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    Thank you, Kh.

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    When members change their name, is there anything on their profile or on the members list that mentions their former name? I can imagine it would be confusing if you hadn't been on TC for a while. Just wondering.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ingélou View Post
    When members change their name, is there anything on their profile or on the members list that mentions their former name? I can imagine it would be confusing if you hadn't been on TC for a while. Just wondering.
    No, there isn't. Once the username has been edited/changed, there is no record of the former username.

    Most username changes are requested in the Member's Area of the forum. I suppose we could consolidate those into some kind of index; that's something that we would have to investigate.

    While on the subject, username changes are only once each year for members, and that includes reverting back to the original name.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Krummhorn View Post

    Most username changes are requested in the Member's Area of the forum. I suppose we could consolidate those into some kind of index; that's something that we would have to investigate.
    Trouble is when Ludwig van says can his user name be Lord Lance, he doesn't put down that he is Ludwig van because that is obvious as his current username. But when it changes to Lord Lance we have no record of the old name.

    Similarly for gog - dogen recognisable only by the unchanged avatar; or arcaneholocaust to nathanb with no avatar.

    This has implications for both friends lists and group membership - have I lost arcaneholocaust and gained nathanb from Earlybirds; oh, hang on, that's arcaneholocaust's post as nathanb.

    One of these delights, as the site gets bigger and the membership more internet savvy.
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    I know, that's why I kept the avatar the same. Otherwise I would have annotated my sig for a wee while.

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    done, ladies and gents!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Krummhorn View Post
    No, there isn't. Once the username has been edited/changed, there is no record of the former username.
    Something to note, however. If you plug in the old username into the url link of the updated username's profile page. It will take you to the user's profile page.

    For instance, if I plug in gog into http://www.talkclassical.com/members/gog.html it will re-direct me to http://www.talkclassical.com/members/dogen.html

    Same for arcaneholocaust type in http://www.talkclassical.com/members...holocaust.html and you will be re-directed to http://www.talkclassical.com/members/nathanb.html

    So, ya'll can't escape your old usernames for good! It's kinda nightmarish, ain't it? Kinda Kafkaesque! Ok, not really, but still!
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    I'm willing to find that creepy.

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    Let me clarify ... there is no record of the old username within our database records. We can not control content that has been indexed by all the search engines (Google, Yahoo, Bing, etc etc). That indexed information could have been stored on their servers weeks, months or years ago.

    Now then, once a username has been changed (abandoned) and it is no longer in our database, that username does become fair game for anyone who decides to register on our site. It hasn't happened yet as far as I know, but it's a possibility ... albeit a rare one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Taggart View Post
    Trouble is when Ludwig van says can his user name be Lord Lance, he doesn't put down that he is Ludwig van because that is obvious as his current username. But when it changes to Lord Lance we have no record of the old name.

    Similarly for gog - dogen recognisable only by the unchanged avatar; or arcaneholocaust to nathanb with no avatar.

    This has implications for both friends lists and group membership - have I lost arcaneholocaust and gained nathanb from Earlybirds; oh, hang on, that's arcaneholocaust's post as nathanb.

    One of these delights, as the site gets bigger and the membership more internet savvy.
    I wondered what had happened to arcanceholocaust - Glad he's still around even if he's pretending to be someone with a normal name now.
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    Username changed ...

    Mar-04-2015; Krummhorn Old Value New Value
    User Name marinasabina Posie
    Last edited by Krummhorn; Apr-10-2015 at 23:38.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MagneticGhost View Post
    I wondered what had happened to arcanceholocaust
    Me too!
    In fact I had noticed that arcaneholocaust had stopped contributing to the string quartets list... and also noticed that the mantle of supreme tactical voter had been taken up by this new guy nathanb... but never joined the dots.

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    Done ...

    Mar-06-2015; Old Value New Value
    User Name albertfallickwang Albert7
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    I would like to request a change from anniefischer to anniefischerfan (all lower case letters), if workable. Thanks.

    Mar-11-2015; Old Value New Value
    User Name anniefischer anniefischerfan
    Last edited by Krummhorn; Apr-10-2015 at 23:35.

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    Quote Originally Posted by science View Post
    When I'm unsure if someone's name has changed, I look for an old post by them that was quoted by someone else. The quote still uses the old name. For example, if you find a really old post by "Sid James" that someone quoted, the quoting post will say it's quoting a post by "Andre."

    But I admit, I enjoy the mystery a little.... Can I figure out who this person is by the nature of their posts? Usually I can!
    Excellent point ... but when a username is changed/edited, the old name is written over and is no longer retrievable.

    I have been adding an info block like the one below:

    Quote Originally Posted by Krummhorn View Post
    Done ...

    Mar-06-2015; Old Value New Value
    User Name albertfallickwang Albert7
    I am now doing that whenever a username is changed, so that within this thread, members can then see the old, the new, and the date it changed. Hopefully that will help.
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