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This proposal has been implemented

  • Funded by Decidim Association

  • Developed by Decidim Association

  • Available in release 0.28 via #11510

Add nickname autofilling to the sign up form

Avatar: Open Source Politics
Open Source Politics

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’t 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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