For a variety of reasons I have a lot of accounts, and a lot of information, that’s been in need of updating lately. We all do at some point. It’s an inevitability of the Internet for most people.

Unfortunately, a lot of sites seem to design their account systems in such a manner as to make the changes you need difficult or ultimately impossible in a manner of ways, or implement some awful, awful, restrictions that more often than not cause orders of magnitude more harm than any good their developers had hoped to achieve.

You’ll find my explanations as to why I hate these various restrictions in the pages listed below:

And below, you’ll find a gradually growing list of sites I’ve encountered that have one or more of the above items restricted.

  • Square Enix
    Email addresses can NOT be updated. At all.
  • The Secret World (Funcom)
    Usernames can NOT be updated.
    Passwords can have a maximum of 20 characters.
    Restrictions may also be in place for other Funcom MMOs.
  • MusicMagpie
    Emails cannot be updated on the site. For “security purposes” you need to contact Customer Services.
  • Boing Boing BBS
    Usernames can NOT be updated.
    Restrictions may also be in place for other forums running on Discourse.
  • Boots
    Passwords can have a maximum of 12 characters.
  • Steam
    Usernames can NOT be updated. This is alleviated slightly by the fact that Steam never shows this name to other users, and you have complete control over your display name, but I still have to question why this field still exists.
  • Bandcamp
    Your account’s URL suffix can NOT be updated. However, there is a way around this that Bandcamp permits, by deleting the account and creating a new one using at least one of the emails you have used to make a purchase. It’s not an enjoyable process, though, when you have to wait 12 hours for a verification email to arrive in order to create the new account.
    You can update your email address freely, but your individual purchases are tied to the email address used to make those purchases, and will need to be added to your fan account as an additional payment address (you CAN have multiple payment addresses on an account).