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Feature request: vanity URLs for users who hit some arbitrarily high rep score (like...1?)

For example, I'd like to be

http://stackoverflow.com/stevenalowe

or

http://stackoverflow.com/steven-a-lowe

instead of merely

http://stackoverflow.com/users/9345/steven-a-lowe

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Yes, I realize this intersects with the unique-username issue. –  Steven A. Lowe May 10 '10 at 19:09
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... and how would you solve it? –  jmfsg May 10 '10 at 20:50
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@Downvoter: the same way that careers does. –  perbert May 11 '10 at 1:56
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We already have Facebook...isn't that enough? –  Grant Palin May 11 '10 at 2:01
    
We shouldn't put tags in titles. –  Chris Wesseling Apr 11 '13 at 12:16

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up vote 14 down vote accepted

We already offer this on http://careers.stackoverflow.com -- and it's free, and can be linked to your so account.

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I'd say this has better value for linking anyway. Your profile isn't nearly as useful to anyone you might link to than your CV. –  Randolpho May 10 '10 at 19:56
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+1; I don't use careers (still on track for the 50-years-of-service gold watch) and didn't know about that feature. –  Pops May 10 '10 at 20:01
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+1 to give Jeff another "Nice Answer" badge. –  Josh K May 11 '10 at 14:03
    
OK, I can accept that - thanks! –  Steven A. Lowe May 11 '10 at 17:26

I love it.

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You do realize you're stuck with that name for the next month, right? –  mmyers May 10 '10 at 19:38
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We can call him the Great Question! –  Grace Note May 10 '10 at 19:51
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@mmyers I fully realized that. It's the cost of a nice punchline. Although Questions/Ask would have been even better. @ccornet I like that! :D –  Pëkka May 10 '10 at 20:28
    
Ah you beat me to it :( Well I'm changing my name to faq !!!!!1111oneoneoneone –  Earlz May 10 '10 at 22:57
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Dibs on 'reputation' –  Jon Seigel May 10 '10 at 23:22
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Dibs on /questions/tagged/boat-programming –  Pëkka May 19 '10 at 9:28
    
What did you set your name to before you posted this? –  Pops Jul 17 '12 at 21:25
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@pop I think it was questions. –  Pëkka Jul 18 '12 at 9:36

I think that the current URL schema is fine. Permitting these "vanity urls" would be

  • Difficult to standardize
  • Permit conflicts between users
  • What if you change your username?
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I agree. Plus it would crowd the namespace on the topmost level. Nice idea essentially but more trouble than it's worth. –  Pëkka May 10 '10 at 19:31
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... on second thought, I now already have my vanity page. Tee-hee! –  Pëkka May 10 '10 at 22:22

Well... SO certainly does place a certain value on a person's profile, as evidenced by the Blog Flair feature (which links to a profile on SOFU) and the fact that you can associate your profile with your careers.stackoverflow.com CV.

So the request for a vanity URL isn't necessarily an unfounded one, IMO.

That said... is it worth the effort to put it on SOFU? Not in my opinion. Especially given that careers.stackoverflow.com does offer a vanity URL.

So link to your CV on careers, rather than your SO profile, say I.

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I think that if it's something you have to earn the right to do (perhaps Page 1 users only, for example), it would be a great idea for the old Stack Overflow — perhaps even a way to help monetize the site, in that it's something you could charge extra for (on top of earning it).

But I don't think it fits the new Stack Exchange model as well, where a site can from anywhere. The difference is the old Stack Overflow had a strong sense of helping you build your personal brand as a programmer, while Stack Exchange is more about communities and less personal. All the UI elements of the old Stack Overflow are still there, but the system feels somehow less about the individual.

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