Originally posted by divegeester
There has been a bit of discussion in a couple of forums this last week regarding being able to change your user name. Some circumstances seem to allow for it, others not. Some people have names which were either poorly conceived or have simply become tired and inappropriate.
My idea is that 'subscribers' should be allowed to change their name perio ...[text shortened]... r profile; this is similar to eBay's protocol of changing your membership name on their site.
If they want a new user name they can kill the old one off and resubscribe/start a new ID and not divulge who they were previously.
However, several have done this and come back and let us know that they were the user previously known as "XYZ". This defeats the purpose of the change.
Changing the ID but leaving the previous ID in the user profile also defeats the purpose of a change in user name if they are trying to distance themselves from the old ID.
When you initially sign up you are told the name cannot be changed and to pick one you are happy with. If people are unable to read that and make the appropriate decision at that time, then tough.