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Creating usernames using Google and Linkedin
From: jim.halfpenny at gmail.com (Jim Halfpenny)
Date: Fri, 12 Jun 2009 22:00:54 +0200

Hi,
This did get me thinking about the schemes for selecting usernames in
use and how it's done in the wild. Maybe we could pool our knowledge
off-list somewhere and come up with the most commonly used patterns to
seed the script with.

Regards,
Jim

On 6/12/09, Mike Patterson <mike.patterson at unb.ca> wrote:
Mike Patterson wrote on 6/12/09 12:20 PM:
Jason Wood wrote on 6/12/09 2:08 AM:
The only real defense I can think of against this is to make sure
usernames
at your organization are not based on their names.  I know from
experience
that people will absolutely HATE it, but it would work.

And don't tie email addresses to those userids either.  Especially if
people post to mailing lists with public archives and such.

ps, tried it against my own org, and it didn't actually do very well,
although I recognized a lot of the names it was trying.

Is our org's default of first initial-middle initial-last name very
unique?  If not, you might try putting that algorithm in.  (And what do
we do for name collisions?  Put a number in the middle, so like
ja34bloggins.)  Or I could send a patch.  ;)

Mike

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