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Brangdon

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Account names and aliases
« on: May 12, 2014, 01:26:17 pm »

I'm confused by account names and aliases.

First, am I right in thinking my account number in the form 14171799391129501383, does not include any redundancy or checksum? If I get a digit wrong, will I send to the wrong address or will my mistake likely be caught?

When I created my account, I paid to give it an alias, "Brangdon". What, if anything, can I do with that? Can you send NXT to Brangdon instead of to my account number? Can I rely on exchanges supporting that?

At that time the client gave me the option of displaying my account number in an alternative format: XZQ9-GRW7-7STD-ES4DB. That looked more robust to me (presumably a better checksum), but when I tried to send coins to it the transaction failed, so I guess it wasn't recognised?

Now there is an option to copy "RS", which I guess means "Reed Solomon", but it puts "NXT-XZQ9-GRW7-7STD-ES4DB" on the clipboard so presumably it's a variant of the alternative format. If I send NXT to that string, will it work now?

(I was going to say the option to change how my account is displayed disappeared, but I've now found it again under Settings, where presumably it applies to all displayed account not just mine, so that makes sense.)

Now the client shows "No name set" above my account, and if I click on it it offers a transaction to associate a name with my account. I'm guessing this is different to an alias. If I set one, will I be able to send funds to the name in future?
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Re: Account names and aliases
« Reply #1 on: May 12, 2014, 01:37:05 pm »

edit: better explanation by Brandgon
« Last Edit: May 12, 2014, 01:47:40 pm by bitcoinpaul »
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Re: Account names and aliases
« Reply #2 on: May 12, 2014, 01:46:04 pm »

Hi Brangdon

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First, am I right in thinking my account number in the form 14171799391129501383, does not include any redundancy or checksum? If I get a digit wrong, will I send to the wrong address or will my mistake likely be caught?

No checksums with this form, BUT the client warns you if you try to send an unknown account that has 0 Nxt balance.

There is already a solution to this, read the latest release notes on: http://info.nxtcrypto.org/

Client Updates:

Built-in Reed Solomon support. Not enabled by default yet. Go to settings to
change.


So you can change your address format to reed solomon and be protected against typing errors.

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When I created my account, I paid to give it an alias, "Brangdon". What, if anything, can I do with that? Can you send NXT to Brangdon instead of to my account number? Can I rely on exchanges supporting that?

When you purchased that alias, did you link it to your Account number? If yes, try sending yourself 1 Nxt. In the NRS client, click on "Send Nxt". As recipient, type: Brangdon. The client will connect to the right account number.

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At that time the client gave me the option of displaying my account number in an alternative format: XZQ9-GRW7-7STD-ES4DB. That looked more robust to me (presumably a better checksum), but when I tried to send coins to it the transaction failed, so I guess it wasn't recognised?

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Now there is an option to copy "RS", which I guess means "Reed Solomon", but it puts "NXT-XZQ9-GRW7-7STD-ES4DB" on the clipboard so presumably it's a variant of the alternative format. If I send NXT to that string, will it work now?

Yes should work. Remember, reed solomon will protect you against typing errors.


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Now the client shows "No name set" above my account, and if I click on it it offers a transaction to associate a name with my account. I'm guessing this is different to an alias. If I set one, will I be able to send funds to the name in future?
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Hmm never used that option... I guess it is an account description differing from unique aliases, so you wont be able to send funds to that name. Only aliases can be linked to account IDs.
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Re: Account names and aliases
« Reply #3 on: May 12, 2014, 03:02:54 pm »

Thanks. So XZQ9-GRW7-7STD-ES4DB didn't work from Biter because it didn't have the NXT- prefix.

Sending to the alias appeared to work, but it's hard to tell whether it is implemented in the client or the core protocol; if the former, it might not work from Biter.
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Re: Account names and aliases
« Reply #4 on: May 12, 2014, 03:05:03 pm »

Thanks. So XZQ9-GRW7-7STD-ES4DB didn't work from Biter because it didn't have the NXT- prefix.

Sending to the alias appeared to work, but it's hard to tell whether it is implemented in the client or the core protocol; if the former, it might not work from Biter.

Implementation of alias URI format is done client side. Possibly won't work when sending from bter.
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