[buddypress-trac] [BuddyPress] #5185: BP Signup - spaces in username issue

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Wed Oct 2 22:32:16 UTC 2013

#5185: BP Signup - spaces in username issue
 Reporter:  hnla                     |       Owner:
     Type:  enhancement              |      Status:  new
 Priority:  normal                   |   Milestone:  1.9
Component:  Core                     |     Version:
 Severity:  normal                   |  Resolution:
 Keywords:  has-patch needs-testing  |

Comment (by henrywright):

 Just a quick point to add if I may - I've found that anything that isn't
 an a - z letter or number in a username is confusing to site viewers.

 Take for example john_smith, johnsmith and john-smith.

 If somebody said to me "my username is John Smith" - and I wanted to find
 that person on the website, I'd do a search for John Smith and then look
 for @johnsmith. Underscores, hyphens and spaces all just get in the way.
 Does allowing these characters add any value?

 I think Boone's approach to disallow these characters at the point of
 registration works well as everything is done in one simple validation
 check. This way the user gets a clear message "Get thinking of a new
 username because you can't have that one!"

Ticket URL: <https://buddypress.trac.wordpress.org/ticket/5185#comment:4>
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