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    change name in app

    I am building a web app were I will require the name and lastname from the user.

    My question is if it reasonable to give the option to the user to alter/modify these two.

    I mean, people, have the same name and lastname throughout their lifes.

    Of course there are some exceptions to the above rule-but from another point of view changing the name and lastname in
    an account might hide security issues.

    What do you think?

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    The only thing you should really prevent someone from changing in a profile is the identifying portion (what they use to login). And even there, a mechanism should be in place to allow that as well....
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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveMaxwell View Post
    The only thing you should really prevent someone from changing in a profile is the identifying portion (what they use to login). And even there, a mechanism should be in place to allow that as well....
    Τhe identifying portion will be the e-mail and the password.
    I have never witnessed a site that does not give you the option to change these two.

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    Quote Originally Posted by designtrooper View Post
    Τhe identifying portion will be the e-mail and the password.
    I have never witnessed a site that does not give you the option to change these two.
    They do, but there's usually extra steps (email confirmation / password validation & double entry).

    as for name, people change names all the time - marriages, religious reasons, just because....
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    Don't underestimate the need for for change in ones life.


    For example, I may drop hotmail for another email provider after I sign up. Will you still send me all my notices to a nonexistent email by not allowing me to update my email (since is part of the log in )


    User names, that is monikers specifically chosen by the user, well that 50-50. It can be a exercise in vanity to be able to use a cooler nick that occurred to you after you initially signed up , but still be able to retain any seniority/data. However this could be confusing to other users.

    I assume you are checking for duplicate emails/usernames before submission? that is to prevent the coincidental choosing of the same pass/login by different users?

    Incidentally, your DB should contain a UNIQUE field/key for each sing up, data which is invisible to the user him/herself .. and this is the way site management should be able to identify the user.


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