Donation form: Issues with name fields


I didn’t find a way to contact website support. Could someone please forward this to the right people or tag them here?

I checked out the donation page, but the name fields in the form are restrictive. The issues I see are as follows:

  1. The first name and last name fields are both mandatory.
  2. The first name and last name fields both have a JavaScript validation that requires the user to enter at least two characters in these fields.

While it’s fine to ask for a first name (or name), imposing a last name as mandatory and imposing a two character minimum are illogical. The world we live in is diverse, and different cultures have different ways to name people. There are many places and cultures where these two rules don’t hold good.

I would like to see the form have last name as optional, and if a user enters something in that field, don’t validate for a minimum length.

Please see “Falsehoods Programmers Believe About Names” (originally written by Patrick McKenzie), with some examples, here:



I agree with you. Unfortunately only Donorbox can fix it.

Maybe someone from @lestaff can contact them?


I just got an update from Donorbox saying they will discuss about removing the 2 character limitation.


I recall

as well as the Burmese politicians

(although apparently U here is an honorific rather than a name)

Martin Gardner gives U Nu as an example of a palindromic name in one of his columns, although it appears that it’s not palindromic in Burmese!