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Why do sites split 'password' and 'username' retrieval into two separate operations?

I find this way of doing it highly annoying when I come back to a site I haven't used in a while. First having to enter my email to get my username and then enter my username and email to reset my ...
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Should we have an option for a user to permanently delete his account [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How should I allow my members to delete their membership from my site? If user sign up for a website, should we have an option for him to permanently delete his account. ...
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How long to keep information for expired accounts?

When an account expires for whatever reason (e.g. expired card, trial ends) how long should we hold on to the users data before deleting it? I am referring to all data except what identifies them as ...
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Trial Expiring Email frequency

I am building a SAAS service which as a 30 day trial period. We know we need/want to notify trial accounts when the they are coming close to expiring. But what is the right frequency? We were ...
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implementing user account without alias?

We have an educational project ranging from 17 year-old students to 27 year-old students in which we need to have a registration process in place. I recommended not to use any alias for the username ...
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How do you prevent users from getting confused with multiple login options?

I came across this question in a closed LinkedIn group. I think it's a great one and since it's hidden from search engines, I decided to bring it to the outside world. Some users don't visit your ...
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Should registration be optional on an e-commerce site?

I am developing an e-commerce web site which will sell tourism services (airport transfer, accommodation, excursions, etc.). I am on a path here that I need to decide if I will provide a membership ...
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Ways to avoid online contest voting fraud … is SMS account verification too much to ask?

Mitigating Cheating & Voter Fraud in Online Contests… We run online contests of various sorts that involve users voting on entries (usually one vote per user per day). The prizes range from ...
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When to use 2 accounts (buyers and sellers) and when to combine them into 1 account?

I'm struggling with the idea of either making separate buyer and seller accounts for a marketplace I'm creating, OR to combine the accounts. The main hurdle in my mind is the rarity that in this ...
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Managing Rosters and Company Accounts

Can anyone suggest examples of sites with UIs/workflows that allow individuals to create and manage accounts that are linked to umbrella entities, such as a company? We're looking to refine the online ...
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How should multiple services be integrated for one user?

The proposed Netflix Split into two separate companies with two separate websites got me thinking about how to distribute a service when multiple functional or legal entities are involved. In Netflix'...
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How to handle creating new account with email address that is unverified on another account?

We have email address verification on our accounts. Users have to verify their email addresses when they create their accounts and when they update their email addresses on existing accounts. With new ...
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Permissions and roles

Do you think is better a permission-giving approach where by default you assign to new users the less powerful level existent or a permission-taking approach where by default you assign the highest ...
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What's the best way to handle deleted user accounts on a social app?

When users delete their accounts, what should you do with their stuff? I see a few approaches: 1. Recursively delete all their stuff This causes problems. We run competitions, and if someone ...
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How should the Global Network Auto-Login on SE work?

If you are a registered user logged onto the SE network, say to UX.SE, you have a user account with reputation and badges, etc. When you go to check out another SE site (cooking.SE for instance), at ...
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Limiting customer credit cards to a single account

Is it a good idea to limit a customer's credit card so that it can only be used on one user account? The user can have as many credit cards associated with their account as they like, but they cannot ...
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How should I allow my members to delete their membership from my site?

What is the best way to allow a member to delete their account if they wish to not be a member of our community? Should I simply have them click a delete button on the site? What other measures should ...
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Is it right to make account deletion difficult?

You know the deal. You sign up to a site, receive a couple of emails and realise you no longer want to receive the drivel that hits your inbox. So you try and delete your account. However when you ...