Thanks to everyone who gave us feedback in this thread about the ability for forum members to change their usernames: You are not allowed to view links.
We know there are pros and cons to members being able to change usernames at will, and that thread produced a variety of opinions on the matter. However, we believe that the confusion created by changed usernames far outweighs any other considerations. When members change their username, it inconveniences other users and the mods because we don't immediately know who we're talking to. That's not a smart way to build a community.
With that in mind, we've decided on the following changes to the username policy:
1) Members will not be able to manually change their usernames as of January 1, 2014.
2) After that date, members with a good reason to have their username changed can do so by making a direct request to the mods, who will consider the request and aim to make a decision as quickly as possible. As January 1st approaches, we'll share more about how requests can be made, and what we'll consider when asked to change a username.
This gives everyone about six weeks to settle on a permanent username that will show up when you use the forum.
Those of you who consider your username to be an opportunity to show your creativity can still do so via your avatar and/or the "personal text" that displays with your profile info.
Thanks again for your feedback in that previous thread. If anyone has questions about the policy change, let us know and we'll do our best to answer.
Matt & the Mods