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Username URL trouble

Last posted Mar 24, 2012 at 05:34PM EDT. Added Mar 24, 2012 at 03:43PM EDT
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So, earlier today, I changed by display name to ‘Root²’ as a joke, and my URL just stayed the same – no problems.

But when I then changed it back to just ‘Root’, my URL is suddenly /users/root--3 ,and /users/root doesn’t even exist.

One word: dafuq?

Mar 24, 2012 at 03:43PM EDT
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The server realized that it had had a user of the named root before, so since you changed it back, it also changed your URL.

This is so that if someone changes their name, other people can’t switch their name to the first and have the URL be exactly the same.

I believe all your past URLs direct to your current profile.

tl;dr: it’s so people can’t impersonate you.

Mar 24, 2012 at 04:19PM EDT
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Chris wrote:

The server realized that it had had a user of the named root before, so since you changed it back, it also changed your URL.

This is so that if someone changes their name, other people can’t switch their name to the first and have the URL be exactly the same.

I believe all your past URLs direct to your current profile.

tl;dr: it’s so people can’t impersonate you.

As I said, there is no /users/root. There is, however, a /users/root--2 , who registered today.

Mar 24, 2012 at 04:30PM EDT
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It doesn’t let you go back to your previous name because it doesn’t differentiate between people who had a name previously and people who are just changing it to that.

Mar 24, 2012 at 04:41PM EDT
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