My name on the Subscription pain is in mixed case. On the edge of sounding too picky, I'd like to get that renamed to "matthew zeier", in all lower case.
I can make this change... but I'd prefer to hear Asa chime in first. Are we holding a convention of Mixed Case naming? Or is it however the individual desires? I can see an argument for both. I personally Prefer RoBeRt AcCeTtUra ;-). Anyway, I can make that change if necessary tonight.
Assignee: asa → robert
I'd support the decision to allow individual choice on that. I see no real reason to enforce a "mixed case, real name only" rule when most of us don't know each other beyond our IRC nicks :)
(In reply to comment #2) > I'd support the decision to allow individual choice on that. I see no real > reason to enforce a "mixed case, real name only" rule when most of us don't > know each other beyond our IRC nicks :) > Indeed, I'd find a note to the point that matthew zeier is mrz rather helpful on planet. Perhaps not quite has helpful as knowing that Justin Scott is Fligtar, Chris Crews is Wolf and Dave Townsend is Mossop!
That's a good comment - perhaps the text should be "matthew zeier [:mrz]" ala bugzilla or something.
I personally don't really care... That said, to be a devils advocate, one could say consistency is part of a visual identity, and the site should attempt to be professional at all times and respect typical conventions (which is mixed case). Regarding the use of nicks... if we were to do that, we should adopt some convention: "matthew zeier [:mrz]" "matthew zeier (:mrz)" "matthew zeier - mrz" "mrz - matthew zeier" The last one is my least favorite, but I know some are nick-happy. Would be easiest to scan for when looking down the list though. Not sure how this would impact alphabetical ordering of names though... that's something we'd have to look at. Anyway, good feedback.
(In reply to comment #5) > Regarding the use of nicks... if we were to do that, we should adopt some > convention: > > "matthew zeier [:mrz]" This seems to follow the de-facto bugzilla standard. I do like the IRC nick idea because there are some folks (timeless comes to mind) whose real name I don't even know. > The last one is my least favorite, but I know some are nick-happy. Would be > easiest to scan for when looking down the list though. Good thing Firefox has search-as-you type :)
(In reply to comment #6) > This seems to follow the de-facto bugzilla standard. I think it's worth noting that the bugzilla standard is only that way because ":" is a relatively rare character in normal realnames, so it helps make the string unique for substring matches when CCing someone. I don't think it's very display-friendly to have that extra colon in there.
(In reply to comment #6) > Good thing Firefox has search-as-you type :) > Not everyone knows or uses that. Remember planet isn't just for core hackers. There's a lot of community, more general tech bloggers and potentially some media lurking.
I think we should try to be as informative as we can given the limited space. We should, as Robert say, also keep in mind that Planet is for more than just the IRC gang. That being said, I'm loath to make a policy on how people want to be identified.
I wouldn't require it... But consider adopting a standard: Name (Nick) Name - preferably mixed and full name (no Hugh Jass or Jack Meholf). Nick - irc/aim/whatever nick if desired. That solves the "I don't know if timeless has a real name" problem. I think I'd prefer to require name, to keep things professional. Nick could be a nice addition for those who want to. I'd make it opt-in. Firefox is a professional product and we should try and reflect that with a professional community appearance. I think this would meet that goal. Should be noted that "Nick" should be long lasting (Years-Eternity) and not something that changes often with mood. It would be an identity not a emoticon.
yeah. I like that standard. we should adopt that and use it unless participants explicitly request something else.
Is there any objection to me just changing my name on my own? Can't tell what the final decision was.
Assignee: robert → reed
OS: Windows XP → All
Hardware: PC → All
Committed revision 4132. (r/a=dria@IRC)
Status: NEW → RESOLVED
Last Resolved: 11 years ago
Resolution: --- → FIXED
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