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
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 = <!--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.


@LAKresearch: Hi, username you requested also looks like a company name. Per your home wiki (enwiki) username policy company names as username are not allowed. So please choose another one. ‐‐1997kB (talk) 04:07, 18 May 2018 (UTC)


@Jose2022: Only numbers in a username aren't allowed to prevent confusing or spoofed usernames. Please choose another one. ‐‐1997kB (talk) 02:16, 19 May 2018 (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.


@Gormflaith: Are you aware of (and comfortable with) the potential implications associated with using a real name? 1997kB (talk) 06:50, 23 April 2018 (UTC)
@1997kB: Yes, it's only my first name and Julia is a very common name. – Gormflaith (talk) 11:10, 23 April 2018 (UTC)
Time2wait.svg On hold until 23 May --Alaa :)..! 12:48, 23 April 2018 (UTC)
@علاء: Thank you! – Gormflaith (talk) 14:01, 23 April 2018 (UTC)


Time2wait.svg On hold until 25 May --Alaa :)..! 19:55, 25 April 2018 (UTC)


Time2wait.svg On hold until 2 June --Alaa :)..! 12:49, 2 May 2018 (UTC)


User notified; Time2wait.svg On hold until June 3, 2018. —MarcoAurelio (talk) 11:10, 3 May 2018 (UTC)


@Quuxplusone and Quuxplusone2: If you haven't any options, there are some things you should know. We can rename Quuxplusone to Quuxplusone (usurped) and then Quuxplusone2 to Quuxplusone over all projects including Wiktionary, Wikisource, but your old contributions/history and user rights will be on the old account, whose password you don't know. ‐‐1997kB (talk) 04:23, 18 May 2018 (UTC)
  • I think the fact that we have posts here from the two accounts, Quuxplusone and Quuxplusone2, which confirm each other, is sufficient evidence that they are both operated by the same person for us to do a usurp rename. Renamers, see discussion on the mailing list. Boing! said Zebedee (talk) 09:38, 18 May 2018 (UTC)
  • I have sent you a secret word to the email address associated with your Quuxplusone2 account. Please reply here from Quuxplusone and tell us that word. That should confirm pretty conclusively that you are the same person in control of both accounts. Boing! said Zebedee (talk) 09:45, 18 May 2018 (UTC)
Comment Comment I opened T194929 to see if there's anything else we can do. @Quuxplusone2 and Quuxplusone: please keep the login until this task closed or declined, then either to preform the usurpation or if we found another way by T194929.Best --Alaa :)..! 11:20, 18 May 2018 (UTC)
Well, I still can't remember the password, so let's do it. (Even though it means losing my contribution history.) I'm happy to wait until T194929 is concluded, just in case someone thinks of a different solution. @Boing! said Zebedee: the secret word is "bicycle." --Quuxplusone (talk) 17:09, 18 May 2018 (UTC)
Yes, that's pretty conclusive confirmation that you are in control of both accounts. Hopefully T194929 will result in a way to get you access to your old account without losing your edit history. Boing! said Zebedee (talk) 17:26, 18 May 2018 (UTC)

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