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    Tried to signup to start playing, got:

    Username is too short (minimum is 5 characters)
    

    Why do people do this?

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      I imagine it’s to stop people from fighting over 2 and 3 letter names.

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        I’m always sad to lose my 3-letter name. I feel a good deal of ownership over it being that it’s my actual middle name!

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          Yeah, I’ve been jfb pretty much everywhere since 1992.

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            it’s one thing to lose my preferred nick to another Douglas Adams fan, but i was rather peeved when some couple named zander and emily decided they wanted a joint twitter account named ‘zem’ (: (they seem to have since given up on it; the current zem@twitter is someone whose actual name is zem, which arguably gives her a greater moral right to it)

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              “zem” for Zander and Emily seems entirely legitimate to me.

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          I also had this sad moment :( Enough services do this that I’ve a canonical 6-letter extension: cmrx64.

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            I hate to break it to you, but there are sites insisting that your username should be more than 8 characters long ^^

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              He just upgrades: cmrx1024

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                more than 8

                1024 brings him exactly at 8 which some sites still refuse :D (hint: count the chars in my nick). He would have to upgrade to cmrx16384 which isn’t that catchy anymore ;)

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          It’s an “Excalibur test” as mentioned in The Last Starfighter. I am amused by this.

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            The copy on this website is just so well written. The API descriptions, the FAQ, everything.