Talk:Single User Login finalisation announcement

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Blocking global accounts[edit]

Because of this "single user login" I now have TWO global accounts and I don't always remember to log off and back on when I switch from one wiki to another. My account Leo711 was blocked yesterday on en.WP with reasoning "Use your new account". The "new account" being my OTHER global username which appeared after this wonderful change was implemented. Any ideas what I should do? Leo711 (talk) 06:54, 23 July 2013 (UTC)

Which is the name of the other account? --MF-W 12:08, 23 July 2013 (UTC)
Actually, the change has not been implemented. There was a recent change to CentralAuth, but the finalization the announcement talks about (resolving clashing usernames) has not been done yet. In the meantime, you can ask for help at Steward requests/SUL requests. Superm401 | Talk 22:55, 12 October 2013 (UTC)

Renaming a global account locally - what to do[edit]

As admin at de-books, I was requested to rename (2013-12-15) an arabic user. I don't know what to do:

  • The "old" account was registered at 14:36, 23. Feb. 2009; the only contributions at de-books concern the renaming request.
  • The requested account was globally registered at 20:12, 11. Dez. 2013 without a local account at de-books.
  • The requested name doesn't seem to be registered at de-books.

By renaming the account I get the following warnings:

User $1 has been migrated to the unified login system.

Renaming it will cause the local account to be detached from the global one.

Username $2 is reserved for a global account.

Unfortunately, the both names are very similar: The only difference is an accent over the first character of the second word (read from right to left) and can recognized by high enlargement only:

  • current: لطرش احمد الهاشمي
  • requested: لطرش أحمد الهاشمي

Is it necessary/useful or injurious/dangerous to rename? Shall I rename or not? Or should the renaming action be done globally, not locally? -- Thanks in advance! Juetho (talk) 11:01, 16 December 2013 (UTC)

We have receive a similar request at and I have fullfilled the request, because:
  • the user has a global account and seems to be in good standing at
  • there is no tool to rename all accounts belonging to a global account yet (AFAIK)
  • the requested name does not seem to conflict with any naming rules (using Google Translator to check the meaning)
  • other similar requests (at meta, wikidata, etc) were already fullfilled. Rsocol (talk) 13:01, 16 December 2013 (UTC)
The centralauth-renameuser-merged warning arises because of the following situation: 1.) The user gets renamed on his main wiki and creates a new global account under the new name. 2.) The software itself cannot know that the old and new usernames are held by the same user, so it warns to prevent that an account which belongs to someone else is accidentally renamed to something reserved as a global name for another person. So it's no problem to rename if you made sure the requestor indeed owns both accounts (local "source" account & global target account).
However, you can deny rename requests where the only edit on the wiki is the request itself. It is utterly nonsensical to rename autocreated accounts that were never used for editing; the user should simply be advised to abandon it. See also SRUC where the user currently is too. --MF-W 21:43, 16 December 2013 (UTC)
Thanks for your advice, I'll deny renaming as an unnecessary action. -- Juetho (talk) 07:29, 17 December 2013 (UTC)


What is the status of this? Is it going to be scheduled sometime this year? Should we propose to users to wait for it instead of requesting renames in every wiki? -Geraki TL 07:21, 15 January 2014 (UTC)

I have no idea, but maybe Jdforrester knows. @Geraki: could you please update your sig by removing "http:"? It will work on HTTPS if you do so. PiRSquared17 (talk) 01:27, 17 January 2014 (UTC)
Done, thanks for the note. --Geraki TL 08:43, 17 January 2014 (UTC)
You could also use the shorter variant Special:Log/Geraki. --Stefan2 (talk) 16:13, 17 January 2014 (UTC)
Some content was recently added to mw:Wikimedia MediaWiki Core Team/Quarterly review, January 2014#SUL finalisation by User:DGarry (WMF). The section doesn't say much, though. --Stefan2 (talk) 16:13, 17 January 2014 (UTC)