I might have accessed 1 of the members cgi files many years ago, not knowing there already existed a user under the same name, and renamed the user to what I wanted (thereby creating duplicates). I basically changed "userX" into "My Name" when I already had a user "My Name". Its been so long but I do remember accessing some cgi files for certain members for faster editing. Doing it through ftp bypasses all ubb protection against errors like this.
A belated oops