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Changes at "Add nickname autofilling to the sign up form"

Avatar: Virgile Deville
Virgile Deville


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    Is your feature request related to a problem? Please describe.
    Our clients report that many of their users do not understand the difference between name and nickname when they sign up :

    • some don‚Äôt know what to input (it can be creative out of the blue ;))
    • some feel like they are asked to input the same info twice and find it annoying
    • some will create errors by inputing special characters* or going over the limit (25)
    • Constraint not mentioned in a help text that the user discovers with an error message after sending the form

    This creates unnecessary frictions at a crucial step.

    Describe the solution you'd like
    In order to make it easier to sign up on Decidim, we propose

    • to automatically fill the user nickname field using the name input
    • hide the nickname field on the signup form to avoid any confusion*

    *(what is this second field ? why is it autofilled ?) + they can always change it later in their account settings

    We propose to generate the nickname in the following way :

    • delete spaces
    • no uppercase
    • delete special characters
    • 25 characters
    • when duplacate add a number that can be incremented
    • keep 2 characters for numbers at the end

    Example :

    Name : Constantin Guillaume de La villardière → Nickname : constantinguillaumedela

    If a other users register with the same name we’ll have :






    Describe alternatives you've considered

    Additional context
    This was tried by Platoniq on one of their instance, they told us it really helped with registration.

    This proposal is part of a larger scope to improve authentication flow in Decidim. Working document here (External link).

    Does this issue could impact on users private data?

    Funded by
    OSP and Angers



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