Changing the default System account user name


#1

Each time the Discourse container is rebuilt the System account user name reverts to “system”. Is it possible to change it permanently to something else?


#2

Changing the system username isn’t recommended, it may lead to problems such as site breakage, my question is why do you want to change it?


#3

Since the default System user sends automated messages to other users, I wanted do give it a more friendly name. Should I rather create a new user and list it as “site contact username”?


(Jay Pfaffman) #4

That’s what the setting is for!


#5

Is the setting safe? @Noah751’s comment here and an earlier topic both mention potential problems, though it isn’t clear if those problems actually still exist:

I can see that I can do it, but I’m not confident that it’s safe to do so. Does anybody have any more recent info on this?

Thanks.


#6

I haven’t heard much discussion about this in a while, I still don’t think it is safe to change the system username.


(Stephen) #7

Specifying an alternative account is safe, altering system is not.

Be aware that if you specify a new user that isn’t a person you will need to check the PMs and stuff, otherwise users could interact with it and never get a response.

Part of why system is looks and is named the way it is serves to deter such stuff.