It got me thinking how much Traveller uses rigid codes in universe and not just in rules, and it lead me thinking how confusing it would be, and how many low-wage clerks or robots you would confuse, if you named something a random string of numbers.
My name is Amr Eladawy. Whenever I get a ticket through an agent and they put my first name as Amr, it lands as A only in the Airlines system. That happened with many airlines and different agents ... It seems that there is a smart rule that considers the suffix MR as Mister and drops it ... Recently, another smart developer decided to prevent people with first name less than 2 characters from checking-in [assuming the name to be invalid data]
Ship name? KA-4B66061A. Not the usp, the name. I think the database is broken, it’s confusing the name with the usp. Let me call my supervisor.
Every smuggler ever: Traffic control just went offline. I can’t believe that worked.
There’s other examples relating to implementation which I feel might not be relevant to Traveller (for example the surname “Null” which breaks databases) but I like to believe they’ve fixed this by TL 9+. The code-for-name, however, seems a very human error and will likely still work on people.