Get rid of the four digit tag numbers at the end of usernames

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  • Sgt.Stereotype

    "a million people can have the same display name on twitter, youtube, skype, etc."

     

    They literally can't. On discord you literally can. 

    This is my favourite thread ever btw. #POOCHYENA2020 

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  • poochyena

    Try it yourself. You can change your display name to whatever you want on twitter. I was able to change my two twitter accounts to have the exact same display name. Its the username that can't be identical.

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  • skel

    how is this any different than display names? if you're in a server you can change your nickname, or display name, to anything you want. I don't understand how you are failing to realize that this gives users more freedom but you think it should be removed because you can't remember 4 numbers.

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  • Jaratic

    Why are you so serious about this? If "poochyena#1412" is your Discord name and tag. 1412 isn't even that hard to remember at all. They're not even useless at all, it's way easier to find someone on Discord if you can't even find someone by name. I don't know why you're so mad about this. 

     

    Just literally buy Discord Nitro if you're so fed up about this, change it to a number you can easily recognise

     

    Or better yet, don't use Discord then

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  • Sgt.Stereotype

    @Jarege Poochbay has doubled down on this, and I for one have been won over. #burndiscord #nomorenumbers 

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  • Raidox

    To clarify the argument poochyena is making, they want complete control over their username and display name.

    Lets define some terms here:

    • username - a name that uniquely identifies a user.
    • display name - the name that is displayed to other users.

    So what Discord does is Displayname#1234 to create a username.

    What poochyena suggests is not unreasonable for a company starting to build their system, but once this decision is made, it is harder than you think it is to change on a technical level and it gets even harder from a customer happiness point of view as your user base grows.

    Here is a reason for why they might have made this decision, instead of going with the twitter model as you propose:

    User acquisition.  The more usernames I have to input before I find one that is available, the more likely I am to not use discord.  When you are trying to get users to sign up for your service, you want to make as easy as possible.  Discord has done this by asking you what you want your display name to be and then generating a username for you based on that display name.

    You may read that and think, "How hard is it to come up with a unique username?!"  Sure, maybe for you it isn't, maybe your name is unique, but other users usernames aren't.

    That may not be what you want, but what Discord did was not a stupid decision.

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  • poochyena

    >You may read that and think, "How hard is it to come up with a unique username?!" Sure, maybe for you it isn't, maybe your name is unique, but other users usernames aren't.

     

    But its not hard at all to add your own random 4 digits to your username.

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  • Raidox

    >But its not hard at all to add your own random 4 digits to your username.

    It's harder than letting Discord do it for you and there is still a chance that someone has that username already.

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  • poochyena

    just have discord automatically suggest some random numbers at the end that aren't taken so you can pick it if the numbers you want are taken. Just like every other platform.

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  • charitwo
    This has no practical application and shouldn't be implemented.
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  • wotxoy

    > just have discord automatically suggest some random numbers at the end that aren't taken so you can pick it if the numbers you want are taken. Just like every other platform.

    not useless anymore isn't it?

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  • fewscrewsmissing

    Wow. WOW.

    How can you not get it poochyena.

    All these incredibly nice and patient people explaining it to you, and your response is akin to screaming "NO I DONT WANT THIS THEY SHOULD TAKE IT OUT WAAAAAHHHH".

    It's basically the single greatest feature I've ever seen. We can now have 34000 people with my username and it doesn't matter at all. If you can't comprehend the benefit, despite the umpteen attempts at explaining it, then... I don't know, go back to MSN?

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  • poochyena

    >We can now have 34000 people with my username

    You can't. Only one person can have your username. I have explained this multiple times already. On discord, you can not choose your own username. Go ahead, make a new account and try to set a custom username. You can't, it will add 4 random numbers to the end. What you CAN do is the have the same DISPLAY name as everyone else, but guess what, you can do that on twitter too.

    Why can it work on twitter, but not discord?

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  • Tacenda

    Omg. I've been reading this thread for some time now. I'm sick of it. Look... Discord isn't Skype or twitter ok. Its based around a completely different thing. Servers. I have learnt my tag and now its basically a part of me. You can strip my words and quote them all the times you want, but discord does it this way.
    I can't imagine adding people without the tag. Discord isn't based around your real identity. Its based around VIDEOGAMES. Most of them have some kind of tag, or they restrict the names you can get. You don't seem to get this. How am I supposed to differentiate two people with the same names and the same profile picture. And it also protects you against random messages with people who you don't know and don't have anything in common with.

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  • poochyena

    >How am I supposed to differentiate two people with the same names and the same profile picture.

    the same way you currently do, click on their profile and look at their username.

    >And it also protects you against random messages with people who you don't know and don't have anything in common with.

    how?

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  • drew

    @poochyena, glad to see you're still passionately arguing about this.
    you're actually making my eyes hurt

     

    my username is 'dudburst'. my nicknames in servers are usually something stupid, like "shrek is my daddy uwu". before I got Nitro, my discriminator was #2675 - which I came to remember after about a week of using discord.

    two years ago, my username was 'dex'. my discriminator was also #2675. I was in a bunch of servers at that time, and I ran into a couple of people who also had the username 'dex'. I'm not okay with being dex1 or dex2, I wanted dex. with discriminators, I could be dex.
    that way, in DM's my name showed up as 'dex' and not 'dex1'. I liked it simple.

    your discrim is literally irrelevant to everything you do on discord until you click on someones profile page, and even then it's just a little sidenote next to your username.
    I ended up changing my tag to 'dudburst' because my old one was taken everywhere - I didn't want to be 'dex8947__' on twitch, just dex.

    the definition of 'discriminator' is "a characteristic which enables people or things to be distinguished from one another". see, there's a ton of people on discord with username 'dex', and with discriminators there can be 10,000 of us. it's lovely that way.

    your username is NOT poochyena#1412, it's poochyena. if discord wasn't so awesome about the discriminator system, 'poochyena' could potentially have been taken when you signed up and you'd have to settle with 'poochyena_' or  'poochyena1412', etc.
    nobody likes having the numbers permanently stuck at the end of their username, and discrims allow you to pick whichever username you want

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  • poochyena

    >my username is 'dudburst'

    Its not. your username is your unique identifier, which in this case was dudburst#2675
    the discriminator is part of your username.

    >see, there's a ton of people on discord with username 'dex', and with discriminators there can be 10,000 of us. it's lovely that way.

    Yes, and on every other website I can choose my own discriminator. I can be poochyena, poochyena1, poochyena879879, poochyena00, etc. But on discord, you are forced to have a 4 digit (random if no nitro) long discriminator.

    >your username is NOT poochyena#1412, it's poochyena.

    Incorrect. If I want someone to add me to discord, I can not just tell them "poochyena". When I click on my user settings, underneath "username" is say "poochyena#1412" not "poochyena"

    >if discord wasn't so awesome about the discriminator system, 'poochyena' could potentially have been taken when you signed up and you'd have to settle with 'poochyena_' or 'poochyena1412', etc. 

    yes, how is that not objectively better? I would MUCH rather have the username poochyena_ or poochyena00 or whatever than a random 4 digit number at the end I didn't choose.

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  • drew

    I took the time to write out this whole freaking comment for you and you're still being stuck where you were when you first posted, 2 months ago. Are you kidding me? Why would you make a post, open to discussion, if you're not willing to listen to the discussion?

    The way you're thinking about this is wrong.

    Also, why would you want to give out your discord as a 'social media'? I only have 7 people I know friended on Discord, and I usually found them through mutual servers anyway.

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  • poochyena

    I am listening, no one here seems to know what a username is. And i'm sorry you don't have many friends? I'm very social and add people often.

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  • the epcot ball

    dang you guys are crazy

    but it was very good entertainment-not trying to be toxic

    also why do you guys care so much about a username, if you can change it cool, if you cant boohoo

     

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  • Kal

    The "unique identifier" is there to separate you from all the other Kal's on discord, it's not part of your username. When you sign up for discord it asks what you want your username to be. If the numbers were part of the username it would ask for that too. Also if the numbers were part of your username it would show up when you send a message and not only able to be seen by clicking on someone's profile or looking down the bottom left of the screen. We're not clones who are called a number hence why our username has name in it. 
    Look up what a username is and stop trying to argue with stupid points to reasonable people who actually understand what one is.

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  • poochyena

    If others have to type it in to add me as friend, then yes, yes it in part of my username. A username is literally "an identification used by a person with access to a computer, network, or online service.".

    >Also if the numbers were part of your username it would show up when you send a message

    No, it wouldn't, because discord. like every other modern social platform has a display name and a username. Your display name is displayed in chats. Your username (and yes, that includes the randomly assigned numbers at the end) show up when you click on someone's profile. Click on your user settings, and it will list the numbers at the end underneath where it says "username"

    Tell me, why do you think twitter and skype is able to let anyone change their display name to literally anything they want, and create their own unique username without forced random numbers at the end, but discord can't? Thats what I want to know.

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  • Groot

    Okay. My username is Groot. My Discord tag is #6545. I’ve been reading through your conversation and I noticed one thing. You seem to be missing an important point.

    Your discord tag isn’t in your username. It isn’t in any way a part of it. You just put it after your username when typing it in so you don’t need to open another box or something.

    Now don’t get me wrong, I do like the tagging system. It’s a really nifty way for me to actually have my username (Groot) which is probably taken by at least a dozen other people. I also occasionally like to compare my tag with other non-nitro users to see who has the better one. I memorised my tag without even trying and I’ve got the worst memory for things like this. It’s not that difficult.

    By the way, I’m also sure there’s some function to the tags other than just so everyone can have the same username. It’s probably rooted in some organisation feature with your discord ID.

    Anyways, I completely agree with what fewscrewsmissing was saying a bit up the page. You don’t seem to be listening and are making the same points over and over again.

    I feel like you’ve actually gotten over the argument, either by agreeing with us or stopping using discord, and don’t want to admit defeat to an argument you’ve lost. But that’s just my thought. See ya!

    Groot signing out.

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  • poochyena

    >Your discord tag isn’t in your username.

    How are you defining username? The dictionary definition is "an identification used by a person with access to a computer, network, or online service." The name you choose + number is your discord identification, is it not?

    >It’s a really nifty way for me to actually have my username (Groot) which is probably taken by at least a dozen other people.

    You can have the display name groot without having 4 random numbers assigned to your username. With twitter, I can choose my own username and no number tag. What is the advantage of having a tag added, vs choosing to add numbers to your username?

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  • Don Juan

    Keep crying. It's very entertaining.

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  • EliFire

    Your discord tag isn't part of your username, even when you go to change it you can see it's separated, because it's 2 different things.

    Also what do you mean when you say "username" and "display name"? I'm fairly certain those are the same on discord, when you log in you need to input your email not your username or display name, and when you change your username it changes what everyone else sees, so it's practically your display name. The only display names discord really has are nicknames in servers. 

    So if your tag really is part of your username then it would show together with your username or display name, since they're the same thing, correct me if i'm wrong.

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  • poochyena

    I consider the tag as part of your username since, according to the definition of what a username is, its part of your identification. Your name or tag alone is not enough to identify one user from another. What is displayed in chats is what is called a display name. Your display name is your username minus the tag.
    Anything displayed in a chat is a display name
    Anything required to identify a specific user is a username.

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  • Tacenda

    This thread is really starting to make my head hurt.

    Please stop. I have identified your problem and present you with the perfect solution:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k8k_rNTDjJM

    Its with letters but im sure it'll work jut fine with numbers.

     

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  • XxMr1234GamerzxX

    the argument here is unvaild stating every other service doesnt use this system 

     

    facebook: uses it and you can see this in profile settings

    twitter: also uses this but hiddden from view

    skype: also uses this but hidden from view

    microsoft: uses this

    apple: uses this

    sony entertainment: uses this

     

    ID's are unavoidable just discord chooses to show you yours and edit it so discord really has the better system 

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  • poochyena

    What are you talking about? I don't use those sites besides twitter, but I know you can change your ID on twitter to whatever you want. There is no mandatory random tag on twitter. Its the same system as discord, just minus the tag. Its objectively better since the tag adds no value.

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