A username is the handle or nickname by which a user is recognised by a system - it is typically displayed to other users in association with that user's profile and activity.

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URL for public user page - hyphenated or camelCase?

What are some pros/cons for using camelCase vs hyphens in URLs for a username? As in, what is better (in terms of readability, writability, style, SEO, other): example.com/justinBieber (a la ...
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What are some compelling reasons to disallow spaces in usernames?

I'm a developer. Our UX guy is asking us to allow spaces in usernames. The caveat is that they should be allowed anywhere. So entering the username 'JohnDoe' is the same as 'John Doe' is the same as ...
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Log in with username vs. login with email address - which option provides better user experience? [duplicate]

I am developing a new web application and was wondering if I should have people pick their usernames and login with their usernames or should I have them login via their email addresses. Which option ...
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What Characters to allow for Usernames? [duplicate]

Each user will have a unique username as it is going to be used to link to their profile page. As an example, in the following URL johndoe is the username http://www.example.com/user/johndoe. Are ...
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Best Practice Users and Businesses URLs

I need help in figuring out what is the best URL structure for my website. On the website, I’ll have pages for users and business and would like to give each a custom profile URL. Here are the ...
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What do you think is the best way to promote a Twitter account in an app?

I have an app and on the "About" page, there is a label which says Handmade coded by, then a button which makes the user follow me (the developer) on Twitter. The question is, what do you think it ...
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Where did the pattern of displaying username in the top right emerge?

What was the initial intention of displaying the user's name along with the avatar on the top right of the app-bar? This is fairly common in some sites like Facebook, OneDrive etc., while other ...
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What is the best way to display friendly usernames?

We are creating an activity stream for our application and I have run into a challenge related to username display. Our usernames are keyed on email addresses, therefore, First Name / Last Name are ...
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Are alternate suggestions in “username already taken” errors useful?

I know it’s industry standard to provide alternate suggestions when a user tries to input a username that is already taken while registering. It occurs to me that users A) ignore the suggestions or ...
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Username & Password for selling page Yes or No?

I appreciate your given opinion about this: I intend to send an email to a specific target audience in order to offer small business owners (around the world) a product which is not cheap. (I don't ...
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What are the considerations of allowing users to change their usernames? [extended] [closed]

extended from stackoverflow Some applications use usernames and some don't. Some allow changing of usernames and some don't. I would like to know the pros and cons of allowing users to change their ...
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If username is required for registration, but optional for login (email can be used instead), should it be part of the register form?

My registration form requires 3 things: username, email, and password. For login, the user can use either username or email (and password of course). Thus, if the username is not necessary for ...
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Is there any evidence that typing DOMAIN\Usename to login to a company network affects usability?

We seem to be having a number of issues related to users having to enter the company DOMAIN and then their usernames to log in to our internal web based systems. For example the username would need ...
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Should I have both username and email for registration/sign up?

I am working on a blog like site where the user can register and write stuff. I want to keep a minimalist registration/sign up process. I am thinking I will use email/password for ...
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Should usernames be unique?

Should usernames be unique? It would get rid of annoying id numbers and reduce impersonation. After all, why would anybody want others to have the same name as them? On the other hand, a new user ...
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Forgotten username, password or both

I am having some trouble with the wording of the following: Forgotten your Username or Password? Both? Where Username, Password and Both are links. Is there a need for the Both option or ...
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Showing user's (name) initials but what if more than 1 user have the same initials?

I'm designing an app where users can assign tasks to other people. The space I have available to convey to whom the task is assigned to is about 23-25px. So right now we're just showing two initials, ...
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What should replace a space in a api url? [closed]

I am creating an API, where we can make reference to the users with their firstname and lastname. Since I can't use space, what is the best way to separate the firstname and lastname in the url? I ...
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Create user/pass placement

In a process of setting up a profile the information is very generic up front. However, once the user gets to a point of real interest we ask them to create a username and password. My question is ...
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Username or email address fields

I am maintaining the server implementation of a website. The site allows usernames and email address as username. This is how the login screen looks where the user is asked to select if the user is ...
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When user name is a number, what is the correct name for label

When user name is a number, what is the correct name for label? When we use an email + password to login, the label can be named USERNAME or EMAIL. But in my case, the username is a number - ...
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UI for a sign-in screen which allows to log in with a username or phone number

I have a sign-in screen which allows a user to log in with a username or a phone number. As the phone number must be in an "international" format, it confuses users, some of them fail to sign in. To ...
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Signup that supports multiple logins

I am working on a web based application for hospitals. When the first user creates an account, we ask for: hospital name email address password Once logged, a user can create logins for others ...
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Money transfer username or e-mail

Paypal allows you to send money to someone by entering their e-mail address. Is this the best practice for money transfer services? Would it be more user friendly to use user-picked usernames instead, ...
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If guessing a display name, what kind of confirmation is needed?

In an iPhone app of mine, the user needs a display name, that appears for other users. I found out that I can guess a user's display name. In the mockup below I have guessed that it should be ...
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Best Practice when dealing with long user first names in UI

For the app I am currently developing, I have a vertical navbar which contains the main menus required for the user. One of the menus is for User Admin, which is a profile picture with the User's ...
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Why would one limit username format?

Many websites when ask you to create a new "username", will limit you in some way, most often like "username should only contain letters and underscores" or something alike. This results in inability ...
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On login-failure; should site tell if it was the login-name or the password that was incorrect? [duplicate]

If a login fails; should the site explicitly tell the user if it was the username or the password that was wrong? or should it just tell that the combination of username/password was wrong (ie. no ...
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Should a username be truncated?

Is it ever OK to truncate a username? Is there any good solution / trade-off? Site shows username as: Username: Shrinivasuk View: Shrinivasu... Username: Ritesh View: Rite Username: Poonam ...
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Should offensive/vulgar usernames be banned?

I'm making a new site, where there will be a lot of public comments hopefully, and this thought crossed my mind. Is it right to ban usernames with swears in them? Do people even create usernames like ...
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Computer login with password only, without username

I have an idea to simplify the login screen on things like home computers with a small number of users (say, 2-10) with passwords. Today, a typical home computer's login screen has three steps: ...
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When the username is an email address should the field be called 'username' or 'email'?

When the username for a service is an email address should the field be called 'username' or 'email'?
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How to enhance user profile information (add a user nickname) after the fact?

One of the websites I administer has had an active user registration and log in for a long time, which was mostly used to confirm users and send merchandise. So far, there has been no user to user ...
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In non-social applications, are usernames redundant?

If there is no social element to a web app, should the user be asked to create a username during the sign-up process? Is username creation a pointless extra hurdle, or does it serve a purpose?
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Usernames - Sentence case or Normal case [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Should first and last name be formatted? Scene User doesn't care how he/she types their name in "First name" & "Last name" text boxes. What happens If the ...
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email field or username for logging in an application?

What is the best solution for an app : Email or username field? I like email because: it's unique user will easily remember it's personal (which can be a disadvantage sometimes; Multiple users on ...