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From Daniel Hinojosa <>
Subject Re: usernames on forge-allura.a.o - for ASF committers and for everyone else
Date Tue, 01 Oct 2013 15:28:42 GMT
I'm concerned about "username fiddling." Would you be able to provide
real examples of what this looks like?

I care about this as we all tend to pick a persona across platforms;
if this change forces a change in persona (username), that could have
a negative impact on user perception.

Thank you,


Daniel Hinojosa
Community Manager, Slashdot Media
p: 415.890.3608
skype: hinojosad

On Oct 1, 2013, at 8:17 AM, Dave Brondsema <> wrote:

> Any thoughts on this?  It seems complex to me, but I most of the complexity is
> in the dual-login setup, which I think really is important.  The username
> fiddling probably won't be too much additional work.
> On 9/19/13 5:38 PM, Dave Brondsema wrote:
>> Before we move tickets over, I think we should have a good login system that'll
>> work long-term.
>> I would like to support ASF committers logging in via ASF LDAP (infrastructure
>> can set up an auth proxy in front of Allura).  If Allura gains popularity among
>> other projects in Apache (and I hope it does), we could have a lot of ASF users
>> on it, and managing that through the official LDAP system will help a lot.
>> I think we'll also want anyone to be able to create an account so that they can
>> report a bug, make a comment, etc.
>> Setting up an auth provider which can handle both would be ideal.  A problem,
>> though is username conflicts.  Even if we prevent users from registering with
>> usernames that match existing ASF accounts, we could have a future problem if a
>> new ASF committer chooses a username that a "regular" person has on Allura already.
>> A possible solution is to "namespace" the usernames so that these two are
>> separate and can't conflict.  An underscore "_" is not allowed in ASF usernames,
>> so it could be automatically appended to all "regular" Allura usernames (on
>> forge-allura.a.o instance only of course).  Or we could put something on all ASF
>> committer usernames like an "asf-" prefix.  I prefer to keep the ASF committer
>> usernames unchanged since they will be the biggest potential users of Allura, so
>> I'd go with johndoe_ format for non-ASF accounts on our instance of Allura.
>> Messing with people's usernames is kind of ugly, but at least with them
>> separated we'll have a clear distinction between the types and thus be able to
>> make changes later, if needed.
>> Thoughts, or better ideas?
>> If we agree, we can begin working on this in a custom authentication provider.
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