Email Address vs. Username
Is there a benefit in converting "usernames" to "email addresses"? Given that authentication to some ASDWA-related sites is associated with a user's email address, is there a benefit to configuring ASDWA.org to do the same. At the moment, users cannot change their own usernames without causing login issues, so it could be anything. Email address would be easier to remember. Users could create a single "ASDWA password' that they used for all ASDWA-sites. Users might even be more sensitive to keeping their email information up-to-date, as it is connected to login.
We’ve flipped the switch!
Update: I can now "flip a switch" to apply this change, but need to test it before activating it for all users. I'd also need to alert all registered users of the change, with some heads up time to get into the system to update their email addresses. I *think* this option would retain the existing username data, it would just tell the system to authenticate against the email field instead of the username field.
I'm leaning this way myself, Jason, for the same reasons. More and more websites are authenticating from a user's email address rather than solely relying on usernames. ...the only real problem is the workload associated with manually making this change for all users. I think I would need about a minute or three per user, which is a lot of work hours. Thanks for your feedback!
Jason Newton commented
since we all have mulitple sites that we log into, it would be benifical to use our email id vs a username. We shouldn't forget our email address :)