However, the author links in the entry meta sections expose their login usernames, which can be traced to individual students quite easily
How? If someone is subscribed as
afgbny678, how does that make them identifiable?
We use our University’s directory system for authentication and authorization. So Ralph Wiggum’s login for all campus systems (including Blackboard and our WordPress network) is rwiggum. When Ralph writes a blog post for English 101, he is told by his instructor to choose a pseudonym for the Nickname field and choose the Display Name accordingly.
So Ralph’s entry meta says “by John Doh” and the “View all posts by John Doh” link goes to http://example.princeton.edu/english101/author/rwiggum/
Have a look at http://en.wp.obenland.it/wp-author-slug/
Thank you for the plugin suggestion. So far it is the best option for resolving this issue.
It is a bit scary, though, to change the “user_nicename” value for the thousands of users in our network’s wp_users table with a single plugin activation. It might have been better if it changed that value in the just for users who are in that blog. However, I can see why the author wrote that plugin, and why hiding the login names might be a good idea.
If I were to use it, I would probably Network Activate it then — all or nothing.
I am glad to see that it is on WordPress.org. I shy away from plugins that aren’t in the WP Plugin Directory, and the author does provide a workaround in the forum to restore the original user_nicenames.
I will see what my colleagues think about this tomorrow.
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