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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
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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.


Marshmallych 14:33, 19 September 2018 (UTC)

@Marshmallych: Last time you requested for vanishing and day after that you requested to revert it. I am little confused that why you reversed last renaming? And also are you sure this time? ‐‐1997kB (talk) 06:48, 22 September 2018 (UTC)
And as you are requesting not to leave redirect, it will break your old sign, which was the reason you provided to last time, so are you okay with this now? ‐‐1997kB (talk) 07:11, 22 September 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)


Time2wait.svg On hold until 28 September --Alaa :)..! 15:28, 28 August 2018 (UTC)


{{onhold}} until 28 September --Alaa :)..! 15:28, 28 August 2018 (UTC)
I love chemistry, and I want to use this (the chemical element silver) as my username. This user has few edits and has not edited Wikipedia for about 6 years. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Lolitacon (talk)
Edit summary: "Sorry, I have changed my mind." --Vogone (talk) 17:36, 7 September 2018 (UTC)
@Lolitacon: So Ag is final? ‐‐1997kB (talk) 17:42, 7 September 2018 (UTC)
@1997kB: That's it.--Lolitacon (talk) 08:55, 8 September 2018 (UTC)
@Lolitacon: Ok, so you have to wait for another month as we have to notify the current account holder. ‐‐1997kB (talk) 09:02, 8 September 2018 (UTC)
Time2wait.svg On hold Until 8 October. ‐‐1997kB (talk) 09:08, 8 September 2018 (UTC)


Time2wait.svg On hold until 31 September --Alaa :)..! 19:24, 31 August 2018 (UTC)


Note: User who has requested for usurpation is not a well-established or reasonably active user as they haven't at-least 400 edits or an administrator on some Wikimedia project. Regards, — TBhagat (contribs | talk) 05:34, 10 September 2018 (UTC)
Well there's no policy of 400 edits. Actually they asked me on IRC that they can usurp this account or not. And the interaction with them, I feel there will be positive outcome. So I am allowing this one. ‐‐1997kB (talk) 11:07, 10 September 2018 (UTC)
Time2wait.svg On hold Until 10 October. ‐‐1997kB (talk) 11:21, 10 September 2018 (UTC)


Time2wait.svg On hold until 11 October --Alaa :)..! 16:43, 11 September 2018 (UTC)


@Abalg: We can rename Abalg~commonswiki@commonswiki to Abalg@commonswiki locally, but after that you need password to unify accounts.
@JSutherland (WMF): Is password reset for this possible? Looks like same user to me. ‐‐1997kB (talk) 09:14, 13 September 2018 (UTC)
@JSutherland (WMF): It would be very great! How can I prove I'm the both account's owner? --Abalg (talk) 11:47, 13 September 2018 (UTC)
I can bring this evidence : I put this link pointing to my old account Abalg-Commons on my personal page Abalg:fr in July 14, 2007. (There is also a Commons account Abalg43 which I do not use anymore, but it's an other story) --Abalg (talk) 12:16, 13 September 2018 (UTC)
Filed phab task. ‐‐1997kB (talk) 14:09, 13 September 2018 (UTC)
The same evidence in the opposite direction, I put this link to my main account User-fr:Abalg on my old commons account Abalg~commonswiki page, when it was created in July 14, 2007. I hope my case is under good skies. Cordially. --Abalg (talk) 09:36, 19 September 2018 (UTC)
Hello Abalg - could you please email from the email address belonging to your account? Merci ! Joe Sutherland (Wikimedia Foundation) (talk) 21:16, 19 September 2018 (UTC)
I did it. Thank you. --Abalg (talk) 02:03, 20 September 2018 (UTC)
Thanks to Joe Sutherland, I can use my Abalg~Commons account. Now, Is it possible to merge this account with my Abalg global acount? And How can I do? Regards --Abalg~commonswiki (talk) 19:59, 20 September 2018 (UTC)
@علاء: Can you please rename Abalg~commonswiki@commonswiki to Abalg@commonswiki, now they have access to both accounts. ‐‐1997kB (talk) 20:14, 20 September 2018 (UTC)
@1997kB: done now, please ask the user to enter commons by both account and/or by Special:MergeAccount, then if it succeed please close this request. Best, and sorry for the late replay --Alaa :)..! 19:38, 22 September 2018 (UTC)
@Abalg: Please go to Special:MergeAccount and complete the merge. ‐‐1997kB (talk) 02:07, 23 September 2018 (UTC)
Thanks a lot to all of you (@1997kB:, @علاء: and @JSutherland (WMF):) for your work. The merge is efficient. Only the recent Abalg Commons contribution and check list is not viewable anymore. But it was only 5 images on contribution list and a little bit more on check list. It suits me perfectly. Have a good day/night. --Abalg (talk) 12:13, 23 September 2018 (UTC)
Yes check.svg Done ‐‐1997kB (talk) 12:51, 23 September 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)


Note: The requested new username has 221 edits as of now, registered on 14:32, 17 March 2015 (3 years ago) & has only one number of attached account(s). Also, the user who has requested for rename/usurps has 22,500+ edits globally, registered on 12:10, 24 January 2014 (4 years ago) & has 97 number of attached accounts. Regards, — TBhagat (contribs | talk) 10:56, 23 September 2018 (UTC)
@Tigerzeng: The target username has made too many edits to be eligible for usurpation. —k6ka 🍁 (Talk · Contributions) 11:49, 23 September 2018 (UTC)
Err, got it. I withdraw my request.--Tiger (talk) 12:27, 23 September 2018 (UTC)
X mark.svg Not done Request withdrawn. ‐‐1997kB (talk) 12:57, 23 September 2018 (UTC)

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