When a new account is created, OpenScholar asks what the URL of the new site should be. (It will always be sites.sas.upenn.edu/[something], where [something] is the part that needs to be chosen.)
SAS has established the following conventions for choosing URLs:
1. A user is always entitled to choose their own PennKey; no user may choose a URL that matches an actual or potential PennKey (Pennkeys must be between 3-8 characters and include only letters and numbers. Therefore a URL with more than eight characters, or one that includes a dash or underscore, will be allowed).
2. A user cannot choose a URL that conflicts with an obvious Penn-related Department or function. For example, the URL sites.sas.upenn.edu/english can only be used by the English department.
3. OpenScholar URLs are made up of all lowercase letters and numerals. The only non-alphanumeric characters that are allowed are hyphens '-' and underscores '_'.
4. Other than Penn-related URLs, website names will be assigned on a first-come first-served basis, and there will be no attempt to "reserve" URLs.