Details as to how they do it, I have not a clue.
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Re: Usernames

Postby acknak » Sun Mar 30, 2014 8:12 pm

I'd be happy to see a big warning on the registration page, but I think that's as far as I'd go. If we inform users of the likely consequence (spam) and they still want to use their email address, that's their decision. I don't like restrictions (both in principle and the extra maintenance) unless they're necessary for the health of the forum.
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Re: Usernames

Postby RoryOF » Sun Mar 30, 2014 8:14 pm

I agree with acknak. If a User uses an email address, having ignored the warning acknak suggests, on his own head be the spam flood.
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