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Bogus login name shenanigans

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OK so I haven't been in for a while. Apparently I am supposed to buy it that I can login but then I have to update my details and get told that someone else is using my login name. Oh really? How did you know it was me then? Could it possibly be just that my old login name has only six characters and you now want at least seven? I think it could.

This sort of lazy error condition handling is pretty common in login scripts. Just try creating, say, a HotMail account without any digits in it like hotbananaelbow and its a fairly safe bet that it will claim that that user name is already in use, why not try hotbananaelbow64 instead? Yeah, 'cos at least sixty-three other people have already asked to be called hotbananaelbow. No really. I really believe you.


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