[Openid-specs-ab] Username

Justin Richer jricher at mitre.org
Wed May 16 15:27:41 UTC 2012

Whether or not we want to encourage them, we have systems that will use 
them. Facebook also has "username" now:


So I say we just grab that and be done with it. PoCo has 
"preferredUsername" for the same purpose. This makes a lot more sense 
than "nickname", which really has a different (and potentially useful in 
parallel) semantic behind it.

  -- Justin

On 05/16/2012 11:16 AM, John Bradley wrote:
> That is not part of the basic set of attributes Facebook uses,  That was where the list originally came from.
> I thought that nickname was used by RP for that.
> looking at the spec the example of shorting Michael to Mike may be slightly misleading, In my case my nickname is "ve7jtb".  The other potential issue is that we don't preclude spaces.
> Is there a need for a separate claim that is a single string not including spaces to be used as a local user name.
> There is also the question of encouraging local user names.
> John B.
> On 2012-05-16, at 10:45 AM, Justin Richer wrote:
>> I might be missing it, but it seems that there's a gap for specifying a user's preferred local username in the User Info schema. This is distinct from "user_id" which is a guaranteed unique identifier, "name" which is the actual name of the person, "nickname" which is a shortened first name, or anything else that I can see.
>> Is there a specific reason for this omission? If not, I'd like us to add in a standard claim for this information.
>> -- Justin
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