Recently both me and ArminasX - pronounce ‘Ar-min-AXE’ - wrote about How to pick a great SL avie name (and what to avoid). Of course, our problem was that we would only reach people that are already registered and read or blog, or who google for ‘avatar name’, etc. Miss Dandellion Kimban found the *prrrr*fect solution: Give name creation guidelines at the Second Life & other registration pages.
The JIRA issue that could use your vote is #WEB-809 and titled ‘name guidelines on the registration page’:
So many residents have “ugly” names, those that are hardly pronounceable, hard to remember and spell, with numbers… and after a month they are not happy with them. We all register all over the Web and rarely those usernames are used for anything other than registering, so it really doesn’t matter what the name is. But in SL names are important, they are part of the identity and they are used daily.
Please, put some text on the registration page explaining this to new residents. There are few good sets of guidelines for making a good name, like Vint Falken’s http://www.vintfalken.com/how-to-choose-a-second-life-avatar-name-10-tips and ArminasX Saiman’s http://www.secondeffects.com/2008/06/how-cool-is-your-avatars-name.html as a starting point.
This JIRA issue is already assigned to the ‘WorkingOnIt Linden’, so I guess it will happen eventually. But not a bad idea to speed up eventually with a few votes, especially if you are tired to talking to John69, Frank45, Vint1984, … . ;) Another nice suggestion is made on this JIRA issue by Marx Dudek: ‘I agree wholeheartedly on this issue. Further, perhaps a one-time name change option be made available (for, say, $25 or something, or as part of a premium account upgrade).‘. What do you think? Would a 1 time general name amnesty be a good thing? Would you use it to change or refine your avatar name? Or are you happy with what you have chosen back then?