DEV Community

loading...

Discussion on: Changing your name is a hard unsolved problem in Computer Science

Collapse
lbotinelly profile image
Leo Botinelly • Edited

Awesome post! That's a problem space that I've been dedicating a lot of thought these days.

I've one of those long Iberian Peninsula names. Since it often overflows standard name form fields my US documents have 4 or 5 different compressed versions; I'm considering changing it to a shortened name plus surname format (like the one I use here) just to avoid noise.

One remedial solution for the "username re-use" case would be a shadow-lock for the old username, allowing only the original user to switch back to it if desired.

Collapse
shaunagordon profile image
Shauna Gordon

What's astounding is that the names don't even have to be foreign to overflow some of these systems.

"Christopher" is an exceedingly common name in the US, and yet it routinely gets truncated, usually to "Christophe" by systems, even when using the legal name may be warranted!

Collapse
lbotinelly profile image
Leo Botinelly • Edited

Exactly - while I do understand the pre-2000s rationale for smaller field sizes, this is one of the 'compromises' that boggles my mind.

Composite family names ('Tessier-Ashpool') suffer a similar fate, operators picking one part at random.