Allow capital letters in usernames

My username is my callsign, KC1LQM. iNaturalist only allows lowercase usernames, thus my username appears as ‘kc1lqm’. I’m advocating for a cosmetic change, the ability to select/save how your username is cased, upper, lower, or inter.
To be clear, I’m not suggesting that the whole username process be case-sensitive (e.g. John is a different user than JOHN, or john) as that could lead to confusion. Only that users be able to have their preference of how their username is displayed.
I think this is worth consideration, as many usernames might follow the pattern of “first name”“last name” (e.g. johnsmith, margretatwood) and displaying those with intercased letters would render them more readable (JohnSmith, MargetAtwood)
best and 73,
KC1LQM

Welcome to the forum, @KC1LQM. Just FYI, you can (and presumably should) vote for your own feature requests by clicking the blue “vote” box to the left of the title.

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Heya @mira_l_b ,
I’m thrilled to join the community. Somehow it didn’t feel intuitive to vote for my own suggestion, so thank you for the tip.

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I feel your pain. I changed my name from ArboretumAmy to arboretum_amy because the lack of uppercase made it unclear what I was trying to say.

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Now that I think about it, I was going to be MiraLB but became mira_l_b once I realized it wouldn’t let me. I probably wouldn’t change it now because I am used to it but I do dislike having to type underscores.

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@arboretum_amy Exactly!
Thanks for voicing your support, I’m sure there are others out there too who had to devise workarounds like you did.

I do sort of appreciate the informal atmosphere that all-lowercase names supports, but I don’t have a strong opinion either way.

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So it’s not Arbor Etu Mamy?

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Yes please - especially since we have multiple languages here.
Insect man rjpretor is Mr Pretorius.
It is sometimes hard to know which way to split a string of letters into meaningful words.

Cool, I think we can do this. I’m thinking an Account Setting below Username that allows you to type in the way you want your username to appear, using the characters which make up your username. That sound OK?

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That sounds great, yeah!