Is user ID + real name redundant?

(Michael Downey) #1

Currently, the way Discourse is configured “out of the box” shows both a user ID and a full name above the post.

  • Is this redundant?
  • Why do we need both?

I can imagine that some communities are more driven on user ID’s, and some communities relate more to real names. (And some communities that fall into the latter group may have some people who are only known by user ID for some reason like privacy.)

  • Should admins be able to configure whether to (a) show both, (b) show one or the other, or © prefer one if both are available or
    fall back to the other option if not?

What do other folks think?

Allow site operators to control full name suppression on posts
(Allen - Watchman Monitoring) #2

I think you’re looking to disable “enable name” from your admin’s /admin/site_settings/category/users

Would that work for you?

(Michael Downey) #3

Eh, that is somewhat in that direction but not fully – I guess it would clean up the UI and it might work for some folks. Our community though is not an anonymous one; we are accustomed to calling each other by our real names with a small number (out a few thousand users) exceptions.

(Jeff Atwood) #4

Same reason you need it on Twitter.

Even if someone’s name is

Englebert Humperdinck

You refer to them in the post as


Not by typing their full name.

(Sam Saffron) #5

Or perhaps, Michael Bolton

(Michael Downey) #6

Not quite. Actually if I type the @ symbol then start typing “Jeff” I can choose @codinghorror automatically.