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Bug 9615 - Suggestion: Enforce account name character limit to prevent username violations
Suggestion: Enforce account name character limit to prevent username violations
Status: CLOSED WORKSFORME
Product: MediaWiki
Classification: Unclassified
User login and signup (Other open bugs)
unspecified
All All
: Low enhancement (vote)
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Assigned To: Nobody - You can work on this!
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WP:USERNAME
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Reported: 2007-04-17 14:54 UTC by Hersfold
Modified: 2007-04-17 19:47 UTC (History)
0 users

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Assignee Huggle Beta Tester: ---


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Description Hersfold 2007-04-17 14:54:10 UTC
This is not a bug! This is a suggestion to improve the Wikimedia software and
not urgent!

Wikipedia's policy on usernames [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WP:USERNAME here]
states that usernames that are "extremely lengthy" are in violation of policy,
and may be blocked on sight by an administrator. Would it be possible to limit
the number of characters accepted by the software when a member registers? For
example, if someone tried to register the name
"This_is_really_long_and_obviously_illegal_so_block_me", the software would
either refuse the attempt to create the account and insist on a shorter name, or
simply truncate the entry to something around 24 characters
("This_is_really_long_and_", for the example above). If such a change could be
made, it seems as though it would make the job of administrators a little easier
and ease some of the frustation of new members who genuinely want to contribute.

Thanks for your consideration.
Comment 1 Raimond Spekking 2007-04-17 15:07:48 UTC
This can be done by adding 

.{24,}

to [[MediaWiki:Usernameblacklist]]. Usernames longer than 24 characters are no
longer creatable.
Comment 2 Hersfold 2007-04-17 19:47:15 UTC
Thanks! That's all we needed to know. :-)

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