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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


Before posting here[edit]

Please list the specific projects that you need to be renamed in under your request, unless you are requesting a 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 ===
|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]

Requests that need to be made in private should 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.


Yes check.svg Done ‐‐1997kB (talk) 16:06, 14 August 2018 (UTC)

Bart Michels[edit]

@Bart Michels: The chosen username is too similar to existing usernames: Bart014 and Barto-14. Please choose another one. ‐‐1997kB (talk) 13:39, 15 August 2018 (UTC)
I see. NBarto then. --Bart Michels (talk) 14:47, 15 August 2018 (UTC)
Yes check.svg Done ‐‐1997kB (talk) 14:59, 15 August 2018 (UTC)

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 at least one month before usurpation.

Sietske @global[edit]

Yes check.svg Done(renamed SietskeEN@enwiki to Sietske@enwiki) Please, go to now Special:MergeAccount to merge your local account. Ruslik (talk) 20:52, 29 June 2018 (UTC)
@Sietske: ‐‐1997kB (talk) 02:18, 30 June 2018 (UTC)
Apparently I forgot the password that I used for ENwiki (none of the bunch of possible passwords that I have worked) and I don't know how to reset, since I never left an email address on EN-wiki... so I have basically given up already. Or is there anything I can still do? Sietske (talk) 23:05, 16 July 2018 (UTC)
@Sietske: Filed phab:T199806, see if it help. ‐‐1997kB (talk) 14:46, 17 July 2018 (UTC)
I hope so! Sorry for causing all this trouble! If I knew it would be like this, I wouldn't have asked for all this in the first place... Sietske (talk) 05:49, 18 July 2018 (UTC)
@1997kB: Do you have access to this task (T199806)? if yes, please add me as a subscriber --Alaa :)..! 20:02, 21 July 2018 (UTC)
Added. ‐‐1997kB (talk) 02:34, 23 July 2018 (UTC)
@Sietske: We can't merge accounts as you can see a notice on this section. So only option you have is start using Sietske account on both commons and English Wikipedia. ‐‐1997kB (talk) 02:50, 19 June 2018 (UTC)
@stewards: I suggest to switch the enwiki local accounts between the global accounts Sietske and SietskeEN. This request was also posted on the Dutch helpdesk [1]. A steward can delete the global accounts, and locally rename the local enwiki accounts. Afterwards Sietske can recreate both global accounts. That way her main global account has the main enwiki account. Sincerely, Taketa (talk) 03:53, 19 June 2018 (UTC)
PS: this cannot be done for Sietske~commonswiki because to remerge a split account they would need the pasword. Sincerely, Taketa (talk) 15:21, 22 June 2018 (UTC)
@علاء, MarcoAurelio, and Ajraddatz: ‐‐1997kB (talk) 04:05, 19 June 2018 (UTC)
I hope if @MarcoAurelio and Ajraddatz: do it, because I don't deal with such requests previously, I'm afraid to make a fault --Alaa :)..! 23:12, 22 June 2018 (UTC)
Yes, I can do this. I'll try to set aside some time tonight. – Ajraddatz (talk) 23:32, 22 June 2018 (UTC)
X mark.svg Not done Looks like it's done and as mentioned above commons account can't be merged. ‐‐1997kB (talk) 06:22, 1 July 2018 (UTC)
Comment Comment @Sietske: Couldn't you try resetting the password for said commons account? --Terra  (talk) 11:40, 10 July 2018 (UTC)
@Sietske: I have sent a password reset through the system to the email addresses attached to all three of these accounts (Sietske, SietskeEN, and Sietske~commonswiki). Please check your email for those. If you've also forgotten the email address, could you please email from the email address attached to the primary account? Thank you! Joe Sutherland (Wikimedia Foundation) (talk) 07:58, 18 July 2018 (UTC)
Email has been sent. Sietske (talk) 09:38, 22 July 2018 (UTC)
@Sietske: We have sent a password reset for Sietske@enwiki, please try merging the account now using Special:MergeAccount. ‐‐1997kB (talk) 05:05, 27 July 2018 (UTC)
After adding the password as received by email, I had to fill in my new password. But when adding this twice, I got the error message "The supplied credentials cannot be changed, as nothing would use them." I'm using my phone now, but will try again tonight on my desktop computer. Maybe that works better. Sietske (talk) 07:59, 27 July 2018 (UTC)
@Sietske: Any updates? I think you have to use that password during merge. So go to Special:MergeAccount and when it ask for password use the one you received. Can you try that? ‐‐1997kB (talk) 03:13, 29 July 2018 (UTC)
Sorry for the delay. I've tried the password now on Special:MergeAccount, but I get the reply "Login unification not complete! No accounts could be confirmed using this password." What can I do next? Sietske (talk) 14:30, 2 August 2018 (UTC)::::
I've send an email to Joe Sutherland as well; he sent me the password reset email earlier. Sietske (talk) 14:50, 2 August 2018 (UTC)
This is weird.
  • If I now open the Special:MergeAccount page, I do not see the separate section anymore that only includes, and the page says "Login unification complete!" --> Looks OK
  • However, when investigating the long list of websites for which the unified login is valid, is not in it. --> NOT OK
  • And when I try to login to with my regular password, the system says "No active login attempt is in progress for your session.". --> NOT OK
  • But when I check I see that I have 630 edits on, and these edits are the edits that I made when I was still known as SietskeEN on the So at least at this point the merge went well! --> OK
What to do next? I'll send this by email to Joe too. Sietske (talk) 20:15, 9 August 2018 (UTC)


BukhariSaeed, this requests looks eligible; however, I note that you are currently blocked indefinitely on the English Wikipedia for sockpuppetry and for disruptive editing, including inappropriate use of your user talk page while blocked. We generally do not rename users with a history of problematic behavior, and we generally do not accept rename requests from blocked users (unless the user was blocked for their username, which is not the case here). You are next eligible to request an unblock on the English Wikipedia on July 24; I would suggest waiting until then, following the unblock request procedures there, and having your block removed before making a request here. —k6ka 🍁 (Talk · Contributions) 02:15, 12 July 2018 (UTC)
@K6ka: They are also blocked on simple Wikipedia. ‐‐1997kB (talk) 03:03, 12 July 2018 (UTC)
@K6ka: then rename my name in all wikis, except english & simple. It is possible? — Bukhari (Talk!) 05:06, 12 July 2018 (UTC)
@BukhariSaeed: No it's not possible, due to SUL all accounts attached to your username will be renamed. ‐‐1997kB (talk) 08:39, 12 July 2018 (UTC)
(page stalker) @K6ka: I don’t think the request may be eligible at all due to Special:GlobalRenameProgress/BukhariSaeed. It seems like gaming the possibility of renaming an account. Incnis Mrsi (talk) 10:07, 12 July 2018 (UTC)
@Incnis Mrsi: Being renamed beforehand isn't a complete barrier to being renamed again (despite what most people think; however, we discourage being renamed more than twice, especially during a short period of time). —k6ka 🍁 (Talk · Contributions) 13:50, 12 July 2018 (UTC)
Time2wait.svg On hold until 24 July per K6ka comment --Alaa :)..! 21:33, 13 July 2018 (UTC)
@BukhariSaeed: Please ask to unblock your account --Alaa :)..! 09:28, 28 July 2018 (UTC)
@علاء: responding to your ping from IRC. This is still under discussion by the community. I opposed unblocking, so I can’t close the discussion, but we should have an answer in a few days. Also, note he is also blocked on TonyBallioni (talk) 11:11, 8 August 2018 (UTC)
@علاء: has been unblocked on TonyBallioni (talk) 02:03, 10 August 2018 (UTC)
Thanks @TonyBallioni: for the updates Face-smile.svg. @BukhariSaeed: can you try to unblock you in simple.wikipedia? because sysop wrote in you page (You are still blocked on Until you are unblocked there you are not likely to be unblocked here), so there's a chance to unblock you there --Alaa :)..! 06:05, 10 August 2018 (UTC)
Comment: As seen in the unblock statement, BukhariSaeed remains under a strict editing ban on the English Wikipedia. (The decision to unblock was razor thin.) I proposed their unblock with a topic ban to allow them to demonstrate an ability to edit without further disruptive editing. This requires maximum transparency. I think any name change is highly inadvisable under these conditions. CactusWriter (talk) 16:23, 10 August 2018 (UTC)
@علاء: remove my request, CactusWriter is right, after six months i'll try again (if ban removed). — Bukhari (Talk!) 04:13, 14 August 2018 (UTC)
X mark.svg Not done Request is withdrawn. ‐‐1997kB (talk) 07:51, 14 August 2018 (UTC)

Moheen Reeyad[edit]

Time2wait.svg On hold Until 28 August. ‐‐1997kB (talk) 02:08, 28 July 2018 (UTC)


Time2wait.svg On hold until 13 September --Alaa :)..! 18:14, 13 August 2018 (UTC)


@Angga1061: First of all, Please log in to your account & here by confirm that it's real you who has request for the rename. Regards, — Tulsi Bhagat (talk) 05:44, 15 August 2018 (UTC)
My mistake; it was my IP. To confirm that it was me→Angga1061 (talk) 05:45, 15 August 2018 (UTC)
Time2wait.svg On hold until 15 September --Alaa :)..! 05:48, 15 August 2018 (UTC)

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