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Digitalfixx Sep 01, 2004, 01:31pm EDT Report Abuse
I logged on today and find that some one else has the exact same user name as myself. How can this be? I haven't been very active here for a few weeks because I've been busy, I log on to find "WS" from Canada is asking tech questions that I haven't asked and besides I'm from the USA.

I've had this user name for at least 8 months and this is going to cause confusion among users if usernames can be duplicated.

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Jody Gerut Sep 01, 2004, 01:39pm EDT Report Abuse
if yours is W S and his is WS then its not a duplicate, if use use 2 letters(probably your intials)somebody else's username name would most likely be close to yours. if you want a unique username that someone wont duplicate be more creative and use more letters and numbers.

Richard Sep 01, 2004, 01:41pm EDT Report Abuse
I think it's because the unnique ID for each user is there email address, no chance of these being duplicated. But I agree it is something Sander shuld fix.

I know I'd be p**sed if someone else had the same user name as me.

David Sep 01, 2004, 01:54pm EDT Report Abuse
Its happend before hasnt it? wasnt there a fake Michael Hill going around a while back?



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Digitalfixx Sep 01, 2004, 01:59pm EDT Report Abuse
It shouldn't matter, "WS" or "W S" , it's the same name, two letters, the exact same characters shouldn't be duplicated it they are already used. I don't think you can turn it around on me as if it's my own fault for the user name I chose. I have welcomed the new user to HWA and cordially asked W_S to change his username to remove any confusion.

Michael A. Sep 01, 2004, 02:04pm EDT Report Abuse
It's an issue that we are aware of and are trying to correct. The reason for this issue is because each user's unique ID is his e-mail address, rather than a sign in name. The displayed name is more of an alias...something someone can change at any time.

There have been several malicious impersonations (such as with myself and with Robert Jones) as well as several such as this; which is basically harmless. For the mean time you may consider changing your signature or your profile to emphasize who you are. I will have a discussion with Vitaliy regarding this and get back to you with any important updates.

Michael A.
Corvus Raven Sep 02, 2004, 12:33am EDT Report Abuse
I coulda swore one had a space and the other not.

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