Accounts with impossible usernames?

#1
Hello, new user here. When creating my username yesterday, I noticed two things: I could only use alphanumeric characters, and my username could be no more than 30 characters long. However, I have seen many usernames on Royalroad that break these restrictions. For example, [Vantablack, The Devourer of the Multiverse], [Gibb, Occasionally Omnipotent Annoyance.], and [Bob, the author. Enjoyer of Paradoxes] all break both of these rules, the latter being created three months ago. There's even [.....,..,.,.,..,], an account whose username is composed entirely of non-alphanumeric characters, and was created barely three weeks ago, so I think I can rule out such usernames only being possible in the past. Does anyone know what's going on?

Edit: Modified title to be more indicative of the issue.

Re: Impossible Usernames?

#2
I don't know, maybe punctuation is allowed as this is a writing site that encourages using complete words and sentences?
Rule 8:

Quote:
  1. No derogatory English. This is a website dedicated to writing, and as such we want to uphold our users to a certain quality and allow them to improve. However, when someone uses derogatory English [writ lik dis] they are purposely trying to worsen the quality which is the opposite of what we wish (which is for our users to improve). Therefore if anyone uses derogatory English, their posts will be considered as spam/trolling and will be addressed accordingly.

Re: Impossible Usernames?

#3

The Wrote: I don't know, maybe punctuation is allowed as this is a writing site that encourages using complete words and sentences?
Rule 8:

Quote:
  1. No derogatory English. This is a website dedicated to writing, and as such we want to uphold our users to a certain quality and allow them to improve. However, when someone uses derogatory English [writ lik dis] they are purposely trying to worsen the quality which is the opposite of what we wish (which is for our users to improve). Therefore if anyone uses derogatory English, their posts will be considered as spam/trolling and will be addressed accordingly.
Apologies, perhaps I was unclear. Any non-alphanumeric characters are restricted, including commas and periods. I specifically attempted to put a comma in my username, to check, RoyalRoad wasn't having it. Thank you for the reply though, have a rep. 

Re: Impossible Usernames?

#4

Wollwoll Wrote: Sorry, perhaps I was unclear. Any non-alphanumeric characters are restricted, including commas and periods. I specifically attempted to put a comma in my username, RoyalRoad wasn't having it. Thank you for the reply though, have a rep.
Ah...That's strange.

I'd give you 8 rep saying "Reppity rep rep rep", but I'm all out for today.

Re: Impossible Usernames?

#6
If you're really curious you could try opening a support ticket about it.

I was going to say it might be a time thing (I know I have underscores, but I made my account literally years ago) but given [.....,..,.,.,..,], that seems unlikely. It's still possible, because I don't think they announce every site update, but it seems unlikely.

Re: Impossible Usernames?

#7

Wollwoll Wrote:
Quote:I'd give you 8 rep saying "Reppity rep rep rep", but I'm all out for today.
Haha, I appreciate the sentiment anyway.
LOL, I didn't think you'd actually follow through with it! Thanks!

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Have an imaginary rep because I already gave you my real rep. 

Re: Impossible Usernames?

#8
Dear God.* I didn't realize that was what happens when you try to paste an image directly into the text box. (It was meant to be a screenshot of this:)
https%3A%2F%2Fi.postimg.cc%2FkXr76c3H%2Fimage.png
 
Somehow I can't edit my post right now, because it says it's not been approved yet. My apologies and condolences for the eye damage.

*This user may or may not actually be Christian. (Or follow an Abrahamic religion at all, I suppose. I'm fairly sure neither Muslims nor Jews actually use the name "God" very often, but the principle is the same.)

Re: Impossible Usernames?

#9

Wollwoll Wrote: Dear God.* I didn't realize that was what happens when you try to paste an image directly into the text box. Somehow I can't edit it right now, because it says it's not been approved yet. My apologies and condolences for the eye damage.

*This user may or may not actually be Christian.
Try using the "insert an image" function. You just need a link to an image; For that just right-click it and click "open image in new tab". 14th little icon from the left.

Re: Impossible Usernames?

#10

The Wrote:
Wollwoll Wrote: Dear God.* I didn't realize that was what happens when you try to paste an image directly into the text box. Somehow I can't edit it right now, because it says it's not been approved yet. My apologies and condolences for the eye damage.

*This user may or may not actually be Christian.
Try using the "insert an image" function. You just need a link to an image; For that just right-click it and click "open image in new tab". 14th little icon from the left.
There we go, now I can insert the screenshot properly!* Still learning the interface. (Have a rep.)

*Original post still unalterable. 

Re: Impossible Usernames?

#12

Mad Wrote: If I had to guess, I'd say the people mentioned earlier originally had a "proper" username, and changed it after their accounts had been up a while. Try changing your name now? Might not work, but can't hurt to try?
I tried it out just in case, but I get the same message, unfortunately:
  • The username can only contain alphanumeric characters (a-Z, 0-9), white spaces ( ), underscores (_) and hyphenation marks (-), and may only start or end with an alphanumeric character
To be clear, I'm not hung up on not being able to use commas, more that I'm wondering how it's possible for those usernames to exist in the first place. As you can see, you get a bit more freedom than just alphanumeric characters, but all of the example names are still illegal.

Re: Impossible Usernames?

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While I appreciate the responses, I'm somewhat surprised that no one seems to know the answer so far. I expected this to be more of a technical matter that experienced users would be able to explain. Perhaps someone with one of the aforementioned "illegal" usernames would have input? Looks like I'm going to open a support ticket after all...

Edit: Support ticket submitted.

Re: Impossible Usernames?

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Not_A_Hat Wrote: If you're really curious you could try opening a support ticket about it.

I was going to say it might be a time thing (I know I have underscores, but I made my account literally years ago) but given [.....,..,.,.,..,], that seems unlikely. It's still possible, because I don't think they announce every site update, but it seems unlikely.
Late response here, sorry. I'm still leaning towards it being a time thing, given the lack of other possibilities so far, but it's good to know the site hasn't been updated recently. (You should also know that underscores are still legal- the requirements aren't strictly alphanumeric, as I corrected in a later post.)
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  • The username can only contain alphanumeric characters (a-Z, 0-9), white spaces ( ), underscores (_) and hyphenation marks (-), and may only start or end with an alphanumeric character

Re: Accounts with impossible usernames?

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kanadaj Wrote: The answer is legacy usernames.
Thank you, it's good to have a response from an admin. That made the most sense, but how long ago was the username system altered? I already mentioned that  [.....,..,.,.,..,] was created less than a month ago, and there are other accounts with invalid usernames that were created recently (within a few months of the current date).

Re: Accounts with impossible usernames?

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Wollwoll Wrote:
kanadaj Wrote: The answer is legacy usernames.
Thank you, it's good to have a response from an admin. That made the most sense, but how long ago was the username system altered? I already mentioned that  [.....,..,.,.,..,] was created less than a month ago, and there are other accounts with invalid usernames that were created recently (within a few months of the current date).
Huh. Fascinating. Nice bug you found there! :)