Global rename policy

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Policies and guidelines Global rename policy
This page outlines standards and guidelines related to the renaming of global accounts across multiple Wikimedia wikis by Stewards.

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A global account is a name linked to a single user across all Wikimedia wikis, with local accounts unified into a global collection. The only way to rename a unified user is to individually rename every local account. This is an extremely difficult and time-consuming task, both for stewards and for the user who must initiate discussions with local bureaucrats (who perform local renames) on every wiki with available bureaucrats. The process takes a very long time, since it's difficult to coordinate crosswiki renames among the projects and bureaucrats involved in individual projects.

This policy is intended to tremendously simplify this process, by allowing bulk or automated renaming on all wikis for users meeting the criteria for a global rename by stewards. Until such a tool is built to rename a user in a single flow, stewards may need to use a tool to go through individual wikis to bulk rename users.


This policy allows stewards and global renamers to rename a local account as part of a global rename, without initiating a local request. This policy applies on all wikis, where the user has a unified login account and is eligible for a rename, even if the local wiki has an active bureaucrat.

To be eligible for a global rename, the request must meet all of the following criteria:

  • The new name is carefully selected. Frivolous, repeated, or inappropriate requests will be declined. They will be advised if the name is known to violate a local policy, but the renaming steward may not be aware of all local policies. For this purpose, a script can be used to check the desired new name against local blacklists on relevant projects. Alternatively, a global username blacklist can be maintained on meta, and checked against before each request is processed. If the name violates a local policy, their local account may be blocked by administrators on the local wiki and the user will have to resolve such a conflict on the local wiki.
  • The old name is duly and visibly linked to the new name on any wiki where the user is active, or has a history of conflict or blocks.
  • The user is not seeking the rename to conceal or obfuscate bad conduct.
  • The new name is not registered on any wiki. (A global rename is not technically possible if there are attached or unattached accounts associated with the target username.)

Appropriate usernames[edit]

There is no global account name policy, though there are many local username policies. As such, the major points of the various local policies are summarized below to direct stewards away from renaming accounts to certain names which might violate local policies.

Requesting a global rename[edit]

Most global renames should be requested through Steward requests/Username changes following the directions there. In the future, there will be a special page that will allow users to request a username change from any project without the need to make a request on that page.

Any private requests can be directed to stewards(at) If you are not sure how to properly format your request on the SRUC page, you can also email that address and we will rename your account that way. When requesting a rename by email, please ensure that you follow the advice above and include your current and desired username.

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