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


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.

Jorj Ghazaryan[edit]

@Jorj Ghazaryan: The chosen username is too similar to existing usernames: Z3N0, Z3n0, ZeNo, Zen0 and Zeno. Please choose another one. ‐‐1997kB (talk) 08:01, 4 October 2018 (UTC)
X mark.svg Not done no response since more than 7 days --Alaa :)..! 18:54, 13 October 2018 (UTC)


@JzG: The username "❻" is not allowed to prevent confusing or spoofed usernames: Contains unassigned character "❻" (U+277B). Please choose another username. ‐‐1997kB (talk) 09:56, 12 October 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)
{{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)
@Ajraddatz and 1997kB: Any update? I'm not able to view the phab ticket to see any updates there. Nihlus 12:43, 2 September 2018 (UTC)
@Nihlus: Looks like Joe is handling this via email, but if you want I can add you in phab task? ‐‐1997kB (talk) 13:22, 2 September 2018 (UTC)
@1997kB: Please do. Thanks. Nihlus 13:25, 2 September 2018 (UTC)
Added. ‐‐1997kB (talk) 13:38, 2 September 2018 (UTC)
X mark.svg Not done it'll be better to complete it on the pahb task --Alaa :)..! 20:53, 12 October 2018 (UTC)


Looks usurpable to me. Time2wait.svg On hold for one month (until 2018-10-18) just in case they reply to the usurpation notice. Regards, —MarcoAurelio (talk) 10:17, 19 September 2018 (UTC)


Original request can be found here: Special:Diff/18399906. Regards, — TBhagat (contribs | talk) 07:08, 21 September 2018 (UTC)
Note: The requested new username has 0 edit as of now, registered on 04:17, 17 April 2013 (5 years ago) & has only one number of attached account(s). Also, the user who has requested for rename/usurps has 1600+ edits globally, registered on 06:44, 1 August 2016 (2 years ago) & has 37 number of attached accounts. Regards, — TBhagat (contribs | talk) 07:16, 21 September 2018 (UTC)
+Seems like requested new username is not a global account. It is a local account on Regards, — TBhagat (contribs | talk) 07:23, 21 September 2018 (UTC)
Time2wait.svg On hold Until 21 October. ‐‐1997kB (talk) 08:57, 21 September 2018 (UTC)


User notified. Time2wait.svg On hold until October 23, 2018. —k6ka 🍁 (Talk · Contributions) 00:55, 23 September 2018 (UTC)


Time2wait.svg On hold Until 27 October. ‐‐1997kB (talk) 18:28, 27 September 2018 (UTC)


Note: The requested new username has 0 edit as of now, registered on 15:11, 17 March 2015 (3 years ago) & has only one number of attached account(s). Also, the user who has requested for rename/usurps has 420+ edits globally, registered on 18:02, 30 August 2018 (30 days ago) & has 10 number of attached accounts. Also, is a autoreview on dewiki. Regards, — TBhagat (contribs | talk) 17:03, 30 September 2018 (UTC)
Time2wait.svg On hold Until 30 October. ‐‐1997kB (talk) 17:45, 30 September 2018 (UTC)


Time2wait.svg On hold until 1 November --Alaa :)..! 20:11, 1 October 2018 (UTC)


Time2wait.svg On hold Until 4 November. ‐‐1997kB (talk) 14:03, 4 October 2018 (UTC)


Time2wait.svg On hold Until 4 Nov.--J.Wong 11:31, 4 October 2018 (UTC)


Time2wait.svg On hold Until 5 November. ‐‐1997kB (talk) 17:41, 5 October 2018 (UTC)


@Lolitacon: Please choose another one, Aichi is active on English Wikipedia. ‐‐1997kB (talk) 16:23, 6 October 2018 (UTC)
@1997kB: Okay, the target username has been changed. --Lolitacon «» 14:17, 7 October 2018 (UTC)
Time2wait.svg On hold Until 7 November. ‐‐1997kB (talk) 17:55, 7 October 2018 (UTC)


Time2wait.svg On hold Until 11 November. ‐‐1997kB (talk) 01:40, 11 October 2018 (UTC)


  • Time2wait.svg On hold until 12 November. ‐‐1997kB (talk) 15:11, 13 October 2018 (UTC)
  • @Nihlus: Yes I saw that, but if they gonna use it as doppelganger account, what's the problem? @Amitie 10g: Are your intentions is to use that account for any type of editing, specifically on commons? because doppelganger accounts aren't used for editing. ‐‐1997kB (talk) 10:20, 15 October 2018 (UTC)
  • The problem is that they are indefinitely blocked on a project and would be seemingly making another account that would not be blocked. I would only feel comfortable doing this if the Commons community approved it (with or without blocking the doppelganger account). Nihlus 10:34, 15 October 2018 (UTC)
  • @1997kB and Nihlus: Actually, my intentios is to avoid impersonation (specially from some globally blocked user), so, just block the account at Commons, as I'll not use it for editing in any projects (except Meta for my doppelganger user account). --Amitie 10g (talk) 14:09, 15 October 2018 (UTC)
  • As stated above, I would only feel comfortable doing this if the Commons community approved it. I suggest you start by bringing it to their attention first; otherwise it may be seen as sockpuppeting. Nihlus 14:31, 15 October 2018 (UTC)
@Nihlus and Amitie 10g: Posted at c:COM:AN. ‐‐1997kB (talk) 15:00, 15 October 2018 (UTC)
Just for the record, I made a similar request some time ago and had it rejected because I am too blocked indefinitely on the English Wikipedia. --{{subst:User:Fire in the Hole/sign}} 22:52, 15 October 2018 (UTC)


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