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nicename is used for author slug in url. But can anyone tell what is the especial use/application of 'nickname' user meta field in wordpress ? or it is just another extra field to show nickname.

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nickname field is one of the options made available for choice in "Display name publicly as" option in user profile.

It has no other use in core code, as far as I know.

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