Steward requests/Username changes

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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)

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.

Knud Winckelmann[edit]

User:Knud Winckelmann: Why did you leave a usurpation notice message at his/her talk page before a global renamer checked if the target account is eligible? From the looks of it, the account has made important edits on en.wikipedia (to go specific:Adding the city of where PERC is based at--see Requests for comment/Usurpation policy). This is my two cents... not a gr myself. --Atcovi (Talk - Contribs) 14:04, 10 November 2017 (UTC)
Atcovi - Sorry about that. I believed it to be the procedure that I did that my self. If the accounts edits are deemed eligible, then I'll select another user name. Regards Knud Winckelmann (talk) 14:41, 10 November 2017 (UTC)
@Knud Winckelmann: please choose another name! --Alaa :)..! 13:42, 15 November 2017 (UTC)
Done. Regards Knud Winckelmann (talk) 14:18, 15 November 2017 (UTC)
Note: Moved to simple requests as the new requested name (KnudW) is not registered. Nihlus 15:08, 15 November 2017 (UTC)
Yes check.svg Done --Alaa :)..! 06:29, 21 November 2017 (UTC)


  • Waiting for the confirmation from the user. --J.Wong 13:16, 16 November 2017 (UTC)
X mark.svg Not done no response since more than 7 days --Alaa :)..! 17:02, 22 November 2017 (UTC)


Comment Comment: Moved from "Requests involving merges, usurps or other complications" as the target account, "User43y65$57", doesn't exist. --Atcovi (Talk - Contribs) 12:06, 21 November 2017 (UTC)


Yes check.svg Done The progress --Alaa :)..! 17:01, 22 November 2017 (UTC)


@JeanBono: Are you aware of (and comfortable with) the potential implications associated with using a real name? --Alaa :)..! 10:55, 22 November 2017 (UTC)
May I only change it to my real identity on Commons ? JeanBono (talk) 12:01, 22 November 2017 (UTC)
@JeanBono: Unfortunately No, It's a global renaming! --Alaa :)..! 12:55, 22 November 2017 (UTC)
Ok, I see. I've changed my mind, I want to change "JeanBono" to "Rexcornot". Is it ok ? JeanBono (talk) 13:15, 22 November 2017 (UTC)
@JeanBono: Yes of course. I'll open a ticket in phabricator (because you have more than 50,000 edits) --Alaa :)..! 16:56, 22 November 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.


Time2wait.svg On hold until 20 November --Alaa :)..! 12:15, 20 October 2017 (UTC)
Yes check.svg Donek6ka 🍁 (Talk · Contributions) 03:07, 20 November 2017 (UTC)


Note: User is not a well-established or reasonably active user as they only have 31 edits. Nihlus 21:34, 29 October 2017 (UTC)
Therefore I have to wait now, don't I, Nihlus? OK, just tell me what precise mean well-established or reasonably active user, thus which conditions should I satisfy. --Шмурак (talk) 07:55, 30 October 2017 (UTC)
I have also registered an account for my bot - User:ShmurakBot --Шмурак (talk) 11:53, 30 October 2017 (UTC)
User:Шмурак, per Requests for comment/Usurpation policy: "User who requests usurpation must have at least 400 edits or be an administrator on some Wikimedia project". According to your CentralAuth, you only have about 120 edits and do not possess administrator rights in any project. This is what Nihlus means by "well-established or reasonably active user". Cheers. --Atcovi (Talk - Contribs) 18:07, 30 October 2017 (UTC)
Atcovi, thank you for the answer, I somehow did not find this policy myself. So should I close this threat and reopen new one again, or just wait now untill I will meet 400 edits condition? --Шмурак (talk) 19:26, 30 October 2017 (UTC)
I think it will take a while for you to achieve 400 edits... so I recommend that a global renamer close this request, and once you meet the requirements, you should request again for usurpation. According to the usurpation policy, the name, Shmurak, is eligible for usurpation... so I bet once you meet the requirements and request for usurpation, it should be able to go through. But this is my opinion... I'm not a global renamer also btw. --Atcovi (Talk - Contribs) 19:46, 30 October 2017 (UTC)
Nihlus, I have now already more than 400 edits (I did a lot editing on wikidata but I do not know whether it counts. Because it was just transferring data from wikipedia to wikidata) --Шмурак (talk) 08:48, 1 November 2017 (UTC)
Time2wait.svg On hold until 1 December --Alaa :)..! 14:33, 1 November 2017 (UTC)


Note: No problems found. A message has been left at fi:Keskustelu käyttäjästä:DustyNail advising of potential usurpation. Nihlus 15:44, 30 October 2017 (UTC)
Time2wait.svg On hold until 30 November --Alaa :)..! 14:31, 1 November 2017 (UTC)


Note: No problems found (Волк has three deleted edits). A message has been left at cs:Diskuse s wikipedistou:Волк advising of potential usurpation. Nihlus 22:56, 11 November 2017 (UTC)
Thank you so much, Nihlus! --Scorpion-811 (talk) 20:32, 13 November 2017 (UTC)
Time2wait.svg On hold until 11 December --Alaa :)..! 13:00, 12 November 2017 (UTC)


Are you asking for your accounts to be merged together? --Atcovi (Talk - Contribs) 19:43, 14 November 2017 (UTC)
@Robertorg2005: Courtesy ping to let the user know we are awaiting their response. Nihlus 23:45, 14 November 2017 (UTC)
X mark.svg Not done no response since more than 7 days --Alaa :)..! 17:02, 22 November 2017 (UTC)


@Prenter2:, hi... the account "Bitter" is not eligible to usurpation because it has important edits on ru.wikipedia. Please choose another name. --Atcovi (Talk - Contribs) 19:23, 15 November 2017 (UTC)
X mark.svg Not done no response since more than 7 days --Alaa :)..! 17:03, 22 November 2017 (UTC)

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