https://bugzilla.wikimedia.org/show_bug.cgi?id=61416

--- Comment #17 from Steven Walling <swall...@wikimedia.org> ---
(In reply to MZMcBride from comment #16)
> (In reply to Ryan Kaldari from comment #11)
> > Why don't we just show the user a notice *after* the account has been
> > created whenever a username has been canonicalized?
> 
> If I register as "mzmcbride", I want the opportunity to change my username
> to something other than "Mzmcbride", which looks stupid and isn't what I
> specified. The "first letter is auto-capitalized" rule is a trick on the
> user and is completely unexpected. It's only fair to give warning _prior_ to
> account registration.

That's the thing though. The user can't register a lowercase username. Or one
with underscores. Or ones with trailing whitespace. If the user can't change
their name to get those things, there is no point in telling them so. You're
not warning them about things they can control. You're just throwing
information at them they can't really act on, other than to not register or
pick a completely different username which will be subject to the same rules.

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