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Display name bug?

Started by Steve, December 26, 2022, 11:17:13 AM

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A user changed her display name and then decided to change it back. SMF wouldn't let her, giving her an error message saying that the display name was already in use. I tried to do it for her and got the same result.

Is this intentional or a bug?
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Sir Osis of Liver

Is the original display name still in the database?
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I didn't look. Doug went in the database and fixed it for me.

But that's treating the symptom, not fixing the cause. :)
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Aleksi "Lex" Kilpinen

Not enough information here, how long was it between the name changes? Had someone taken the old displayname in between? At least I haven't seen or heard of this happening unless the name actually was already reserved.

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I cannot reproduce.

Can you reproduce the issue?  Did someone else have that same display name?  What was the fix?

My best guess is that the duplicate was not caught in a earlier version of SMF, and someone else had that particular name. 
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The member that had the display name is the only one who ever had it. I have a small group so I can be assured of that. I don't know how long between changes but I can find out.

Hmmm ... I couldn't reproduce it trying it myself just now either. @Doug Heffernan was the one who changed it in the database so I don't know exactly what he changed.

Maybe a gremlin in her account?  :P
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Yea, that guy. I guess this can be moved to bogus bugs.
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