Since the early days of the webCoRE forum, we have maintained a username policy.
Usernames on the webCoRE forum that match names on here pass through a verification process. This is done to avoid users impersonating established users on this forum. We had a couple of fake users (including ST staff members being impersonated), so we needed to stamp this out.
We also felt it would help with continuity across the two platforms and that users on here would appreciate having their names reserved for them, should they ever choose to sign up in the future.
On a regular basis I run a script which compares webCoRE forum names with those on the SmartThings forum. Matching names are flagged as follows:
During the sign up process, webCoRE forum users are asked to send me a PM on here to verify that they are the same person. I can then flag them as verified and award our ‘verified ST user’ badge.
In the most part this works however ST users at trust level 0 are unable to initiate PM’s. To verify these users I periodically initiate PM’s from my side. But this still results in those users being stuck with the orange flag until I message them.
If users don’t reply, I PM them a ‘Second attempt to reach out’ a few weeks later.
If they still fail to respond I update their flag to the following and send them a final warning via email:
30 days after that, their profiles are silenced, I add _UNVERIFIED to the end of their usernames and give them the unverified flag:
At the time of writing, 203 users are pending verification, 2118 users have been verified, 1075 non-ST names have been skipped and 65 users have been suspended for not responding.
This thread is for trust level 0 users to verify their webCoRE usernames so they don’t have to wait for me to send them a PM. Just reply to this post stating that you created a webCoRE profile using the same name, and I will do the rest.
I will put a link to this thread on the webCoRE forum signup page.
If myself or @cozdabuch like your post, it means we have completed your verification.