October 21, 2005 in Feedback
I just upgraded my message board from 1.x to 2.1 and am incredibly disappointed to find that my users can no longer have multiple accounts with the same email address.
I would really like to see this feature available again in future versions as right now I am seriously looking at moving to an entirely different board software because this feature is necessary to my message board users.
I know this used to be a setting in 1.3, and I assume it still is, although I can't find it at the moment.
Nope, I've already been informed that it isn't available anymore because of the way the database has been restructured. I've been told that I need to tell my users to put in fake email addresses, which doesn't work because then I have no way to contact them.
I know a possible workaround, but I'm not capable of coding it on my own as I'm a graphic designer and not a programmer. Theoretically, someone could make a custom profile field for email address, include it in the registration information, and then re-tool the post office to use the information from that custom field rather than the primary email address field.
Why do people need multiple usernames...
With all the free email sevices, why can't they just get another email.
Because I don't want them to have multiple email addresses.
I run a roleplaying game. People need multiple usernames so that they can maintain accounts for each character they play-- I play something like sixty characters, and each of them needs their own account so they can each have a full profile with identifying information.
I would like to be able to send my users emails and make sure that they get all their emails and alerts. I would also like to have a current database of which users are playing which characters-- it's easiest to just do a search by email to see that the characters are registered to the same user.
That is why I want multiple user names that all go to the same email address.
The IPS kernel is structured to allow sharing of member information between our products and your own systems. This information is linked together by e-mail address and is required to be unique, so unfortunately, what you are wanting to do is not possible without modification and I don't believe there are any plans to change that - I do apologize.
If your users use gmail there is a possibility.
If you have the adress email@example.com than you can also use
So you will receive email from all those adresses !!
You can even filter these adresses in its own labels, and that makes you have like multiple adresses with one account ! Thats gmail-power !
What's to stop one from using a fake address, then going into the database and changing it back to the real one?
I wouldn't be shocked if your users used fake emails already.
Using fake emails makes it sort of impossible to stay on top of things, so people don't do it. It's not as if people aren't allowed to have multiple accounts-- we need them to! That's the problem. It's only when you don't want people using multiple accounts that they do things like fake.
Guardian-- the problem is that it won't allow duplicate entries in the tables, not just on the registration page.
Thanks, Nicoo, but I can't ask every single one of our users to change their email service just for the purposes of this site. It's useful to know, though.
Lindy, I appreciate your response. I'm wondering why such a decision was made-- I'm frankly shocked if I'm the first person to complain about this. It's an absolutely necessary feature for my site and the past week without it has been an absolute nightmare because we can't contact any of our users. I really, really like the software besides this problem, and I'm trying to figure out a workaround for it, but I'm not a programmer and I don't even know where to start.
Lindy, I appreciate your response. I'm wondering why such a decision was made-- I'm frankly shocked if I'm the first person to complain about this.
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