[ckan-discuss] User names

Jonathan Gray jonathan.gray at okfn.org
Sat Dec 4 17:42:51 GMT 2010

Ah great!

In that case the problem may be more social than technical. I.e.
retrospectively getting people to register for IDs (BTW should this be
called 'username' rather than 'full name'?), and URLs (could we have
some neat field to specify custom URLs, like I can, e.g. on Flickr,

So if I want to add someone to a group, I currently have to:

  (i) email them to ask them to create a user ID -- and explain how to do this
  (ii) get them to email me to tell me what it is
  (iii) add this via the dropdown menu

Some possible improvements in the process:

  * Allow me to contact the user directly in CKAN -- (i) currently
assumes I have their email address which I may not...
  * Allow me to do (iii) via autocomplete form, or (even better) let
me skip (i) to (iii) by searching for their name / email address and
adding them that way. ;-)

Also can we currently bulk email users to ask them to do things like
give themselves a username, or to tell them about new features they
may be interested in? Other web services frequently do this, and I
think it would be a good way to keep in touch with CKAN's registered


On Sat, Dec 4, 2010 at 6:22 PM, Rufus Pollock <rufus.pollock at okfn.org> wrote:
> On 4 December 2010 16:39, Jonathan Gray <jonathan.gray at okfn.org> wrote:
>> Re: nice human readable user names: I know this is on the list of
>> things to do, but just a ping to see if it can be nudged up the
>> priority chain.
>> For an incentive, try adding authorising someone with a Google account
>> to be an administrator on a package group you have rights to (its
>> pretty much impossible!).
>> Here's a nice illustration. ;-)
>>  http://www.flickr.com/photos/okfn/5231354015/
> Not quite sure what the problem is here. If you a user has updated
> their account to put in their name then that name (rather than ugly
> openid) is displayed in the list and everywhere else on the site. They
> do need to go edit their profile though -- perhaps it would be good to
> prompt them to do this after logging in if they haven't already).
> I did this earlier in the day with someone and it worked fine :)
> Rufus

Jonathan Gray

Community Coordinator
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