--- John L. Beck wrote:
>It ain't perfect, but it appears to be workable. Time will tell, and we're
>certainly not adverse to learning and adapting if a better approach shows
>up. It's certainly more mnemonic and is also a lot easier to give one's
>email address over the phone and for people to remember it than when it
>consisted of semi-random character strings.
I certainly agree with you that the full name aliases are more user
friendly than cryptic 8-char-or-less usernames. On the other hand our users
seem to disagree. What we've seen here, and the reason we're now thinking
about jettisoning the aliases in favor of more unique usernames, is that
the students tend to use the username as their e-mail address in spite of
the fact that we provide the more "friendly" full name aliase. Go figure!
We will keep the full name aliases for faculty and staff.
Anyway, I hope it works out for you. Good luck.
Mark Berman, Director for Networks & Systems
Williams College, OIT, Jesup Hall
Williamstown, MA. 01267 413-597-2092