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Aceofspades
02-22-2011, 02:48 PM
So, after a couple of years these ID's have gotten a bit confusing for the casual steam users.

Everyone has 3-4 ID's right now:
Their account login: awesomename12 (which some people consider as a steam ID)
Your steam ID: STEAM_0:1:1234567
Public Profile link: http://steamcommunity.com/profiles/76561198031036672

Optional:
Public Profile ID link: http://steamcommunity.com/id/Shrewball

Some users seem to confuse the login name with their Profile ID. They keep typing in their login name into things like tf2items.com and other similar sites and complain that it's broken. It's just very frustrating for developers sometimes.

There are also other situation such as new steam users.. You have to give them like a small crash course for them about steam sometimes.

My suggestion would be maybe forcing the user to get a public profile ID or reducing the amount of ID's that you have. What do you think?

Mangr0v3
02-22-2011, 03:35 PM
I agree, I've had the same problem with my application. Users keep trying their username - which is how you usually log into a service - instead of their vanity URL, STEAM_[01]:[01]:xxxxx ID or 64-bit SteamID.

adz
02-23-2011, 12:52 AM
So you mean like for lower digit accounts there steam id will be like "4251" as for higher would be like "36236231" for example?

Aceofspades
02-23-2011, 11:57 AM
Maybe change their steamID (STEAM_0:1:1234567)to their account login name(awesomename12) and force the people who have a profile link like this (http://steamcommunity.com/profiles/76561198031036672) to have one like this (http://steamcommunity.com/id/Shrewball)

99Reaper99
02-23-2011, 12:56 PM
Either that or...I love what Xfire does, even though it has a lot of flaws in its own system. A person's own username is what you add them by. considering how your account can get breached by that though in Steam, some easier way does have to be considered. I hate having to find hte person on a list of playhers or searching their nickname and hopefully finding them. 23852839689236982768923 is simply to hard to remember as my ID (yea it's not a real ID...I think lol)

Maybe change their steamID (STEAM_0:1:1234567)to their account login name(awesomename12) and force the people who have a profile link like this (http://steamcommunity.com/profiles/76561198031036672) to have one like this (http://steamcommunity.com/id/Shrewball)

I think that is simply the best, would love that. Duuno what ever happened to it (I joined long after when it became 283659863926396723678789237986 ID's).