(2003 to 2005)

No digits in username

Sat Jan 10 01:42:00 UTC+1100 2004


I'm just in the process of creating a username for use at so I can check out that that is all about.

But for the first time in my life I've come across a very disturbing problem. They don't allow digits in your username. To make matters worse, they stress that your username is 'for life' and ask you to agree that you won't create multiple accounts. So basically I'm stumped.

I've had problems using 'jj5' as my username on some servers before, because they claimed that it was too short. In this case I've used jj5v1 typically. I've also had to use jj5v1 when I originally created the jj5 account some years ago, but then forgot about it and signed up another day. Never before have I been faced with the no digits problem - and it's causing me some concern. The cool thing about jj5 is that it's short, it's unique (practically no-one else in the world uses it - there's probably about 10 or 20 people that have used it, and I don't think any of them are as committed to it as I am), I've got the domain to go with it, and I've been using if for at least 8 years.

The reason that I ended up there was because I was checking out the The International Obfuscated C Code Contest winners, and saw the code for a program that plays suicide chess. I felt like having a go of this online, so I looked for an online game that I could play, but ended up getting side tracked and finding FICS.

Anyhow, I simply refuse to choose a username that is for life that isn't jj5, or at very least prefixed with jj5. I can't for the life of me think of anything else to use. So I'm giving up, and going to go and do something else..


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