When signing up the system has created a profile address for my profile that ends in "bjorn-hohrmann". This rendering of my name is incorrect and offensive.

There are some languages that asciify "ö" as "o", several Scandinavian ones for instance, but I am German where the "proper" transliteration is "oe". There does not seem to be an option to correct this (I haven't tried changing the names in my profile, as I do not know if that would have any effect and I am not keen to put "oe" in there anyway).

How do I correct this error?

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    Why is this offensive? (And for your information: yes, changing your name to explicitly use oe rather than ö would change the slug in the URL.)
    – Arjan
    Jun 11, 2011 at 12:54
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    How will the code know the difference between the German ö and the Scandinavian ö?
    – ChrisF Mod
    Jun 11, 2011 at 13:06
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    It's like calling me "Burn Herman" which I can tolerate when spoken as pronouncing foreign names is hard, but this is a computer doing it. Should I edit this into a feature request then so the "slug" can be set independently (perhaps with a language/region setting for the transliteration)? Jun 11, 2011 at 13:06
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    By the way: note that in comments, one could use both @Björn, @björn and @bjorn to send you a notification, but not @bjoern. If one could choose their own ASCII name, then which form should people use when replying in comments?
    – Arjan
    Jun 11, 2011 at 13:07
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    It's not perfect, but seeing as it's just the slug, I don't agree it's a big problem.
    – Pekka
    Jun 11, 2011 at 14:57

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I don't think this is likely to be fixed, given that to do it there would have to be a ‘what culture does your name come from’ option. And then you'd need the same option for everything that might ever go in a URL, and most users wouldn't want to cope with that added complexity.

I think the ‘best’ solution—but one that would need quite a lot of work to support across everywhere URIs work—would be to do what eg. Wikipedia does, and use IRIs, so that non-ASCII characters can be included in the slug. So use:


which would be displayed in the address bar of modern browsers as:

  • I don't think the "what culture does your name come from" option is as far fetched as you're making out. It's called localisation, and most mature software applications make use of it for exactly these purposes. When you install Mac OS X for the first time (for example) it asks you to pick a locale. This is one of the reasons why.
    – user163580
    Jun 11, 2011 at 13:19
  • We know what that gets us! stackoverflow.com/…
    – Arjan
    Jun 11, 2011 at 13:49

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