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This page hosts requests for a username change. Please read the instructions before posting a request. Global username changes may also be requested here to be done by stewards and global renamers.

This is also the page where stewards can be requested to deal with problems relating to the unified login feature. These include:

  • Usurpation of accounts
  • Deletion of global accounts
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 =
 |domain = global
 |Oldname =
 |Newname =
 |reason = (your remarks here)

For example:

For global rename requests:

=== Example@global ===
 |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 to stewards(at) (direct wiki-email interface).

Simple rename requests[edit]

If your rename request requires no stewardship, you have two options:

  1. If your rename request requires no stewardship, you have two options:
  2. Use the (new) request form at Special:GlobalRenameRequest; or

Utilise the manual process outlined above, and submit it below in this section.


The choosen username is already taken. Also should be noted that you have been blocked on itwiki and you have a lot of edits, so if you will be renamed at some time, a sysadmin need to look that it's ok. --Stryn (talk) 14:27, 23 June 2015 (UTC)
Is "Arbalete" already taken??--Friedrichstrasse (talk) 15:42, 23 June 2015 (UTC)
@Friedrichstrasse: Yes, see Special:CentralAuth/Arbalete. --I am k6ka Talk to me! See what I have done 15:47, 23 June 2015 (UTC)
So, is it impossible to get the new nickname?--Friedrichstrasse (talk) 16:16, 23 June 2015 (UTC)
@Friedrichstrasse: You could ask or email the user to see if they are willing to change their name so you can edit with it. –xeno 17:31, 23 June 2015 (UTC)
@Friedrichstrasse: Status? --Steinsplitter (talk) 11:35, 26 June 2015 (UTC)
I cannot send any e-mail.--Friedrichstrasse (talk) 17:45, 30 June 2015 (UTC)
At least you can leave a message to the user on their talk page. --Stryn (talk) 19:10, 30 June 2015 (UTC)
But he seems to be completely inactive!--Friedrichstrasse (talk) 20:55, 30 June 2015 (UTC)
With the proposed usurpation policy, this username can be usurped. But please leave them a note on their user talk page first and give them a chance to choose a new username within a week. Afterwards, we can proceed with the usurpation. Cheers, —DerHexer (Talk) 10:14, 5 July 2015 (UTC)
Done!--Friedrichstrasse (talk) 17:29, 6 July 2015 (UTC)
Time2wait.svg On hold till 6 August (pending user reaction). --Steinsplitter (talk) 17:34, 6 July 2015 (UTC)


@Arafilm: It's not available, please choose another username. --Stryn (talk) 19:11, 30 June 2015 (UTC)
X mark.svg Not done as not answered here. --Stryn (talk) 15:37, 6 July 2015 (UTC)


The chosen username is too similar to existing usernames: Yok artık. --Steinsplitter (talk) 14:23, 5 July 2015 (UTC)
I chosen a new nickname.--Keremcaliskan (talk) 07:20, 6 July 2015 (UTC)
Yes check.svg Done --Steinsplitter (talk) 09:31, 6 July 2015 (UTC)


Please login when leaving a request or it can't be performed. --Stryn (talk) 15:37, 6 July 2015 (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@global and requests should be signed by both the source (from) and target (to) user accounts.[edit]

@Monachus~dewiki, please sign this request with your Monachus~dewiki account. Thanks.  — billinghurst sDrewth 15:30, 13 June 2015 (UTC)
@Monachus~dewiki: What is the status of this request? Confirmation edit is still missing. --Steinsplitter (talk) 17:03, 5 July 2015 (UTC)


Did you mistake rename for merging 2 account? It's wrong section to request this, go here Steward_requests/Username_changes#Requests_involving_merges.2C_usurps_or_other_complications for merging.--AldNonymousBicara? 20:48, 9 June 2015 (UTC)
@Khangul: What is the status of this request? Do you like to merge both accounts? --Steinsplitter (talk) 16:53, 5 July 2015 (UTC)


@Arne~dewiki: The username is taken, owns the global account and has valid edits. Please select a new username. --Steinsplitter (talk) 10:47, 19 June 2015 (UTC)

I would appreciate, if someone could relate to my arguments, since I think here is the place for humans to have a look on individual renaming cases in regards of the question if renaming is really justified from a practical human point of view, rather than bureaucratic point of view. Reading the case of account Merry above, it seems to be also in my case, that there hase been an automatically computed decision, from which account would it's username been taken away and which account would have the privilege to keep it's account name as a new global account, and that the criteria of the automatically computed decision was the accounts raw edit count.

Is it right to take me away my account name and give it to an account that has made all of it's edits on two consecutive days over ten years before of today, just because it has made more edits on these two days than I have made distributed over the last twelve years of my accounts existence?

I would suffer from a forced renaming of my account since I am a regular editor of Wikipedia and use that account. Would the holder of the other account suffer from a forced renaming of it's account? I really doubt that, because that account was only used on two days ten years before of now. Probably, it was created as a fun account and the account holder has either forgotten it's existence and/or has no access to it anymore. Propably, the account holder of would never know about the privilege of his japan local account being transferred to a global account, because he has forgotten the existence of that account, while I, as a regular editor who uses it's account would suffer from taken my username away. Would that make sense, would that be fair? --Arne~dewiki (talk) 08:36, 20 June 2015 (UTC)

Before making such a request you should at least notify the user who owns the global account about your desire to usurp it and wait for their answer. P.S. The new account Arne at dewiki was created at 1 May, so the user may be in fact aware of globalization, and regularly log in. Ruslik (talk) 19:46, 20 June 2015 (UTC)
I left a message on the user diskussion page . Maybe the staff users can email the user directly and check if the email gets delivered. That the user has been created on May 1 maybe was due to my own login as user Arne on I can still login as user Arne on After login, I get redirected to being user Arne~dewiki. But if the user suddenly now would say oh my account is so valuable to me after ten years of inactivity I would not let count that. --Arne~dewiki (talk) 15:26, 22 June 2015 (UTC)
@Ruslik0: Sorry, but i have to disagree. The user has 100 valid edits on jawiki (more than Arne~dewiki). We generally not allow such usurpations and i seen no reason for a exception here. --Steinsplitter (talk) 05:01, 23 June 2015 (UTC)
Steinsplitter: The exception is that the target account was created later, used minimally, and inactive for quite a long time. The unification decision was made with a (perhaps overly) simplistic ruleset, and in these edge cases where the calculation would have benefited from further fine-tuning (such as taking into account creation date and last edit) is where global renamers and stewards must apply discretion for enhanced user satisfaction. While balancing the need for unification, our approach should work towards maximum retention of our existing users. Arne~dewiki's arguments are compelling: the jawiki user will not miss their inactive name and would probably understand, in interests of fairness, we should restore it to the user who has used it for longer, and more regularly. –xeno 14:12, 23 June 2015 (UTC)
@Ruslik: The creation of the new local account de:Benutzer:Arne on 1 May is a bug, User:Arne@dewiki himself created this local account by logging into his old user name. See also de:BD:DerHexer#Antrag auf Rückumbenennung von Arne@dewiki zu Arne and the creation of the enwiki account en:User:Arne@dewiki just one minute after that (Special:CentralAuth/Arne@dewiki). In these cases, there isn't a log entry and also no Login Wiki account is being created. So, this is no argument and the other user still is globally inactive. He also doesn’t react on his own jawiki talk page and surely won’t ever use the account again. So, possible activity can't be a reason here, also is that account a younger one.
The only reason can be the edits on jawiki. But I think, the other facts can be a good reason for re-renaming. What if User:Arne@dewiki makes hundreds of further edits in the future, while the other user remains inactive? Then there would be no edit count argument anymore, and he doesn't have so much less edits than the other user also now. And it is the only argument, the scheme doesn't prevent to take account of also other valid arguments. Here are some other arguments:
1st he has the older account (it has been the only account globally at that time), 2nd he has been active since 12 years under that name, while the other user has only been active on two days, 3rd the other user is inactive since 10 years, doesn't react at all and possibly will never ever edit again with the account.
Is there a problem with having the jawiki edits at an account name User:Arne@jawiki in the future? The edit count is now the only argument in the scheme for non-sysops, because it would be too difficult for automatical rename to use also other arguments like how old the accounts were. And sysops weren't renamed, even if they have less edits than other users. So you see, that also other arguments count in that case. Just about 100 edits forever aren't so very many, so it isn't a very good argument here. If there were hundreds or thousands edits on jawiki, this would be another case, but then the user would also have been active for a longer period. --Winternacht (talk) 12:04, 23 June 2015 (UTC)
  • I left a message here for Penn Station, perhaps they can advise if this is okay to proceed per traditional ja.wp usurpation guidelines. –xeno 14:00, 23 June 2015 (UTC)
Time2wait.svg On hold till 22 July 2015 (pending user reaction). Ruslik (talk) 20:20, 23 June 2015 (UTC)
For the sake of 50 edits difference and no rights with which to contend, and with that period of (in)activity, I personally would think that we could rename the other account in favour of the active user.  — billinghurst sDrewth 03:43, 24 June 2015 (UTC)
By the way: Now there are no 50 edits difference anymore. --Winternacht (talk) 22:05, 24 June 2015 (UTC)

And here you see that he himself created the new dewiki account: m:Special:CentralAuth/Arne, dewiki 1. Mai 2015, 12:52:37, log entry at Arne~dewiki, 1. Mai 2015, 12:52:37, same date and time. --Winternacht (talk) 22:17, 24 June 2015 (UTC)


Has you notified the current owner of Hypok account about your intention? Ruslik (talk) 19:27, 28 June 2015 (UTC)
I left a message here but that was for an old request, and possibly not at the correct page, which is likely the one here. I can't find a template, so should I just tell them I want to take their username and link them here in case they object?
Yes, you should do this. Ruslik (talk) 20:16, 29 June 2015 (UTC)
@Hypokdino: What is the status of this request? You haven't yet notified this user at frwiki. --Steinsplitter (talk) 16:56, 5 July 2015 (UTC)


Please, login into your Nastasia~smth accounts and by posting on your talk pages confirm that you own them. Ruslik (talk) 19:04, 1 July 2015 (UTC)


Username Ebrahim already exists. If you intend to usurp it, please, notify this user first about you intention on their talk page in enwiki. Ruslik (talk) 19:06, 1 July 2015 (UTC)
Done --ebraminiotalk 07:58, 2 July 2015 (UTC)
Time2wait.svg On hold till 1 August 2015. Ruslik (talk) 19:14, 2 July 2015 (UTC)


Confirmed same user! Steve (talk) 22:07, 3 July 2015 (UTC)
Time2wait.svg pending merge tool  — billinghurst sDrewth 12:59, 5 July 2015 (UTC)


Time2wait.svg pending merge tool --Steinsplitter (talk) 16:44, 5 July 2015 (UTC)



@RedPuma: Can you please login with Redpuma1975 and confirm that it's your account. --Steinsplitter (talk) 14:09, 6 July 2015 (UTC)

Here I am. It's always me. --Redpuma1975 (talk) 14:17, 6 July 2015 (UTC)

Time2wait.svg pending merge tool --Steinsplitter (talk) 14:18, 6 July 2015 (UTC)


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