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From Janne Jalkanen <>
Subject Re: Question regarding user names
Date Fri, 25 Jan 2008 21:49:39 GMT

The username is the "login name", i.e. typically your account name.   
This is what you would use to login in an UNIX system.

The full name is then your regular name.

The wikiname *used* to be different, but in 2.6 it's just a generated  
property, and largely replaced by the full name anyway.  We should  
deprecate it and get rid of it in 3.0 timeframe.

After cleaning away about 200 garbage strings from "WikiNames" I  
figured that people don't get them.

BTW, here's a completely unrelated statistic that I just dug up: 98%  
of all edits to are spammers.  Isn't it wonderful to have  
a spam filter?


On 25 Jan 2008, at 16:45, Florian Holeczek wrote:

> Hi all,
> I've been searching the documentation but haven't found any sufficient
> answers to the question:
> * how the different names (user name, full name, wiki name) are
>   related to each other (that's the main point)
> * why they're distinguished
> * and where and how they should be used or not (regarding
>   links, ACLs, wiki groups,...) (ok this is partly documented, but it
>   seems to me that either name may be used in any case, which doesn't
>   make sense to me, so I guess I'm wrong)
> Would appreciate any answers and cause consideration to make the
> documentation clearer in this point.
> Regards,
>  Florian

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