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Sysadmin told to spend 20+ hours changing user names, for no reason

Alan Brown Silver badge

Re: Push back and automate

"We have now moved to a uniform of [firstname].{optional: middle initial}.[surname]{optional number for duplicates if middle initial doesn't differentiate}. This matches the email alias on the corporate Exchange server."

The problem with this kind of thing is when you use it for email too.

My name is particularly common - there are at least 100 ABrowns across the organisation and at least a dozen with the same middle initial. Unsurprisingly I get a _lot_ of mail intended for other ABrowns

Still not as bad as one place I worked: We had 3 Alan Gr[ae]ys within 30 feet of each other and a dozen other Alans in the laboratory - all colours covered.

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