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Why do I have to go to SO/users to search on username.

Why can't I just use the 'normal' searchbox with for example my username.

user:peehaa but I have to use my id user:508666.

Is this by design? And if so: Why?

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usernames are not unique ... – Dr. belisarius May 21 '11 at 1:34
    
@Wether: They aren't??? Ok that's new for me. Why aren't they? – PeeHaa May 21 '11 at 1:38
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Why should they be? It's a lot easier when people can just use whatever they want instead of trying to find a unique string of characters on a site with hundreds of thousands of users. – Adam Lear May 21 '11 at 1:43
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@Wether: k thanks. Can you post as answer please? – PeeHaa May 21 '11 at 1:45
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Posting previous comments as an answer:

Usernames are not unique. That allows people who want to use their real names as username to do so without going through the cumbersome real-name-changing process.

Or, for that matter, allows users to chose whatever stupid nickname they want, like Wether.

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