Steward requests/Username changes

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This page hosts requests for a username change. Please read the instructions before posting a request. Global username changes may also be requested here to be done by stewards and global renamers.

This is also the page where stewards can be requested to deal with problems relating to the unified login feature. These include:

  • Usurpation of accounts
  • Deletion of global accounts
Crosswiki requests
MetaWiki requests


Before posting here[edit]

Please list specific projects that you need rename in under your request, unless you are requesting a completely global rename.

How to add an entry here[edit]

To add an entry, please copy and paste the text below into the appropriate section.

=== Oldname@xxproject ===
 |status     = <!--don't change this line-->
 |domain     = xx.project
 |Oldname    = 
 |Newname    =
 |confirmation = [https:// diff-link to the local request on your local talk-page for example]<!--Local request link-->
 |reason     = (your remarks here) ~~~~

For example:

=== Example@jawiki ===
 |status     = <!--don't change this line-->
 |domain     = ja.wikipedia
 |Oldname    = Example
 |Newname    = Foo
 |confirmation = []
 |reason     = (your remarks here) ~~~~

For global rename requests:

=== Example@global ===
 |status     = <!--don't change this line-->
 |domain     = global
 |Oldname    = Example
 |Newname    = Foo
 |confirmation = []
 |reason     = (your remarks here) ~~~~

Making a request for your own account[edit]

For changing your username on one wiki:

Please include the following information in your request:

  • the old username,
  • the new username,
  • the wiki project on which you ask for the renaming,
  • a link to the local (old) user page, where you put a formal request with your local account

If anything is missing from your request, a steward will request more information. Please don't skip the last point, even if there's no community on the project. This helps ensure that you are requesting a rename for your own account. Please check before posting your request that the username you want is available. You can test that by going to the (new) user page and looking into the sidebar. If there is a link to user contributions, the account already exists.

For changing your username on several wikis: If you want to have your username changed on several wikis at the same time, please put a list of these wikis on one of your user pages and make sure that there is a link back to this page from all of the other user pages. Alternatively you can post a short request separately with all the user accounts to be renamed. Please give here only the link to the user page with your list and replace the "@ project" in the headline by "on several projects" or the like. If you wish to be renamed on all wikis, and there is no existing local or global account at the new name, you can simply put "global", and you will be globally renamed.

Making a request for an account that is not yours[edit]

If you want to have an account renamed because its name is harrassing or insulting, or if it impersonates you or someone else, please include the following information in your request:

  • the account's name, including a translation into English, (if it's harrassing or insulting),
  • the wiki project on which you ask for the renaming,
  • the impersonated account (if the account is impersonating), this can be cross wiki.

If anything is missing from your request, a steward will request more information.

Private requests[edit]

Requests that need to be made in private should be sent to stewards(at)

SUL account deletions[edit]

Please specify the account to be deleted, e.g. by linking to the Special:CentralAuth page for it, and the reason for it.


Please add new requests at the end of the page. Sections should be titled your username@project name or your username@multiple projects please.


You will need to finish the migration of the renaming accounts. Matanya (talk) 08:51, 15 September 2014 (UTC)
What I was told is that local bureaucrats would lose this ability on 2014-09-15, so meta would handle the remaining after the deadline (see the answer I got at my previous request as linked above). Also a project on which I created an account does not have bureaucrats (wikisource, account created before there was localisations).Cæruleum (talk) 09:10, 15 September 2014 (UTC)
You have duplicate accounts for meta for example, you will need to wait until mergeuser is deployed for us to be able to solve such conflicts. Matanya (talk) 15:40, 15 September 2014 (UTC)
(edit conflict) Done on eswiki, oldWS, fr.b, fr.s, On ptwiki I renamed the existing attached Cæruleum account away, since it had 0 edits, and renamed Jborme to it. On qualitywiki I got an error message, surely because the wiki is closed. Apart from that, Jborme remains only on Meta now, where Cæruleum has edits as well. Do you want the existing Cæruleum (with 3 edits) to be renamed away in favour of the other account? --MF-W 15:47, 15 September 2014 (UTC)


you will need to solve locally on:
  1. arwiki
  2. cswiki
  3. dawiki
  4. dewiki
  5. dewikinews
  6. enwikibooks
  7. enwiktionary
  8. eswiki
  9. fiwiki
  10. frwiki
  11. idwiki
  12. jawiki
  13. jawiktionary
  14. kawiki
  15. kawikibooks
  16. mediawikiwiki
  17. nowiki
  18. ptwiki
  19. slwiki
  20. svwiki
  21. trwiki
  22. trwikibooks
  23. trwikiquote
  24. zhwiki Matanya (talk) 14:00, 15 September 2014 (UTC)
Local renames are no longer possible by local users as per gerrit:160158. Thus, this is to be done by stewards. Vogone (talk) 15:30, 15 September 2014 (UTC)
Hi User:Chess. So you want your 123chess456 accounts on commons, simplewiki, simplewikt and wikidata to be renamed to "Chess"? --MF-W 15:50, 15 September 2014 (UTC)
Well, I've usurped on enwiki, so please change all of my accounts that you are able to to "Chess". I will have to make an usurp request on every individual wiki? Chess (talk) 20:03, 15 September 2014 (UTC)
There is not yet "global usurpation policy", so I guess you will have to request usurpation locally for now and the bureaucrats will have to ask Stewards to fulfill those local requests. –xeno 20:36, 15 September 2014 (UTC)
Per Xeno above, we can't start ignoring local usurpation guidelines, asking local bureaucrats for comment might indeed be the best solution, though we also have to keep in mind that this is atransitional period to SUL finalisation where all these accounts will be forcibly renamed. Done on - as a local bureaucrat - and on enwikibooks and enwiktionary per previous precedents. Savhñ 20:53, 15 September 2014 (UTC) And some more (kawikibooks, trwikibooks, trwikiquote, mediawikiwiki, jawiki) based on previous precedents. Savhñ 21:37, 15 September 2014 (UTC)
Two issues should be separated here: 1.) The renaming of the remaining 123chess456 accounts who have edits to the new name; 2.) The renaming ("usurpation") of the unattached Chess accounts.
In order to solve 1.), I have just done the following renames: (so please visit Special:MergeAccount)
Chess@commons->Chess (self-usurped)@commons
Chess@wikidata->Chess (self-usurped)@wikidata
The only remaining 123chess456'es with edits are on Meta and enwiki. That is obviously unsolvable at the moment, maybe you will want to request a merge when that function exists. --MF-W 21:04, 15 September 2014 (UTC)

Zdzislaw@multiple projects[edit]

Done on wikisource (usurp & rename) and plwiki (usurp only). Is that all you require? Savhñ 06:45, 20 September 2014 (UTC)
Savh: Thank you very much! There is the last local account to usurp on dewiki, but... 1st: there is 10 edits (last in 2011); 2nd: I dont know the local USURP rules because they have removed the page with the rules w:de:Wikipedia:Benutzernamen ändern/Benutzernamens-Übernahme/Kopf. Zdzislaw (talk) 08:27, 20 September 2014 (UTC)


How about enwiki? Ruslik (talk) 12:22, 18 September 2014 (UTC)
I started a request on enwiki initially (link), and they advised I'd need to come here to usurp the de and ru accounts. If you can handle the en usurp as well then please do. This whole process is alien to me (from the looks of it it's pretty alien to some of you with the SUL changes too) OrganicsLRO (talk) 14:08, 18 September 2014 (UTC)
Enwiki user with edits are typically given some time to object; though this user last edited 7 years ago and usurp + global rename can probably proceed now. –xeno 15:15, 18 September 2014 (UTC)


Done, though we would appreciate a clear reason. Savhñ 12:59, 19 September 2014 (UTC)


Special:CentralAuth/Fvalle already exists. Is that you? Vogone (talk) 16:04, 19 September 2014 (UTC)
It doesn't seem to be the case. Please choose a nick which is not currently in use. Savhñ 06:49, 20 September 2014 (UTC)

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