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The Bellinghman
Date: 2009-02-12 14:24
Subject: Paper doesn't change
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Well, of course, paper does change. But for those of us used to the evanescence and volatility of the intaweb, it can be amusing to see printed matter getting out of date.

In particular, I note two items in the latest issue of Vector.

1) The back cover ad for NewCon 5. Sadly, this event has been postponed, but the ad cheerily still lists its original date.

2) An actual web link to an article on nwhyte's LJ ... which is now known as nwhyte. Luckily, the old journal name still works, but at some stage, it will presumably get reused by someone else.

ETA: Since as happydisciple points out, those two links are showing up the same, I should point out that the first one was entered (and is editable for me) as 'nhw'.
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Jos Dingjan
User: happydisciple
Date: 2009-02-12 15:15 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
The redirect-fu is so strong that your entry has two identical LJ user names and links.

*looks through the source* No trace of "nhw" anymore.

It seems that any use of <lj user=nhw> gets modified automagically, and one would presume retroactively, too. Neat!
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2009-02-12 15:36 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Ooo, how tricksy!

It doesn't get modified in the source, which is intresting. It looks like they have an internal link when you change a journal name from the old one to the new one.

So, there would appear to be categories of name handling:
  • An active account, e.g. nwhyte: the user icon appears.
  • A defunct account: it gets the cross out when displayed.
  • A renamed account, e.g. nhw: the new account name is displayed
  • A nonexistant account, e.g. thisisadefinitelybadname: [Bad username: thisisadefinitelybadname]
I'd expect previous names to be recycled at some stage, at which point the old-new link will break.
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Jos Dingjan
User: happydisciple
Date: 2009-02-12 16:16 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Interesting. I don't have sufficient rights to edit comments, I noticed that entering <lj user=nhw> in a comment gets turned into nwhyte, and any trace of "nhw" is gone from the html.

(also, have you ever thought of how something like &lt; in an editable text field such as this shows up in the html? As &amp;lt;. And now think about what I had to type to have "&amp;lt;" appear the way you see it. Yup, that was &amp;amp;lt;. Which in itself required me to type yet another level of "amp", and...)
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2009-02-12 16:19 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
What does your source for that look like?
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Jos Dingjan
User: happydisciple
Date: 2009-02-12 22:37 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Funny you should ask. I...

On second thought, let's not go there. It is a silly place.
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Could use a little more cowbell: owl
User: thewhiteowl
Date: 2009-02-21 18:14 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:owl
Nope; the redirect will rename as long as nwhyte has an active journal, or unless he actually asks staff to have the redirect broken.

(here via friendsfriends)
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2009-02-21 18:52 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
So no-one can actually take the old 'nhw' name?

Interesting.
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sphyg
User: sphyg
Date: 2009-02-12 15:46 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Ooh, thanks for the heads-up on NewCon. I would've put the old date in my diary.
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2009-02-12 18:08 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Yeah - it was mentioned on slovobooks's LJ, but I've not noticed an announcement elsewhere.
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Nicholas
User: nwhyte
Date: 2009-02-14 14:26 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
You will be amused to know that I changed the name of my account in part because "nhw" is a frequently used pronoun in a certain language, and so was defeating my attempts at self-googling!
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