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‘Choosing an avatar name’ help at SL Registration

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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?

13 Responses to “‘Choosing an avatar name’ help at SL Registration”

dandellion Kimban wrote a comment on September 22, 2008
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Changing the name is a question if that table in the database can be changed without messing it all. If that’s possible one-time change could be nice. More than that would probably lead to a group of people that would play around causing confusion and avoiding bans on parcels they’re not wanted on.

I’m happy with my name. Only thing I have to do about it is to spank Vint until she realizes it’s kimbaN, not kimbaL :)

Vint Falken wrote a comment on September 22, 2008
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LMAO. Sorry, corrected that. (But knowing my memory which is as leaky as a condom discovered by a jealous wife, it’s bound to happen again. Anyway, my apologies for molesting your carefully chosen last name! ;))

As for the changing names, I always thought - but err… as we all know, I do make mistakes - that main db reference for avatars is their key, not their name?

dandellion Kimban wrote a comment on September 22, 2008
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I suppose it is. But, honestly, do you believe that logic in any of Linden’s dbases is mandatory? :)

Krissy Muggleston wrote a comment on September 22, 2008
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Ironic that WorkingOnIt has been assigned the JIRA…whoever created this name should see the guidelines… ;)

Ari Blackthorne wrote a comment on September 22, 2008
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Anything and everything that has to do with an account is based on the account UUID. Changing the name is nothing at all, so I don’t see any kind of reason not to allow something like this. I also am happy with my name - I’ve had it for so long I can’t imagine being called anything else in SL.

Though I do agree: Joho138472 is ridiculous. I suspect half of those are alts that the user wasn’t really intending to keep. Then the other half is exactly what has been suspected: AOLers and/or people creating an ACCOUNT name, figuring your Avatar name (or “known as” name will be offered during or after registration.

It’s not that big a deal I guess, but the other thing that irks me are lower-case first names. It’s like “what, you’re too goddamned lazy to be able to press and hold the shift key?”

Well, I have a whole blog post on THAT subject all by itself. LOL

dandellion Kimban wrote a comment on September 22, 2008
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Share a link Ari….

Krissy, you mean WorkingOnIt is not good according to name guidelines or “broadly offensive” guidelines? :D

Eleanor Balbozar wrote a comment on September 23, 2008
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I’m pretty happy with my name, even after someone told me he had a grandmother named Eleanor :/ I think a one-time change option would be a good idea, as long as it doesn’t make the grid crash, heh. I know some people who just picked some name out of the air when they started, thinking they could just rename themselves later (despite the warning when you sign up). It would be quite romantic if you could change your last name to your partner’s, but……. giving the temorary nature of some said partnerships, maybe not such a good idea after all :P

Veyron Supercharge wrote a comment on September 24, 2008
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I like my name. Of course, I spent about 30 minutes in front of a computer thinking about it…..

Amusingly… My name and Eleanor Balbozar’s name have something in common…. Anyone know what it is?

:)

dandellion Kimban wrote a comment on September 24, 2008
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Your granma’s name is Vayron?

Eleanor Balbozar wrote a comment on September 24, 2008
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Veyron, you are one of 2 ppl who ever figured it out, lol. Wish Supercharge was available as a last name when I registered! You have a great name!!

Tiessa Montgolfier wrote a comment on September 24, 2008
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The comments in a certain, infamous blog post point out an interesting side-effect of my last name :)

Krissy Muggleston wrote a comment on September 24, 2008
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@dandellion - I was just being funny (trying) because of all the capital letters in that username… :)

Veyron Supercharge wrote a comment on September 25, 2008
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In case you’re wondering what I’m talking about… Look on the Wikipedia for Eleanor… :)

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