Random Usernames and Passwords

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You can give members random usernames and passwords when they sign-up by adding a hidden field to the NATS Pre-Join Form template. The field's name must be signup[random_userpass]. The fields value should contain three to four parameters separated by colons.

Parameters

(Required parameters in bold)

Name Description Possible Values Default Value Example
Length Number of characters in the username and password Any whole number between 6 and 16 None. You must specify a length 16
Lowercase Only use lowercase characters in the username and password 0 or 1 (exclusive) 0. Uses lowercase and uppercase characters 1
Maximum Searches How many times should NATS try to generate a unique random username before failing Any whole number greater than zero 10. Tries to generate a unique random username 10 times 20
Username Prefix Append a prefix to the random username Any combination of #s and letters None (optional). A prefix is not required. abcd

Currently, the Username Prefix is used for both Username and Password


You should add the $errors.username variable to the join page so NATS can display username errors.

Note: NATS may throw an error if the random username happens to be generated with a number as the first character, in this case we recommend adding a prefix character to the random string.

  • Example: <input type="hidden" name="signup[random_userpass]" value="10:1:5:a">

Examples

  • 10 character username and password, lowercase, a maximum of 5 searches: <input type="hidden" name="signup[random_userpass]" value="10:1:5">
  • 14 character username and password, lowercase, a maximum of 5 searches, with username and password prefix abcd: <input type="hidden" name="signup[random_userpass]" value="14:1:5:abcd">
  • 8 character username and password, upper and lowercase, a maximum of 3 searches: <input type="hidden" name="signup[random_userpass]" value="8:0:3">
  • 12 character username and password, upper and lowercase, a maximum of 10 searches: <input type="hidden" name="signup[random_userpass]" value="12">