The problem arises in one part because of unique user names and the fact that there is scarcity when it comes to finding a unique user name that you can use everywhere that no one else has ever taken. I find I have this issue quite a bit, but I have grown accustomed to it because most forums have a password recovery that will ask for an email to gain access to a password or user name recovery.
The only way to look up your password is to give your user name and it will email to your email address for you. Well this is somewhat flawed in the sense that when I try to register, now realizing I already have before, that my email address cannot be registered again. However this does not lead me to figure out what my user name is.
My attempts to search through your forums could not find a similar post for some reason. Another attempt to look through the help section did not suffice either. I am unaware of where else I should have looked to achieve what I am trying to achieve - getting back into my account. I'm curious as to why the system would be used in such a way that this isn't possible.
I would guess that having accounts that can't be accessed could be taking up a lot of storage space on your forums. This surely is a way to keep accounts that will not be used again. From the time it has been since I used this site the first time, my account has not been deleted which means there are more accounts that also will not be used again. I am currently logged in from an account created by a 10 minute mail address. This is not something I would choose to do if I had such a choice.
So I pose a question: Can you please change your password recovery to ask for your email address instead of your user name?
EDIT: Added address to some of a couple of mentions of email to specify what I meant because apparently it was ambiguous?
Edited by a17766, 13 November 2012 - 10:02 PM.