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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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I get the distinct feeling that, coming from an RP server, this addon will pitch me into fits of hysterics the next time I wander into Silvermoon City.

Well played sir or madam, well played.
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My only suggestion, if it isn't already so, is to inflict a 9000 point penalty to anyone with non-standard characters (9000 per character!) in their name. (obviously this can only affect us and eu realms.)
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Unread 10-14-09, 11:46 AM  
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Originally posted by totemic
I get the distinct feeling that, coming from an RP server, this addon will pitch me into fits of hysterics the next time I wander into Silvermoon City.

Well played sir or madam, well played.
You're welcome

And it's a sir, for the record.
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Originally posted by septor
My only suggestion, if it isn't already so, is to inflict a 9000 point penalty to anyone with non-standard characters (9000 per character!) in their name. (obviously this can only affect us and eu realms.)
The addon will detect non-English characters and score them appropriately, but I think such a harsh penalty would be a bit over the top. Nonetheless, I will take this into consideration.
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imo, it should be a harsher penalty on US realms.
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Also immediate F for anyone with the name Drizzt, or the variation thereof.
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Originally posted by Seerah
imo, it should be a harsher penalty on US realms.
Agreed

Originally posted by zero-kill
Also immediate F for anyone with the name Drizzt, or the variation thereof.
Or variations Lord of the Rings Main characters, anime characters, popular comic book characters.... ect...on and on


I'm being serious... I hate people that can't come up with their own character names with out resorting to using illegal characters, ripping off other names and adding unnecessary letters like "xxLegolasxx".


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:D

haha, cool addons thx
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Unread 10-14-09, 07:50 PM  
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Originally posted by lanacan
I'm being serious... I hate people that can't come up with their own character names with out resorting to using illegal characters, ripping off other names and adding unnecessary letters like "xxLegolasxx".
oh god, don't even get me started on names like this. it's one thing to rip off a name from something already in existence (I confess to being guilty of this myself) but to be so feeble-minded as to have to resort to xxNAMExx is eleventy times worse.

edit: forgot to mention - love the addon idea
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Originally posted by tophero21
eleventy times worse
I literally laughed out loud (you spell it out when you ACTUALLY do it) when I read this, and was reminded of this addon, which I still like to install on unsuspecting friend's computers. Love this addon as well.
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Originally posted by Seerah
imo, it should be a harsher penalty on US realms.
Duly noted. The weighting of the different "grades" is something that can be adjusted, and I expect it will be...
Originally posted by zero-kill
Also immediate F for anyone with the name Drizzt, or the variation thereof
Originally posted by lanacan
I'm being serious... I hate people that can't come up with their own character names with out resorting to using illegal characters, ripping off other names and adding unnecessary letters like "xxLegolasxx".
There's already a check for fantasy-based names, but its library to check against is pretty small at the moment. Also, it's currently a very low penalty, but this again can change.
Originally posted by toperho21
but to be so feeble-minded as to have to resort to xxNAMExx is eleventy times worse.
I was actually unable to get a name that started and ended in X to pass the name creation filter. It looks like there's already a filter in place to disallow that!
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Originally posted by septor
My only suggestion, if it isn't already so, is to inflict a 9000 point penalty to anyone with non-standard characters (9000 per character!) in their name. (obviously this can only affect us and eu realms.)
There is no rule on EU realms (and there shouldn't be) against using more than just [a-zA-Z] in your names. I hope you can figure out why that is so on your own. ;-)
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IMO, penalties should be assesed once a name is over a certain length. "Krazytoast" with a score of 97.5 makes me sad, as does "Gavensglen" with a 95.6.

"Wyylddflower" with a 97.5 just makes me cry, because I want the mod to give them like...a 30%.
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Unread 10-20-09, 01:04 PM  
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Can you give the option to namescore a string without having to target a player?

/namescore name race class
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Unread 10-20-09, 04:41 PM  
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Meh, I have a B

http://i37.tinypic.com/123nvc5.jpg

FYI - Named this char 3 years ago when i was a noob though
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