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)

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.

W. Chan 2010[edit]

@W. Chan 2010: you new name conflicts with some wikis rename police, thereby you may have a problem in these wikis, for example in you name is not acceptable because (Long misleading names + names contains numbers that may be related to ID or phone NO. or anything else), so I prefer to see replay from other GR & Stewards --Alaa :)..! 20:01, 9 January 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.


@Siqbal:--sorry, the account, Sikander, contains valid edits on the fr.wikipedia, and thus is not eligible for usurpation. Please choose another username. --Atcovi (Talk - Contribs) 02:29, 14 December 2017 (UTC)
@Atcovi:--Yes, I saw that account, but it has had no activity for more than 10 years. Last edit by that account was 2 July 2007. Does that make a difference? Siqbal (talk) 14:07, 14 December 2017 (UTC)
Unfortunately, no. Although inactive, the account still holds important edits to itself. --Atcovi (Talk - Contribs) 14:10, 14 December 2017 (UTC)
@Atcovi: what is the important edits here :/ I saw edits between (-22 to +41) just! --Alaa :)..! 14:08, 20 December 2017 (UTC)
Few from several as I have found: 1, 2, 3. All of these changes are present today on those fr.wikipedia articles, this making the account entitled to these edits. --Atcovi (Talk - Contribs) 16:15, 20 December 2017 (UTC)
@Atcovi: Thanks. I saw all of them but Is it so important to prevent active user (+7000 edits) from take this name? Also the user inactive since more than 10 years! I prefer to accept this request --Alaa :)..! 17:29, 20 December 2017 (UTC)
According to the Requests_for_comment/Usurpation_policy: "User accounts may be usurped if it matches one of following conditions:
  • Does not have any edits except deleted
  • Is a vandalism-only account where all the edits were straight reverted and can thus be deleted.
  • Has edits to userspace only that can be deleted."

But alas, I'm not a global renamer--you are. It is your (or another gr)'s decision at the end of the day. Salam. --Atcovi (Talk - Contribs) 18:06, 20 December 2017 (UTC)

@Atcovi: We should not forget that this is Request for comment (i.e. not an official policy), and we should use common sense --Alaa :)..! 09:04, 21 December 2017 (UTC)
Time2wait.svg On hold until 22 January --Alaa :)..! 13:09, 22 December 2017 (UTC)


@Ahecht: why you put the old name as "Ahect~enwiki"? --Alaa :)..! 23:48, 21 December 2017 (UTC)
@Alaa: I am trying to create an alternate account under "Ahect" since it is a common misspelling of my username (per en:Wikipedia:Sock_puppetry#Legitimate_uses), but since that name was not available I temporarily created it at "Ahect~enwiki" so that it could be moved to "Ahect" once that account is usurped. I am not trying to rename my main Ahecht account. -Ahecht (TALK
) 14:33, 22 December 2017 (UTC)
@Ajraddatz: can you take a look here? --Alaa :)..! 18:52, 29 December 2017 (UTC)
It's an unusual request, but I think it could be actioned given the appropriate waiting period after notification. – Ajraddatz (talk) 19:42, 29 December 2017 (UTC)
Thanks @Ajraddatz:. @Ahecht: please confirm that you've the access to Ahect~enwiki by sign under this line! --Alaa :)..! 14:32, 30 December 2017 (UTC)
Confirm --Ahect~enwiki (talk) 19:16, 31 December 2017 (UTC)
Time2wait.svg On hold until 21 Jan --Alaa :)..! 20:17, 1 January 2018 (UTC)

Armed pacifist[edit]

Time2wait.svg On hold till 28 January 2018. Ruslik (talk) 19:57, 28 December 2017 (UTC)

Hedda Gabler (eski)[edit]

@Hedda Gabler (eski): we can't merge accounts. We can change Hedda Gabler to Hedda Gabler (usurped) then change Hedda Gabler (eski) to Hedda Gabler. So if you need us to do that sign by Hedda Gabler account under your request --Alaa :)..! 19:06, 2 January 2018 (UTC)
Hi @علاء:,
I don't remember my "Hedda Gabler" account password :/ But its mine account. --Hedda Gabler (eski) (talk) 21:08, 2 January 2018 (UTC)
@Hedda Gabler (eski): I don't think we can preform this request unless you sign by you other account! --Alaa :)..! 10:02, 3 January 2018 (UTC)
I will pass a brief summary:
I was a member of Wikipedia under the name of "Cemallamec".
Then I changed my username to "Hedda Gabler" and used it as SUL in all the wikis.
I forgot my password, then I created a new account.
Then I confiscated "Hedda Gabler" username and admins of made "Hedda Gabler" to "Hedda Gabler (eski)"
I continued to contribute with "Hedda Gabler" username for years
I did not contribute Wikipedia for years so I did not log in (and I forgot my password)
When I turn back, I noticed that my all accounts were seperated each other under these username: "Cemallamec", "Hedda Gabler", "Hedda Gabler (eski)" and "Hedda Gabler ~ trwiki" (and +1)
I can now enter only "Cemallamec" and "Hedda Gabler (eski)" accounts.
I only want my "Hedda Gabler" username because it's mine. You can ask Turkish Wikipedia user/admins etc. or search.
Thanks and "may the force be with you" if u solve this problem. --Hedda Gabler (eski) (talk) 17:45, 8 January 2018 (UTC)
@Ajraddatz: what is your opinion here? --Alaa :)..! 19:51, 9 January 2018 (UTC)
The trwiki account had a different password than the other accounts. @Hedda Gabler (eski): can you direct a trwiki admin who knew you here? We could also ask on Phabricator if they can match the email address used on both the ~trwiki account and the main Hedda Gabler account. – Ajraddatz (talk) 00:22, 10 January 2018 (UTC)
Comment Comment As a sysop on trwiki, I guarantee that the two accounts of concern (Hedda Gabler (eski) & Hedda Gabler) are used by the same person. This usurpation request in particular, approved by local bureaucrats, support this view as well. --Superyetkin (talk) 16:25, 11 January 2018 (UTC)
@Ajraddatz: --Alaa :)..! 09:52, 12 January 2018 (UTC)


Time2wait.svg On hold until 6 Feb --Alaa :)..! 15:47, 6 January 2018 (UTC)


@Mtmlan84: we can't merge accounts, but as (MichellevanLanschot) account made 0 edits, we can change MichellevanLanschot to MichellevanLanschot (usurped) then change Mtmlan84 to MichellevanLanschot, but we should wait one month before. Yes or No? --Alaa :)..! 10:09, 10 January 2018 (UTC)
You should think twice before you use your real name. Ruslik (talk) 15:54, 10 January 2018 (UTC)
Thanks @علاء:, that would be a great solution, so yes. I have thought about using my real name, and since this would be the account I use for my paid work in relation to Wikimedia projects I think this would be most transparent. Mtmlan84 (talk) 10:19, 11 January 2018 (UTC)
Time2wait.svg On hold until 12 Feb --Alaa :)..! 09:54, 12 January 2018 (UTC)


Time2wait.svg On hold until 12 Feb --Alaa :)..! 09:56, 12 January 2018 (UTC)

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