I've just noticed there are probably hundreds of users with exactly the same username on StackOverflow.

Why does SO allow username conflicts? That makes no sense search username 'Artur'

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    What is the problem? If my name would have been Artur, why would I need to choose a different name than yours? Focus is on content anyway. Not on users. P.s. not a bug. [status-by-design] – Bart Nov 15 '13 at 19:57
  • @Bart: Show me the site where you can have 100 users with the same username. That's a problem - usernames like emails are suppossed to be unique – Artur Nov 15 '13 at 19:58
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    @Artur There's your problem. They're not usernames. They're display names. – animuson Nov 15 '13 at 19:59
  • @Artur no they are not. – Gabriele Petronella Nov 15 '13 at 19:59
  • What is the problem though? Can't find a specific user? Get confused between users? Who cares. It's the content that matters. – Bart Nov 15 '13 at 19:59
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    My question is why most sites don't allow duplicate display names, rather than why SE does allow it. – Servy Nov 15 '13 at 20:06
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    RichardTingle735 thinks the real world manages so we'll probably be fine too – Richard Tingle Nov 15 '13 at 20:14
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    @RichardTingle you should change your name to that :-) – psubsee2003 Nov 15 '13 at 20:18

There are hundreds of users whose parents gave them the name of Artur.

Display names are not supposed to be unique.

Show me the site where you can have 100 users with the same username


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    Not true. They have the same display names, but not the same username. This woman's display name is Mimi Kirk, but her username is a Mimi-Kirk. That is a unique username. facebook.com/pages/Mimi-Kirk/109888045694543 – Johnny Bones Nov 15 '13 at 20:30
  • @JohnyBones our equivalent to that is our OpenID, which is different for everyone here too – Richard Tingle Nov 15 '13 at 20:35
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    @johnny bones. The question was ill-posed in the first place. Saying "usernames" the OP was actually referring to display names. – Gabriele Petronella Nov 15 '13 at 20:38
  • I sense a reversal badge coming... – bla Nov 15 '13 at 23:01

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