moderated Re: Member Directory Search fails if member name is an email address #bug

Bruce Bowman

On Tue, Nov 17, 2020 at 11:02 AM, Terry Slattery wrote:
If Display Name is not set, would the member not appear in the Directory?
It is currently possible to share your profile without populating Display Name. I am proposing a change to eliminate that, forcing the person to populate it before sharing the profile with others.

If that's the case, what name would be displayed in a posting by that member?

The current mechanism uses the email frag as a proxy for the Display Name for some functions...

If Display Name is not populated, a posting (or Directory entry) is tagged with that person's system-wide @Username, if they have one. If they have neither a group Display Name nor a system-wide @Username, the post is labeled with the obfuscated email address myaddress@....

Forcing a person to populate Display Name before sharing their profile would eliminate your searching concerns...other subscribers can then search on the Display Name without having to know anything about that person's email address. It would also help to address concerns expressed by others about the security of displaying the fragmentary email address.


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