Dealing with users without usernames

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There were a lengthy discussion on slack about how apps should deal with user who don’t have (yet) a confirmed username.

Questions that came up:

  • Is it better if radiks is using identity addresses instead of usernames? (https://github.com/blockstack/radiks/issues/61)
  • Can users have several blockstack names with the same identity address?
  • How can apps know whether a username is pending?
  • What is best practice if the user wants to publish data? Or share data with a user who has a pending name?
  • Should users without a username be allowed to use radiks (as radiks is an indexer of users’ gaia buckets)
  • What should happen to data when a username is transferred to a new identity address (same user with new keys or new owner with new keys)? Affects all apps using radiks and OI Chat, Graphite,…

Answers:

As of an old post, pending usernames can be queried:

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