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I've noticed a recent trend in customized signatures to display a name that is not, in fact, the signing user's name. While I'd hate to deprive people of the ability to tinker with their usernames (adding a title at the beginning, changing capitalization, etc), I find it really distracting when someone is presenting a username that is entirely different from the one they are registered to. I don't want to have to hover my cursor over their signature to find out who I'm actually talking to. I'm interesting in hearing others' opinions on this -- is this a harmless freedom, or is it getting out of hand? Havac 22:41, 13 October 2006 (UTC)

  • Well the wiki software allows a user to have a nickname different than his/her user name. -Fnlayson 23:05, 13 October 2006 (UTC)
    • The wiki software also allows people to vandalize articles. Now, I certainly don't mean to compare this to vandalism or imply that it's a severe problem, but just because it is possible doesn't inherently mean that it should be allowed. That's what I'm looking to discuss. Havac 23:19, 13 October 2006 (UTC)
      • With the software set-up as it is, I think it would be difficult to police nickname limits, where vandalism is not. -Fnlayson 23:37, 13 October 2006 (UTC)
  • I am sure you are not directly targeting me, CountDooku13, after all, if you read my Bio, you would know WHY, it is like this...honestly.--IG-Prime(Sentience Core)CIS roundel 23:25, 13 October 2006 (UTC)
  • It certainly does and will my friend. I think it's a good option for the wikimembers. Instead of making a new account, people who're displeased with their usernames can change them without any trouble, very comfortable. Now let's don't make a big thing out of this, if a user have reasons to change his name it's a completely rightful option. Lorth NeedaStriptease 23:23, 13 October 2006 (UTC)
    • Of course, it is our right to do what ever we please! I was bored with Dooku, and I chose IG-Prime. Simple as that. If this guy has a problem, well he isn't an administrator, and really there is no point in putting it here? What is he trying to do? Is he trying to remove it, or just stir up trouble, and make my tea boil?! Please, if you have a problem with it ask an administrator, or talk to an individual user, not address the community at large.--IG-Prime(Sentience Core)CIS roundel 23:35, 13 October 2006 (UTC)
  • I'm OK with it for the most part. It does make it more complicated to match signatures with the names in the history sometimes when the names aren't similar. -Fnlayson 23:37, 13 October 2006 (UTC)
    • Maybe, but that's one thing about freedom of expression, some people aren't always going to like what your expressing.--IG-Prime(Sentience Core)CIS roundel 23:39, 13 October 2006 (UTC)
      • It is perfectly legit to raise the question here. Havoc doesn't need to be an admin to ask the question. I also have been suprised on a couple of occasions to discover the poster was actually a user I was not familiar with. I don't think it is a big problem though, not at this stage. --Eyrezer 23:44, 13 October 2006 (UTC)
  • I think the main issue here is one of impersonation. When I see a comment by Havac or Lord Needa, I don't want to have to wonder if someone has commandeered their identity! And while we cannot stop someone from using a nick different than their user id, I feel we need to have strict and distinct penalties outlined for anyone who impersonates an existing member knowingly and maliciously. Chervil JaingHead 23:51, 13 October 2006 (UTC) (or am I????)
    • We already have penalties for that. I did not say he had to be an administrator to ask the question, just that he should ask the administrator if he thinks its an issue, not complain to all of wookiepedia! Also, this is not about impersonation, as on the history it would show who really edited, and signatures are only for discussions, and so wouldn't be to huge of a problem. Plus, you can move your cursor over a name and see who it really is, so that isn't much of a problem.--IG-Prime(Sentience Core)CIS roundel 23:57, 13 October 2006 (UTC)
      • Actually this is the perfect forum to bring this up, as several members are probably not aware that this is going on. I don't think I should have to scroll over anyone's name to see if they are who I think they are. What I do wonder, is what made you think he was referring to you in the first place? The question seemed pretty broad to me, and I never would have connected it with any specific user had you not brought yourself to everyone's attention. He did not complain about you in specific, just the general practice, and I am sure he did this in the public view so that there would be a solid record for everyone to reference of what was discussed and decided. You seem to be the one making a big issue out of this. At any rate, this is allowed by the very nature of the wiki, and so there is not really anything we can do to stop it. BTW (in all seriousness)- thanks for letting me know that there were solid rules in place, as I was not aware of them. (Although it is possible that I read them and they just didn't register at the time.) Let's all try to be one big happy, huh? Chervil JaingHead 00:09, 14 October 2006 (UTC)
        • I thought he was refering to me, as I do this, and I am one of the only one's who I have seen do this, so while he does not target me directly, I am included, it seems pointless to put it here, that is until you described it the way you did, in which case I think you. I apologize for the confusion.--IG-Prime(Sentience Core)CIS roundel 00:15, 14 October 2006 (UTC)
          • I'm not targeting you. Don't think that simply because we disagree about some edits to Nihilus's article that I'm going to try to pick some absurd fight about your choice of signature. I'm bringing this up in public because I've noticed it and I want to have a public debate about it -- that's how Wookieepedia works. Admins don't have the ability to go around imposing rules all on their own, and anything done has to be done by consensus. Havac 01:18, 14 October 2006 (UTC)
  • I'm with Havac. You can have whatever you like in your sig, I believe, but your real name has to be in there in some way, shape or form. .... 03:06, 14 October 2006 (UTC)