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Username field in registration form

having autogenerated user name is probably not good idea as they may forget it. Let them choose a username.
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Username field in registration form

Why not use their email address as their username, like thousands of sites do? If you need them to choose a username at a later date you can provide a screen for doing so and guide them to create one ...
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Is it mandatory to show user name next to the user icon?

Is it mandatory? No. Could it help the user? Yes. Many users don't use "real" nicknames when registering, so its not like everyone is using the same nickname on every service and remembers his own ...
Pectoralis Major's user avatar
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What is the best experience for generating unique usernames?

It is very impressive to have all the options before hand. In my opinion, your third option (Generating a unique username using name + random ID) is the best to go with having following advantages: ...
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how to know a user real name with psychology questions?

"Psychology questions" won't get you anywhere here because, typically, the person whose psyche you'd be probing was not in charge of giving themselves a name. It's usually the parents who do ...
Leo Wattenberg's user avatar
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Error message in login

Usually login error messages avoid specifying whether it was the username or password that was the problem. This is because they don't want to give away information to third parties on the correct ...
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Username field in registration form

As the username is a handle by which the user will be known, you should make it easy for them to change it. Why not copy stackexchange? Prefill with a userID like user12345 (which may be related to ...
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Options for User Type Name between business and client

Seagate uses the idea of having users "sign in as" a certain type of account. Ensure users recognize what type they're trying to sign in to. I've never had any issue recognizing that I'm a "...
maxathousand's user avatar
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Is it mandatory to show user name next to the user icon?

Depends on the type of target users - Facebook has all types of users (tech savy, non-technical) so they display the name along with user icon. While the majority of Twitter users are tech savy so ...
Dipak's user avatar
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How to assign users unique and meaningful identifiers to child users while avoiding various pitfalls?

For a modern system the answer is probably emoji. In short, you are looking for a username that is: Unique A uniform length Memorable Not only numeric Not user created Not obscene when written or ...
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What is the best experience for generating unique usernames?

I think there is another option, which I used to see more often but doesn't seem to be as popular now (for technical or practical reasons), and that is to assign users a unique ID that is used for ...
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Should I include the @ symbol with the username when the social icon is shown as well?

Necessary? - I don't think it's necessary to put it, but the reason many people add a "@" tag before their username is that while the "@" tag refers to a person/organization, most ...
Manu R.'s user avatar
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What percentage of internet users save credentials in the browser?

Here's an article from Pew Research that points out which method is used by users to save their credentials from a survey in 2016. [W]hile 18% say that they save them using the built-in password ...
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Recommended Way of Displaying Long Usernames?

I would personally break line into two or more if it's needed. Easy to do with css on a web. word-break: break-all; Alternatives: Truncation Truncation with tooltip Benefits: User can see full ...
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User must change password but changing username its optional. Best UX design for this?

Honestly, I don't like any of these. Repeating the username would be an unnecessary action for the user, especially if this is applied to an optional field. We don't really want to occupy the space ...
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Username field in registration form

Indicate to the user that whatever they put in the username input will be what they'll be shown as to other users. This will influence their decision and they can decide if they want to make it ...
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Changing the user's email address

I believe the proper way to handle this is option 1. I would definitely recommend sending an email to old address to confirm that it is indeed the same user asking for the change. Once the change is ...
Michael's user avatar
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What is the best experience for generating unique usernames?

To reiterate: Users do not log in with this username, instead using an email address or another form of identification that they will easily remember This username is used only for vanity URLs which ...
Elliot's user avatar
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What is the best experience for generating unique usernames?

Don't make this complicated. First, tell the user what the rules are for user names - like what characters are allowed and what are not. Second, if they enter one, check and tell them if it's already ...
Tim Holt's user avatar
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User dialog - How to state clearly username isn't found, and unable to connect to server?

I usually advise being as upfront with the user as their technical abilities allow. Presumably, they understand a few things about this app and software in general: Login is required A connection is ...
cloudworks's user avatar
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Example workflow when changing a site's identify provider

2 things here : 1) How to tell my users that they have to change their password ? 2) How to implement it in a nice and softy flow For the 1) I would say that it depends on the situation. Evaluate how ...
Rhevan's user avatar
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Where to ask for username while creating profile?

First consider if your application requires a username. Would an email address suffice? Generally, the fewer form fields the better. For the initial registration, create the shortest possible form. ...
RobC's user avatar
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'Username or email' label on the log in page, for people who can only use 'assigned' username?

Whilst it may be better practise in the long run to migrate all legacy users to the new system, the MMORPG site Runescape has a system to deal with legacy users. In their system, they check to see if ...
Matthew M's user avatar
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Username field in registration form

This will depend on how important is the persona in your site. If the site importance doesn't rely on ("verified") relation between users or if whom is writing the content is less important than the ...
Alvaro's user avatar
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Will my users get confused if I call them by their username?

I don't think it will cause them any distress, narawagames ;-) As long as their username is one they will remember to identify with (and not one they forget about as soon as they log in and save their ...
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What is the best practice for resetting an invalid email address as username

You need a multi-level verification process. Since your platform works with bills and other pieces of confidential information there is a lot of data that you can use for this purpose (a combination ...
rbaleksandar's user avatar
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What is the best practice for resetting an invalid email address as username

Since it's a utility website, you've got lots of customers data to validate. I purpose: You may ask for backup email ids In case user forgot his email id and password, let him login through any of ...
UXbychoice's user avatar
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Usernames, Display Names, Full Names - how to onboard

When designing a system, always start with the bare minimum. Do not overcomplicate any process that can be done effectively with simple means. A unique email and a password is generally the minimum ...
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