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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
Cross-wiki requests
Meta-Wiki 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.

Global requests[edit]

Two options exist for requesting renames

  1. Use the (new) request form at Special:GlobalRenameRequest; or
  2. Utilise the manual process outlined above, and submitted below in this section.

Please add new requests at the end of this section. Sections should be titled your username@global if you wish to be globally renamed.

Requests with usurps and complex renames[edit]

Please add new requests at the end of the section. Sections should be titled your username@project name .


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)
I've usurped all 0-edit Chess accounts and merged the frwiki accounts. —DerHexer (Talk) 16:39, 12 November 2014 (UTC)
On hold until the merge function is available. Ajraddatz (talk) 22:47, 23 November 2014 (UTC)
Planning on using User:123chess456 as an alt account, for example, vanilla interface testing, insecure wifi, public computer terminals, etc. What I would like, is to usurp the remaining users. Chess (talk) 00:41, 9 February 2015 (UTC)


On hold until the tool to merge SULs becomes available. Ajraddatz (talk) 17:55, 1 December 2014 (UTC)
I propose to decline this and process it when SUL merge is enabled. (Looks like it is not going to happen soon.) — Revi 12:36, 2 January 2015 (UTC)

Pelikana@en.wikipedia (Usurp. request)[edit]

Uitgevoerd. Heb je een account op die eventueel bij je globaal account toegevoegd moet worden? Savhñ 13:34, 16 December 2014 (UTC)
Yes, user:Pepelikana on en.wp could be merged please, ty Pelikana (talk) 13:44, 16 December 2014 (UTC)
@Pelikana, can you provide an edit with the Pepelikana@enwiki account, so we can confirm you own that account? Savhñ 13:52, 16 December 2014 (UTC)
here you go and ty. Can i do a request for the separated here too? Pelikana (talk) 13:56, 16 December 2014 (UTC)
Geachte Pelikana, na het te hebben besproken met andere stewards, en aangezien nu beide accounts op van jou zijn en je ook bovendien één bewerking hebt op met Pepelikana, lijkt het ons het verstandigst om te wachten op de activering van de Account-merge-tool. Hiermee zal het mogelijk worden andere accounts onder één naam samen te voegen. De verwachting is dat deze tool in de komende maand beschikbaar wordt.
Als je een ander account hebt op die je ook aan dit accout toegevegd wenst, laat het dan hier even weten. Zodra het technisch mogelijk is, zullen we het uitvoeren. Savhñ 14:14, 16 December 2014 (UTC)


Placing on hold pending the deployment of AccountMerge, since you have two global accounts and have contributed with both to commons and to other projects. I have updated the confirmation diff, since the one you provided was broken. Savhñ 10:44, 3 January 2015 (UTC)


I have usurped all "Khaled" accounts without any live edits, so you should be able to edit all projects except and with your "Khaled" account. I suggest you wait for SUL finalisation and the deployment of AccountMerge to merge these two. Alternatively, we could merge the accounts the old way (all individually) but that could lead to problems. Savhñ 14:13, 7 January 2015 (UTC)

Peka@jawiki and other 3 projects[edit]

Time2wait.svg On hold @Pekachu: before we can do anything we require for you to make this account a global account. Please follow the link in your "My Preferences" to achieve this, and let us kn when that is done. We also require those accounts that are yours under the username "Peka" each are edited on their user or user talk pages by you so that we know that they are your accounts. On the edits, simply quote [[m:Special:PermanentLink/11066304]]. Thanks.  — billinghurst sDrewth 00:48, 25 January 2015 (UTC)


@Akela3, Akela: You have logged this request with a username that is different from the target account. If you are the holder of the SUL account Akela, then please login with that account to confirm this edit. If you are not the global holder of that account, then we cannot progress.  — billinghurst sDrewth 00:53, 25 January 2015 (UTC)
However he used Akela3 account for this request here, he used the SUL account to confirm this request on huwiki. Samat (talk) 13:45, 26 January 2015 (UTC)
Thanks Samat. Moved ruWP Akela3 -> Akela, please unite it with account. We will need to go through the discussion process with itWP/Commons/noWP, and we should as they need to move ahead of full globalisation.  — billinghurst sDrewth 13:58, 26 January 2015 (UTC)
Thanks! ;) Samat (talk) 14:39, 26 January 2015 (UTC)
I logged in to RuWiki. Thanks for Your support. Akela (talk) 17:32, 26 January 2015 (UTC)


I have usurped the account on However, since AccountMerge is not deployed yet, we can't proceed to merge. Placing this request on hold. (Confirmation diff: Savhñ 14:01, 22 January 2015 (UTC)


Account merging is currently not possible. Ruslik (talk) 20:01, 28 January 2015 (UTC)
...But will be possible soon, so I changed the status to "on hold". Trijnsteltalk 23:15, 28 January 2015 (UTC)
Thanks both of you! Why is it not yet possible and when it will be ? 09:09, 29 January 2015 (UTC)
This feature is under development (until now it was impossible). Development and testing can be maximum few more months, then it will be available. Samat (talk) 14:07, 29 January 2015 (UTC)


Time2wait.svg awaiting global merge It was the solution suggested by a global renamer, to which no response was made. If you really want those 20+ edits then you will need to wait until global merge is available.  — billinghurst sDrewth 15:18, 31 January 2015 (UTC)


Since you have contributed with both accounts on, we'll need to wait for AccountMerge. To allow us to merge your accounts once AccountMerge is deployed, please access en:Special:MergeAccount while logged into your Aharon account to create a global account. Otherwise, we will not be able to perform the merge. Savhñ 20:18, 26 January 2015 (UTC)
I've completed the form on en:Special:MergeAccount to create a global account. There appear to be a number of other accounts named 'Aharon' on other wikimedia sites. These are not mine. (Only the 'Aharon' account on is mine.) Thank you Savh. 17:14, 27 January 2015 (UTC)
Great. As soon as AccountMerge is available, the merge of these two global accounts will be completed. This is expected to be before april. (Confirmation diff) Savhñ 17:31, 27 January 2015 (UTC)
Thank you :) Aharon (talk) 16:54, 29 January 2015 (UTC)
Time2wait.svg awaiting global merge tool  — billinghurst sDrewth 15:21, 31 January 2015 (UTC)


Proof about Fisuaq to Erbigon merging --Erbigon (talk) 19:43, 31 January 2015 (UTC)

My suggestion would be that you simply stop using the other account, otherwise, if you really want the two edits, then On hold, Time2wait.svg awaiting global merge since you want your username to be the account with fewer edits. Pmlineditor (t · c · l) 17:19, 1 February 2015 (UTC)

macabre@global (usurp non-SUL)[edit]

Those with zero or one edit have been resolved. For the ukWP account with 12 edits we should attempt a discussion about a rename.  — billinghurst sDrewth 13:26, 3 February 2015 (UTC)
What should I do? Start a discussion on that user's page with request for usurpation/rename, and than wait for some time? Account on huwiki is still unattached. Tell me please, can somebody now create account in any local wiki with my name, and so create again a problem for completing SUL-account? Macabre (talk) 15:06, 3 February 2015 (UTC)
You have the SUL, so no one but you can now create accounts with the username. For the SUL account existing the discussion is that there account needs to be moved, and they need to be asked to which username they would like the account moved. Re huwiki, if it is your should be visited, and merged through Preferences.  — billinghurst sDrewth 12:00, 6 February 2015 (UTC) (usurp request)[edit]

I usurped accounts with zero edits. On enwiki and frwiki you should first notify the users about the impending account name change. Ruslik (talk) 16:50, 4 February 2015 (UTC)
Ok thanks. What should I tell them? I mean: I surely advise them about my usurp request, but what actions they can do I should indicate? Thanks for the attention. --Goemon (talk) 08:05, 5 February 2015 (UTC)
They may tell us what name for their account they prefer. Ruslik (talk) 20:03, 5 February 2015 (UTC)
Ok thanks, I'll advise them. --Goemon (talk) 07:39, 6 February 2015 (UTC)

I had advised them here and here. --Goemon (talk) 07:54, 6 February 2015 (UTC)

Time2wait.svg On hold until 27 February  — billinghurst sDrewth 11:53, 6 February 2015 (UTC)
Where do we stand with the procedure? Thanks for attention. --Goemon (talk) 14:42, 3 March 2015 (UTC)
@Goemon: The blocking unattached local accounts have been moved, you should be okay to gather anything for this username. Thanks for the reminder.  — billinghurst sDrewth 03:51, 6 March 2015 (UTC)
@Billinghurst: Thanks a lot! Bye :) --Goemon (talk) 06:27, 6 March 2015 (UTC)[edit]

Time2wait.svg awaiting global merge tool. Also noting the discussion is confirmed as being a pertinent merge request to be undertaken.  — billinghurst sDrewth 06:45, 8 February 2015 (UTC)
Thanks to BD2412; I was just coming here to do this and found he had already done so. Please take this as confirmation. Do you want confirmation from w:User:Sam Blacketer as well? Fys (talk) 22:46, 11 February 2015 (UTC)
On the assumption that you do, please take this as authorisation to merge Fys on en.wikiquote with this SUL account. Sam Blacketer (talk) 17:27, 23 February 2015 (UTC)

Bob l´éponge@global[edit]

Time2wait.svg pending merge tool  — billinghurst sDrewth 12:04, 14 February 2015 (UTC)

ÖPNV-Bob l´éponge@global[edit]

You have two "old usernames"? Ruslik (talk) 20:08, 10 February 2015 (UTC)
Yes, originally I was Bob l'éponge (can't spell it correctly with my phone), then I changed to ÖPNV-Bob l'éponge to emphasize that I'm interested in railway stuff (ÖPNV is German for public transport), but because I'm so stupid I didn't noticed when I logged in with the old name, leading to the 'reactivation' of that account. Later, I chose to rename me to U-Bahnfreund (metro friend), but again I sometimes forgot the rename, meaning ÖPNV-Bob l'éponge was also 'reactivated'. Lastly, in November, I think, I kinda didn't like that name anymore so I settled on Metrophil44. Fortunatly I already discovered my faults so I didn't reactivated that account too, so I just have to let the other two be merged with my real account. -- Metrophil44 (talk) 21:28, 10 February 2015 (UTC)
Currently no tools exist to perform such a complex account merge. Ruslik (talk) 07:34, 14 February 2015 (UTC)
Time2wait.svg pending merge tool  — billinghurst sDrewth 12:04, 14 February 2015 (UTC)


Time2wait.svg On hold until 13 March I have notified the Commons account holder and set a date of 1 month to inform stewards of their preferred username to where we can move the account. If they respond earlier, then the move can be made when the new name is identified. [Noting that there is only one account to be usurped (Commons) for Base, no other action is required.] — billinghurst sDrewth 08:09, 13 February 2015 (UTC)

Time2wait.svg pending merge tool single accounts may be able to be moved if zero edit accounts exist at Base.  — billinghurst sDrewth 08:09, 13 February 2015 (UTC)[edit]

Time2wait.svg awaiting global merge tool noting a block exists at a wiki for socking, though for these accounts zero edits so should be able to proceed.  — billinghurst sDrewth 06:28, 13 February 2015 (UTC)
Done locally on es.wikivoyage, since the user preferred to use his new SUL to contribute there and hadn't contributed with his new nick yet. Leaving on hold pending the merge of the rest (Ownership of both global accounts confirmed). Savhñ 16:59, 16 February 2015 (UTC)

For old times' sake@global[edit]

Time2wait.svg pending merge tool  — billinghurst sDrewth 12:02, 14 February 2015 (UTC)


You should notify these users and wait for their answer. Ruslik (talk) 20:42, 19 February 2015 (UTC)
Will do, thanks. I'll update the request after a reasonable amount of (waiting) time. --Ruthven (talk) 22:29, 19 February 2015 (UTC)
Time2wait.svg On hold until 20 March 2015 allowing a clear month for answering at wikis.  — billinghurst sDrewth 11:35, 20 February 2015 (UTC)


You are waiting for the global user merge feature. It is coming soon… -- Samat (talk) 15:35, 21 February 2015 (UTC)[edit] The account karkanwiki already exists. Please, choose a different name. Ruslik (talk) 17:09, 1 March 2015 (UTC)


You already have the global account Conifer. Ruslik (talk) 19:37, 28 February 2015 (UTC)
Can the remaining unattached "Conifer" accounts be usurped, or is that done locally? And is there any way to merge my old and new accounts, especially on Commons? Thanks. Conifer (talk) 04:41, 4 March 2015 (UTC)
Yes check.svg unattached accounts have been moved so you should be able to grab those accounts.
Time2wait.svg awaiting global merge tool  — billinghurst sDrewth 12:49, 4 March 2015 (UTC)


We do not do usurpations. Please, choose a different name. Ruslik (talk) 20:15, 3 March 2015 (UTC)[edit]

I am not certain that any username starting with Seo... would be advisable. Any edit will be heavily reviewed and would be tempting such a review.  — billinghurst sDrewth 11:48, 5 March 2015 (UTC)
Yes check.svg Done to updated target username  — billinghurst sDrewth 02:35, 6 March 2015 (UTC)

Tennfjord Mannskor@global[edit]

Yes check.svg Done  — billinghurst sDrewth 10:36, 6 March 2015 (UTC)

Banjo@global (Usurp. request)[edit]

See also[edit]