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Opened 5 years ago

Closed 5 years ago

#14203 closed defect (bug) (wontfix)

"Internal" WP user name shown to world when browsing that user's posts

Reported by: wPcoMuser Owned by:
Milestone: Priority: normal
Severity: normal Version: 3.0
Component: General Keywords:
Focuses: Cc:


  1. Create WP user INTERNAL_NAME
  2. That WP user then selects a screen name SCREEN_NAME, and selects to only display SCREEN_NAME to the world.
  3. The WP blog still shows that user's posts under http:/www.xxx.com/wp/authors/INTERNAL_NAME/[post], when a third party clicks to see that user's posts, the directory that is displayed is INTERNAL_NAME.

This happens with all themes, no plug-ins active. Seems to be internal to WP. I have seen it on versions from ~2.7 through 3.0 final.

I consider it a bug because it stops people from using more complex user names for security, although I appreciate whether it's a bug or a feature can be debated.

I searched and could find no similar bug.

Change History (1)

#1 @scribu
5 years ago

  • Milestone Awaiting Review deleted
  • Resolution set to wontfix
  • Status changed from new to closed

Yes, it's intended behaviour. WordPress generates a URL-friendly "nicename" from the user's login.


One problem with using the nick name is that it doesn't have to be unique whereas the username does.


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