[Haskell-cafe] Hackage accounts and real names

Gwern Branwen gwern0 at gmail.com
Mon Apr 5 09:33:25 EDT 2010

On Sun, Apr 4, 2010 at 5:28 PM, David House <dmhouse at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi,
> An issue came up on #haskell recently with Hackage accounts requiring
> real names. The person in question (who didn't send this email as he's
> wishing to remain anonymous) applied for a Hackage account and was
> turned down, as he refused to offer his real name for the username.
> Those of us in the conversation thought this a bit of an odd policy,
> and were wondering where this came from. It also emerged that a couple
> of other people had been held back from getting Hackage accounts
> because of this reason.

It must've been put in place in the past year or two; I've never made
any bones about using a pseudonym, and I had no trouble getting a
Hackage account back when it was starting up.


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