Solved Duplicate userids for members allowed?!

March 5, 2012 at 04:12:11
Specs: Windows XP home SP3, AMD Athlon 2000/512M
Surfing the Programming Forum I met IVO

http://www.computing.net/answers/pr...

a clone (?) of myself but NOT ME! By the way I am a regular since october 2002.

Has the body snatchers invasion started?


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#1
March 5, 2012 at 05:52:34
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Hey,

Its not technically duplicate. That guy put a space in front of his name. I'm going to fix it so people can't have trailing or leading spaces like that, and remove his account.

Justin


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#2
March 5, 2012 at 06:04:09
Thanks a lot, Justin.

Now I can take a sweet pause without fearing to be stolen while sleeping!


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#3
March 5, 2012 at 06:11:17
Hey,

Thanks for the heads up. I should probably just remove the ability to enter spaces in the username at all, but I have a feeling people might complain about that :)

Justin


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#4
March 5, 2012 at 19:07:05
Other forums also get copycat users using leading/trailing space(s). A space in a name improves clarity, but I have seen the use of multiple spaces. Perhaps a check for multiple non-alphanumeric characters. Validation and error handling is such a pain. Sometimes taking more time and thought than the whole process.

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#5
March 6, 2012 at 05:42:17
wizard-fred,

Yes, you are correct, I already remove most special characters. I just specifically used to allow spaces. However, I have since disabled all spaces. Older members are grandfathered in, but newer members can't create accounts with spaces in their names. Of course, nothing will stop people from creating similar names to regulars if they want... We can deal with those on a case-by-case basis.

Thanks for the feedback!
Justin


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#6
March 7, 2012 at 07:29:34
I wondered about that, because the guy was rude on another post, and that didn't seem like you. :-)

mike


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