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    Username or Email for Username?

    Hey

    I am rebuilding my system and have to decide whether to make user create a username or just make them use their email address as a username.

    I'm thinking email address as they will not forget that and if they change email addresses they will hopefully remember to update it.

    What do you think? Choose a username or make your email address the username?

    Thanks for your comments.

    mrmbarnes

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    A lot of sites make you choose a username but let you log in with either email or username.
    It's easy for the user, but it also gives them a single identity that won't change even if they change their email.

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    And a lot of people don't feel comfortable exposing their email address to the world.

    True, email filtering is a lot better than it was years ago, but getting an inbox full of SPAM is no fun if it doesn't get sent to the Trash automatically.

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    What happens when two people share an email address (I see this a lot with members of a club I belong to where a family might only have the one email address between them).?

    What happens when someone changes their email address?

    Having a unique value associated with an account that is not the email address provides ways of making the lost password facility more secure.
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    it is user friendly to use both.

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    Regardless of which you choose, be sure to make the login case-insensitive.
    That is one of my pet peeves; a 'username' should not be case-sensitive and a 'password' ABSOLUTELY must!

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    It was rumored, that some very large bank (which I refrain from naming) does not enforce case-sensitivity on their users' passwords. I think that is insanely insecure and simply stupid.
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