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#1 Old 12-10-2016, 12:51 PM
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Exclamation Case Sensitive Usernames

I've tried logging in before and have gotten an incorrect notice, however when I changed the first letter in my username to uppercase without doing anything else, it let me in.

The problem with case sensitive usernames is the dangerous potential for impersonation. This has happened on several other sites with case sensitive usernames, and has resulted in the wrong users getting banned, all the while making it easier for people to get away with rule-breaking. As you may have guessed, this caused chaos.

At first glance it seems like it could increase account security, but not only does it not do that, but it could also have serious drawbacks.
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#2 Old 12-10-2016, 04:15 PM
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How does it matter? I'm not very savvy but I really don't understand why the case would make it any easier?

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How does it matter? I'm not very savvy but I really don't understand why the case would make it any easier?
Your username is silva... A spammer could use the name Silva. Making it easy to ban you by mistake instead of the spammer.
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But with this as the example I don't get how needing a specific case to the name is worse?

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I've tried logging in before and have gotten an incorrect notice, however when I changed the first letter in my username to uppercase without doing anything else, it let me in.
Why doesn't needing a specific case to the name make it harder to impersonate
Or do you mean another person can take the same name and just change the case of a letter?
I have seen that, and if that's what meant, yeah, that isn't a good idea.
I guess I was thinking more of passwords
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Signing in is Case Sensitive, but to the system there is no difference. I can't create an account with the username SILVA as the system recognizes that the username is already in place.

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#6 Old 12-13-2016, 01:27 PM
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Signing in is Case Sensitive, but to the system there is no difference. I can't create an account with the username SILVA as the system recognizes that the username is already in place.

Kevin
In that Case, there should be a note, maybe below the login area, saying that signing in is case sensitive.
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#7 Old 12-14-2016, 08:39 AM
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Unless the Mod team agrees, I do not think that is something we will need to implement.

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