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Display Name Already In Use? RRS feed

  • Question

  • So I just signed up to use these forums, and when choosing a display name, I tried 2 which I commonly use:
    -Cin
    -Cintax

    I wasn't surprised when the first one failed, being a common C++ command, and often too short to meet most forum length criteria, but was surprised when the second one failed, so I decided to see if they were indeed taken.

    I browsed the forum user list by display name, and no user uses either of these names, even though, the message I recieved clearly stated:
    "The Display Name you have selected is already in use. Please select another Display Name."

    The same message appears if I try to change it from the Edit Profile menu. Any ideas?
    Tuesday, June 16, 2009 7:13 PM

Answers

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  • Hi Yury,

    The display name "Cintax" is already taken (tied to an existing profile) however, this particular user hasn't participated in the Forums Application.

    You have 2 different type of users list:

    1) List of Forums Users
    http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/browseusers

    2) List of Users within the site (Profile and Bookmarking)
    http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/en-US/BrowseUsers/

    Users can create a profile and start using the bookmarking features but not necessarily participate in Forums. This is the reason why when you search in the Forums Users list page, it doesn't show up. However, if the user "at least" visited the Forums app, he/she will be registered as a Forum user.


    Thanks
    STO Forums Test Lead
    • Proposed as answer by Don Tan Tuesday, June 16, 2009 8:48 PM
    • Marked as answer by Yury T Friday, June 19, 2009 10:50 PM
    Tuesday, June 16, 2009 8:48 PM
  • You are having an argument with a machine whose reach you don't know.  You can't win.  Pick another one.  The more obscure the better, helps you find your posts back.

    Hans Passant.
    Tuesday, June 16, 2009 8:48 PM