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Axineton

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Just wondered if this was a bug? I login with my old username and current password. How come I can’t login with my current username? It’s not a massive deal in the grand scheme of things just odd. 



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Marshal Loss

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Not a bug: your "display name" (Axineton) is different from your account name (username). One is public & the other is not , it's for added security


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You can have your username and your display name be the same thing, especially if you do that when you register. When you change your display name that does not change your username. (Matter of fact I’m not sure you *can* change your username without talking to an admin.)

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Brother Tyler

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Correct, the user name (occasionally called the login name) and the display name are two separate entries in the database. When you create your account, you can check the box to make them the same, in which case the software will automatically copy the user/login name to the display name. Alternately, you can have the two entries be different.

When your display name changes, the user/login name isn't affected. The admins can change the user/login name, but there needs to be a good reason for the change.

When the software is upgraded, the user/login name and the display name will be the same - so you won't experience this "problem" after the upgrade. That's going to happen SoonTM (probably not before 6 months, though sad.png ).

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Here's some information we have posted for prospective members. You can only see this when you're not logged in, so I'm quoting it instead of linking to it.
 

User Name
This is the primary name associated with your account and is the name that you will use (along with your password) to log in. User Names must be unique (the system will notify you if you attempt to register a User Name that is used by another account). User Names must be 3-26 characters in length and may use letters, numbers, special characters, and spaces (i.e., you don't need to use underscores unless you want to). The User Name that you choose may not be changed.
 
Display Name
This is the name that is shown to other members on the site and is the name by which you will become known. Display Names must be unique (the system will notify you if you attempt to register a Display Name that is used by another account). Display Names must be 3-26 characters in length and may use letters, numbers, special characters, and spaces (i.e., you don't need to use underscores unless you want to). Your Display Name can be the same as your User Name. When registering your account, there is a checkbox to exercise this option (i.e., you don't have to type the name in again). Display Names may be changed by the Administrators if they lead to confusion, if they masquerade as GW employees, or if they are offensive. When you pick your Display Name, pick it as if it will be permanent. We occasionally allow members to change their Display Name, though the occasions on which we do this are rare and are usually tied to larger events (site anniversary, major overhaul to the site, etc.).


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Axineton

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Thanks chaps. I didn’t realise I had a username and a display name but now consider me informed. 



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(Matter of fact I’m not sure you *can* change your username without talking to an admin.)

IIRC At the time when the forum was opened to Xenos factions, there was a time window where you could change your display name freely.


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User name =/= display name

There have been a number of occasions when the Admins have allowed people to change their display name within a certain time period.
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The admins can change the user/login name, but there needs to be a good reason for the change.

If you had a reason to request this, how would you go about it?


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Brother Tyler

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A PM to an admin would work.


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