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  • AbrahamAbutineh Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)

    Ralph what about everyone else?

  • Ralph Johns (UK) Level 9 Level 9 (69,550 points)

    Hi,

     

    The Previous software issued by Apple to run the Discussions Boards did not have any means at all of changing the Posting ID or Alias.

     

    In the variation of the software for the Apple Support Communities variation it appears that the Hosts are the only ones who can make changes.

     

    On this page if you then Login you will see you cannot edit your "Nickname" as it is called (Scroll to the bottom and look on the left in the sort of Menu).

     

    The Sign up page clearly states the Posting Name/Alias/Nickname cannot be changed as per the pic I posted earlier.

     

     

    Most of the regular Posters will post that if you have an "account" here with no or little number of Points it is simpler to start a New ID and get the sort of "Name" you want.

     

    The other side of the coin is that on occasion the Host will change a Name.

    It does seem to revolve around privacy to some extent but there seems to be no clear rules.

     

    I "reported" a name change request yesterday as it contained references to "killer" something which in the present climate seemed inappropriate.

     

    The best any of the regular posters can do is report threads or posts and offer the advice as we know at this time.

     

    As you were one of the ones that had been added to this thread since "penx"'s name appeared to be changed I cannot say why the Hosts have not contacted you to say they will or will not change the name.

     

    As you only have 5 points I would suggest the quickest route is to sign up a new ID (if you have a spare email)

     

     

     

     

     


    8:44 PM      Monday; July 23, 2012


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  • aussieguyinnyc Level 1 Level 1 (30 points)

    Ralph, I appreciate that you are trying to help people, but surely the advice to "sign up a new ID" only contributes to future problems? People who have a multiple Apple IDs, as we have seen with iCloud, for example ccan end up in an absolute mess, able only to access parts of their content on certain devices. As long as Apple persists in their refusal to allow the merging of Apple IDs, there will continue to be a build-up of digital detritus whenever an Apple user changes their usage pattern outside of the exceptionally narrow range of conditions for which Apple allows. Surely a better long-term solution is for the Hosts on these boards, who must have some link back to Apple corporate (however remote), to act as advocates on behalf of the communities and try to get some change in functionality of the software to allow for basic things as nickname changes?

     

    Regards,

     

    Aussie(notforthelast5years)inNYC

  • Brent Engels Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    Spot on.

  • Ralph Johns (UK) Level 9 Level 9 (69,550 points)

    Hi,

     

    On the whole I would tend to agree with you.

     

    I have several Apple IDs mostly from Trial Accounts from the .Mac days as they worked after the Trial run out as iChat valid names.

    You can still register for @mac.com ending names (if you have a spare email account to Link to it).

     

    My experiences of linking an iCloud Issued @me.com name to my regular everyday Apple ID did cause me problems with the email Apple then used to send me Notifications from the Boards (It reverted to my Apple ID email which is from a Dial-Up email account).

     

    As the actions of some, if not all Hosts, does not fully tie in with the wording on the sign up page we will end up with this half way house information and advice.

     

    Currently there is no answer that is going to make everyone happy, whether it is the best info there is at the time.

     

    NOTES.

    Consider starting with a new ID.

     

    Remember that some threads are allowed to run and run to contain some topics to a limited number of threads.

     

    In previous versions of the Support Communities/Discussion software people could award points in both Positive and Negative manners. All posters could "vote" on individual posts within a thread.

    This led to people deliberately creating second account to "vote" on their own posts and in some cases attack other posters.

     

    As a large support discussion board, steps have to be taken to discourage trolls which any larger community will unfortunately attract.

    The current decision not to allow merging may not be to everyone's liking but does stop people creating accounts willy-nilly just to disrupt the purpose of the Boards and then join the accounts together to be more manageable.

     

    At the end of the day Apple own the site, write the rules and pay the Hosts.

     

     

     


    7:54 PM      Tuesday; July 24, 2012


    Normally a  message about iChat

     

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  • thetidytiger Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)

    Hi, Do you know how to fix this?

    Thanks

  • thetidytiger Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)

    Hello Ralph - As creating another User Id is not a viable solution... How to get in touch with Hosts/Admin to get User Id changed? Thanks

  • Harro Jansz1 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    I just started a new thread about this same issue. Here's what I wrote...

     

    In the past, I've been using my old, plain iTools (and MobileMe) user name (without the @mac.com suffix) as Apple ID. Later, Apple required logging in with your complete e-mail address (now with the @mac.com or @me.com suffix). So I switched to using that for logging into any Apple services. But ever since that switch, my Apple Discussions (and now Apple Support Communities) name is displayed as Harro Jansz1 (with the '1' behind my name), possibly to distinguish this account from my previous, 'bare' account. I have already changed the name for that older account, but am not able to change my name for this one. Does that mean I can't get rid of the '1' behind my name? I hope not; I think it's annoying and unnecessary at this point.

     

    Does anybody have any idea how to fix this?

  • Ralph Johns (UK) Level 9 Level 9 (69,550 points)

    Hi,

     

    The only way really is when someone posts here and one of the regular posters (or anyone who can report a Post) thinks the hosts should look at it or the Host happen to be passing through.

     

    There seemed to be evidence earlier in the thread that the Hosts (or at least one of them) had intervened in at least one case.

     

    I then "notified" the Hosts of a similar request whilst also pointing out I could see other request stacking up.

     

    I can understand the frustration when what appears from the outside to be  simple thing AND is apparently done on occasion, is not done for everyone.

     

    I am reluctant to state what I think the Hosts criteria are, as the Login site does make it plain the name is permanent.

    Also this thread seems to have been left to "Attract" these sorts of requests. (which suggests the hosts are keeping an eye on it).

     

    Good Luck.

     

     

     


    10:21 PM      Monday; July 30, 2012


    Please, if posting Logs, do not post any Log info after the line "Binary Images for iChat"

     

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     G4/1GhzDual MDD (Leopard 10.5.8)
     MacBookPro 2Gb (Snow Leopard 10.6.8)
     Mac OS X (10.6.8),

    "Limit the Logs to the Bits above Binary Images."  No, Seriously

  • Harro Jansz1 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    Thank you for the heads up, Ralph. Much appreciated.

  • david.menzel Level 4 Level 4 (2,405 points)

    I wrote an email to the Apple (www.apple.com/support/feedback/) becaue it is not acceptable for me to create a new Apple ID. I never liked this username I only choose it because I had a quick question. I also had no idea, that this username will also be used for the developer forums. I really hope that Apple will implement a feature so that we can change our usernames.

     

    It could not be Apple's interest that we all create several Apple IDs just for a new username in Apples Support Communites. I thought that the community should fix problems and not lead to new problems.

  • thetidytiger Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)

    Hi Ralph, Appreciate the feedback. Hopefully the Hosts are keeping an eye open and will intervene. Cheers.

     

    BTW.. Several emails to Apple Support have produced zero response.

  • jeffrey a. Level 2 Level 2 (415 points)

    I asked this question years ago, when changing the name was just impossible.

     

    It would be great to be able to change it as in my case I not only would like to not have my identity for the world to see, but have also had my name changed due to family splitting up, and it's just a bad reminder of my past...

  • Ronda Wilson Level 8 Level 8 (41,010 points)

    Jeff, you haven't been exceptionally active here lately.

     

    Would you have an objection to starting with a new user I.D. and letting this one die a natural death (due to disuse)?

     

    That's absolutely doable.

  • jeffrey a. Level 2 Level 2 (415 points)

    Hi Ronda,

     

    I would really prefer not to, as I have used this single Apple ID for all my Apple services for the past 8 or 9 years now. This would be extremely annoying, considering that I've done quite a good job to avoiding the creation of multiple Apple ID's.