In the last time I had the feeling that more and more new users came put with names like “user1234”. In this cases I suggest them to change the name, but I wonder if we can prevent this and enforce new users to define another name …

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    The 'userXXXX' names are set up automatically: you have to actively change them. As such, I doubt there is much to be done.
    – Joseph Wright Mod
    Jan 3, 2014 at 17:27
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    I know that they are generated automatically, but I wonder why we don’t enforce other names in the registration process (I guess that this is not only a problem on TeX.SX). So actually I’d vote to change the registration process to get rid of the automatic user names, or at least enforce an alias.
    – Tobi
    Jan 3, 2014 at 17:28
  • It seems like none of the new users I asked to change the name, did it …
    – Tobi
    Jan 3, 2014 at 17:29

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We've had a number of questions regarding the enforcement of "policy" about site usage. And, it most cases, such enforcement is really not possible, nor warranted.

We have many users who literally come-and-go after having received help. To them, userXXXX as a username is sufficient, and they don't really care, nor should we. It still represents an identifiable, unique username. It's probably better than requesting a change and the user adopting the vague username Anonymous:

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Users should have the freedom to choose their names and how it's displayed, just like they can their avatars. Private information (which includes the user's "real name") is considered private until otherwise designated by the user.

  • Tanks! Then I stick to commenting with “pleas change …” :-) btw. I didn’t meant to enforce to use real names, only something that is more recognizable :-)
    – Tobi
    Jan 3, 2014 at 22:53

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