i just don't vibe with last names why are they required

hey to all software devs out there
names should be handled as:
a free text unicode field with a generous max length and no validation.
do not require (last) names without good reason
if possible, make the purpose of the field clear when filling it in, i.e. put an example email or whatever you are actually using it for next to it.

and also, make it clear if legal names are required. make life a little easier for trans people in the process.

feel free to add to this thread.

@julialuna And make them optional please, so I don't have to make up random ones.

@easrng @julialuna agreed. A lot of applications would work without name personalization. A newsletter for example can greet me simply with "Hello", eliminating all but the email as a requirement


@lastfuture @easrng or just, have a default case for no name? and a different one for names? if you *insist* on being "personal"™️

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@julialuna @easrng That would require extra logic but it would be the right thing to do. For what it's worth if I don't provide a name I would be totally fine being called "user" but outside of english that will get difficult because e.g. in German a male user is "Benutzer" and a female user is "Benutzerin", let alone other genders.

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