Coming Soon: Unique Usernames

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Illustration by Aries Faries

Hello Habiticans! We’re making a change to unique usernames! This change will be gradual and even though it won’t start rolling out until November, it’s still important to go to Settings to confirm your username as soon as you can.

Have questions about this new feature? Here are a few questions we’ve been hearing, and some answers!

What are usernames and how will they be used?

Unique usernames will allow you to invite friends to parties, Guilds, and Challenges more easily. Our team will also be able to use them to help you if you send a bug report. In the future, usernames will allow us to add the option to receive notifications if you are mentioned in chat.

What are Display Names and how will they be used?

Display names will be shown alongside your username in chat and in your Habitica profile. Your display name can have symbols and emojis if you desire, but they are not unique (people can have the same display name).

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Where will my username appear? Will there be changes to my privacy?

Right now, you can find other players in Habitica by name in the following places: chats where they have recently posted, lists of Guild members, and lists of Challenge participants. These are the same places your username will appear – if you participate in those spaces. There are no changes to user privacy- your tasks and account information will remain private.

Can I change my username and display name?

Yes, you can change your username and display names in User>Settings. You can change them as many times as you like. However, if you change your username, your old username will become available for someone else to claim.

When will there be changes to chat? When can I start using my friends’ username to invite them to my party?

These changes will be rolled out gradually over the next couple of months. We want to give you, our community, time to adapt to changes and provide feedback that we can take into consideration throughout the roll-out process. We’ll be keeping you all informed as we go, so keep your eye out for news from Bailey!

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Attention Mobile Developers: Habitica is Hiring!

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Illustration by JessicaChase

Want to join the Habitica team? We’re looking to hire a new mobile contractor!

We’re particularly interested in people who have a good understanding of either Android development or iOS development (including knowledge of ObjC and Swift). Bonus points if you also have experience with: Core Data, Reactive Programming (ReactiveCocoa/RxJava), Realm, and Kotlin, as well as familiarity with iOS and/or Android UI design principles, patterns, and best practices. Our ideal dev would be eager to push the limits of what our apps can currently do, with an eye for details, a drive to make their work both technically and visually sound, and an interest in expanding their knowledge of current advancements in the field. Diverse candidates are encouraged to apply!

To apply, send an email to vicky@habitica.com with a CV that includes your experience with the  items listed above, your Habitica username, and your favorite nerdy pursuit. We can’t wait to hear from you!

First Post! Welcome to Habitica’s New Blog

Hi everyone! We’d like to extend a personal invitation to all Habiticans, whether newly arrived or veteran inhabitants: welcome to our shiny new blog!

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We’ve been excitedly planning this for quite some time and we’re eager to roll out new content. Here are some of the things we’ve got in store for you:

  • In-depth looks at how to use Habitica to help with everything from schoolwork to exercise to budgeting
  • News about upcoming events, sneak peaks of future features, and  roundups of press coverage
  • Posts from the fun side of Habitica, including costumes, fanart, some of the backstories behind our beloved quests and characters, and of course, things we’ve overheard throughout the domain of Habitica
  • Spotlights on Challenges, Guilds, and most especially of all, our fantastic users!

As with everything else, this blog is a work in progress, so if there’s something you’d like to see us cover, please let us know in the comments. We’re looking forward to hearing from you!

Vicky and the Habitica Team