cis software people are always like
"lol lets not add a way to change your username"
"lets make past username history available to anyone"
"lets make username changes into microtransactions"
"im sure it will be fine lol, who needs to change their name anyway"

hi reddit, mojang and microsoft 👁️👁️

this is a threat :blob_cat_knife:

Hi GnuPG which public servers you cannot ever take any key out no matter how bad you need it to

@elise @AgathaSorceress because usernames are used as identifiers (rather than, idk, like a UUID or something)
it's a classic design mistake imo

@elise @AgathaSorceress ok more than this activitypub doesn't have a provision for aliasing actors
(which is a larger problem imo. like if you had a server available on mainline internet and also tor, there is no way to say the actors @ whatever.onion are the same ones as actors @ for all intents and purposes those are two completely different sets of actors)

@elise @AgathaSorceress AND this is also a problem with xmpp and matrix and i am eternally annoyed by that

@haskal @elise @AgathaSorceress fwiw Matrix' decentralized identities will fix this Somewhere in the Future, by using hashes as actual ids then linking aliases to those

@haskal @AgathaSorceress yeah they are, but couldn’t you send a meta-post containing a username change? I guess it would screw up post ownership on some federated servers. But other than that it seems feasible.

@elise @AgathaSorceress the workaround is account migration, which mastodon has supported to change your username or instance while retaining your following and followers lists, but not your posts

@elise @AgathaSorceress like internally and externally @ username @ instance . tld is what's used to refer to the actor in all contexts, and it's expected to be unique and persistent

@haskal @AgathaSorceress main issue with migration is private accounts, and letting others know they need to follow you again.

@elise @AgathaSorceress
you'd have to federate the change, which is tricky since its the only way of addressing you

If we used UUIDs to identify people instead of their public profile URI it would be easier, unfortunately it has been designed in a way where the handle *is* your public identifier
So different at, different account :/

(and yep it sucks)

@Elisa @elise @AgathaSorceress This was semi-historical wasn't it? Like someone in the early net days figured it would use less space and be easier to remember for everyone to have unique, immutable usernames, and then sort of by tradition of design it stayed that way (I heard it from a databases prof but idk if it's actually true)

@AgathaSorceress Also Paizo, which given how many trans folks they employ, you'd think would be more openminded with this.

@synthgal heck, even steam will let you change your name if youre trans

its bad but at least possible

@AgathaSorceress wait like username or display name because my username is my deadname and i hate it because i see it every time i log in

@synthgal i was able to change my login name by contacting their support and telling them that im trans

@synthgal yeah I told them which name I would like to have

they also will ask for an account ownership confirmation; a game/dlc purchase email is good enough

@AgathaSorceress .....fuck i have no idea what i would change it to, synthgal has just been my usual for the past while and is also gendered

@AgathaSorceress Hello to the managers in my own university IT department, for that matter :transknife:

@AgathaSorceress “What about legal names? You can’t just change a Legal Name - it’s too Legal for that.” There’s no such thing as a legal name in common law :-/

@AgathaSorceress "Legal name" should be one of those weird "Well why do you need that?" fields, like asking for your social security number or something.

@AgathaSorceress blizzard as well, 10 bucks for a name change after the first one

@AgathaSorceress even *For* cis people this doesn't make sense
what if you get a username that you feel embarrassed about years later


literally deleted my steam account knowing I'd lose all my games after steam support refused to change my username.

never made another one, itch has much better games anyway

@AgathaSorceress hi as a cis person who regrets some of his usernames in the past: this

"let's not even add a way to delete your account"
"let's not disallow creating accounts with previously deleted usernames"

@AgathaSorceress user names are a scam of the adminarchy. cryptographic identifiers 4 lyfe.

@AgathaSorceress The /only/ profile information which it makes sense to not let you change is date of birth. Every other aspect should be able to be changed and anyone who doesn't allow it is an asshole.

@owashii heck, even date of birth can be typo'd and then it kinda sucks to be stuck with a wrong one if you're not careful enough

@AgathaSorceress Well, yes. That's true. Point being is that age is the only one that has any justification for not being able to be changed, y'know?

@AgathaSorceress it's both easier and cheaper to change my real name in norway than to change my name on xbox live and that's nausea inducing

@AgathaSorceress lol we've yelled at Eugen abt this but he doesn't give a shit about anyone & this project is probably dead to him by now anyway

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