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)


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.

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 April 1st. Rafael (stanglavine) msg 12:30, 1 March 2019 (UTC)

Saint Johann[edit]

Time2wait.svg On hold until 2nd of April. --Base (talk) 17:56, 2 March 2019 (UTC)

Walk Like an Egyptian[edit]

All the edits of the "Wow" account were reverted because of vandalism in 2006, so I think that account is eligible for usurpation. --Stïnger (会話) 12:20, 8 March 2019 (UTC).
Time2wait.svg On hold I think same thing. No valid edits that prevent usurpation. On hold until April 8. Rafael (stanglavine) msg 13:19, 8 March 2019 (UTC)
"Walk Like an Egyptian" has been renamed at 27 August 2018 (for the second time). I see not possible rename again. Rafael (stanglavine) msg 13:27, 8 March 2019 (UTC)
@Stanglavine: There is nothing keeping us from processing this request. Nihlus 15:33, 8 March 2019 (UTC)
@Nihlus: There is some discussion about the time to request a new rename, a limit of renames, etc. Some suggest six months and two renames at most. Anyway, there are discussions. This will already be the third renaming of an account with a little over two years (the last renaming is just over six months). If there is not a stronger reason for renaming (like privacy, etc), I do not see why renaming, again. Rafael (stanglavine) msg 15:44, 8 March 2019 (UTC)
My current username is the same as the song written by The Bangles, which could give the impression that I am promoting a song. And yeah, I requested a third rename because of a brief discussion I had in October 2018. --Walk Like an Egyptian (talk) 20:23, 8 March 2019 (UTC)
Time2wait.svg On hold until April 9. Nihlus 18:18, 9 March 2019 (UTC)


Time2wait.svg On hold Until 15 April. Account Maol have only invalid edits. Rafael (stanglavine) msg 13:23, 15 March 2019 (UTC)
Again, account already renamed at 4 March 2019. I think not process this requisition. Rafael (stanglavine) msg 13:29, 15 March 2019 (UTC)
Sorry, didn't know about that. How long does one have to wait between changes? /maol3 disk 16 March 2019 kl. 17.05 (CET)
@Stanglavine: IMO we can accept this request as it looks like they weren't aware about waiting between two consecutive renames and we generally apply this criteria to users abusing the rename feature. Also the target account seems to have vandalism only edits. ‐‐1997kB (talk) 15:32, 17 March 2019 (UTC)
@Maol3: Generally six months. But, in your case, per above, let's process. Time2wait.svg On hold until 17 April. Rafael (stanglavine) msg 16:47, 17 March 2019 (UTC)


Time2wait.svg On hold Until 18 April. Rafael (stanglavine) msg 13:46, 18 March 2019 (UTC)

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