Forum - showing full name (Not good!)

As I mentioned in my other thread, I am more than happy to share my full name, but it MUST meet my display standards. Some of us do care about these things.

Can you use a non-breaking space?

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I am also equally as happy to disable my forum access, though that didn’t seem to remove my name or anything (GDPR?)

I don’t want to break any rules, and I’m not here to cause trouble. I’ll go if it’s a problem.

The situation is different for Xojo.It sells a product and the forum is crucial to make the most of the product.And Xojo is pretty clear that it links an account to a user on the forum.If I remember correctlyyou can create a user account without a xojo account.Both are a linked a a court would likely recognise this link as the proof that Xojo product and Xojo forum are “one”product/service offered to EU citizens.Therefore,if the GDPR applies to the Xojo product,it also applies to the forum.

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And who are the moderators?

As I mentioned we are not subject to the GDPR though we have gone to great lengths to respect it on behalf of our EU users. Having said that, despite the best intentions of the law, if it allows anonymity where anonymity is not required, it makes it quite easy for people to hide on the Internet, an issue that should be especially of concern these days with foreign bad actors interfering with other countries’ elections.

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I linked them on my post. For name changes you can contact:


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@Geoff_Perlman i’m in no way enforcing or requiring Xojo to apply GPDR that’s up to law makers. I’m requesting you to allow the end-user of this forum to EDIT/MODIFY/DELETE their personal information. In the event this forum is breached for whatever reason or cause i don’t want to have NO way to DELETE my information because all xojo moderators need to adapt. Also having a way to hide certain parts of this forum from the public view should not be an issue for xojo ? so when one has it’s account set to not allow public posting then it can only post in a private forum part (like testers). Altough these parts should not be used for general posts. It’s like facebook having a post only allowing frieds to see it instead of the whole world.


Users already have two options:

  1. Turn off forum access.
  2. Contact us about changing their user name to something that meets the guidelines such as first name, last initial.

I have two questions about turning off forum access:

1 - Does it hide the user messages ?

2- Does it delete the user messages ?

No it does not (we don’t want to remove all posts by default and leave a hole) - but we will remove all posts if requested.

Just because the EU says that their laws apply to other countries doesn’t make it so. It really comes down to enforcement. If there is no way for the EU to enforce such a claim, it really doesn’t matter. And right now there is no such enforcement.

The question of wether or not GDPR actually applies to US companies has not yet been decided by US courts.

I want my “Rick A” back. Thank you. Handle Rick_A.

People who are not logged in see only initials.

can you let my user name MarkusR but display it like others Markus R.
i see it is now displayed without underscore.

Thank you for the answer.

I never liked the “idea” of the forums displaying a persons full name. I don’t have a problem with administrators knowing who I am (for legal, compliance and reasons to promote good conduct between parties), but the internet is a shady place. And many people have difficult jobs and are subject to online and physical harassment simply because people on the internet are trolls and some people just don’t have a life, are malicious or vindictive or whatever reason.

For decades I have had an online persona built up on a particular set of pseudonyms, and I worked in an area that meant my life was in constant physical danger from members of the public. I am lucky that I no longer have that life but I still follow a lot of those principles.

It took some work to create a forum name when I initially joined that went with my online persona and there should be some level of anonymity when being online. I’m not saying it shouldn’t be “in check” but enforcement of people identifying themselves to personal information is just not good practice (and I do believe illegal in certain jurisdictions)


But should users have that right? Who has the higher “right”? Someone who wan’t to know who is talking to them, or someone who want’s to protect their private life?

Are you talking about my name? Anthony already changed it, I can see your full name without being logged in.

Please message @Dana_Brown with name change requests.