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Hello! A quick thing. I was looking at TV.Net from the perspective of someone who doesn't have an account and is just making one. You know how our Membership Manual states that people need to have a unique name that isn't taken straight from the books, etc? Well, the Membership Manual isn't immediately obvious and people don't tend to click there a lot - even if they do, the rules and regulations for the names, avatars, etc. are buried kind of deep in there. In addition, the name requirements are also in one of the stickied threads in the Introductions, but historically people also gloss over that from time to time; of course, anyone who actually likes to research and be thorough and make sure they do everything 100% right will probably dig enough to find it, but otherwise it really isn't immediately obvious.

This, however, is what shows up when people try to register, and this is where I think we need to do better, because it says "You may use any name you wish", which is blatantly untrue. :laugh: Just wanted to point this out, thank you for your attention!​

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The rules for avatar, pseudonym etc are linked directly from the first page of the membership manual, hardly buried deep
 

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Regardless of how "buried" they are, more people sign up with usernames that have to be changed than not. Whether or not that's a problem is a question for @Arella Mathara.

Edit: As a gatekeeper, I can actually say that a member is much more likely to have their account approved if they have a WoT-sounding name. We do have issues where we accidentally deny non-bots because they have traditional usernames with letter/number mixes instead of WoT names.
 

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Hello! A quick thing. I was looking at TV.Net from the perspective of someone who doesn't have an account and is just making one. You know how our Membership Manual states that people need to have a unique name that isn't taken straight from the books, etc? Well, the Membership Manual isn't immediately obvious and people don't tend to click there a lot - even if they do, the rules and regulations for the names, avatars, etc. are buried kind of deep in there. In addition, the name requirements are also in one of the stickied threads in the Introductions, but historically people also gloss over that from time to time; of course, anyone who actually likes to research and be thorough and make sure they do everything 100% right will probably dig enough to find it, but otherwise it really isn't immediately obvious.

This, however, is what shows up when people try to register, and this is where I think we need to do better, because it says "You may use any name you wish", which is blatantly untrue. :laugh: Just wanted to point this out, thank you for your attention!​

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I've wondered about this as well, because there's no clear link to get to the Membership Manual since we changed themes. The top bar has a link to the Library, but as a new member I would not realize I had to go to the Library to read anything. I'd just click the Register button and follow the instructions there.
 

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Regardless of how "buried" they are, more people sign up with usernames that have to be changed than not. Whether or not that's a problem is a question for @Arella Mathara.

Edit: As a gatekeeper, I can actually say that a member is much more likely to have their account approved if they have a WoT-sounding name. We do have issues where we accidentally deny non-bots because they have traditional usernames with letter/number mixes instead of WoT names.
I agree this should be looked into. Thanks for the tag, I forgot to put it on my list when I first saw this thread :pleased-1:
 

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If I was a new member and wanted to sign up and immediately had to read an enormous membership manual, I wouldn’t. Especially if I just wanted to scope the place out to see if it was a fit for me.
 

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Do y'all think it would be appropriate to change this:
You may use any name that you wish.

To this:
Please choose a name that would fit within the world of the Wheel of Time. Actual character names are not allowed.

Then Membership can continue to do as they do, but might have to do less?
 

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Could we also mention that you need a surname? Or will that make it TLDR? :look:
Otherwise I think it's a great change

I'm also gonna look to improve the stickies soon (I'm on vacation with no wifi this week)
 

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It'd be good to make sure that page is entirely updated before we start sending new members to it directly.

Avatars are currently housed via your Member Home on our main site. To upload your avatar, click on the edit tab in your Member Home and scroll down to the Upload Picture box. Avatars over 50kb or different dimensions than 110x170 pixels will not be accepted. This avatar will show up in your profile, in the Who's Who, and on the forums.
 
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Do y'all think it would be appropriate to change this:
You may use any name that you wish.

To this:
Please choose a name that would fit within the world of the Wheel of Time. Actual character names are not allowed.

Then Membership can continue to do as they do, but might have to do less?
I think the suggested change would work. As for Surnames, that shouldn't be a requirement otherwise we'll have to make @Tree add to their name
 

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I think the suggested change would work. As for Surnames, that shouldn't be a requirement otherwise we'll have to make @Tree add to their name

It has always been a requirement that I don't think should change, and Tree actually used to have a surname. :shifty2:
 

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As per Erin, this has now been changed to “This is the name that will be shown with your messages. Please choose a name that would fit within the world of the Wheel of Time. Actual character names are not allowed.”

Hopefully this will help our Gatekeepers and new members alike :)
 

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Thanks Qam!
 

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Awesome update! Thanks y’all!
 
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