Can certain usernames be blocked?

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  1. The Missy
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    I didn't want to use the exact same handle as I have at FT, but I don't particularly want anyone else to be able to use it either. Can it be blocked administratively? Should I just register it as a dupe handle?
     
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  2. Pizzaman
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    This is a good question, and one we've debated for a bit. Our initial thought was that all handles are up for grabs. We've discussed how to administer the issue you bring up, but haven't arrived at a final answer. We'll try to get an answer back to you shortly.
     
  3. Captain Oveur
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    I too changed my username from the other place, but not as worried. Still a valid concern, though.
     
  4. lili
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    I thought this was going to answer my question which is almost the same. Instead of followed, can certain users be blocked? Meaning can I "hide" someone so I don't see their posts? Just thinking ahead....
     
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    Not sure this is okay with the administrators of this site, but couldn't you just register with your FT handle in addition and don't use it...
     
  6. Art234
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    I had asked someone about this earlier today, but I wound up using the same handle as I have on FT. Do you think that matters at all?
     
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  7. The Missy
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    I did mention the possibility of creating a dupe handle. But I figured I'd see if the admins could handle it before I did. It doesn't seem to violate the TOS, but I'm not sure its an example I'd like to lead by.
     
  8. At VFT it's like this: As long as they aren't used for inappropriate actions, we don't take action against dupe handles. However, we "discourage" their use by banning them in out TOS. Hence, as soon as we see that dupe handles are used to spy on or mislead users (or spam the site), we can and will take action with a simple reference to our TOS.
     
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  9. Mikel
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    Sounds very similar to our approach here.

    Multiple accounts are not disallowed on MilePoint. But if it's discovered they're being used in an inappropriate manner, the Hand of Rand(y) could come down and take action.
     
  10. aerodynamik
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    Sorry [​IMG] I really missed to read that part. Must be the different fonts here :)
     
  11. The Missy
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    Ok, well then I just took matters into my own Hand(y).
     
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    good. your name is now safe.[​IMG]
     
  13. MileageAddict
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    I'm using the same handle as I didn't want anyone to confuse me with someone else who happened to hijack the same handle here.
     
  14. Punki
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    Me too. If I use a different handle than my name, doubt if I would be able to remember it.
     
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    Also using the same handle as at FT. I'm just getting too old and sloppy to keep tabs on too much newness.

    However, I do like the idea of being able to block out someone's posts. Can't think of when I've wanted that on FB, but there are a few on FT I'd consider if it was allowed. Of course, the idea for here is the sort of snarky posting that goes on at FT won't be happening here. If that holds, then this won't be necessary. Probably.
     
  16. To make things simpler, I'm the same here as there... though I won't get confused with your new handle :)
     
  17. RichardInSF
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    Me too, see no reason to change the nick. I use it on Lonely Planet boards as well, it's sort of my travel-related nick.

    Now, how about having "status points" convert on a 1-1 basis into the FF program of my choice?
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  18. mechteach
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    Same here, but I actually use the same user id for other, non-travel boards as well. It might make me more traceable, but it also helps in recognizing fellow FTers on things like disboards, consumerist, etc., when others do the same thing.
     
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    Over the next few months as we move from Beta to our true launch, we will have complete ignore system which we believe will be the most unique and comprehensive of any current travel community. We are huge champions to protecting our members. As well, we hope to ferret out the snarkiness.
     
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    It is a bit of a pain when people have different usernames all over the place. When you meet them in person you have to figure out who they are on various fora.

    BTW mechteach, GO STEELERS!!
     
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  21. Punki
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    I agree, yosithezet, remembering, or trying to remember even one name and one handle is enough for me. Sorting out another handle would put me over the top.

    P.S. Missy, you will always be Missy to me, now matter what handle you choose. Sometimes I have to think to remember your real name. ;-)
     
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    Ditto.

    While Cholula isn't my actual name it might as well be. At least on the Internet as I use it on several sites.

    And I even answer the phone that way on occasion. [​IMG]
     
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    And I always dream of you as Cholua and think of you as I shake the sauce on my eggs. :)
     
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    There is something seriously not right about the above sentence. [​IMG]
     
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    Although I have used the same handle here as I do on FT it was a rather academic matter for me. Nobody in his right mind would want anyone to think he is me.
     
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