I forget who a lot of people are even before name-changing was allowed. I wish DA had more ways to make it easier to remember, such as: - Super Favorites (your favorite pic by that artist, to be displayed along with the artist's name/icon in your message center) - The ability to writes notes/comments about each person you're watching, these will be private (they can't see) and will be displayed in message center. - Same as above but with fields to post links to their galleries on other sites, and their blogs and tumblrs, or their actual site. And I would rather this be done manually by the watcher instead of the artist, because the artist might not bother linking to their other sites, and even if they did, they would withhold their sites where they post adult work, or stuff they don't want grandma to know about. Honestly if this was implemented it would mean DA would become ''the center of the internet'' since DA would literally act as a watch list for every other site and people could literally migrate watches from other sites (tumblr, etc) onto here.
As for the name changes, it does add confusion, which is why I don't simply delete notices of people changing their name. Whenever someone changes their name, I go to that user's stack in my message center. This helps me better associate their art with their new name and thus helps me remember. After I do that, then I delete the notice.
I can recognize most of the people that I watch, but of the ones that I can't...I don't remember their other name, so I started recognizing them as someone totally different it seems. Kind of sad, really, but I still like their art so it's okay. xD
I have no real problem with all the username changes, even if they are super different mainly cause the friends I chat too are still all good with the old nicknames that were created from their username
Only a few artists have changed their names so far on my list, and most of them have kept the same style, so I might get confused by the name at first, but then I just add a note on their file and it's all good!
A few of them I actually knew better by their other names because Imma creepy stalker and follow their blogs and tumblrs and stuff... It's kind of a relief to have everyone condensing down to just one or two web-names.