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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 =
|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.


@Globalomnium: El nombre que solicitas puede ser considerado inaceptable en otros proyectos. En general debes evitar usar nombres de usuario que impliquen que eres o trabajas para una compañía. ¿Sería posible que escogieses otro nombre de usuario? Gracias, —MarcoAurelio 13:09, 5 January 2017 (UTC)
@MarcoAurelio: Ok. He comprobado que Periodista está disponible. Globalomnium (talk) 10:01, 9 January 2017 (UTC)
@Globalomnium: No, lo siento, Periodista (talk • contribs • block • x-wiki • CA • lwcheckuser) ya existe. Por favor escoge otro nombre. Puedes comprobar en Special:CentralAuth el nombre que desees para saber si está libre. Saludos, —MarcoAurelio 19:14, 12 January 2017 (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.

Majora (alt)@global[edit]

Confirming that this is me. --Majora (talk) 03:45, 22 December 2016 (UTC)
@Majora: Yes. You still need to notify them on their home wiki talk page; it's only fair that way. —k6ka 🍁 (Talk · Contributions) 03:52, 22 December 2016 (UTC)
@K6ka: Done. --Majora (talk) 03:55, 22 December 2016 (UTC)
Time2wait.svg On hold until January 22, 2017. —k6ka 🍁 (Talk · Contributions) 04:01, 22 December 2016 (UTC)
@Majora: done. – Ajraddatz (talk) 23:48, 22 January 2017 (UTC)


@Ypna: Please notify the target user on their home wiki (eswiki). Pokéfan95 (talk) 02:20, 23 December 2016 (UTC)
@Pokéfan95: I tried, but I couldn't get the usurpation template to work. Ypna (talk) 07:43, 23 December 2016 (UTC)
@Ypna: You may manually make a message for the target user instead, if the usurpation template won't work. Don't forget to link the message here. Pokéfan95 (talk) 08:16, 23 December 2016 (UTC)
@Pokéfan95: Ok, done. Ypna (talk) 10:47, 23 December 2016 (UTC)
Time2wait.svg On hold until 23 January 2017. --Pokéfan95 (talk) 10:50, 23 December 2016 (UTC)


@Koshi2016: Please notify the target user on their home wiki talk page about this request. RadiX 03:19, 29 December 2016 (UTC)
@RadiX:Done. What is the next step?--Koshi2016 (talk) 03:43, 29 December 2016 (UTC)
Hi Koshi2016, can you link to this request on the target user's talk page? Make sure they know what to do in case they object to usurpation (Which is to simply state that they do not wish to be usurped). You can use Template:Usurpation requested/ja to notify the user about this request. —k6ka 🍁 (Talk · Contributions) 03:48, 29 December 2016 (UTC)
k6ka 🍁:OK.done,whatis next step? --Koshi2016 (talk) 04:01, 29 December 2016 (UTC)
Time2wait.svg On hold until January 29, 2017 (Although it would seem that you have erroneously already set your request to be on hold) —k6ka 🍁 (Talk · Contributions) 04:04, 29 December 2016 (UTC)
I change Time2wait.svg On hold to "In progress". Is this good? --Koshi2016 (talk) 06:19, 29 December 2016 (UTC)
No, please leave that part alone. We got it :) —k6ka 🍁 (Talk · Contributions) 14:08, 29 December 2016 (UTC)

Dustin V. S.@global[edit]

Time2wait.svg On hold until February 1, 2017. —k6ka 🍁 (Talk · Contributions) 02:13, 1 January 2017 (UTC)

Alan Moraes@global[edit]

@Alan Moraes: Please notify the target user on their home wiki talk page about this request (You may use this template) —k6ka 🍁 (Talk · Contributions) 18:47, 4 January 2017 (UTC)
@K6ka: Yes check.svg Done Thanks! —Alan Moraes (talk) 18:52, 4 January 2017 (UTC)
Time2wait.svg On hold until February 4, 2017. —k6ka 🍁 (Talk · Contributions) 18:53, 4 January 2017 (UTC)

Darkhan Aqtöbe@global[edit]

Time2wait.svg On hold until February 4, 2017. —k6ka 🍁 (Talk · Contributions) 19:25, 4 January 2017 (UTC)

Agastya Chandrakant@global[edit]

@Agastya Chandrakant: According to our records, it appears that you have been renamed before. Please note that username changes take up valuable server resources and are not something to be treated lightly. Are you sure you wish to proceed?
If so, please notify the target user on their home wiki talk page about this request (You may use Template:Usurpation requested to do this). —k6ka 🍁 (Talk · Contributions) 03:52, 7 January 2017 (UTC)
Yes, I wish to proceed, and I have notified the user.
Agastya Chandrakant (talk) 08:42, 7 January 2017 (UTC)
Time2wait.svg On hold until February 7, 2017. —k6ka 🍁 (Talk · Contributions) 14:53, 7 January 2017 (UTC)


Continuing from here which got archived while I was on vacation. @K6ka: Please do it. Whether the editor is currently active is irrelevant, the point here is repairing informational damage caused by the renaming of the user. Thanks. — Scott talk 01:12, 9 January 2017 (UTC)

@Scott: If there's anybody that can do anything about this, it's a steward, and I'm unfortunately not one (The most I can do is to rename the entire global account which would probably make things worse). —k6ka 🍁 (Talk · Contributions) 01:20, 9 January 2017 (UTC)
Oh, I see, because you marked the request as not done I thought you were a steward. Hopefully one can help. — Scott talk 01:22, 9 January 2017 (UTC)
It would be technically possible to complete this request, but with the user inactive I'm not seeing any strong need to. There are no attribution issues with the two usernames, and if they ever come back the accounts can be merged. There's no way of fully merging them while the user isn't active anyway. – Ajraddatz (talk) 06:16, 10 January 2017 (UTC)
Why do you not consider basic data integrity and maintaining the historical record a strong need? Like I agreed on the original post, a full merge isn't necessary, just renaming the enwiki user back to what it was. Thanks, — Scott talk 22:47, 10 January 2017 (UTC)
Data integrity is already there; there are no attribution issues with changing a username, even in a forced way with SUL finalization. We could go through and fix all these errors with SUL finalization, but unless it is at the request of the user I don't see much need to. I'm not closing this as not done though, if another steward wants to action this I won't object. It just seem like a make-work project to me (not necessarily this one case, but the precedent of trying to fix every other error without involving the actual user in question). I hope that makes some sense. – Ajraddatz (talk) 01:02, 13 January 2017 (UTC)
In a purely mechanistic sense data integrity is there. But as presented to the human user of the system, it isn't. Every link to that user's user page and user talk page on enwiki is now red. Yes, you can click a red user link and be presented with a message saying the user has been renamed; but you also may not be presented with one. This extremely poor UX is a consequence of the extremely poor implementation of the system, and will probably never be resolved given current development practices. Such a situation is barely tolerable for users that were forcibly renamed for the legitimate reason of a conflict, but pointless to allow to exist in the case of a user that was renamed unnecessarily. As an enwiki admin with a particular interest in maintaining the integrity of the archive for readers - who have been our prime consideration in building this project since day 1 - I hope another steward will rectify this. By the way, regarding "make-work", I'm pretty sure you've now spent more time arguing against doing this than it would have taken to do it in the first place. — Scott talk 13:09, 13 January 2017 (UTC)
Perhaps another steward would care to comment. — Scott talk 21:14, 20 January 2017 (UTC)


Hi @StanProg:, this account doesn't seem to be eligible for usurpation. If the target user consents to usurpation, we can process this request; if they don't respond within a month or if they object, however, we can't usurp this name. Sorry. —k6ka 🍁 (Talk · Contributions) 00:00, 12 January 2017 (UTC)
Why is that ineligible? In 2014 I was allowed to usurp this user name, which had only made 21 edits, in 2001. Please note that en:Wikipedia:Changing usernames/Guidelines states that Renames are a matter of discretion and renamers may depart from the guidelines where there is good reason to do so. This is a similarly clear-cut case. — Scott talk 23:35, 22 January 2017 (UTC)
Because there is a substantial portion of the community (not necessarily from enwiki, but elsewhere) that doesn't accept the need for usurpations when the target account has content contributions. We don't currently have a community-approved usurpation policy, but the one that will eventually be approved has such a requirement and that is widely followed already. The enwiki policies don't apply everywhere either... – Ajraddatz (talk) 23:44, 22 January 2017 (UTC)


@ThePlatypusofDoom: Please notify the target user on their home wiki talk page (You may use Template:Usurpation requested for this). —k6ka 🍁 (Talk · Contributions) 00:06, 12 January 2017 (UTC)
@K6ka: Done. ThePlatypusofDoom (talk) 01:10, 13 January 2017 (UTC)
Time2wait.svg On hold until February 12, 2017. —k6ka 🍁 (Talk · Contributions) 01:12, 13 January 2017 (UTC)


@OH-: Please notify the target user on their home wiki talk page about this request (You may use Template:Usurpation requested/he for this). —k6ka 🍁 (Talk · Contributions) 14:31, 14 January 2017 (UTC)
DoneOH- (talk) —Preceding undated comment added 16:08, 14 January 2017‎ (UTC).
Time2wait.svg On hold until February 14, 2017. —k6ka 🍁 (Talk · Contributions) 16:25, 16 January 2017 (UTC)


@VolendamMusicBV: Please notify the target user on their home wiki talk page about this request (You may use Template:Usurpation requested/it to accomplish this). —k6ka 🍁 (Talk · Contributions) 16:28, 16 January 2017 (UTC)


@EddieGP: The requested username does not appear to be eligible for usurpation (They have made significant edits, and they don't appear to have been instantly reverted or deleted. —k6ka 🍁 (Talk · Contributions) 20:22, 21 January 2017 (UTC)
@K6ka: I beg to differ in context with the phrase they don't appear to have been instantly reverted or deleted. Do you refer to deleted edits, which I of course can't see? For me global contributions page shows 37 edits in en.WP from 2003. I've clicked through the article history for each of them. Each and every of Eddies edits have been reverted instantly (most of them directly by the edit that follows, others took no more than five edits in between before everything Eddie did was reverted 100%. Out of 37 edits I just found a single one which wasn't reverted (which was a statement on a users page that "Eddie" is not identical to another user called "Michael"). It seems "Eddie" was a sockpuppet of "Michael", spammed around, was blocked and everything of him was undone, which doesn't look like significant contribution to me. Yet I don't really know if "all edits have been reverted" is a legit reason why usurpation could be done, I was just opposing to your phrase as quoted above. If 37 edits are significant enough to make this username unavailable for usurpation, no matter whether they have been reverted, feel free to set "Not done" here. EddieGP (talk) 10:43, 22 January 2017 (UTC)


@Farid69: Please notify the target user on their home wiki talk page about this request (You may use Template:Usurpation requested/tr to accomplish this). An abandoned account with valid edits will not get usurped without their permission, so you may want to think of alternative new name. --99of9 (talk) 02:01, 20 January 2017 (UTC)
Yes check.svg Done The target user has been notified in their discussion page.

Regarding above suggestion I would like to inform you that I registered this name at 2004 and for ages had not used it (may signed in for rare times)! by the way few month ago I made my plan for being active and more helpful in wiki, and tried to use this account, but I couldn't login !! after investigation I find someone took this username and after their registration day when was about 11 years ago, he/she made just 6 edits in one wiki and 4 of them are 0 bytes !!
As I explained before, my current username should be changed as quick as possible because I am in uncomfortable situation and can not concentrate and being helpful for wiki projects what I started couple months ago, I have strong desire to finishing each of them on-time. The new name is reminiscent for me and would be same as mine in many Wiki's sister projects like TranslateWiki, wikitech and phabricator of Wikimedia. yours Farid69 (talk) 18:58, 20 January 2017 (UTC)

Miss Manzana@global[edit]

@Miss Manzana: Please make an edit with the Gauri account confirming your ownership of that account (and let us know where you would like that account name moved to). --99of9 (talk) 01:50, 20 January 2017 (UTC)

Hola, User:Miss Manzana! Qué ilusión verte por aquí. La confirmación es innecesaria, pero si lo deseas podemos devolver las ediciones actuales de Gauri a la cuenta Miss_Manzana (con un poco de rodeo). Así también se evita que alguien más cree esa cuenta. (English: Confirmation is provided on her user page, offering the possibility to move the Gauri account to Miss_Manzana with a detour, thereby avoiding possible later impersonation - Miss Manzana is a former admin, and using that name would possibly pose some problems) Savhñ 21:50, 20 January 2017 (UTC)


Original request filed at en:Special:Permalink/761188209 here. This request was moved from enwp usurpation request to meta usurpation request per target account not existing locally. I have notified the target account on their home talk page (on the German Wikipedia) here. --JustBerry (talk) 19:18, 21 January 2017 (UTC)
Time2wait.svg On hold until February 21, 2017. —k6ka 🍁 (Talk · Contributions) 20:19, 21 January 2017 (UTC)

Tomosuke 0610@global[edit]

Yes check.svg Done Ruslik (talk) 18:18, 23 January 2017 (UTC)


Yes check.svg Done Ruslik (talk) 18:44, 23 January 2017 (UTC)

See also[edit]