Subject: Re: misc/2668: login-names >8 chars make no fun
To: Tom I Helbekkmo <tih@Hamartun.Priv.NO>
From: Simon Burge <>
List: current-users
Date: 08/19/1996 08:22:08
On Sun, 18 Aug 1996 12:47:59 +0000 (GMT)  Tom I Helbekkmo wrote:

> The solution is non-personal logins like "eng0145", which maybe says
> that this is the 145th login account authorized by the sysop in the
> engineering department, and email aliases like "engineering", "sales"
> and "project034" for services, project groups, specific positions --
> so that when someone inside or outside the organization sends mail to
> someone who's no longer there, it'll be received by the person who now
> holds that job or performs that service.  Private email is handled by
> letting people give out their actual login id to personal contacts,
> and forwarding such mail after the person when they go elsewhere.
> Hmm.  This turned into quite a sermon.  Anyway, that's how I feel, and
> by inference, I feel that we should stick to the old limit instead of
> encouraging people to go overboard with long login names.  Then again,
> it is very arguable that the actual, individual system administrators
> should be given the freedom to make that choice.  :-)
> -tih

No flame intended, but it's interesting to note your login (or at least
your mail alias) is your initials...

Simon Burge
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