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PostPosted: Sun Feb 19, 2017 6:12 pm    Post subject: Name Changes and Search Function in Inventory Reply with quote

Is it just me - or did IMVU sneak something in on us during an update?

I understand some people changing their names here. I did it a LONG time ago.

When I am using IMVU - I tend to search by the name I remember - not the new name someone made.

So for example - ZaraKaine - I bought a lot of things from.
She recently changed her name to Keodi...which I know because I follow her meshes and personality pretty close.

(That is why I am using her as an example...she won't take it personal)

I just went into my furniture inventory to search for a car she made.

It doesn't come up when I search by Zara anymore.

Why it was changed by IMVU is beyond me.

IMVU took away our ability to check on name changes. (which was important to me) And now they have taken away the search function I used a LOT.

And if I search by ZaraCaine in the catalog I do get a FEW products by Keodi - but not as many as I should expect.

A LOT of the people I buy from - have changed their names - and I can't find anything in my vast inventory.

The marketing aspect of this may be alarming down the road.

Anyone else testing this lately? I know most creators don't USE IMVU like I do - but I am sorta miffed they took away this feature from me.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 19, 2017 6:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree, taking away that feature was in my opinion, not a good idea. I spent a good 10 mins looking for a trig song that one of my FAV users made...all because he/she changed their name Sad Not only that, It was also very useful to find friends that changed their name and didn't tell anyone. I've also noticed you can have another name, ( not your user name ) on NEXT, but lets NOT go there.....NEXT is giving me indigestion...blah.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 19, 2017 6:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think it remains the same because you haven't cleared your cache but once you do, IMVU will update you with all of the new names. Although maybe there's a different sort of change you're referring to.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 19, 2017 7:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nope....IMVU took that away, Cleaning your cache wont fix it.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 19, 2017 8:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

...and clearing your cache never effected it before.

This is new.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 20, 2017 12:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

But if that`s the way it work now it make sense to me .
If I ever change my name , I would like to be gone for good, so pp can find me ( or not ,lol) with the new name.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 20, 2017 1:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thats true.
I dislike the change though due to the reasons mentioned above.
But then again...im already lost in my wardrobe anyways...
online and offline. lol
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 20, 2017 6:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jaleman31 wrote:
But if that`s the way it work now it make sense to me .
If I ever change my name , I would like to be gone for good, so pp can find me ( or not ,lol) with the new name.


How do you RETAIN a customer if they can't find you?

IMVU doesn't think retention - but I do.

I have people who STILL write and tell me how much they enjoy a line of furniture that I made 6 years ago and link me to a new item to add to the line.

The old way - I can type in in your old name OR current name.
The new way - I have to know your new name to associate to you.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 20, 2017 7:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think new name, new start or .. then why bother to change name?
( should we keep both, old and new, it can get confusing)
maybe is just me, but I keep thinking if I ever change my name is cos I want a new start, and I already thought well what would happen , pp will lose track of my old nick etc.
Lets say I change my name/ nick .
then
if it`s not meant to work this way , imagine the confusion if any one else get my old name, multiply by who knows , all the pp who change names, not fair to
..........................
It remains me when I get a new phone number and pp are calling and is for some one else.....
<<<<<<<<<<<<<>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
new phone number,., 3 am... ring ring.. collection office you have 24 hours to pay your bill or you`ll get a late charge....Shocked Shocked Shocked
happen me to me few times ..no fair.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 20, 2017 8:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Since IMVU has declared Name Change History is now Private and the means of stalking people is removed, I would say it is appropriately removed from the search.

People knowing who changed their name and what they changed it to is wrong. Using the product search to discover who changed their name would be too easy. There are many who are stalking and harassing others by the old removed unsafe "Name Change History" database. The database is removed from public for a reason.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 20, 2017 10:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I dont see this as a problem from imvu by not showing you the products if you search with someone's older name. In that case, it would be fault of the creator that changed their name, impacting in the way they used to market themselves. Changing names is their decision so they must have their reasons for it.

And yeah the name change history hiding is another discussion, it had its pros and cons but basically got taken out for security reasons that the users have asked for.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 20, 2017 11:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's my point gaf...
don't change your name Wink

This is a marketing problem for sure.

Some of you seem to be more concerned with your new brand over your old customer.

Just something to think about!
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 20, 2017 11:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lestat makes a point about the stalking issue, however, for those of us who don't have a stalker issue (because seriously, I think I scare them) it could be a giant pain in the posterior region for creators and their customers who can't find them.

Zara is a great example, I kept seeing this Keodi chick, and I was wondering who was that and why did she have Zara's meshes?! My first thought was someone had ripped off her meshes, and then after a couple of seconds, I realized she actually changed her name.

What would have been nice is if they had made the visible name change history optional. People who don't want it visible could tick a box to hide it in their account settings, and people who do want it visible could untick it. But you know.. common sense and all...

Also, if my name ever changes, I will have been hacked. I will never change my name. lol
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 20, 2017 12:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is why I just refuse to change my name again. It's so frustrating when you're trying to find someone in your inventory and can't because of a name change... thankfully some devs leave their old icons alone so you can still find them pretty easily if you can recognize the icon.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 20, 2017 4:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jaleman31 wrote:
I think new name, new start or .. then why bother to change name?
( should we keep both, old and new, it can get confusing)
maybe is just me, but I keep thinking if I ever change my name is cos I want a new start, and I already thought well what would happen , pp will lose track of my old nick etc.
Lets say I change my name/ nick .
then
if it`s not meant to work this way , imagine the confusion if any one else get my old name, multiply by who knows , all the pp who change names, not fair to
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It remains me when I get a new phone number and pp are calling and is for some one else.....
<<<<<<<<<<<<<>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
new phone number,., 3 am... ring ring.. collection office you have 24 hours to pay your bill or you`ll get a late charge....Shocked Shocked Shocked
happen me to me few times ..no fair.

That's what I was thinking.

If Bob changes his name to Frank, then Bert changes his name to Bob....who shows up when I search for Bob?

I think name changes are a lot more common than they were a few years ago, maybe the above scenario was causing issues.
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