Names for beta directory

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Postby russellhltn » Wed Mar 31, 2010 10:14 am

Mikerowaved wrote:Interesting... I just logged into the beta site ldsjobs.org using my LDS Account credentials and was greeted as [Legal_First_Name] [Legal_Middle_Name], instead of [First] [Last] as I would expect. Could this be a wide-spread bug with anything using an LDS Account login?


Where are you looking? At the top next to "(Sign Out)"? I get "Welcome Russell". That's my legal first name as well as my preferred first name. It also matches my LDS Account "First Name".
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Postby nutterb » Wed Mar 31, 2010 11:55 am

This is really sounding like the great mystery of our time! Perhaps we should design an experiment. I'm willing to use some of the names in my ward as subjects.

It seems to me a good place to start the experiment is in the names that are being displayed correctly. If we change some of the names, it should propagate to the beta directory within 48 hours. If the changes propagate, then that would give us a clue as to what fields are tied to the names in the directory.

So, since all my names seem to be appearing correctly, I will do the following tomorrow evening:

  • change three [Preferred_First_Name] to match the values in [Legal_First_Name]
  • change three [Preferred_First_Name] that do not now reflect the person's actual preferred name to correctly display their preferred first name.


If these propagate to the directory in 48 hours, it will at least tell us that these are the relevant fields.

What other experimental units should we test?

(I know...I get overly excited about research. I'm a nerd, what can I say?)

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Postby russellhltn » Wed Mar 31, 2010 12:31 pm

nutterb wrote:What other experimental units should we test?


The first test I'd propose is to check the list against MLS (or at least LUWS) to insure that the beta directory is current and not a stale dataset. I know there were issues in the beta maps where locations where old.
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Postby jonesrk » Wed Mar 31, 2010 12:40 pm

nutterb wrote:This is really sounding like the great mystery of our time! Perhaps we should design an experiment. I'm willing to use some of the names in my ward as subjects.


nutterb wrote:What other experimental units should we test?


Or you could just look in the source since this is a community project.

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Postby nutterb » Wed Mar 31, 2010 1:16 pm

ryan jones wrote:Or you could just look in the source since this is a community project.


Now who asked you to come along and spoil all my fun with sensible and logical suggestions?

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Postby jonesrk » Wed Mar 31, 2010 1:56 pm

nutterb wrote:Now who asked you to come along and spoil all my fun with sensible and logical suggestions?

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You might find that your testing route will be useful too. I have a feeling it will go deep into internal systems.

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Postby Mikerowaved » Wed Mar 31, 2010 3:56 pm

RussellHltn wrote:Where are you looking? At the top next to "(Sign Out)"?

Yep. This is where I got Welcome Michael [Middle_Name]. (Note that "Mike" is my preferred name in MLS.)
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Postby eblood66 » Wed Mar 31, 2010 8:12 pm

ryan jones wrote:Or you could just look in the source since this is a community project.


The source code is not very helpful here. The directory code indicates that it uses the preferred name if it isn't blank and the 'formattedname' if it is. The preferred name and 'formattedname' come from the Community Services layer. We don't have access to the source for that layer in the community.

Assuming that the CMIS database schema is basically the same as the CODA schema (which I believe is the case), the 'formattedname' doesn't exist in CMIS. It just has name1, name2, familyname and preferredname so 'formattedname' must be something generated in the community service layer.

So this doesn't look like an issue the the directory code itself. It's probably something in the community service layer or in the sync process between MLS and CMIS (as RussellHltn has speculated).

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Postby jonesrk » Wed Mar 31, 2010 9:02 pm

eblood66 wrote:The source code is not very helpful here.

eblood66 wrote:So this doesn't look like an issue the the directory code itself. It's probably something in the community service layer or in the sync process between MLS and CMIS (as RussellHltn has speculated).


That is what I expected we would find. I will try and ask about that tomorrow.

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Postby russellhltn » Wed Mar 31, 2010 10:20 pm

RussellHltn wrote:My middle name isn't in LUWS or MLS preferred. It is in the CDOL, and off hand I don't see where I change that.


Alan_Brown wrote:I'm pretty sure that CDOL included my middle name once upon a time, but now uses only my first name.


So how did the CDOL drop your middle name? I was under the impression you changed it, but on re-reading, it sounds like it did it on it's own..
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