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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.
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SUL finalization[edit]

If you are requesting a merge of a global account with one or more unconnected local accounts as part of finalizing your single unified login (SUL) username, please specify which wikis and accounts you want to merge into your global account. These accounts were typically be named "account name~wikiname". Please note that we can only merge a local account into a global account when the global account has no edits on the same wiki as the local account.

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. To add an entry, please copy and paste the text below into the appropriate section.

Aron Manning[edit]

X mark.svg Not done I think you should ask to arbcom for renaming, as I don't know whether you will be unblocked or not, but with an active block I'm hesitant to accept. ‐‐1997kB (talk) 02:32, 24 January 2020 (UTC)
  • Thank you for the response. Unfortunately ArbCom is very busy this time, much more important matters than this don't fit their schedule – like my unblock request –, please don't burden them and me with unnecessary bureaucratic rounds. This username is unpractically long, therefore I've been using the "Aron Man" signature for many months. I wished to rename to the similarly sounding, but more creative and meaningful "Irn-Man", however if that makes you hesitant, then please consider renaming to "AronMan" – one word, two capital letters, no space between. Please recall the Global rename policy which only requires that the rename is not seeking to "conceal or obfuscate" and reminds that the "The old name is duly and visibly linked". I hope this sufficiently justifies the request. Thank you for your careful consideration. If I may ask for it, please ping in your response. —Aron Man.🍂 edits🌾 19:06, 24 January 2020 (UTC)
Well the policy says "history of conflicts/blocks", but you have an ongoing conflict/block which is yet to be resolved and we don't know the outcome. And renaming a blocked user without in the knowledge of local authorities clearly doesn't respect their policies. So in short it should be them who will decide that you should be renamed or not. @Aron Manning:. ‐‐1997kB (talk) 02:22, 25 January 2020 (UTC) ArbCom typically doesn’t have any comment on username changes and give a non-answer when asked. The local and global policy is essentially no renames that hide the identity of a user who is under scrutiny. Deal with the block first, and then we can rename. TonyBallioni (talk) 02:30, 25 January 2020 (UTC)
  • "Aron Manning" -> "AronMan" (which signature I've been using for months) is certainly not hiding the identity, but thank you for your comment, TonyBallioni. I wouldn't expect a comment from ArbCom, either. However, it sounds to me that you are speaking on behalf of ArbCom, of which you are not a member. Would you clarify this?
Thank you for the ping, 1997kB. That partial citation from the policy with full context says "The old name is duly and visibly linked to the new name on any wiki where the user is active, or has a history of conflict or blocks." If the policy were to say it is not allowed to happen, there would be no reason to link the old account. This sentence in the policy is clearly a guidance for how to rename, implying that the rename does happen. I hope this clarifies what the policy says. Again, thank you for attending this request. —Aron Man.🍂 edits🌾 07:16, 25 January 2020 (UTC)
No, I’m speaking as a global renamer who has been through this scenario before. ArbCom typically kicks it to us and our interpretation of both global and local policy has consistently been “deal with your block first.” TonyBallioni (talk) 13:36, 25 January 2020 (UTC)


Can you then explain your activities on commons (which include spamming) and plwiki (which include vandalism)? The blocks aren't only username issues. Oppose renaming to avoid scrutiny. --Camouflaged Mirage (talk) 15:37, 22 January 2020 (UTC)

@Camouflaged Mirage - sure. The spamming/vandalism is misunderstanding. I had already explained everything but username. This is the only issue I got right now. The user @Cybularny told me that he will unblock my account for editing when I got username changed. AutoMapa (talk) 16:27, 22 January 2020 (UTC) ?? --AutoMapa (talk) 09:29, 23 January 2020 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done ‐‐1997kB (talk) 02:20, 24 January 2020 (UTC)
@1997kB: They are also blocked on commons for spamming (the username issue is secondary). They had not been unblocked on plwiki too. Just a note for you, I am thinking this is to prevent negative association with their company being blocked. I had a strong hunch that this is a shared used account. They said they had explained everything and username is the only issue. False, I did not see them explain anything anywhere at plwiki / commons. --Camouflaged Mirage (talk) 10:32, 25 January 2020 (UTC)
@Camouflaged Mirage: Well you might be right about negative association bit, but if they had continue editing, a rename was necessary in this case. ‐‐1997kB (talk) 11:21, 25 January 2020 (UTC)
@1997kB: I gotten your point of continue editing, my concerns is just along the lines of "The user is not seeking the rename to conceal or obfuscate bad conduct." Thanks for your clarifications. --Camouflaged Mirage (talk) 11:52, 25 January 2020 (UTC)

Vijay B. Barot[edit]

Yes check.svg Done--Turkmen talk 16:05, 25 January 2020 (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.


@D-Kuru: Hey, why is it have to be EMD specifically? If it's just organization account you can name it as EMD org or EMD company or something similar. Usurption seems bit over for this. ‐‐1997kB (talk) 11:51, 23 December 2019 (UTC)
It's an acronym. I also thought about using just a different name, but since the existing account was created and never used as it seems, I wanted to try the name that seemed to fit best for me first. --D-Kuru (talk) 12:46, 23 December 2019 (UTC)
@D-Kuru: There will be a waiting period of 1 month. Are you ok with that? (Just in case you are not in hurry) ‐‐1997kB (talk) 13:39, 23 December 2019 (UTC)
I'm not in rush at all. Even more than that would be fine for me as well. --D-Kuru (talk) 17:48, 23 December 2019 (UTC)
2019-12-24 edit: I forgot the not in the comment above. I'm in no rush aka time is not an issue for me. --D-Kuru (talk) 11:50, 24 December 2019 (UTC)
Time2wait.svg On hold until 24 January. ‐‐1997kB (talk) 07:26, 24 December 2019 (UTC)
@D-Kuru: please note you can't create a new account with username EMD when it is renamed. It will say the username is too similair to EMD (usurped). So a new rename will still be necessary or an administrator has to create the new account. Maybe it is better if you create a new account with another username and request a rename to EMD. DutchTina (talk) 22:40, 25 December 2019 (UTC)
I also thought that this might be easier, but I didn't want to block a username that may could be used by others. On the other hand if a username is random noone will ever use it I guess --D-Kuru (talk) 04:23, 26 December 2019 (UTC)
If you did so, the process would be the same as right now. The only difference would be that EMD would be renamed to EMD (usurped) and your account would be renamed to EMD directly. Now you have to registrate it but I see no problem there anymore thanks to 1997kB. :) DutchTina (talk) 10:41, 26 December 2019 (UTC)
@DutchTina: They are administrator on commonswiki, so after rename they can create the account themselves. ‐‐1997kB (talk) 04:57, 26 December 2019 (UTC)
Ah okay, I did not know that. Thanks :) DutchTina (talk) 10:41, 26 December 2019 (UTC)
Yes check.svg Done @D-Kuru:. ‐‐1997kB (talk) 02:17, 24 January 2020 (UTC)
@1997kB: Thank you. The account is already created. --D-Kuru (talk) 07:45, 25 January 2020 (UTC)
@1997kB: I guess I need one more thing. When I created the account I used the option to send me a random password because I did not want to bother with it at the moment. The password mail got caught up in the spam filter and got deleted. Now I do not have a password and I get no mail to reset it either. What can be done here now? --D-Kuru (talk) 10:56, 25 January 2020 (UTC)
@D-Kuru: You can get another password by c:Special:PasswordReset after 24 hours. ‐‐1997kB (talk) 11:02, 25 January 2020 (UTC)
@1997kB: OK, thanks for the note! --D-Kuru (talk) 11:11, 25 January 2020 (UTC)


Time2wait.svg On hold until 25 January.--Turkmen talk 22:05, 25 December 2019 (UTC)
Note: w:de:Benutzer Diskussion:Pho3niX--Turkmen talk 22:10, 25 December 2019 (UTC)
Yes check.svg Done--Turkmen talk 10:59, 25 January 2020 (UTC)

Serhio Magpie[edit]

Time2wait.svg On hold until 2 February.--Turkmen talk 20:11, 2 January 2020 (UTC)
Note: w:ru:Обсуждение_участника:Сергио--Turkmen talk 20:16, 2 January 2020 (UTC)

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