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This page permits users to request, and bureaucrats to consider and carry out, username changes on Meta-Wiki. It is generally only possible to rename an account to a name which is not yet taken. Usernames with zero or very few edits may be usurped. Requests regarding SUL can also be filled here. See SRUC to request renames on wikis without bureaucrats.


Please follow these instructions carefully to ensure the correct processing of your request.

  • Check that the username you are requesting does not yet exist, or has no edits. This may be done via the search function at Special:ListUsers; if the name appears in the list, even if the link is red, the name is taken. Be sure to capitalize the first letter of the username, as the software does not permit usernames that begin with a lowercase letter. Do not create an account under the new name.
  • To have your username changed, add a request and follow the instructions.

Effects of a username change:

  • When the rename has been completed, your account will have been renamed, and any contributions you have made (including deleted contributions) will be reattributed to your new account as a background process. Your account preferences, watchlist contents, password, etc. will all be preserved, and your user and user talk pages will have been moved to the new name (unless specifically asked not to).
  • The change will appear in the user rename log. There is no way to rename accounts without logging the change.



  • This page is for requests about Meta-Wiki accounts only. Very likely, you want your account to be renamed on all Wikimedia wikis – this will most like be the case if you have a unified account, as most people have nowadays. Please request that on Steward requests/Username changes. If you have already been renamed on another Wikimedia wiki, or don't have a SUL account, you still need to make requests for renaming the remaining accounts to local bureaucrats; so on this page for Meta.
  • It is not possible for bureaucrats to merge two accounts, or to reattribute edits from IP addresses. Only registered accounts can be renamed.
  • As an alternative, you may consider changing your signature. This will change your "public appearance" on talk pages and other places where you sign your username with ~~~~.
  • It may be easier for you simply to create a new account (although due to technical restrictions, requests to change only the capitalisation or punctuation should be made here). You can then discontinue use of the old one. It does not need to be deleted; disused accounts are harmless and may be safely ignored.
  • Account names requested here are regarded as being "reserved" until the request is accepted or rejected. If someone else registers the account while the request is here, it will be renamed if necessary to allow for the requested move.
  • Be aware: This change will not affect signatures you have already left on talk pages, or other places where you signed your username with ~~~~. Those pages will continue to display your signature (including the link to your old username) unless edited manually.
  • Once you have been renamed, your old account will no longer exist. In general the bureaucrat who deals with the name change should re-create the old account and block it indefinitely. To guard against impersonation, you may wish to check this.
  • Of possible interest: the Wikimedia Foundation Privacy Policy, Wikimedia Foundation Terms of Use and the so called "Right to vanish".


Ashokvigneshk → Ashok Vignesh K[edit]

Status:    In progress 16:02, 14 April 2014 (UTC)

  • Neither the current or the target username is registered on Meta. Can you login from your current username and confirm the spelling? Courcelles 16:13, 14 April 2014 (UTC)
  • I logged my account but nothing to modify. Not confirmed the spelling yet. I need to get space i.e., "Ashok Vignesh K" instead of "Ashokvigneshk". Is it possible to change my username if not then delete my username. I will create the new account. Let me know the problem. The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk • contribs) 09:08, 16 April 2014‎ (UTC)
  • Did you resolve my changing username? The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk • contribs) 17:16, 20 April 2014‎ (UTC)

Abbasiriz → AbbasiRiz[edit]

Status:    In progress 09:56, 31 July 2014 (UTC)

  1. Please log in before making a rename request.
  2. Since you only made 2 edits on Commons and 1 on enwiki, please simply abandon the old account. If not, the right place to request is SRUC. --MF-W 21:30, 4 August 2014 (UTC)

Prenn → Pinus[edit]

Status:    Done

PrennTalk 03:16, 17 August 2014 (UTC)

When browsing Wikimedia sites I accidentally clicked on the link to Meta, with my new SUL account logged-in, resulted in creating the new "Pinus" account here. So I think the new account should be usurped without any complications. PrennTalk 12:18, 17 August 2014 (UTC)
Yes check.svg Done Don't forget to attach the account again. --MF-W 20:46, 18 August 2014 (UTC)

Electric Wombat → Crow[edit]

Status:    Done

Electric Wombat (talk) 17:44, 18 August 2014 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done --MF-W 20:49, 18 August 2014 (UTC)