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Why is a user allowed to have different names on differents sites? It causes confusion and all…

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What kind of confusion? What would having a consistent name across all Stack Exchange sites bring to the table? – Oded Jul 14 '12 at 13:29
@Oded Identifying that the user on Meta is the same as the one on SO, etc. – kinokijuf Jul 14 '12 at 13:30
You do know that you can go to a profile page and click on the Meta link to the Meta profile? It will be the correct account, regardless of the name. – Oded Jul 14 '12 at 13:31
Do you know how many users are named Mike or John. How do we know if they are the same on different sites? :-) – Bo Persson Jul 14 '12 at 16:20

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It is allowed because each site has a different account. It is up to the users, to decide if they want to use the same username in all the sites, use a different name in a specific site, or use a different name for each site.

I personally use a single name because it's easier to synchronize the account information in all the sites. If I used a different name, I should edit the profile singularly, or remember I want to use a specific username in a site.
That said, there is anything that forces users to use the same username in all the accounts.

As said by Oded, there should be any confusion about knowing the username I use in another site, as my profile shows the list of the accounts I have in other sites.


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Still then, I'd love to see user names, avatars, the user card, or at least descriptive URLs in that list of accounts! – Arjan Jul 14 '12 at 13:53
@Arjan You can click on them, you know. – Mr Lister Jul 14 '12 at 14:01
@Arjan Instead of the site name, there could be the username; the site is already identified from the icon. It's all to see if it's more important to see the username, or the site name. I guess that in most of the cases, the username is the same, but that is all to be seen. – kiamlaluno Jul 14 '12 at 14:32
+1 good answer, -1, machine-made arrows and captions – Ernest Friedman-Hill Jul 14 '12 at 14:44
-1 No freehand circles. – Yawus Jul 14 '12 at 17:03

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