1. We should be able to change usernames more often, if not any time we want. I mean, seriously, what would be the harm in that? Sure, you wouldn't be able to recognize some people if they changed it too often, but you're not entitled to that. And in that case, the implementation of a username history would come in handy.
  2. There should be a confirmation dialog when trying to change usernames. Because of the fact that you would have to wait a whole year to change it again, it seems rather important to add a confirmation dialog when doing so to prevent accidental/regrettable changes.
  3. There should be a message next to the username box informing if the username is already taken while we type. Currently the only ways to check if a username is already taken is by either going to the "/user/..." page or trying to change the username directly, which are both not practical solutions.

Assholes will disagree with suggestion 1.

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I smell regrets...

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All I want is a way to go back to my previous username as soon as I can, because my OCD drives me insane when I see "rafaelgs18" here and "revilheart" on literally every other social media I have an account in.

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Yep, I learned the hard way that you can't change your account ID on Steam, so when I changed all my social media to rafaelgs18, but still needed to log in to Steam using revilheart, my OCD drove me crazy and I had to change it all back.

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Why don't you send a message to Steam support and ask them to be able to change Steam ID !?! /s

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I should, shouldn't I? All those random numbers make my OCD explode. /s

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Fuck usernames history. I'd rather no username changing at all than to have a username history.

Also, does 2 not exist? I remember a text stating I could only change once a year, but it was a while ago and my memory is bad.

I don't see a need to change usernames more. I mean, I like doing it and do it all the time on steam, but I'm fine not being able to here. The only time I honestly wanted to was stop MrsSadisticChicken from changing to SadisticChicken when name change timer ran down to mess with her, but I didn't want to be SadisticChicken for a year. Would have totally done it for a month tho.

And number 3, theres not so much a reason not to except for possibly the strain it'd put on the site, but with patreon and syncing every 48 hours I doubt it'd be to much. However, theres also not really a reason for. I mean, you can only change your name once a year, I don't know who changes it without thinking about what they really want and searching to make sure it's available.

Edit: #TreeNoB tho.

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Also, does 2 not exist?

No, I don't think it does. At least when I changed mine I remember as soon as I clicked the button it changed without asking me anything.

I don't know who changes it without thinking about what they really want and searching to make sure it's available.

You know me now. :) Oh you're talking about 3, nevermind.

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Tried to change my username to Asshole but it is already taken.

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Bummer.

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We were trying at the same time.
Try again now.

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We only need this one:

  1. Usernames for users that haven't logged in, the past 2 years should be available.

PLEASE!!!

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Good one as well!

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#TreeNoB

I do like keeping all old users though, it gives it an old forum feeling imo.

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Well, but you're active. I think it would work only for users who haven't come here for years.

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I know, but as much as I'd like the Username Tree, the fact that someone else got it and now permanently holds I kinda like 'cause it reminds me of old forums.

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Even users that have never entered a giveaway, posted a comment or logged in for more than 2 years (although they registered 5 years ago).

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Yes. I want this username https://www.steamgifts.com/user/Tree ,but I like having the old users keeping their name.

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No.
I've registered on the website in 2013, but started to actually use it only since June 2016.
If I would come back then and find my username already in use, I would probably just quit SG right away, that's how much I love my username :)

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Well, I registered here 4 years ago, found my username taken, and simply put another one. By your logic, this wouldn't have users at all.

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You said:
"Usernames for users that haven't logged in, the past 2 years should be available."
not the people that register on the website for the first time.

We are talking about changing the existing username, not creating it for the first time, right?

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My point with the las comment was; If your username was taken and you hadn't been active, how would you even know the username you used to register was the one you claim? What if the name was already taken during your registration? You said you love your current username so much, you wouldn't use SG if it was taken. So, if hypothetically speaking, it was already taken during your registration you wouldn't have registered at all?

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No, I would've registered with some other username, if it would be my first registration.
But If I would register in 2013 as terminatorOST and not logged in for 2 years and then logged in and found out that its used by someone else and the site allowed it, than I would most likely said something polite like "f&#k this site and their policy towards users" and wouldn't come back :)

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I'm an asshole and I disagree with suggestion 1.

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Thanks for letting me know.

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you have always seemed nice to me (your on my white-list he is not) and btw i hate no1 as well

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Well, I disagree with 1 and whoever disagrees with me about it is a... plum.

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I'll gladly be a plum. :)

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I don't change my name on a whim IRL and I see no need to have to be able to change it here either. But since cg was nice enough to have the feature here one could at least have the patience to wait until they can change it. Maybe you should have waited to change yours when you finally decided on what you wanted to use? If you have OCD then do something about it and don't expect the world to make changes just because you want them to.

It must really be painful to you when you have to use your real name IRL and not be able to sign everything with your current gamertag. 🙄

And yes, I'm an asshole.

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Look, another asshole comparing online names to real names. Amazing. They're exactly the same thing.

I'm free to make suggestions, whether cg accepts them or not is his problem.

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But you actually can change your name whenever you want irl?

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Yes, but it costs money to do it legally and most people don't do it more than once.

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so just like xboxlive!

I'd argue most don't change their internet username more than once a year.

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Oh wait, that was your point, lol.

My point was just that this didn't really make so much since because he actually could do that.

It must really be painful to you when you have to use your real name IRL and not be able to sign everything with your current gamertag. 🙄

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4

abolish sg username

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And use what, Steam ID?

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yep. i mean, the steam name. the public one.

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Fine by me.

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So many people dare to have another opinion! Don't they know that they aren't allowed to disagree with self-proclaimed FACTS around here?

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Keep them coming! I'm very entertained.

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Assholes will disagree with suggestion 1.

Suggestion: When trying to convince someone of your position, never attack them personally. Stick to outlining an argument and debating the points within. The attention will stick to the points being made, rather than getting derailed.

Just an observation.

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But don't you see how entertaining this thread has become? xD

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The goal of the thread shouldn't be entertainment, but to convince people to support your suggestion for the site. Suggestions take time and energy to implement and the more support you have, the better chances you have of it being implemented.

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These people can't be convinced. It's an argument you can't win.

I don't take this as serious as other people do. If the suggestion is implemented, good, if it's not, at least I got some entertainment out of it. It's not the end of the world.

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You can do both separately, you know? I shitpost all the time for my enjoyment, but don't base it around things I care about or take serious because I don't want to associate it with that stupid bs.

I mean, my serious posts always devolve into drama, but I'd much rather it be arguing about the subject than arguing that i'm stupid. Unfortunately it always devolves into drama about Muslims because this site brings that into everything.

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https://www.steamgifts.com/discussion/uoCVx/ You were wrong. No attacks in that thread and way more details about the suggestion. Still "None" wins, because everyone hates me and they can't focus on the suggestion. xD

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Please stop putting words into our mouths.
Thank you.

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IMO usernames should be permanent like in most sites on the internet
you wanna change something at any time? then change the email or password.

Assholes will disagree with suggestion 1

actually they will disagree with all of them because they are all about the same thing
good job at calling people assholes without even hearing what they think about your suggestions.
that will surely help them agree with you.

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Another triggered one, keep coming!

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im not

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Sure sounds like it.

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I don't want to share my opinion because maybe I'm told i'm an asshole :O

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That word doesn't bite. :)

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I disagree with suggestion 1.

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Ok

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When usernames can be changed frequently it makes it easier for scammers and trolls. That's a big problem, and means there has to be some restriction in changing usernames.

That being said 1 year is a higher limit than necessary - a month would be plenty, a few months if they wanted to be extra cautious. I could be okay with lowering the forced delay, and I'd be fine with people being able to swap back to an old username immediately via support ticket.

I do prefer being able to recognize people in the forums though, so it's understandable that they want to be restrictive with username changes. Some middle ground can probably be found, if a polite discussion can be had.

Seeing that this is what someone thinks is polite discussion I would rather suggest they just remove the ability to change usernames all together, because I'm an asshole.

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Closing this for two reasons:

  • Redundancy: A new topic was created that did not openly attack those that hold the opposing opinion of the OP
  • Derailing into a shit show. Starting with an attack caused obvious backlash which dragged the entire thread off point.

This thread serves no purpose other than keeping peeps fighting with each other.
General Warning: Keep the next thread civil.

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Closed 1 week ago by Cjcomplex.