Motivation for this thread
I wanted to open a thread to any who may have questions on how the petname system works in theory, why this system had been thought up, and the rationale behind the system.
There are two main sources from which most of my understanding of the Petname System has been derived. There are certainly more out there, but among the ones that I have read, these are the clearest and most concise. Please before you post, make sure that you have read, understood, and searched for a solution in both of these:
(They’re not as scary to read as they sound, I promise.)
Please limit the discussion to:
- Theory of the Petname System
- User Experience of the Petname System
Please retain any technical questions for the upcoming RFC. Other than that, feel free to ask away, and me or someone here will try to answer your questions as soon as possible.
As this discussion proceeds, I expect to construct a list of frequently asked questions. If you are aware of one that might be a good candidate but has already been asked and answered, please do not ask it again here. Instead, please submit a link to the original question and I will do my best to add it to the list in an easy to digest manner.
Q. Explain the Petname System to me in 40 words or less.
Q. What elements make up the Petname System?
A. Each name set consists of three elements:
- A key that is global and securely unique (but not necessarily memorable)
- A nickname that is global and memorable (but not at all unique)
- A petname that is securely unique and memorable (but private, not global)