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.


@Saebox: The chosen username is too similar to existing usernames: SAEtan, Sae-tan and Sae-Tan. Please choose another one. ‐‐1997kB (talk) 04:50, 16 May 2019 (UTC)
The user has been reported at LTA. --2001:240:2422:7090:BC8B:DCB7:2A1:4269 03:05, 21 May 2019 (UTC)
X mark.svg Not done No response. ‐‐1997kB (talk) 06:11, 22 May 2019 (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.

Athena Atterdag[edit]

@Athena Atterdag: Target username has valid contributions, which is barrier to usurpation due to licensing concerns. Please choose another username. ‐‐1997kB (talk) 04:45, 16 May 2019 (UTC)


Time2wait.svg On hold until 16 June. ‐‐1997kB (talk) 06:55, 16 May 2019 (UTC)


Hello EnekoGotzon, username Enneco-Gotzon is recently registered (~6 months old) and thus may not be eligible for usurpation, but we can rename you to EnnecoGotzon or Enneco Gotzon, if you are happy with two options above, please reply with your choice. ‐‐1997kB (talk) 06:21, 19 May 2019 (UTC)

I have to apologize… I am the stupidest man in the world… :( I had forgotten that I registered the "Enneco-Gotzon" account for myself, that is, I am the owner of both accounts, that of the user EnekoGotzon [modern spelling] and that of the user Enneco-Gotzon [classical spelling]. You can realize it because I am replying to you from the "Enneco-Gotzon" account. Both accounts share the same email address and the same access password. I would like to know if it is possible to merge those two accounts, although I would understand that, instead, due to my clumsiness, you sent me go to do heck, or, even, out from Wikipedia for being clueless… I am sorry.--Enneco-Gotzon (talk) 00:04, 20 May 2019 (UTC)
@EnekoGotzon and Enneco-Gotzon: No need to apologise.. unfortunately merging isn't possible due to technical reasons, but we can rename
  1. Enneco-Gotzon to Enneco-Gotzon (usurped)
and then
  1. EnekoGotzon to Enneco-Gotzon
or if you want to keep both account operational, in that case Enneco-Gotzon (usurped) could be renamed to EnekoGotzon also. Please reply with your choice. ‐‐1997kB (talk) 02:37, 20 May 2019 (UTC)

New visitor[edit]

@New visitor: (Note I'm not a steward or global renamer) Accounts on Wikimedia wikis use global accounts, which means the same username is reserved across all Wikimedia wikis. This is why usurption has to occur here; it's a global process, so it doesn't just apply to one wiki. In this case, it appears the target user has 2 edits, but they've since been deleted, so you should be able to get the account after the required one month notification period. Retro (talk) 10:48, 21 May 2019 (UTC)
@Retro:Oh, thanks. It's my bad English reading skill. I mistook it for account merge case.--New visitor (talk) 12:20, 21 May 2019 (UTC)
Time2wait.svg On hold until 21 June. ‐‐1997kB (talk) 06:10, 22 May 2019 (UTC)

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