Steward requests/Username changes

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This page hosts requests to stewards and global renamers for a username change across the entire Wikimedia network. Please read the instructions before posting a request.

This is also the page where the usurpation of inactive accounts can be requested.

Cross-wiki requests
Meta-Wiki requests


SUL finalization[edit]

If you are requesting a merge of a global account with one or more unconnected local accounts as part of finalizing your single unified login (SUL) username, please specify which wikis and accounts you want to merge into your global account. These accounts were typically named "account name~wikiname". Please note that we can only merge a local account into a global account when the global account has no edits on the same wiki as the local account.

How to add an entry here[edit]

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

=== Oldname ===
|status = <!--don't change this line-->
|domain = global
|Oldname =
|Newname =
|reason = (your remarks here)


For global rename requests:

=== Example ===
|status     = <!--don't change this line-->
|domain     = global
|Oldname    = Example
|Newname    = Foo
|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,
  • please sign ~~~~ request with your account for a simple move (first section), or sign this request with both the originating and the target accounts if you are requesting a merge (second section).

If anything is missing from your request, a steward will request more information. 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, or check via Special:CentralAuth.

Private requests[edit]

Account renames are not private, once renamed many links from the old username to the new username will be permanently made. The reason submitted on the rename form (Special:GlobalRenameRequest) is private, and only visible by the renamers. Additional information that needs to be made in private may be sent using this direct wiki-email interface while logged-in.

Simple rename requests[edit]

If your rename request is simple and does not involve usurpation of an existing account or other SUL issues, you have two options:

  1. Use the request form at Special:GlobalRenameRequest; or
  2. Submit the request below in this section.

Please use this tool to check if the username is taken before filing a request.


@Manatee-s, is Manatee0204 your account? – DreamRimmer (talk) 13:07, 21 February 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I am leaning towards declining these two requests as we have not received any response in a reasonable amount of time. The similarities in these two requests/accounts suggest that they are owned by the same person. I believe they should disclose any alternative accounts they may have before requesting a rename. Proceeding with renaming would completely hide the similarities, potentially violating the rename policy, which states: 'The user is not seeking the rename to conceal or obfuscate bad conduct.' I am leaving it for other renamers to check. – DreamRimmer (talk) 17:19, 28 February 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]


Requests involving merges, usurps or other complications[edit]

Please add new requests at the end of the section. Sections should be titled your username and requests should be signed by the requesting user.
Please note: Per standard procedure, accounts with valid edits are not usurped, and the target account must be notified by renamer at least one month before usurpation.

Michel Polacco[edit]

@LD Although I don't have access to the provided ticket, so I am not able to help with this. Could you please provide some more information about this request so that it would be easier for other renamers/stewards to assist you? Thank you. – DreamRimmer (talk) 11:53, 6 February 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Thanks for the answer @DreamRimmer.
Unfortunately, I cannot provide detailed pieces of information about the ticket since confidentiality and non-disclosure are two important principles of VTR tickets.
However, French Wikipedia has a real name policy (fr:Wikipédia:Nom d'utilisateur connu). To sum it up: since User:Polaccomichel's identity is checked, then fr:User:Michel Polacco can no longer 'impersonate' or claim to be fr:Michel Polacco, that's why his claim has been erased (diff) and has to be renamed.
Usually accounts are 'forced' to rename themselves but given the account is inactive, it has to be renamed another way. LD (talk) 13:18, 6 February 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Thanks for the response. I was actually referring to an on-wiki situation, not VRT ticket information. I'm also a VRT member, so I fully understand the importance of maintaining confidentiality and not disclosing any non-public information. – DreamRimmer (talk) 13:31, 6 February 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]


Hmm, this is quite borderline. Two edits is not a big deal, but the account registered less than four years ago. Could another global renamer perhaps give an opinion? EPIC (talk) 12:29, 31 January 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]
The requester, a well-established user, wants to use this username for editing. The owner of the target username will have 30 days to cancel this usurpation, so I don't see any issues. – DreamRimmer (talk) 02:48, 1 February 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]
 On hold until 2 March 2024. – DreamRimmer (talk) 11:54, 1 February 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]


 On hold until 1 March 2024. – DreamRimmer (talk) 11:41, 1 February 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]
As it is a leap year this would be  On hold until 2 March 2024 (30 days from now). EPIC (talk) 11:53, 1 February 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]


Hi again - no problem. I have sent a new notice, so  On hold until 2 March 2024. EPIC (talk) 12:01, 1 February 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@EPIC, thank you!
Doǵu ( m ) 12:16, 1 February 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]


Just an FYI, I directed the user to Meta-Wiki: see en:Special:Diff/1204692629. The target account has only 6 edits on uk.wikipedia, made in 2009 per uk:Спеціальна:Внесок/Jayson. ─ Aafī (talk) 10:03, 9 February 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Quite sure this can be usurped; target user's six edits were back in 2009, all of which were reverted, and according to CentralAuth there have been no further logins since then either. EPIC (talk) 13:48, 9 February 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]
 On hold until 10 March 2024, also notified via email. – DreamRimmer (talk) 14:16, 9 February 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]


 On hold until 10 March 2024. – DreamRimmer (talk) 01:38, 9 February 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]


 On hold until 12 March 2024, and also notified via email. EPIC (talk) 14:02, 11 February 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@EPIC, thank you! VpuipV (talk) 14:17, 11 February 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]


 On hold until 13 March 2024, and notified via email. EPIC (talk) 08:56, 12 February 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]


 On hold until 13 March 2024, and notified via email. EPIC (talk) 08:56, 12 February 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]


There is an account registered on English Wikipedia with a very similar username, Alphabetagamma, with 100 edits. However, the last edit was made in 2007, so I don't see any problem. The request is  On hold until 14 March 2024. – DreamRimmer (talk) 11:22, 13 February 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]


 On hold until 16 March. Target contacted also via e-mail. --Superpes15 (talk) 12:31, 15 February 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]

অনুরাগ দাসগুপ্ত[edit]

 On hold until 20 March 2024. —MdsShakil (talk) 00:18, 19 February 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]


 On hold until 20 March 2024. – DreamRimmer (talk) 09:27, 19 February 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Can kedi[edit]

 On hold until 20 March 2024. – DreamRimmer (talk) 12:02, 19 February 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Novo Tape[edit]

 On hold until 22 March 2024. – DreamRimmer (talk) 12:58, 21 February 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]


Just to note, you have made over 200 edits and have been editing Wikipedia for two months, which is commendable. However, you were indefinitely blocked on the English Wikipedia initially, but later unblocked. At this time, I don't see any issues, so I'm putting this request  On hold until 29 March 2024. – DreamRimmer (talk) 16:45, 28 February 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]

See also[edit]