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NameScore  Popular! (More than 5000 hits)
Version: v0.3 (beta)
by: Recompense [More]
THIS ADDON IS STILL IN BETA TESTING. FEEL FREE TO USE IT NOW, BUT IT WILL CHANGE AS IT IS DEVELOPED.

FIND A NAME THAT IS SCORED TOO HIGH? LOOK AT THE BOTTOM.

FIND A NAME THAT IS SCORED TOO LOW? Chances are your judgment is just flawed, but leave me a comment.

There are many tools out there to make it easy to rate a player; to judge them based on a limited amount of information. Their job is to take what you can know about a player and extrapolate a number to estimate what you don't know. Some do this by measuring DPS; some by calculating a score for a player's gear; and some by comparing achievements. But these measures are flawed: DPS depends on the fight, gear does not alone give an indication of skill, and a person can be carried through heroics and raids to get those achievements through no effort of their own.

However, there is one single choice that irrevocably* defines how a person views the game, their character, their role within WoW, and how they want to be perceived by others. By examining this single choice, you can accurately predict whether the person you are about to group with takes the game seriously and wants to advance, or is just another example of someone full of themselves.

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A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches.
The Bible (Prov. 22:1)
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NameScore is an addon to objectively evaluate the name of a character in the game. When enabled, you can see the score for a player's name by mousing over them and examining the tooltip. For quick identification, the score is assigned a letter grade A-F through standard grade divisions. The score and grade will be color coded, with higher grades as bright green while any failing grades will be bright red.

The grade is determined by a variety of factors grouped into four categories:
  • Legibility / Readability
  • Appropriateness
  • Aesthetics
  • Miscellaneous
The addon uses a variety of measures, including language parsing, linguistic theory, and a dash of "Would it makes sense for someone to have this as their actual name?" to determine the final score for a character. Should you wish to know more about how a person's name was graded, target them and type /namescore. Their name will be submitted for grading and you will be able to review the results.

A slightly more detailed explanation as to the grading process can be found in the addon folder, under the file Scoring.txt

* unless, of course, one pays a fee.

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Special thanks to:

- Tiae on the UI and Macros Forum for providing me with an algorithm for scoring, even though I decided it didn't fit and abandoned it.
- The other members of BU for their assistance and suggestions.
- And, of course, Robby -- without whom I'd never find bugs or enjoy working on addons!

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Capturing names that are scored too high (i.e. I haven't yet thought up a name quite as stupid as the one they picked):

If you find someone whose name is excessively high, target them, and type /namescore add. You won't get any confirmation, but their name will be stored in the addon's variables.

You can then message me here on WoWI and I can either give you instructions on how to PM me the data, or give me your server, faction, character name, and regular play time and I will log in to retrieve the data from your computer!

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To do list:

- Add in additional information to name tables for appropriateness filters.
- Create a configurable threshold that automatically boots people from groups if they have a namescore below said threshold.
- Allow arbitrary input so players can see what their namescore would be for a character with an arbitrary name.
v0.3b:

- Graphic display for name analysis completed.
- Cleaned up organization of name data to make it easier to add database information.

v0.2b:

- Syncing between clients enabled for saved names.
- Foreign characters are now switched with their "English" counterparts before names are parsed.
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Old 07-26-10, 11:33 PM  
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This is awesome, although it seems way too generous after my first test run in a WSG:

99 Burnzor
95 Tinydot
89 Xoxokillxoxo
84 Pinkhealzz
81 Rougealicous [sic]
81 Moonmoo

Would love to see the update
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Old 04-10-10, 01:58 PM  
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Originally posted by Frungi
Also, last time I tried it, the /namescore window didn’t work right, and I think it covered most of the screen and wouldn’t close.
The window does take up most of the screen, yes - the close button at the bottom should take care of that. Is the close button not visible?

(You can always force the UI to restart with a /reload if things get stuck, but it's not recommended to do it in combat.)
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Old 04-10-10, 01:56 PM  
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Originally posted by Frungi
Sorry, I read a few of your comments on here, and you have been tweaking it. But why haven’t you released said tweaks to the public?
Because this is a fun / silly thing for me that got much more attention / support than I imagined it would, and since I don't play WoW that much, it's not been a large priority.
And a question about Namescore itself: What about randomized names? Someone who clicks that and doesn’t even bother typing a name at all probably doesn’t care very much about his name.
Randomized names are actually the best types of names out there, because they reflect a sense of the individual linguistic characteristics of each race.
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Old 04-03-10, 02:29 AM  
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Originally posted by Frungi
Have you not gotten enough feedback to tweak things?
Sorry, I read a few of your comments on here, and you have been tweaking it. But why haven’t you released said tweaks to the public?

And a question about Namescore itself: What about randomized names? Someone who clicks that and doesn’t even bother typing a name at all probably doesn’t care very much about his name.
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Old 04-03-10, 02:19 AM  
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Originally posted by Recompense
In due time. Is it broken now, or just out-of-date?
Well… it’s a few months old. Have you not gotten enough feedback to tweak things? Also, last time I tried it, the /namescore window didn’t work right, and I think it covered most of the screen and wouldn’t close.
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Old 03-11-10, 01:36 AM  
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Works fine for me!
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Old 02-18-10, 08:36 PM  
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Originally posted by sacrife
Update this awesome addon!
In due time. Is it broken now, or just out-of-date? Because out-of-date is fixable with the, well, Load Out of Date Addons button.
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Old 02-16-10, 11:56 PM  
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Update this awesome addon!
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Old 01-16-10, 10:50 PM  
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Originally posted by Nite_Moogle
Message: Interface\AddOns\NameScore\NameScore.lua:113: bad argument #3 to 'gsub' (string/function/table expected)
Time: 01/16/10 19:19:44
Count: 4
Stack: [C]: in function `gsub'
Interface\AddOns\NameScore\NameScore.lua:113: in function `CalculateScore'
Interface\AddOns\NameScore\NameScore.lua:64: in function <Interface\AddOns\NameScore\NameScore.lua:61>
(tail call): ?

Locals: (*temporary) = "dragonlõrd"
(*temporary) = "õ"
(*temporary) = nil
Thanks for this, Nite_Moogle.

This is a bug where I forgot to put in the character translation for the õ character. This has been fixed on my end, but unfortunately updating NameScore is one of my very low priorities right now.

It's easily fixable on your end, if you have a bit of confidence!
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Old 01-16-10, 08:20 PM  
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Message: Interface\AddOns\NameScore\NameScore.lua:113: bad argument #3 to 'gsub' (string/function/table expected)
Time: 01/16/10 19:19:44
Count: 4
Stack: [C]: in function `gsub'
Interface\AddOns\NameScore\NameScore.lua:113: in function `CalculateScore'
Interface\AddOns\NameScore\NameScore.lua:64: in function <Interface\AddOns\NameScore\NameScore.lua:61>
(tail call): ?

Locals: (*temporary) = "dragonlõrd"
(*temporary) = "õ"
(*temporary) = nil
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Old 01-10-10, 11:29 PM  
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Re: No, I like my name :D

Originally posted by Zintani
But I have also noticed that the new instancing system seems to give all names a high score, even if they are truly hideous. Could this possibly be because of the "of [server name]" that the game generates?
Maybe, I haven't tested the effects of the server on the name.
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Old 01-10-10, 12:29 AM  
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No, I like my name :D

But I have also noticed that the new instancing system seems to give all names a high score, even if they are truly hideous. Could this possibly be because of the "of [server name]" that the game generates?
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Old 01-08-10, 03:26 PM  
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Re: Troll names starting with Z

Originally posted by Zintani
I play on Wyrmrest Accord, an RP realm. A lot of troll females here have names beginning with the letter Z, as do a few male trolls. Its in the tradition of trolls like Zabra Hexx. And yet we lose 50 namescore points because of the Z at the start of our names

Either this is racist against trolls (:P) or the author just doesn't like Z's.

In any case, that's 50 points I'd rather like :P
It's not that I don't like Zs, it's that /z/ is a fricative which is a non-harmonious sound to use at the beginning of a word.

However, for $15, you can change your name so that you can do better. I'm not advertising Blizzard's services, of course, but there are ways to make sure you can have a better NameScore.
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Old 01-08-10, 04:06 AM  
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Troll names starting with Z

I play on Wyrmrest Accord, an RP realm. A lot of troll females here have names beginning with the letter Z, as do a few male trolls. Its in the tradition of trolls like Zabra Hexx. And yet we lose 50 namescore points because of the Z at the start of our names

Either this is racist against trolls (:P) or the author just doesn't like Z's.

In any case, that's 50 points I'd rather like :P
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Old 01-07-10, 11:37 PM  
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Originally posted by dusknoir
DK is used in names on certain realms to mean a player is Danish.
Well, that's fine. It doesn't make sense to have part of your name indicate your nationality. NameScore is correct to downgrade this.

As a corollary, let's say my name is Kevin. I wouldn't introduce myself as "Kevinamerican" would I?

Nah.
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