[wp-trac] [WordPress Trac] #39123: Allow usernames to be changed by administrators

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Tue Dec 6 22:27:43 UTC 2016

#39123: Allow usernames to be changed by administrators
 Reporter:  johnbillion                          |       Owner:
     Type:  enhancement                          |      Status:  new
 Priority:  normal                               |   Milestone:  Awaiting
Component:  Users                                |  Review
 Severity:  normal                               |     Version:
 Keywords:  needs-patch needs-unit-tests 2nd-    |  Resolution:
  opinion                                        |     Focuses:  multisite

Comment (by jdgrimes):

 This would cause issues for any plugin that is storing usernames as a way
 to identify users rather than IDs. Yes, IDs should generally be used, but
 the fact that usernames cannot change may mean that some plugins out there
 are doing it. I can't say I know of any off of the top of my head, though.
 Unless you count BuddyPress `@mentions`, though I don't know for sure how
 those work. Anyway, it would be possible for plugins to match a username
 up with the correct user by checking the usermeta, I guess, but I thought
 that this potential back-compat issue was worth mentioning.

Ticket URL: <https://core.trac.wordpress.org/ticket/39123#comment:4>
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