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Dukey
September 4th, 2009, 06:14 PM
I've been thinking about name changes etc lately, and it always seems that a majority of the time a user gets a name change, they're sick of it rather fast.

So my suggestion is, have I suppose 1 week trial period on new name changes, if the person dislikes their new name enough to want their old one back before the trial period is up, they can have the option to have it changed back, however they must wait their 3/4 months over again, to prevent it being spammed.

Giraffes? Giraffes!
September 4th, 2009, 06:16 PM
I honestly like this idea. I didn't like this name like 2-4 days after and it was too late D:

I support this idea 100%

But honestly, it could be a strain on the admins, at least i'd think it would?

Dukey
September 4th, 2009, 06:21 PM
But honestly, it could be a strain on the admins, at least i'd think it would?

Yeah, I did think that might come up as a problem.

Drew
September 4th, 2009, 06:32 PM
Yeeeah.. the strain on the admins is the only problem that I see. D: Since most of them are too busy to want to hassle with the normal name changes most of the time. Let alone the trial periods.. xD; but then again, I can't speak for them. Sooo..

This is a neat idea, though.

Morkula
September 4th, 2009, 06:36 PM
lol no.
That's why we tell people to make absolutely sure they want their name changed before they request it.

Luck
September 4th, 2009, 06:37 PM
I can only agree with this if it doesn't allow name changes for another 4 months(or three, depends.) I can only think of people saying "Can I change my name to "x," can I change it back? Can I change my name to "Y?" etc." So much SPAM.

I think that if the admins were willing, they would do it./unoriginal
Darn, an admin got to here before me ;__;

Soul Eater
September 4th, 2009, 09:50 PM
This does sound like a good idea... however, I don;t think it would work. I mean like a few have said, it would jsut add more stress to the staffers. Plus, with so many people requesting names, alot of them don't respond to them right away. So... it would just add more stress to them. D:

Not only that but too many people would take advantage of it too. It just wouldn't work for it.

Chloè
September 4th, 2009, 09:56 PM
Um... what is the point in that. Just tell an admin you want your old name back. I dont' think there is a "trial period" function, since everything has to be input by an admin, doesn't it?

Cherrim
September 4th, 2009, 09:57 PM
Honestly, if you choose a name and get sick of it a week later, you obviously didn't put enough thought into your name change and as consequence (so that you learn your lesson), you should have to stick with it so it won't happen again.

Think of it as an incentive to not take your username so lightly.

World King
September 4th, 2009, 11:06 PM
Honestly, if you choose a name and get sick of it a week later, you obviously didn't put enough thought into your name change and as consequence (so that you learn your lesson), you should have to stick with it so it won't happen again.

Think of it as an incentive to not take your username so lightly.
Well, that's Admin talk for "No, we're not implementing a name-change Trial Period". Right, Erica?

Cherrim
September 4th, 2009, 11:16 PM
Well, I'd say Mork's post was indicative of that too but a second opinion never hurts. ;(

The Darkest Gale
September 4th, 2009, 11:44 PM
I thought for like 2 weeks about my name change ;D
what about an anouncement just to tell them about thinking about it before they get it
just a suggestion but like practically everyone has said it would make admins life more strain =/ which wouldn't be fair

flight
September 4th, 2009, 11:48 PM
I thought for like 2 weeks about my name change ;D
what about an anouncement just to tell them about thinking about it before they get it
just a suggestion but like practically everyone has said it would make admins life more strain =/ which wouldn't be fair

Here's the thing with making any sort of announcement: are people actually going to read it? If so, are they going to adhere to it?

I'm doubting announcements will change a thing in some people's thinking process.

I don't want this to appear as mean, I'm just being honest and pointing things out. ^^;

Feign
September 4th, 2009, 11:56 PM
Doesn't this idea support the idea of egoism and its necessity for forum community "approval"?

I mean, you'd want a name that means the most to you, and not anyone else... And like Lightning said, if you want a name change in less than a week's time, you haven't thought of one hard enough.

Just think of it like a tattoo...

Guillermo
September 5th, 2009, 01:56 AM
Um... what is the point in that. Just tell an admin you want your old name back. I dont' think there is a "trial period" function, since everything has to be input by an admin, doesn't it?

The point is Admins won't just give you your old name back.

Avey
September 5th, 2009, 02:42 AM
Why would this happen? Ever? It's obvious most PC users would abuse the feature should it be implemented.

Also, it's all very well sugesting this and having people say neato, but if you looked around a bit you'd realise how boring it is to change someone's username. The three/four month thing is there to stop an onslaught of requests everyday. If this new feature hit the forum, the activity of that thread would surge like crazy.

And on top of that, username changes aren't compulsary, nor will they ever be. To put it bluntly, you should be happy that you're able to change your username at all. There are some forums that don't let you change your username. Stop pushing it.

THIRTY-SIX
September 5th, 2009, 05:18 AM
You'd have to be a monkey for regretting it under three months...

Azonic
September 5th, 2009, 10:45 AM
Maybe if there's a way where members can test out their names by themselves, but only the member itself can see his/her trial name. :o

idk Is that even possible? lol.

Poké!
September 5th, 2009, 10:51 AM
I think it would be much easier on the staff if users were able to change thier own names, like on the webs.com forum program. A lot of users would probably like that too, including me.

Azonic
September 5th, 2009, 10:56 AM
I think it would be much easier on the staff if users were able to change thier own names, like on the webs.com forum program. A lot of users would probably like that too, including me.
Y'know there are rules that a name has to abide to. As in, things like "your name can't be too long" "can't stretch the page" "no inappropriate words" "no names that a staff member previously had" etc. They have to be validated by staff, right? I mean, soon you'll have 60 variants of Amachi running around (including me :D) if we were to add the self-change thing. :(

Poké!
September 5th, 2009, 11:00 AM
Well, when I said that of course I meant set the rules to it like if your name is too long it will reject it, if you choose a previous staff name = rejection. The Basics. Sure it'd probably be a hassle to set up, but once done it will be easier for the staff and stuff.

Azonic
September 5th, 2009, 11:04 AM
Well, when I said that of course I meant set the rules to it like if your name is too long it will reject it, if you choose a previous staff name = rejection. The Basics. Sure it'd probably be a hassle to set up, but once done it will be easier for the staff and stuff.
There are just too many ways to bypass the system. Using alternate symbols for letters, s p a c i n g the name out, etc. It won't work.

Anyways, I still stand on my "self trial, self view" idea. :o

Avey
September 5th, 2009, 11:08 AM
Maybe if there's a way where members can test out their names by themselves, but only the member itself can see his/her trial name. :o

idk Is that even possible? lol.

Ausaudriel did something like that to Lightning's username. He changed it to God, but only she could see it. Everyone else were left looking at Lightning, not God.

Ausaudriel
September 5th, 2009, 12:32 PM
Maybe if there's a way where members can test out their names by themselves, but only the member itself can see his/her trial name. :o

idk Is that even possible? lol.
Anything is possible! :D I'll work on some kind of preview feature when I get home from work tonight.

I think it would be much easier on the staff if users were able to change thier own names, like on the webs.com forum program. A lot of users would probably like that too, including me.
This is also something that's been on my to-do list for a while, cutting back on the need for the name change thread and hopefully getting some other people involved in the name change process.

Basically you'd type the name you want into a box, and it'd go to a big list in the admin panel for approval. Whatever admin is online and feeling like checking to approve changes would look, tick the box, and hit approve.

I've seen vB hacks like this in the past for older versions of the software, but there's a lot of custom stuff I want to include into it that's specific to PC (our rules, etc.)

So yeah, I'll [probably] work on that when I get home tonight.

Dukey
September 5th, 2009, 02:20 PM
Anything is possible! :D I'll work on some kind of preview feature when I get home from work tonight.

I'm sensing a bit of sarcasm there :/

Ausaudriel
September 5th, 2009, 02:21 PM
No, I'm actually serious. :[

flight
September 5th, 2009, 02:27 PM
Yes. I definitely agree with at least previewing the name; it is so hard to imagine myself with a particular name; especially since I have like millions of ideas for my name changes. :(

Btw, Audy is a nice admin, he wouldn't be sarcastic like that. ;;

Dukey
September 5th, 2009, 02:29 PM
It just rather surprised me, I thought this thread had been given up on XD

Melody
September 5th, 2009, 02:37 PM
It would be cool if Audy could code some sort of plugin that could automate name changes...That way you could go into your User CP and change your own name when the time to change came around, without posting and waiting for an admin.

And like..maybe even have it so that you can queue up a name change request anytime (and change that request before your 4/3 month wait) expires and have it change automagically. :DD

Even if the name changes weren't automatic, an admin could login to the ACP and click,click,click approve everyone's name change. (The module itself would enforce whatever wait time was specified, so requests wouldn't appear in the ACP until the user has waited the appropriate amount of time.)

Dukey
September 5th, 2009, 03:03 PM
They wouldn't be automatic as there are name restrictions, as stated eariler.

Lycaeus
September 6th, 2009, 10:52 AM
No, I'm actually serious. :[

That'd be awesome :D I can't wait to (hopefully) see a trial version soon (:.

Kisaragi
September 7th, 2009, 03:56 PM
:l Way to over complicate things. It's a name change, you don't need trial periods, return labels, hidden fees, etc. You just change it. If you don't like it, oh well, it only lasts three months.