Over the past months I’ve seen people seemingly changing their Display Names multiple times in a row, as well as impersonating others (e.g. calling themselves “Alex mullen” (small ‘m’ compared to the real one), “memoryleague.com” (if that’s a real one from the creators, sorry :P)). I don’t mind if people want to stay anonymous, but I feel like the current system is a tiny bit open to abuse. For example if a person is misbehaving under one alias, they can just change it and disassociate from their previous actions.
I have two suggestions.
1. History of Display Names
On the profile of a user, also display all the previous aliases that this user has used. Maybe it would also make sense to limit the number of changes a user can do to their display names, e.g. maximum of 5 changes per month. Otherwise they could just change their alias many, many times in a row, to make it harder to see/understand that history.
2. Rule against impersonation
Impersonating someone is really not cool, whether that’s a person, or a website. It’s kind of common sense not to do it, but it’s obvious that not everyone has common sense (probably younger kids?). Could for example be done by showing a warning/info-box when changing the display name, that impersonating others is not OK and that their account will be suspended if they do.
Do you agree/disagree that this type of behaviour should be tolerated?
What do you think of the suggestions?
Looking forward to hear other people’s thoughts.