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No, you cannot have your name changed

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  • DeShadowCDeShadowC Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    RandomEngy wrote: »
    Are people really worried about the database becoming clogged? What are you worried about more, the minuscule disk space taken up or the non-existent performance drop from having a million rows in a table? Are we running the forums from a pentium 3?

    Have you been on during a name change type. The site slows down, and you start getting database errors trying to view pages. Plus its a hassle for admins to put up with, and I believe, based on reading old threads, Tube got tired of it, and decided to put a stop to it.

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  • ForarForar #432 Toronto, Ontario, CanadaRegistered User regular
    edited November 2008
    Are we sure that's based on the name changes, or because it (lately) has coincided with the whining forum, which usually seems to explode into activity.

    And/or people using mod tools they don't understand, and inexplicably have access to.

    Which was really, really funny.

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  • Just_Bri_ThanksJust_Bri_Thanks Seething with rage from a handbasket.Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited November 2008
    Yes, we are sure.

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  • Lindsay LohanLindsay Lohan Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    I'd rather see for every infraction add another random word onto his name. So infraction 1 would be winter_combat_knight_pony. Infraction 2 might be winter_combat_knight_pony_legalpad and so on.

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  • RandomEngyRandomEngy Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    DeShadowC wrote: »
    RandomEngy wrote: »
    Are people really worried about the database becoming clogged? What are you worried about more, the minuscule disk space taken up or the non-existent performance drop from having a million rows in a table? Are we running the forums from a pentium 3?

    Have you been on during a name change type. The site slows down, and you start getting database errors trying to view pages. Plus its a hassle for admins to put up with, and I believe, based on reading old threads, Tube got tired of it, and decided to put a stop to it.

    I'm not talking about the name change threads. I'm talking about allowing people to just make a new account with a different name, leaving the old one behind. Apparently the policy right now is to ban people who try this, because leaving a row in a database table is ever so taxing. Especially since there are a whole 36,000 users, which is just enormous compared to the roughly 7 million posts sitting in the DB.

    But of course, if this was allowed, Tube would be denied his demented forum game, so that wouldn't do.

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  • DeShadowCDeShadowC Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    RandomEngy wrote: »
    DeShadowC wrote: »
    RandomEngy wrote: »
    Are people really worried about the database becoming clogged? What are you worried about more, the minuscule disk space taken up or the non-existent performance drop from having a million rows in a table? Are we running the forums from a pentium 3?

    Have you been on during a name change type. The site slows down, and you start getting database errors trying to view pages. Plus its a hassle for admins to put up with, and I believe, based on reading old threads, Tube got tired of it, and decided to put a stop to it.

    I'm not talking about the name change threads. I'm talking about allowing people to just make a new account with a different name, leaving the old one behind. Apparently the policy right now is to ban people who try this, because leaving a row in a database table is ever so taxing. Especially since there are a whole 36,000 users, which is just enormous compared to the roughly 7 million posts sitting in the DB.

    But of course, if this was allowed, Tube would be denied his demented forum game, so that wouldn't do.

    That gets annoying though, when every name you want to make is taken, plus people would make a ton of alts to try and get around jailings/bans. I thought policy was to ban all but one of the user names though.

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  • RandomEngyRandomEngy Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    DeShadowC wrote: »
    That gets annoying though, when every name you want to make is taken, plus people would make a ton of alts to try and get around jailings/bans. I thought policy was to ban all but one of the user names though.

    You could still punish people for trying to get around jailing/bans by creating alts. When you see two accounts posting on the same IP it shouldn't be too hard to find out if the old one was banned or not.

    And really if you're having trouble picking a unique name for these boards, you're going to have much bigger trouble elsewhere, in much larger communities. And if all else fails you can delete old, inactive accounts, though I highly doubt you'd ever have to do that.

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  • LewieP's MummyLewieP's Mummy Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    I'd rather see for every infraction add another random word onto his name. So infraction 1 would be winter_combat_knight_pony. Infraction 2 might be winter_combat_knight_pony_legalpad and so on.

    Lewie's name would be so long by now if this happened, he has had so many infractions and jailings, and I wouldn't be able to change my name to keep up with them!

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  • Just_Bri_ThanksJust_Bri_Thanks Seething with rage from a handbasket.Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited November 2008
    It would inconvenience Lewie P's Mom. That is all the reason anyone would ever need. Tube has murdered people for less than that.

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  • TubeTube Administrator, ClubPA admin
    edited November 2008
    RandomEngy wrote: »
    Are people really worried about the database becoming clogged? What are you worried about more, the minuscule disk space taken up or the non-existent performance drop from having a million rows in a table? Are we running the forums from a pentium 3?

    edit: oh right you're just a tool I won't bother replying to you then

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    This hurts but I deserve it

  • TubeTube Administrator, ClubPA admin
    edited November 2008
    Although I will say that if you care to read the fucking thread it will be apparent that I find my "demented forum game" monumentally fucking irritating and as such its perpetuity is not high on my list of motivations.

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    Hobnail wrote: »
    This forum has taken everything from me
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  • Gorilla SaladGorilla Salad Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    Count of Midget Fisto or Gorilla Salad

    Hands down.
    I like this name too.

    Senior Fish was okay, but Gorilla Salad is so much better.

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    Organichu wrote: »
    The main rub is that, fuck, I'm already paying some to upgrade the length... why not pay a little bit more to upgrade the length AND width?
  • HayasaHayasa Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    What happens if Cardboard Tube wants a name change? Does he have to wait until he posts a thread, or does he have to ask here first?

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  • see317see317 Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    Hayasa wrote: »
    What happens if Cardboard Tube wants a name change? Does he have to wait until he posts a thread, or does he have to ask here first?
    Have you ever tried dividing by zero?
    Same thing happens.

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    Ringo wrote: »
    Well except what see317 said. That guy's always wrong.
  • RandomEngyRandomEngy Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    Really how irritating can it be to not ban someone for making a replacement account?

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  • Goose!Goose! That's me, honey Show me the way home, honeyRegistered User regular
    edited November 2008
    This is the same guy who finds it irritating to take the 5 seconds needed to mute someone on TF2. Maybe you should just quit while you're ahead.

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  • TubeTube Administrator, ClubPA admin
    edited November 2008
    RandomEngy wrote: »
    Really how irritating can it be to not ban someone for making a replacement account?

    I'm not going to explain anything to people who are unable to post without coming across as douchebags. It's one of my things.

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    Hobnail wrote: »
    This forum has taken everything from me
    This hurts but I deserve it

  • HayasaHayasa Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    Is it one of your favourite things?

    Also, what is your opinion on brown paper packages tied up with string?

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  • GoslingGosling Looking Up Soccer In Mongolia Right Now, Probably Watertown, WIRegistered User regular
    edited November 2008
    Although I will say that if you care to read the fucking thread it will be apparent that I find my "demented forum game" monumentally fucking irritating and as such its perpetuity is not high on my list of motivations.
    I'd just write it into the rules then if you don't wish to allow name changes by request anymore.

    (As for 'demented forum game' stuff, you could always use name changes simply as punishment. Kind of like what they did in the Dark Ages- forced name change to fit the offense. I remember someone got swapped to Captain Reading Comprehension after not reading this thread very well. Just kind of standardize that.)

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  • CyvrosCyvros London 1965Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    Gosling wrote: »
    (As for 'demented forum game' stuff, you could always use name changes simply as punishment. Kind of like what they did in the Dark Ages- forced name change to fit the offense. I remember someone got swapped to Captain Reading Comprehension after not reading this thread very well. Just kind of standardize that.)

    Like with Thanatos. Maybe even combined with this:
    I'd rather see for every infraction add another random word onto his name. So infraction 1 would be winter_combat_knight_pony. Infraction 2 might be winter_combat_knight_pony_legalpad and so on.

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  • KhavallKhavall British ColumbiaRegistered User regular
    edited November 2008
    Cyvros wrote: »
    Gosling wrote: »
    (As for 'demented forum game' stuff, you could always use name changes simply as punishment. Kind of like what they did in the Dark Ages- forced name change to fit the offense. I remember someone got swapped to Captain Reading Comprehension after not reading this thread very well. Just kind of standardize that.)

    Like with Thanatos. Maybe even combined with this:
    I'd rather see for every infraction add another random word onto his name. So infraction 1 would be winter_combat_knight_pony. Infraction 2 might be winter_combat_knight_pony_legalpad and so on.

    We already vetoed the second one because it would be a problem for who would soon be known as Lewie-P_infracted_again_Shibbythread's Mummy

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  • CyvrosCyvros London 1965Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    Khavall wrote: »
    Cyvros wrote: »
    Gosling wrote: »
    (As for 'demented forum game' stuff, you could always use name changes simply as punishment. Kind of like what they did in the Dark Ages- forced name change to fit the offense. I remember someone got swapped to Captain Reading Comprehension after not reading this thread very well. Just kind of standardize that.)

    Like with Thanatos. Maybe even combined with this:
    I'd rather see for every infraction add another random word onto his name. So infraction 1 would be winter_combat_knight_pony. Infraction 2 might be winter_combat_knight_pony_legalpad and so on.

    We already vetoed the second one because it would be a problem for who would soon be known as Lewie-P_infracted_again_Shibbythread's Mummy

    Ah, and exempting Lewie P would bugger up the entire system...

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  • LurkLurk Registered User
    edited November 2008
    This thread is surprisingly entertaining.

    I was wondering...are apostrophes allowed in names?

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  • darleysamdarleysam UKRegistered User regular
    edited November 2008
    Khavall wrote: »
    Cyvros wrote: »
    Gosling wrote: »
    (As for 'demented forum game' stuff, you could always use name changes simply as punishment. Kind of like what they did in the Dark Ages- forced name change to fit the offense. I remember someone got swapped to Captain Reading Comprehension after not reading this thread very well. Just kind of standardize that.)

    Like with Thanatos. Maybe even combined with this:
    I'd rather see for every infraction add another random word onto his name. So infraction 1 would be winter_combat_knight_pony. Infraction 2 might be winter_combat_knight_pony_legalpad and so on.

    We already vetoed the second one because it would be a problem for who would soon be known as Lewie-P_infracted_again_Shibbythread's Mummy

    That, and it would only encourage people to act like dicks if they felt they could grab a quick 'comedy' name change out of it. The number of people wanting a name change in the hope the coin comes up tails is evidence of this.

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  • RandomEngyRandomEngy Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    RandomEngy wrote: »
    Really how irritating can it be to not ban someone for making a replacement account?

    I'm not going to explain anything to people who are unable to post without coming across as douchebags. It's one of my things.

    I'm sorry, was I being too mean when pointing out how awful the current forum policy is? It's too bad we'll never know the perfectly valid reason for handing out bans over imaginary performance problems.

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  • Just_Bri_ThanksJust_Bri_Thanks Seething with rage from a handbasket.Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited November 2008
    Don't sass Tube man, he will rape your dog.

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  • LewieP's MummyLewieP's Mummy Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    Lurk wrote: »
    This thread is surprisingly entertaining.

    I was wondering...are apostrophes allowed in names?

    Not if your son is dyslexic and you are foolish enough to let him type in your name D:
    Cyvros wrote: »
    Ah, and exempting Lewie P would bugger up the entire system...

    Or we could just perma-ban him.

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  • AntimatterAntimatter Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    LewieP's Mummy, you are outstanding.

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  • CyvrosCyvros London 1965Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    What Antimatter said.

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  • LewieP's MummyLewieP's Mummy Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    xoxoxoxo

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  • TubeTube Administrator, ClubPA admin
    edited November 2008
    RandomEngy wrote: »
    RandomEngy wrote: »
    Really how irritating can it be to not ban someone for making a replacement account?

    I'm not going to explain anything to people who are unable to post without coming across as douchebags. It's one of my things.

    I'm sorry, was I being too mean when pointing out how awful the current forum policy is? It's too bad we'll never know the perfectly valid reason for handing out bans over imaginary performance problems.

    I don't know what your problem is, but whatever it is it's going to get you banned if you continue to troll the forums. You are done in this thread, that was your last post.

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  • mcdermottmcdermott Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    Maybe I can ask this without being a douchebag. I'll try.


    So I get why we can't do actual name changes. That makes sense, because it creates very real performance problems for the server.

    I get why we can't just let people create alts all willy-nilly, because we generally try to watch for alts of those that have been jailed or banned, or alts created for trolling purposes. This may create false positives? Anyway, it at least makes some kind of abstract sense to me.

    What I don't get is why we can't allow that to happen in a controlled manner. You know, you have to ask a mod first, mod says yes or no, then you create the alt and they ban the original. Keep a thread, just like the banning thread, tracking these changes.

    You could even limit how often this could be done...maybe once every couple years, or something. Because I also get that there are like a hojillion members, and some would want to change names like they change pants to boot.



    I'd think it would be fairly trivial to come up with a system for requesting a change (and the reason), and for tracking those requests, which wouldn't place too much of an undue burden on the mods (which is a concern). Maybe require the PM have a specific heading (like start with [NAME CHANGE] or some shit), so they can ignore them until they have a few built up and deal with them at their convenience? Infractions for spamming more than one mod? A "name change" option for the reason for an infraction, so you can throw a yellow card when somebody requests one, then another yellow card on the "alt" if you let them?

    Maybe it needs to be sketched out more, but I just don't see any real reason we can't create a system to allow limited name changes.

    But then, I'm not a mod so I'd also be honestly interested in hearing why this wouldn't work (or couldn't), if that's the case.

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  • KreutzKreutz Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    If you put any thought into your forum handle, you don't need a name change. I don't see what the big deal is.

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  • HayasaHayasa Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    Not everyone joins a forum already planning on hanging around forever. They join to see what its like, and just put in an easy username when they try it out.

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  • LurkLurk Registered User
    edited December 2008
    Hayasa wrote: »
    Not everyone joins a forum already planning on hanging around forever. They join to see what its like, and just put in an easy username when they try it out.

    That is true. I never actually intended to post in the forums.

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  • mcdermottmcdermott Registered User regular
    edited December 2008
    Lurk wrote: »
    Hayasa wrote: »
    Not everyone joins a forum already planning on hanging around forever. They join to see what its like, and just put in an easy username when they try it out.

    That is true. I never actually intended to post in the forums.

    There's that, and there's the fact that I may well be a different person in many ways than I was when I joined this forum...what, five years ago? Six?

    EDIT: I'd agree that name changes do need to be uncommon, and controlled, but I guess I just don't necessarily agree that they should be absolutely forbidden unless there's no possible way this can be done.

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  • Just_Bri_ThanksJust_Bri_Thanks Seething with rage from a handbasket.Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited December 2008
    I also am keen on the "new account to replace old account" thing as described by Mcdermott. I would have gone for a name change myself after all these years on the forums, but I have missed the last two opportunities.

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  • LewieP's MummyLewieP's Mummy Registered User regular
    edited December 2008
    Lurk wrote: »
    Hayasa wrote: »
    Not everyone joins a forum already planning on hanging around forever. They join to see what its like, and just put in an easy username when they try it out.

    That is true. I never actually intended to post in the forums.

    Mmm, me too. I also never intended to go to PAX, play computer games and a shed load of other stuff. But I like my name, and can't think of anything else I would like to be known by that isn't silly.

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  • Caulk Bite 6Caulk Bite 6 One of the multitude of Dans infesting this place Registered User regular
    edited December 2008
    Lurk wrote: »
    Hayasa wrote: »
    Not everyone joins a forum already planning on hanging around forever. They join to see what its like, and just put in an easy username when they try it out.

    That is true. I never actually intended to post in the forums.

    Mmm, me too. I also never intended to go to PAX, play computer games and a shed load of other stuff. But I like my name, and can't think of anything else I would like to be known by that isn't silly.

    I heartily agree with this statement.

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  • Munkus BeaverMunkus Beaver Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited December 2008
    mcdermott wrote: »
    Maybe it needs to be sketched out more, but I just don't see any real reason we can't create a system to allow limited name changes.

    Did you honestly not read the whole thing about the coin toss?

    Because there is a coin toss.

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