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trevorseward Posted ·

Show Display Name Instead of Account Name

Can we have an option, set by the user, to show their Display Name rather than Account Name or "Display Name - accountname", i.e. "Trevor Seward -trevorseward", hover over, etc.

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That's a good idea!

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Agreed. What's the use of having a 'Display Name' if that is not what is displayed? Besides being counterintuitive, it is different from every other 'display name' option I have used in any other application.

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Display name is not unique, so when mentioning users, we cannot properly identify the users. So we are using username which is unique in the platform. Thanks for the suggestion, though.

Allowing users to show both the user name and their username will start taking too much space in the UI. Moreover, it will be inconsistent as some users will decide to display their display name and others will not.

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TimCerling-5039 avatar image TimCerling-5039 saldana-msft ♦♦ ·

"Allowing users to show both the user name and their username will start taking too much space in the UI."

Interesting comment when the whole right hand side of the UI shows 'related tags', which I never use and do not see the value. That appears to be a much larger consideration for "too much space in the UI". Display name is generally just a few characters, and its length is easily limited, whereas the tags area takes up a massive amount of space. Having all the tags that have been attached to all the posts just becomes so much noise. If I am following the Windows Server tag, I end up seeing almost all the other available tags because people often attach base OS tag to any product. As a result, the 'related tag' portion of the UI become nothing but noise. I have yet to find it useful.




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TimCerling-5039 avatar image TimCerling-5039 saldana-msft ♦♦ ·

"Display name is not unique, so when mentioning users, we cannot properly identify the users"

True, there is no way to enforce uniqueness of Display Name, but in my years of using TechNet forums, I rarely found non-unique names. Default could be the enforced user name that is applied, but allowing the user to change a display name makes the product much more user friendly (but maybe user friendliness is not a design goal, I don't know). You have both your created user name and the user's display name. You can easily refer to the user by your created name and then put the display name in parenthesis following it. Then both are seen and the reader can relate to whichever one they want.

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TimCerling-5039 avatar image TimCerling-5039 saldana-msft ♦♦ ·

"it will be inconsistent as some users will decide to display their display name and others will not."

What sort of consistency are you striving for? This has been the way things have been done in almost every product I have ever used. I find it much more user friendly (again, don't know if that is a design goal) than enforcement of a user name that has randomly generated characters. If a person does not opt to create a display name, default to the generated name. Even your current method is trying to use a modicum of personalization by (apparently) using email name (which the user defined) and adding a random set of digits following that. You could have generated a random number, such as a SID, and used that. But someone must have thought it would personalize it a little more by using email name. All that is being asked for here is to allow the user to control one small aspect during the use of the product.

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TimCerling-5039 avatar image TimCerling-5039 saldana-msft ♦♦ ·

I'm beginning to think the user friendliness was not one of the design goals. I had to break my reply up because of the non-friendly limit of 1000 characters per post. Such limits, particularly in feedback areas, are supposedly put in place to force an individual to be brief in an explanation. Which can be true. But it also limits a person from being able to EASILY explain their position, instead forcing them to post multiple replies instead of a single one.

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misar Posted ·

I find the case against using the display name (and nothing else) bizarre. Even more peculiar when a forum allows you to have such a name but will not let you use it.

Every other forum I use (including the almost late lamented TechNet) allows users to choose a forum display name. Users are warned if the name is already taken and they need to choose another. Hence, the prevalence of names such as jim57 (etc).

However, there does seem to be a solution. Change the username which the system gave you to one you prefer.

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pituach Posted ·

Will a signature might provide the same power the users needs?

In the signature you can use your full name

Note! this is not supported and not in the road map. I just want to clarify if this would solve your needs


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