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Denise ([staff profile] denise) wrote in [site community profile] dw_maintenance2012-02-22 01:47

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[personal profile] karayan 2012-02-24 13:50 (UTC)(link)
Yeah, I'm curious about this too. Because I'd really like it if display names showed up, and I definitely remember the response being that it would be too cumbersome. And making comments and descriptions show up is a lot more text than display names.
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[personal profile] karayan 2012-02-25 17:36 (UTC)(link)
Thank you for responding! Buuut I still have some issues with the lack of an inclusion of the display name.

1) "in most non-RP use cases, people's display name is something that has no relation to the actual journal" I don't think that's true at all! I mean, people choose a display name for a REASON. Even if it's something silly, it's something they'd like to show up, right? In my case, my username is different than my online handle, and I know a number for people for whom that is the case. It would be very nice if we could have the names we choose show up, you know?

2) I'm an RPer, most of my friends are RPers, and I don't think I know any RPer who puts their character name into every single description field (or any) -- if they use the description field for accessibility reasons, it's usually as an identification of emotion the icon represents -- if the icons are all of the same character, which they generally are, it seems kind of unnecessary to include the name (especially when if the display name was included in the alt text, it + the description would still be helpful for accessibility). So I actually can't see the inclusion of the description field solving the character name problem at all.
Edited 2012-02-25 17:41 (UTC)
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[personal profile] deborah 2012-02-25 18:05 (UTC)(link)
Even if it's something silly, it's something they'd like to show up, right?


In the suggestions posts, many people said they don't want their display name to appear. I think it's just use really inconsistently across the user base; for a long time it was exposed pretty much nowhere, so people don't have any particular standard for how it gets used.

(that being said, I think it's available to S2, so a style could be written which would expose display names beneath userpics.)

if they use the description field for accessibility reasons, it's usually as an identification of emotion the icon represents


This is actually not the best way to use the description field. The idea of that field is that many people can see the image, and they have certain information available to them -- so let's use the description field to make that information available to everyone.

For example, I could have an icon of Kermit the frog making a disgruntled face. If I just said "disgruntled" in the description field, then people who can see the images would still get the extra information of knowing that it's Kermit the frog, but people who can't see the images would be missing that information. But if my description is "Kermit the frog, disgruntled face" the people who don't see the image know exactly what the icon is of, and get all of the extra connotations available to people who do see the image.

After all, there are different connotations to Kermit the frog making a disgruntled face, Bruce Springsteen making a disgruntled face, Indira Gandhi making a disgruntled face, or a stick figure of a grumpy person. We'd like to make sure that all of those connotations are available to everyone using the site.
Edited (ugh dictation errors) 2012-02-25 18:07 (UTC)