[openstreetmap-website] Permalinks break when user changes their display name (#482)
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Mon Sep 16 10:46:26 UTC 2013
This problem is well know, and not new, but still needs to be solved.
All of the user-related urls, like diaries and even user profiles, use the "display name" in the url, which can be changed by the user, e.g.
This makes it impossible to create stable links to users or their diaries etc, and users can hamper communication and anti-vandalism activities by repeatedly changing their display name.
The urls need to be stable. One way to achieve this would be to use the user-id instead of the display name
The user id is already exposed in the API and used by third-party services, precisely because the display name is unstable. We could do the same on osm.org.
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