I’m doing some batch changes of forum accounts in order to better anonymize myself online and detach from an old virtual persona. In so doing I have been using password generator to (1) create new passwords and (2) generate randomized usernames (I use Diceware and refresh until I find two words that are essentially amusing to me).
In switching back and forth between the password field from which I generate the usernames and the password field from which I generate the passwords, I’ve noticed something annoying. When I click the “Generate” button the generator will be fixed on whatever the last type of password generator I used was. So, for example, if I open for editing a max length password of alphanumerics, but I last used the Diceware generator, the generator will be on Diceware. So, I have to change it back to alphanumeric, and I have to reset the length. If I last used the alphanumeric generator, but I’m trying to come up with a randomized username via Diceware, then I have to change it from the alphanumeric generator to Diceware, and reset the length again (though I don’t really have to reset the length in this case since I’m picking two words from the list that pops up).
My use case might be weird but it’s something I do a lot and I find it pretty annoying. The way I see it, if you’re opening an existing password field for editing, the generator should be the same type of generator that the field is. I don’t know if this is actually possible though; maybe there’s no record within Codebook of how a particular password was generated. Dunno. It definitely remembers what was last used though.