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Should there be some form of restriction on the number of times an account can be renamed? If so what?

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Is this because of my little joke this week here in meta? – perbert Sep 22 '09 at 23:43
me being spam, AKA eggs spam ham and spam, AKA smeagol AKA Tom Bombadil (for 5 minutes), AKA voyager AKA spam and spam – perbert Sep 22 '09 at 23:44
damn, it seemed more sensible back when the spam joke where born... – perbert Sep 22 '09 at 23:46

Perhaps the restriction should be on the frequency - e.g. only allow one rename per week (or month), or only allow a rename after a certain rep score is reached.

There may be perfectly valid reasons why someone wants to rename their account. Of course there might not be, but you can't punish everyone for what a few people do.

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+1 I had some form of frequency in mind as well – Gavin Miller Sep 22 '09 at 23:00

What problem is a lack of restriction causing/allowing?

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Should there be some form of restriction on the number of times an account can be renamed?


If so what?

37,159 times. And not one time more.

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Interesting... I would have selected 65535 myself – Gavin Miller Sep 22 '09 at 22:59
That would be ridiculous. Imagine, renaming your account that many times... i swear, programmers and their magic numbers! – Shog9 Sep 22 '09 at 23:01
I happen to like magic! Specifically when it is associated with numbers and the like – Gavin Miller Sep 22 '09 at 23:03

I don't really see the need, since everything in the system is tied to user id (a unique number), and based on that id your profile, stats, recent activity, etc. are persistent and visible to everyone who cares to look.

The only possible reason to restrict it would be if there were some form of abuse taking place. Given that, I am having a hard time imagining what kind of abuse could take place that wouldn't be more easily handled by moderator intervention, rather than by implementing a name change limit.

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