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Two different usernames[edit]

I got the renaming announcement for an account I didn't even remember I have. My global account is en:User:Radulfr and the other one is wikibooks:fi:User:Radwulf. Can they be merged somehow? I do remember the password for both accounts. Radulfr (talk) 13:07, 18 March 2015 (UTC)

@Radulfr: An account merge tool has been developed but unfortunately it needs further bug fixing. We expect it to be ready in about six weeks. Please drop us a note in two months where both accounts confirm the merge action. Cheers, —DerHexer (Talk) 17:16, 18 March 2015 (UTC)
Great, thanks. Radulfr (talk) 17:46, 18 March 2015 (UTC)
@DerHexer: Any update on this? Years ago I accidentally made two accounts (CFynn on Wikipedia and Cfynn on Commons) which are both global and have been wanting to merge them (to CFynn) for a long time. Cfynn (talk) 07:20, 19 September 2015 (UTC)
@Cfynn: The tool will be delayed for months and it's not yet clear if we will ever get an account merge tool. My suggestion would be to have Cfynn@commonswiki renamed to CFynn. Therefore, I had to rename CFynn@commonswiki to a temporary name like CFynn (usurped). Its 168 edits wouldn't be connected with your global account (nor the 333 edits on enwiki) but you would have CFynn@enwiki and Cfynn@commonswiki combined which would stongly reduce the number of login changes. Cheers, —DerHexer (Talk) 21:21, 21 September 2015 (UTC)

Please merge accounts that have the same email address attached to them or allow users to merge them themselves if no email address has been attached yet. This gives a lot of duplicate accounts that will never be used again and edit history will get scattered amongst those accounts.

The former was done by the Wikimedia Foundation, the latter was recommended to the users (afaik). Cheers, —DerHexer (Talk) 17:16, 18 March 2015 (UTC)

I also have almost the same situation but I'm using the account ru:User:Rex that has to be renamed because it's not global. I have the global account ru:User:Alex Rex but I'm not using it now, just put a redirect in my native wiki. But if I have to rename my active account I'd better prefer merge it with my other empty global account. How can it be done? You're talking about six weeks but your announcement declares the deadline in this april. Can I be in time in this case? 07:46, 23 March 2015 (UTC)

Please keep my global account under my name[edit]

I want to keep my username (User:C on the english wiki).

The only other account with my name is an indefinitely blocked user on the Vietnamese wiki, who is unlikely to edit again.

Thanks. --C~ptwiki (talk) 00:17, 23 March 2015 (UTC) (User:C)

@C~ptwiki: I would recommend that you read the instructions and make a request at the usurp section. Note that you will have to leave a message at the other users talk page on Vietnamese Wikipedia asking to usurp their account name. The request will then be postponed for a short while to (theoretically) give the other user time to respond, because although they are blocked on Vietnamese Wikipedia, they can still edit other wikis e.g. Meta. In the meantime there is nothing to stop you using your renamed account to make edits as usual. Green Giant (talk) 12:12, 28 July 2015 (UTC)

Admin-merged accounts[edit]

I have noticed on Special:CentralAuth/Otets that an account can be admin-merged. Is there any guide on how this can be done? I am an administrator of Ukrainian Wikipedia and I have made a list of users who definitely own accounts in both Ukrainian Wikipedia and their home wiki (e.g. they have interwiki links both ways) but have not merged them, like, for example, Special:CentralAuth/Robin Hood. It would be unfortunate to rename such users as they clearly own all accounts in this name but do not have an email on their most active wiki (in case of Robin Hood, this user has an active email on most wikis except frwiki where he got the SUL). Could anyone explain please how an admin can merge such accounts? This would be a good solution for such kind of users. Thanks — NickK (talk) 20:51, 7 April 2015 (UTC)

No answer... @Keegan (WMF): Is there any information about that? — NickK (talk) 02:13, 14 April 2015 (UTC)

Is this actually happening?[edit]

Last weekend's announcement said that it was to start today. Have some accounts actually been renamed? Is there a log somewhere showing progress? --B (talk) 22:21, 15 April 2015 (UTC)

Yes, few clashes on testwiki and the like have been resolved. Further progress can be named by Legoktm. Cheers, —DerHexer (Talk) 23:37, 15 April 2015 (UTC)
Yes. We were just taking our time and going very slow on the testwikis to find and squash bugs (which we did!). Legoktm (talk) 02:48, 16 April 2015 (UTC)
Hopely, I had been waiting since march 30, no progress afterward —The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk)
  • @Legoktm, DerHexer: Is there anything about this process that would cause me to keep getting logged out? It's not happening every time I close my browser or anything like that, but if I'm gone for a long period of time, I keep having to log back in. I use my User:B account on Firefox and my User:UserB account (which I have to use on Commons because User:B there is someone else) on Chrome. I'm only experiencing the problem with my User:B account. I don't think it's a problem with my browser, because when I return to the login screen, it knows to prompt me with "B" for my username. So what I wondered is if maybe when it merges an account, it resets the login cookie for security purposes or something like that? (This has only started happening in the last couple of days.) --B (talk) 11:52, 18 April 2015 (UTC)
    @B: Actually logout seems to happen when an account on another wiki is being renamed. I was also logged out yesterday when an account with my name on another wiki was renamed. I don't think if it's a bug or a feature, but looks like every rename of a local account logs out the respective SUL — NickK (talk) 01:23, 19 April 2015 (UTC)
    @B: yes, if you happen to visit a Wikimedia site while the account is being renamed (a <2 minute window usually) you will be logged out in order to prevent any autocreations from happening accidentally while the rename is in progress. Legoktm (talk) 23:00, 19 April 2015 (UTC)
    It happened too often to just be that. (It happened maybe 10 times that I only visited maybe two of the wikis where I did not previously own my name - Commons and the French Wikipedia.) In any event, I assume it's over with so ... umm ... problem solved. ;) --B (talk) 21:53, 23 April 2015 (UTC)

Auto-merge renamed one of my accounts erroneously[edit]

I got the notification “MediaWiki message delivery left a message on your talk page” and when I visited my page on wiktionary, it had already been renamed . So I went to Special:MergeAccount and it said it had found some accounts. Then I went to log into wiktionary. It went through the meta login and created a new “Ohnobinki” account for me there. Please delete the new wiktionary account and merge the Ohnobinki~enwiktionary back with my account. Also, how many tildes am I supposed to use—or is that automatic nowadays? Ohnobinki (talk) 14:01, 21 April 2015 (UTC)

@Ohnobinki: the solution is to ask the stewards to merge your accounts but the account merging tool is not yet available, although it will be soon. I would recommend that you read the instructions and make a request at the merge section. Note that you will have to sign the request with both accounts. The request will then be put into a waiting pool until the merge tool is activated. In the meantime there is nothing to stop you using either account as long as you know the password. To answer your question about signing, 3, 4, or 5 tildes but I tend to use four. If and when Flow is finalised, it should be possible to automatically sign comments without tildes. Green Giant (talk) 11:59, 28 July 2015 (UTC)

Renames over imported edits' usernames[edit]

Hello, I'm not sure this is the proper place to mention it, but I will give it a try. I have noticed a bug on articles, that have been copied (with edit history) into another wiki and translated. I believe compatibility across wikis was one of the primamy aims of unified accounts. My example can be seen on this contributions link:äge/Andreas_Müller%7Edewiki. The edits from 2010 and onwards are actually mine, not Andreas Müller~dewiki's, but miscredited, because after the import of the Danish article into the German wiki, he was the one with my name on the German wiki, and the credit was automatically linked with his account. Is this something that can be looked at centrally (for example, checking and referencing usernames on the original wiki, if an article has been copied?). Many greetings and thanks for the good work with the unified logins! --Andreas Müller (talk) 08:33, 22 June 2015 (UTC)

This is a problem specific to, which for a while has had this terrible and legally redundant habit of duplicating revision information. That said, if you are right, it seems we had a bug with the import tool, because the rev_user is supposed to be 0, while it was assigned to the local user:
MariaDB [dewiki_p]> select rev_id, rev_user_text, rev_user from revision where rev_page = 7458434 and rev_user_text LIKE 'Andreas%';
| rev_id    | rev_user_text          | rev_user |
| 112370348 | Andreas Müller~dewiki  |    20718 |
| 112370349 | Andreas Müller~dewiki  |    20718 |
| 112370350 | Andreas Müller~dewiki  |    20718 |
| 112370351 | Andreas Müller~dewiki  |    20718 |
4 rows in set (0.00 sec)
So it's not a CentralAuth/Renameuser bug, but a MediaWiki core bug. Past errors can't be fixed, hence you want phabricator:T20209. --Nemo 19:59, 23 June 2015 (UTC)
And how do you ensure a correct attribution in the edit summary? That's not possible at all. Besides, imports give much better statistics how articles have been created and how they developed. Finally, regardless what the WMF claims in its terms of use, in the end the license itself counts and that one requires much stricter attribution (at least in CC 3.0 licenses). Therefore, from now on the WMF should disallow non-imported wikitext copies as imports perfectly fulfill the licenses and are most often easily to do. Cheers, —DerHexer (Talk) 23:31, 25 June 2015 (UTC)
Terms of use were confirmed as consistent with the license by Creative Commons itself, so's interpretation is not supported by anything. --Nemo 10:55, 26 June 2015 (UTC)
To make sure the issue was not introduced by the rename, I checked the historical dump and confirmed that the revisions incorrectly had rev_user > 0 before the rename as well.
$ zgrep -A 5 -E '<id>1123703(48|49|50|51)</id>' dewiki-20150321-stub-meta-history.xml.gz
        <username>Andreas Müller</username>
        <username>Andreas Müller</username>
        <username>Andreas Müller</username>
        <username>Andreas Müller</username>
Nemo 13:57, 12 September 2015 (UTC)
I reproduced the bug and filed it as phabricator:T112384. Sorry for the wait. --Nemo 15:12, 12 September 2015 (UTC)

You changed my name because of another user, but the other user is ME![edit]

You have changed my name Peapeam on (to now be used across platforms as Peapeam~nowiki). Peapeam WAS the exact same name as I have used on - only they were two different accounts, with different passwords (because that was required when I registered). For some odd reason, you seem to be under the impression that the accounts belonged to two different people, BUT THAT IS WRONG! Both are MINE! I really would like that you change my username back to the original (edit Peapeam~nowiki back to Peapeam), so that I can continue using ONE user name, not having to deal with two (or having to have a new one which makes no sense, don't like it) and do whatever needs to be done so I can use that name across all Wikipedia platforms (Merge them to one Peapeam account)? I know that of course I could just go to the original name, which still exists, but that is not a good solution, as I guess I would loose access to all the content that is in the other account, won't I? So that is not a solution, you will have to fix this, won't you? The only option you gave in your message, was to change name, but I really do not want to do that, as there is no good reason for doing it. I do have a perfect user name, just two accounts with the same name (one of which you have now changed the name of). Can't you please correct the Peapeam~nowiki back to it's original name and merge the two accounts?

Thanks in advance for helping! :)

Peapeam~nowiki (talk) 23:31, 5 July 2015 (UTC)

@Peapeam~nowiki: the change was implemented automatically and would have been based on the separate passwords. The solution is to ask the stewards to merge your accounts but the account merging tool is not yet available, but it will be soon. I would recommend that you read the instructions and make a request at the merge section. Note that you will have to sign the request with both accounts. The request will then be put into a waiting pool until the merge tool is activated. In the meantime there is nothing to stop you using the original account as long as you know the password. Green Giant (talk) 11:52, 28 July 2015 (UTC)

WMF account renaming of accounts in different projects by SAME user[edit]

It can happen that the global user "Example" had accounts with the name "Example" in dozens of different projects.

And then the account is renamed in all but one. 11:27, 28 July 2015 (UTC)