Desigining for Renaming

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Accepted Session
Short Form
Intermediate
Scheduled: Tuesday, June 23, 2015 from 4:45 – 5:30pm in B204

Excerpt

Renaming yourself is never easy. In Santa Clara County in the State of California, to file a petition to change one's name costs over $400, and may take six months or more. Then one must change one's name (and possibly one's gender marker) on the dozens of sites and services one uses.

On many sites, that's easy, I go to preferences and edit my name.

But then the site addresses me as "Mr. Emma Humphries," oh really?

Other systems will correctly greet me as "Emma" when I log in. But still call me by $DEAD_NAME when they send an email.

This brings us to the first best practice:

When I change my name in one place, change it in all the places.

Description

People using your app or site will need to change their names: they marry, they divorce, they change their birth name to something more suitable.

Some sites and apps make it simple, some make it harder, some don’t have a clue, some can’t help but make it complex because of laws.

Lets review good and bad examples of changing one’s name (and gender marker!) in sites and apps, and point out some best practices for sites to follow.

Tags

UX, gender, names

Speaking experience

My last tech conference talk was at the 2013 YAPC-NA introducing MVC on the client to Perl devs. I've participated in numerous panel discussions at WisCon, Potlatch, and WorldCons.

Speaker

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    Biography

    Emma works on problems ranging from UI to identity. She believes that while Power Pop, Coffee, Hockey, Bicycles, JavaScript, and Feminism may not save us, they make the world better.

    Sessions

      • Title: Desigining for Renaming
      • Track: Culture
      • Room: B204
      • Time: 4:455:30pm
      • Excerpt:

        Renaming yourself is never easy. In Santa Clara County in the State of California, to file a petition to change one’s name costs over $400, and may take six months or more. Then one must change one’s name (and possibly one’s gender marker) on the dozens of sites and services one uses.

        On many sites, that’s easy, I go to preferences and edit my name.

        But then the site addresses me as “Mr. Emma Humphries,” oh really?

        Other systems will correctly greet me as “Emma” when I log in. But still call me by $DEAD_NAME when they send an email.

        This brings us to the first best practice:

        When I change my name in one place, change it in all the places.

      • Speakers: Emma Humphries