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Wiki does not allow usernames with multiple digits

Postby jharris1993 » Sun Nov 18, 2012 9:27 pm

Issue:
When I attempt to register to use the Wiki, it "bans" my typical username "jharris1993" since it has "multiple simultaneous digits"

This puzzles me.

Of course, I have to respond to an activation e-mail, answer the question of the day, and successfully navigate the captcha - so why are multiple digits an issue?

Having - hopefully! - proved that I am actually a flesh-and-blood human being, may I use that username on the Wiki? It would be such a pain to have to maintain a half-dozen or so differing usernames. . . .

Thanks!

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Re: Wiki does not allow usernames with multiple digits  

Postby Gijs » Sun Nov 18, 2012 10:29 pm

Welcome Jim!
jharris1993 wrote in Sun Nov 18, 2012 9:27 pm:Of course, I have to respond to an activation e-mail, answer the question of the day, and successfully navigate the captcha - so why are multiple digits an issue

Because spambots (or some low paid humans), believe it or not, can bypass al that. Just proofing that you are a human does not proof that you won't spam :-)

Please register with a random username and let me know, so I can try to rename it (to jharris1993, I guess?).

Cheers,
Gijs

PS: I've always wondered what drives people to have their year of birth in their username...
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Re: Wiki does not allow usernames with multiple digits

Postby jharris1993 » Mon Nov 19, 2012 12:41 am

Gigs,

Having read some of your posts on (one of the) "How to improve Flight Gear" threads, I admire both your patience and tact. Having been both a sysop (of several BBS's) and moderator of several fora, I can appreciate the effort it takes to mantain a semblence of order while remaining civil. My hat's off to you!

Re: Year of birth in my username?
Were that true, it would be closer to 1492 than 1993! :lol: In this case, I honor a wonderful (and equally patient!) woman by using the year we were married in my "stock" username.

Re: Spambots, et. al.

A friend of mine has a favorite quote, which he uses often: Make something more idiot proof and evolution will come up with better idiots!

Re: User name.

Thanks! I'll do just that.

Jim (JR)
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Re: Wiki does not allow usernames with multiple digits

Postby jharris1993 » Mon Nov 19, 2012 1:38 am

jharris1993 wrote in Mon Nov 19, 2012 12:41 am:
Re: User name.

Thanks! I'll do just that.


Done. It's "jimrh" If you could change it to jharris1993, it would be appreciated!

Thanks again!
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Re: Wiki does not allow usernames with multiple digits

Postby Gijs » Mon Nov 19, 2012 12:27 pm

Ok, please try to login as jharris1993 now. It should only block registrations, but your the first with a renamed "illegal" username, so we'll see if it works :-)
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Re: Wiki does not allow usernames with multiple digits

Postby jharris1993 » Mon Nov 19, 2012 3:40 pm

Gijs wrote in Mon Nov 19, 2012 12:27 pm:Ok, please try to login as jharris1993 now. It should only block registrations, but your the first with a renamed "illegal" username, so we'll see if it works :-)


Both it, and you, worked like a champ! I was able to login using the "illegal" :P username.

Thanks again!

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