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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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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.


the old username: Mateo038 the new username IAmMateo —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Mateo038 (talk) 03:17, 22. marec 2017‎

@Mateo038: please use the form at Special:GlobalRenameRequest for such requests. — Yerpo Eh? 12:41, 22 March 2017 (UTC)


Yes check.svg Done --Alaa :)..! 12:47, 24 March 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.

ਮਨਜੀਤ ਸਿੰਘ[edit]

@ਮਨਜੀਤ ਸਿੰਘ: Please notify the target account on their home wiki talk page, for instance with this message--Alaa :)..! 13:37, 6 March 2017 (UTC)
Time2wait.svg On hold until 6 April.--Alaa :)..! 15:23, 6 March 2017 (UTC)


...but you haven't contributed either. For usurpation requests, a notification is however required. Savhñ 00:26, 15 March 2017 (UTC)
...I have now. This account was only opened a couple of days ago. When you say 'a notification is required', do you mean I have to do something more? I have now been shown how to sign this: Pagat1703 (talk) 12:49, 17 March 2017 (UTC)
@Pagat1703: Notifying the user involves going to their home wiki talk page and then leaving them a message notifying them about this request, preferably in their language. You may use Template:Usurpation requested/nl, in this case. —k6ka 🍁 (Talk · Contributions) 20:19, 17 March 2017 (UTC)
@K6ka: Thank you. It looks as though this has already been done. Pagat1703 (talk) 13:26, 20 March 2017 (UTC)
Time2wait.svg On hold until 18 April --Alaa :)..! 20:49, 18 March 2017 (UTC)

BU Rob13[edit]

  • Confirm, though I'd prefer to be renamed to Rob13 without the space if a renamer feels that's usurpable. ~ Rob13Talk 00:09, 16 March 2017 (UTC)
    I'd recommend asking on w:WP:CHUU. There are still some crats (who are also renamers) that feel local policy still applies for global accounts with just an enwiki account, so the local policies might be more permissive there. Normally I frown on such silly assertions, but it may help you in this case. – Ajraddatz (talk) 00:33, 16 March 2017 (UTC)
Time2wait.svg On hold until 16 April--Alaa :)..! 21:54, 24 March 2017 (UTC)

دن کیشوت[edit]

@دن کیشوت: I don't think that this name is acceptable! you knew that it mean "العالم المجنون" (Mad scientist)! --Alaa :)..! 20:44, 18 March 2017 (UTC)
The user name is acceptable. I've written with a different language and are not to be confused with another account. دن کیشوت (talk) 21:09, 18 March 2017 (UTC)
@دن کیشوت: I knew! but the name mean Mad scientist, saw I don't think it is acceptable (see here). I'll wait the replay from another renamers!--Alaa :)..! 21:16, 18 March 2017 (UTC)
@Savh and K6ka:--Alaa :)..! 20:41, 19 March 2017 (UTC)
@علاء: I would consider "Mad scientist" to be an acceptable username. —k6ka 🍁 (Talk · Contributions) 20:44, 19 March 2017 (UTC)
I agree to change my username to "mad scientist". دن کیشوت (talk) 17:35, 20 March 2017 (UTC)
Please if it is an acceptable username assign it to me. دن کیشوت (talk) 16:23, 20 March 2017 (UTC)
I'll wait @Savh: replay. @دن کیشوت: Thanks for waiting --Alaa :)..! 17:41, 20 March 2017 (UTC)
I would consider a translated version of "Mad scientist" an appropiate username, if that's the question. Savhñ 17:46, 20 March 2017 (UTC)
@Savh: can you deal with this request, please? (note here). Thanks--Alaa :)..! 18:49, 20 March 2017 (UTC)
I have no knowledge of any Arabic language, and cannot really evaluate whether the username would be appropiate. I however do think that if it's a standard translation of "Mad scientist", it shouldn't be a problem. Savhñ 18:54, 20 March 2017 (UTC)
@Savh: umm after look to username policies in diff. wiki, I found it's appropriate name (maybe inappropriate in only), so we can chnage to it, but I think in need a usurpation, yeah?--Alaa :)..! 19:43, 20 March 2017 (UTC)
The name he links isn't exactly identical to the one that exists. Since the other account hasn't contributed either, there is no reason, at least in my opinion, to usurp the account. However, should the difference be so minimal (which I'm not able to evaluate) that the alternate spelling could lead to confusion, I would encourage an usurpation. If it goes against policy and the user intends to be active on, he might want to reconsider his name choice. Savhñ 23:31, 20 March 2017 (UTC)
To give an example with Latin characters, I would not consider a rename to Сa 08 (the C being a cyrillic Es) appropiate due to its probable confusion with Ca 08. Savhñ 23:38, 20 March 2017 (UTC)
@Savh and K6ka: Thanks for clarification, I found the difference now (In requested name he use Persian letter (ی) but the exist one use Arabic one (ي)), and as I read here that we must not rename to Persian letter (Amir said: Just global renames should be aware of this similarity and don't rename to similar ones)- see this discussion! so as I read that we can rename to (دانشمند ديوانه) and not to (دانشمند دیوانه), because at the first name contain (ي) but the second contain (ی), thereby the username need usurpation! hope you understand me :) --Alaa :)..! 06:37, 21 March 2017 (UTC)
Yes. دانشمند ديوانه (with Arabic Ya) needs usruption. Amir (talk) 11:59, 21 March 2017 (UTC)
@Ladsgroup: can you deal with this request? --Alaa :)..! 14:49, 21 March 2017 (UTC)
Yeah, sure. Amir (talk) 01:52, 23 March 2017 (UTC)

During usurption, I've got "The new username matches the following TitleBlacklist entry: .*(?i:[کك]چل|خ(و|)ل|د[یي]وانه|مجنون|ماست شل|ماس شل).*". Either this record should be deleted or he/she should chose another username. In either case, I'm not super helpful Amir (talk) 08:51, 25 March 2017 (UTC)

@دن کیشوت: as you read that we can't change to this name too! would you chose another one or just close the request? Thanks fro wait--Alaa :)..! 11:02, 25 March 2017 (UTC)

Bishal revenger[edit]

Time2wait.svg On hold until 24 April--Alaa :)..! 12:50, 24 March 2017 (UTC)

Masclet (originally Masclet)[edit]

Masclet~enwiki, your username was changed due to SUL finalisation. The username you seem to want to usurp does not appear eligible for usurpation as they've made a sizable number of significant edits that can't simply be ignored. Mere inactivity is not enough to make an account eligible for usurpation. —k6ka 🍁 (Talk · Contributions) 02:03, 25 March 2017 (UTC)
What's a sizable number of edits for you? Target user has 0 undeleted edits and 0 deleted edits. An SUL account (primary eswiki) exists for the target user, with 22 total edits on 3 wikis. Requesting user (me) has 80 edits. An SUL account (primary enwiki) exists for the requesting user, with 80 total edits on 9 wikis. PS. I've sent this user 3 messages in different languages, let's see if he/she contests my usurpation request. Masclet~enwiki (talk) 02:12, 25 March 2017 (UTC)
By the way, I've never agreed with SUL finalisation. Masclet~enwiki (talk) 02:15, 25 March 2017 (UTC)
(edit conflict) @Masclet~enwiki: Don't forget about the "significant" part of my comment as well. It does not appear to be the case that all of the user's edits were reverted immediately after they were made, nor is it the case that the user's edit history only consists of minor edits. Given this, I do not think a usurpation is possible here.
P.S. You merely not agreeing with SUL finalisation is not a reason to contest it. —k6ka 🍁 (Talk · Contributions) 02:18, 25 March 2017 (UTC)
You're not being totally fair K6ka, this user hasn't been active for a very long time and hasn't contested my claim, therefore I'd request you to wait and see if he has something to say before you take a unilateral action or decision. Thank you Masclet~enwiki (talk) 02:25, 25 March 2017 (UTC)
@Masclet~enwiki: I haven't even closed or changed the status of your request yet, so I haven't even made a decision on your request. I am not saying that your request is void; I am saying that the requested username is not eligible for usurpation. Granted, if they agree to the usurpation then we may proceed, but if they don't respond we can't usurp them. —k6ka 🍁 (Talk · Contributions) 02:30, 25 March 2017 (UTC)
@K6ka: According to WP:USURP it is eligible (have a look). To be honest I don't understand why it is not eligible here or for you. Moreover I thought if this user does not contest my request or do nothing, the request may be filled, and his/her account would be moved to a generic username. Is that right? Masclet~enwiki (talk) 02:51, 25 March 2017 (UTC)
@Masclet~enwiki: The information at WP:USURP is outdated and is not up to date with current global rename policies. AnomieBOT only looked at local English Wikipedia account status and not global account status; when we usurp you, we must look at global account status because renames are done globally (It is not "fair" to usurp someone just because they had no edits on the English Wikipedia when they had edits on another Wikimedia wiki). Accounts are not usurped merely by inactivity, as I stated: if the user has made significant edits, they can not be usurped without their consent, so if they do not consent, the usurpation request cannot proceed. Usurpations are generally done if 1) The user has made zero edits; 2) The user has made edits that were all reverted; or 3) The user has made edits that were all deleted. There is no formal global usurpation policy but these are roughly the guidelines global renamers follow right now. —k6ka 🍁 (Talk · Contributions) 13:47, 25 March 2017 (UTC)

Евгений Музыченко[edit]

@Евгений Музыченко: FYI, we can't delete or merge accounts (and neither can you, so you cannot actually delete your own account). —k6ka 🍁 (Talk · Contributions) 13:50, 25 March 2017 (UTC)
@K6ka:Does it mean that it is technically impossible to rename my current account to "Eugene Muzychenko", and to use a Latin transliteration I should choose a different one?Евгений Музыченко (talk) 14:43, 25 March 2017 (UTC)
@Евгений Музыченко: We can usurp the "Eugene Muzychenko" account, meaning that we can rename "Eugene Muzychenko" to a different name, and then rename "Евгений Музыченко" to "Eugene Muzychenko". If you have the password for "Eugene Muzychenko", you can post here confirming that you own the account so we can go ahead with the usurpation. —k6ka 🍁 (Talk · Contributions) 15:28, 25 March 2017 (UTC)
@K6ka: Excellent, it would be OK. I have passwords for both accounts so let's go ahead. Since current "Eugene Muzychenko" account is not linked to valuable history, you can rename it as you want.Евгений Музыченко (talk) 15:41, 25 March 2017 (UTC)

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