One of my users contacted me - their avatar suddenly became “standard” (silhouette icon) - Button to PM the user is greyed out. I went to the admin, searched her up and tried to reveal the email, because I thought because of the avatar change the forum email might have changed, but nothing happens when I click show email. This is in the console:
Well, because I cannot click her name, I can only search her up in the admin - users interface - from there, I can see that her avatar is indeed wrong (the silhouette). The admin page doesn’t look particularly weird apart from that.
She’s trust level 3 - regular.
The account is about 4 years old, so not new - she’s a very active user with tons of posts. It’s a pretty recent thing, because she’s also been pretty active in personal messages. Of course you can’t send her anything anymore, because of this.
She can still use the site, like read and reply. The system even sends her emails.
I’m experiencing the same issue on some old accounts as well: I can access the admin page, but the email field won’t show, and the user profile returns a 404. I have an unconfirmed suspicion that this is somehow caused by usernames that are identical except for an underscore (in my case ‘MissB’ and ‘Miss_B’ - the underscore is a remnant from a vBulletin import). Both accounts had this issue, but on one of them it has since disappeared (the one with the underscore is still having the same problem).
I don’t think that’s the issue here - the MissB account was created after the migration (sorry, I wasnt’ specific there).
MissB - created after migration
Miss_B - created before migration
When I rename MissB to MissBTest I can show the email and user profile. When I rename it back, the problem returns (also, MissB can’t log in with his username, logging in with email worked or reset his password).
Hard to tell - I don’t think the nearly identical usernames is the reason in one of the cases, but then again, his profile suddenly works again.
When Discourse detects a username from my main site that clashes it just named it “UsernameX” where X is the next available number that makes an available username (my main site doesn’t have usernames, but display names that doesn’t need to be unique).
My feeling is that something else is going on, but I can’t spot what it is. The accounts I’ve spotted were all over a year old though.
The problem on my site isn’t widespread, but it’s super annoying to the active ones (though only SmokyBlue comes to mind right now).