Meta Stack Exchange is where users like you discuss bugs, features, and support issues that affect the software powering all 158 Stack Exchange communities.

What is meta?
Here's how it works:
  1. Any Stack Exchange user can ask a question
  2. The community provides support, votes on ideas, and reports bugs
  3. Your voice helps shape the way Stack Exchange operates

I got a bug when logging in for the first time on appstack and trying to associate my account with my other accounts on the trilogy site. I am using Google Open ID; then I say 'OK' on the Google page to access my credentials; then I am back on the appstack page and I click 'Create Account' and that causes an error ('This is our fault... bla bla').

So I click the login again, Google Open ID again and that logs me in directly. So clearly part of the user creation process worked. However, I did get 'user1021' instead of my normal name shown at the top of my page.

So I came here to post the bug, but I had never registered for this site either, so I go through the same process of account creation and lo-and-behold, I experience the exact same issue! (I get user name 'user147381' this time).

So it looks like a reproductible bug and I even think I know the cause. On StackOverflow, my username is 'AD', 2-letter, that's it. When I try to edit my profile on AppStack, I get an error message when I put in 'AD': 'Display name must be at least 3 characters'.

That's it... I sure hope I can keep my 'AD' name on StackOverflow!

Edit: I can replicate the buggy behavior at will with the 'Copy my profile from StackOverflow' button.

share|improve this question
up vote 3 down vote accepted

A new rule was implemented which requires at least 3 letters in the username. See Jeff's post here.

The most relevant quote is the following:

However, users who have an existing 2 character name may retain it, but will be unable to copy their profile from site to site until they make their username at least 3 characters.

The error in account creation is probably a result of the automatic account association that was also recently implemented. Since that automatically attempts to copy the profile, it would identically cause an error.

share|improve this answer
Yes, this all makes sense. However, there should be a clear error message instead of the unknown error page. – ADB May 24 '10 at 12:55

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .