Talk:Steward requests/Username changes/Archives/1

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In cases where someone (say, person "old-X") asserts they are person "new-X" on wiki Y and they want to be "new-X" here on meta as well, should we be asking for crosslinkage (validation by "old-X" giving a diff to a post on Y by "new-X" that says they are "old-X" on meta) ? Always? only if it would require a usurpation? Never? Thoughts? I have tended to require it on Commons and it seems to be catching on... ++Lar: t/c 01:02, 9 October 2007 (UTC)

I would say that asking for validation could be the best path, just to be safe and to prevent possible impersonation or whatever. Anonymous DissidentTalk 04:37, 9 October 2007 (UTC)
That was my thinking but I think input from other crats is needed before policy is just up and changed. I'll drop some notes I guess. ++Lar: t/c 10:20, 9 October 2007 (UTC)

Request template

I propose using {{sr-request}} for all requests on this page. The template provides links to the account's contributions and logs, a bureaucrat activity analysis script, the local bot policy (if implemented), and can easily be extended with various tools and links, and simplifies usage:

I request sysop access.
*'''Language Code:''' xx
*'''Local Request Link:''' [[:xx:Project:wiki]]
*'''Automatic List of local bureaucrats:''' [[:xx:Project:Special:Listusers/bureaucrat]]
*'''Local User Page:''' [[xx:User:Example]]

Thank you. ~~~~
 |status    = 
 |domain    = xx.wikipedia
 |user name = Example
 |discussion= [[:xx:Project:wiki]]

I request sysop access. Thank you. ~~~~

The template is already standard on Steward requests/Bot status, where it has much streamlined the process. —{admin} Pathoschild 06:47:43, 12 June 2008 (UTC)

Um, wouldn't we want to have a slightly different template here (or enhance this one a bit for naming related things) than the bot request one? One that points to the crosslink of the ID from the local wiki to meta rather than to bot policy seems what we would want for renames. But the basic idea of a template seems a very good one indeed if it increases accuracy of the requests and ease of making and understanding them. ++Lar: t/c 10:12, 12 June 2008 (UTC)
Looking at the name of this page, this proposal is confusing me a bit, but for SRP, I think I like that :) Best regards, --birdy geimfyglið (:> )=| 12:07, 12 June 2008 (UTC)
Oops, I meant to paste this on Talk:Steward requests/Permissions. It would indeed need more tweaks for this page, although I do intend on doing that eventually. :) —{admin} Pathoschild 17:01:29, 12 June 2008 (UTC)
well that would explain it! :) yes please do. Other projects may also want to consider this. Commons I know would... Commons 'crats are always asking the same questions. :) ++Lar: t/c 16:54, 13 June 2008 (UTC)

some new rules here?

I wonder if there are new rules for account renaming on projects with active bureaucrats (see [1] and [2]). See also: s:cs:Wikisource:English guidelines, s:cs:Wikisource:Přejmenování účtů, s:cs:Wikisource:Přejmenování účtů/Žádosti, s:cs:Wikisource:Boti or s:cs:Wikisource:Boti/Žádosti, all pages the user have seen before. I also cannot find a "per Meta request" here as stated in the summary of the renaming. Thanks for answer. -jkb- (cs.source) 11:04, 16 September 2008 (UTC)

I believe the waiting time on those projects was long enough - of course, anyone's judgment of "long" can differ a lot from mine. Active b'crat force means a force of bureaucrats that are ready and willing rto perform their duties. How long can the requests wait (and even the 'crats that are editing be sent messages) before a reaction? Wojciech Pędzich Talk 11:18, 16 September 2008 (UTC)
If there are no active b'crats (definition of "active" can vary - I should be able to get a response from the local b'crat in a week) stewards can and should take care of the relevant tasks. -- Cat chi? 14:27, 16 September 2008 (UTC)

OK, there is no disaster happened. From this point of view no problem. But, renaming a user is not only a duty of a bureaucrat but a decision as well. Then, The user - who already had some problems not only on our subdomain - knows quite well where are the pages to request it, more over pages not only in Czech but in English (see my links above); the request was not on a proper page. As our subdomain grants no bot flags normally (see the policy) so it doesn't seem to have a great preference to rename a bot, whose main activity seems to be renaming of itself from time to time and whose activity on our domain seems to be near zero in the future. So, I hope you understand my point of view as well. Regards, -jkb- (cs.source) 11:31, 16 September 2008 (UTC)

By the way, where is the Meta request for the renaming? Thx, -jkb- (cs.source) 11:33, 16 September 2008 (UTC)

Meta page for rename requests is at: Meta:Changing username. The Steward page is at Steward requests/Username changes. -- Cat chi? 14:27, 16 September 2008 (UTC)

Thanks, White Cat. Both pages are in my watchlist. But I did not see the request there, that was the question. By the way, your idea with the new community logo was pretty good, I like it. I hope you saw my voting for it there. Regards, -jkb- (cs.source) 14:37, 16 September 2008 (UTC)

Working procedure for username renames I have seen is:
  • Post a request in any one of the local talk page of any active b'crat
    • Active b'crats: Local b'crat that made at least a few edits in the past 30 days
  • Wait for one or two weeks
  • If the local b'crat does not respond in that time period put a request on meta page for stewards.
Since username renames are nothing significant (unlike the granting of Sysop flags for example), and since SUL standardization sometimes requires bulk number of rename requests, stewards fulfill bulk requests from time to time. Infrequently though.
-- Cat chi? 15:32, 16 September 2008 (UTC)

Thanks for the lines, White Cat. You could have asked me (whom you know) and not a quite new bureaucrat. More over, you know the pages where it is to be requested. But maybe you have reasons. OK. But, by the way, I still did not find a request from you here, requesting a renaming on cs.source because the local bureaucrats did not follow your request in time. Can i see it? A short link?? Thanks. -jkb- (cs.source) 15:42, 16 September 2008 (UTC)

Sure. wikisource:cs:Uživatel diskuse:Milda#Bot username rename. Milda makes daily edits and registered as "most active" by the stewardy tool. I made a bulk rename request so I was paying very little attention to who I am filing the request to. I was merely speedy requesting: Steward requests/Username changes/2008-2#Ownbot @ many wikis (about 300 requests listed). That list are the renames of wikis w/o bcrats or bcrats that did not respond to the rename request at all (or replied very slowly). -- Cat chi? 16:02, 16 September 2008 (UTC)

Thanks. But I mean a link to your request here, on Meta, not there, cs.source. I have read your #Ownbot @ many wikis, but I could not find anything about cs.source. (By the way, please understand that I cannot follow the talk pages of all users on the subdomain. If you have had contacted me, so be sure, I woudld have responded soon). Please, have a look at your page in cs.source and give there a link to your second account. We want to have double account to be linked. Thanks and regards, best wishes from -jkb- (cs.source) 17:10, 16 September 2008 (UTC)

Hello, I am not quite sure why Wpedzich renamed the user on cs.wikisource, but I guess because the user had asked for it over a month, and again ~2 weeks ago with no answers to it.
I understand that You think that users could find the requestpages there easily, but if they don't they could be also directed to them easily.
Imho no answer at all is quite unfriendly. I get requests on my talkpage too and let users know where to place it formally, most of the time some information is missing there too, thus while letting them know where to request I usually tell them what else is missing, e.g. what confirmations etc., for fulfilling their request.
As far as I can see there had been personal disputes, but imho that should have nothing to do with a rename request of an users own account to the global username owned by the same user.... We should be professional enough to separate these things.
Also since blocklogs get updated to the new username even that could not be an argument for not renaming him.
So I wonder, why has he not been renamed, or why did he not get any answer to the request even though the user seems active.
(And please don't get this wrong, I am not reproaching this, I am just curious)
Best regards, --birdy geimfyglið (:> )=| 15:45, 16 September 2008 (UTC)

Hi birdy. Be sure there are no problems at all. I had just some questions, that's all. So I was wandering why White Cat is requesting a just new bureaucrat, not me or why he did not use the correct page listed above, because in March we have been spoken about similar problems and I gave him a link several times. Also, the Czech Wikisource does not grant bot flags (similar to the policy of some other Wikisources, Wikinews etc.), so that a quick solution is not that important. But, be sure, I see that White Cat is like to have his SUL bot account completed, why not. And as I said, I see no problems here. Regards, -jkb- (cs.source) 17:10, 16 September 2008 (UTC)

Hi White Cat. You probably forgot it so I'd like to rememeber you that you are expected to make links between your both accounts on cs.source (linking from White Cat to the other one, see above). And, of course, if you find a link to your request here on meta asking for the renaming on cs.source (see above) so it would be very delighting. Best regards, -jkb- (cs.source) 17:52, 18 September 2008 (UTC)


@ Steward_requests/Username_changes#Making_a_request_for_an_account_that_is_not_yours - since now harassing usernames can be hidden (locally via 'hideuser' and globally via CentralAuth) wouldn't be better to point users that discovers those names to contact us privatelly for considering hidding the name and not publishing it here? I propose to remove that section. Regards, --dferg ☎ talk 15:55, 16 November 2010 (UTC)

Merge contribs

Is it possible merge contribs in the proces of renaming from A to B?--Juan de Vojníkov 05:29, 21 May 2011 (UTC)

No, it isn't. To rename A to B, if B already exists, it must first be renamed to C. The contributions of two accounts can't be forced together using the rename tool. Courcelles 05:43, 21 May 2011 (UTC)

OK. Thx.--Juan de Vojníkov 16:15, 4 July 2011 (UTC)

New tool for renaming

Hi all, I just wanted to point to a new toolserver tool written by Quentinv57. This came about because of a recent rename request and it is working very well. It only gives the steward using it the option to rename on wikis with no, or only inactive crats. It is not automatic so the steward using it will still be "manually" making the renames. Thanks very much to Quentin! fr33kman 14:19, 17 August 2011 (UTC)

Different system for the archives

Hello. I just would like to notify people that I changed the system of archival for requests after 2011 January 1st. When Steward requests/Username changes was created, in 2007, the number of requests by year did not justify the creation of separate archive pages for each month. But now there is a real need. Moreover, my bot will now archive username changes requests too. -- Quentinv57 (talk) 14:21, 13 October 2011 (UTC)

Talk:Single User Login finalisation announcement

Does someone here know the answer to my questions on that talk? It seems many renames will be necessary, but nobody knows how many, where, when, how or by whom. --Nemo 06:56, 30 April 2013 (UTC)

If's experience with the initial, voluntary SUL adoption in 2009 is any guide, it will be several thousand to several tens of thousands. Also, if my experience at is a guide, many many names exist for which there are several users holding local accounts, each active on one or two projects. I foresee most renames being done here by myself (and hopefully the other stewards). Also, I would encourage the documentation to note that local admins or experience users can directly bring requests here without making new or inexperienced users figure out how to access Meta/complicated templates. MBisanz talk 16:51, 3 May 2013 (UTC)

What to do between now and May 27?

Somebody requested a rename at a wiki where I'm a 'crat. It's straighforward and I would have fulfil it before the finalisation announcement. But now, since global rename is coming, should I ask the user to wait? If I do the rename anyway, would it create more work for the stewards? I imagine this scenario would happen at other wikis too. ...Aurora... (talk) 11:57, 4 May 2013 (UTC)

Feel free to do it. It's difficult to say whether it would create more work for us stewards, because that always depends on the individual case. --MF-W 16:13, 4 May 2013 (UTC)
I take a look at their sul. If they are trying to resolve conflict issues before 27 May, or if they are active only on this wiki, I'll just rename it. If they have contributions across a few sites, I'd usually ask them to hold off. --Bencmq (talk) 02:16, 5 May 2013 (UTC)
This user already has SUL and wouldn't be affected by the forced rename. Thanks, I'll ask and see what the user thinks. ...Aurora... (talk) 06:41, 5 May 2013 (UTC)

trying to get ahead of the 8 ball here

We have a large number of username-related templates at en.wp and have been discussing how they will need to be changed when SUL is finalized. It looks as though we should be pointing them to this page, is that right? Also, should users who are currently "soft" blocked for username issues be instructed to explain where and why they are blocked and/or to request a steward who is familiar with our local username policy? I only ask this because I'm pretty sure en.wp has one of the most complicated and nuanced policies, I'd hate to keep blocking the same user over and over because the Stewards are suddenly expected to know what our local policies are. Beeblebrox (talk) 21:49, 6 May 2013 (UTC)

Um.... We don't know yet. I can say with reasonable certainty that SRUC as a redirect will point at whatever page we decide on, but I know some people are working on different layouts. If they're soft-blocked, maybe have them tell the admin what they want the new name to be and that admin will bring the request over here. I don't think the stewards will agree to enforce the no company name part of policy, but can certainly require selection of an appropriate name as a per-requisite of unblocking. Using admins are intermediaries should ensure that only compliant requests make it over to meta and any steward can act on those. MBisanz talk 23:15, 6 May 2013 (UTC)
I'm aware that en.wikivoyage explicitly allows company names, for example. --Rschen7754 01:58, 7 May 2013 (UTC)
You might be interested to know that we are developing a list of changes to make and a new version of SRUC on User:MF-Warburg/New SRUC. PiRSquared17 (talk) 02:13, 7 May 2013 (UTC)
mmmpfff, edit conflict, I just wanted to post that link! Re enwiki blocks, I agree that it's probably a good idea if a user who got blocked because of a username policy violation talks to the blocking admin (or someone else) on his talk page first about a possible new name, before requesting a rename. --MF-W 02:18, 7 May 2013 (UTC)
I think that would be best as it fairly similar to what we already do. Beeblebrox (talk) 00:00, 8 May 2013 (UTC)

I'm sure this is a dumb question BUT....

My global account is pretty much done, but there's one username on the that's got the username "Dusti". I've asked if it can be renamed so I can take the account, however, the local 'crat says it's not possible ATM. What's the 411? Dusti*poke* 06:03, 28 June 2013 (UTC)

It is technically possible but the rules on dewiki may not allow the usurpation of an account with edits (Dusti there has 6 edits). As you own the SUL and all the other local accounts then you will also get the dewiki account when the global account alignment goes ahead later this year. When that happens Dusti at dewiki will be renamed Dusti~dewiki QuiteUnusual (talk) 13:01, 28 June 2013 (UTC)

SUL renaming

Hello, can a steward tell me how global renaming of an SUL account works? I think I heard somewhere that bureaucrats are able to detach local accounts from their SUL account by renaming the account locally. So does SUL renaming require deletion of the old SUL account through Special:CentralAuth, and then creation of a separate SUL based on the new account? Because otherwise it seems to me it'd simply be a bunch of detaching of accounts rather than a global renaming. If anyone could answer this, I'd appreciate it! Thanks in advance, TeleComNasSprVen (talk) 11:13, 21 December 2013 (UTC)

There is currently no global rename tool. All locals account need to be renamed locally. The SUL account of the previous username will eventually have no local accounts attached anymore, and can be deleted (or not, when local accounts with about 0 edits existed, which are not worth renaming). --MF-W 14:55, 21 December 2013 (UTC)
What I mean is that, each local account will have to be 'detached' to the new account name before the new account name's SUL can be formed. Do only stewards and staff currently have the ability to tamper with everyone's Special:CentralAuth to delete and create SUL accounts? I think this should be filed as a bug report for a new feature, like how global blocking is more elegant than global locking. TeleComNasSprVen (talk) 17:45, 21 December 2013 (UTC)
No, a SUL account can be created once one local account of the name exists. Accounts which are later renamed can be attached by the user manually using Special:MergeAccount. Stewards can also detach local accounts from a SUL account, but that function is hardly ever used and irrelevant for global rename. --MF-W 15:10, 23 December 2013 (UTC)

Global renaming of SUL-accounts


I understood that since the 1st of July renaming SUL accounts is possible. As bureaucrats on the Dutch Wikipedia we get a lot of people who want to rename their account, but also have a few edits on commons and the English Wikipedia (for example). Currently we have to detach these accounts from their SUL when renaming them, and/or users have to request several renamings on different language editions. Is it a good idea/possible to forward all users with SUL-accounts to be globally renamed? (Or maybe even forward their requests ourselves). What's the plan with this functionality?

Mvg, Basvb (talk) 09:06, 3 July 2014 (UTC)

Actually, it's now the 9th of July since deployment was delayed. Unfortunately, we're still discussing this (see SN) but have not really come to any conclusions. --Rschen7754 09:08, 3 July 2014 (UTC)
In my opinion, that forwarding would be a good idea. But, as Rschen says, global renaming is still delayed. --MF-W 09:12, 3 July 2014 (UTC)
It's been 9 July, can I forward requests which benefit from a global rename? Or is not everything in place yet? Greets, Basvb (talk) 11:06, 11 July 2014 (UTC)
@Basvb: Yes you can have people lodge their requests. We are cautiously progressing with requests at this point of time.  — billinghurst sDrewth 16:18, 11 July 2014 (UTC)

Doubt about usurp/name changing/merging user edits

Hi there, I would kindly request the support of a steward for clarifying the following:

In the past, my old account name was "Redtony" (with a lower case middle 't'), then when the SUL arrived, I created my current account, and then redirected my old userpage and user talk page.

I would like to know if there is any way of merging the "edits" made with my old username ([3]) with the ones made with the current one ([4]). If so, what should I do to request it? Thanks, --RedTony (talk) 11:18, 25 July 2014 (UTC)

There is no way for stewards to merge accounts.  — billinghurst sDrewth 11:32, 25 July 2014 (UTC)
Ok, thanks anyway! --RedTony (talk) 09:58, 28 July 2014 (UTC)

sister project page

Hi. Imho the page link to dewiki in the navigation bar should be changed to de:Wikipedia:Benutzernamen ändern (Item Q4026973). Reason: the subpage "/Benutzernamen übernehmen" is no longer in use. --MBq (talk) 07:37, 7 September 2014 (UTC)

translation of the page

As we hope that global renames will soon be performed not by local bureaucrats but stewards and global renamers, will there be any objections to make headers of the request page translateable so that non-english speaking users could understand it, too? rubin16 (talk) 12:50, 9 September 2014 (UTC)

Not from my side. Translating it sounds like a reasonable idea to me. Vogone (talk) 15:03, 9 September 2014 (UTC)
@Rubin16: Are you talking about Template:Steward_requests/Username_changes/Intro and Template:Steward requests/Username changes? --Steinsplitter (talk) 15:23, 9 September 2014 (UTC)
Nice, I haven't noticed that we already have translateable templates... I'll work on it in Russian, thanks rubin16 (talk) 16:29, 9 September 2014 (UTC)
Yeah translating sounds good to me. FuzzyDiceTalk 22:17, 9 September 2014 (UTC)
It seems to me that {{Autotranslate}} isn't correctly used on Steward requests/Username changes: now it is present in the code of the page itself but IMHO it should be in {{Steward requests/Username changes}} without any autotranslates in the code of the request page itself. At the moment translations are not shown on request page though they exist rubin16 (talk) 05:17, 10 September 2014 (UTC)
Can we draft up the replacements to be trialled? Being English-centric it isn't obvious to me, and I don't want to try in situ and break something. So can we sandbox the suggested improvements?  — billinghurst sDrewth 06:03, 10 September 2014 (UTC)
Ok, I'll make some sandbox rubin16 (talk) 06:44, 10 September 2014 (UTC)
Seems to be working now, there were troubles with cache, I suppose, as "purge" hasn't helped me before. No need to change anything, just need to translate :) rubin16 (talk) 07:12, 10 September 2014 (UTC)

Suggestion for DONE edit summaries here, need the target name against the section name

I would like to suggest and ask that with edit summaries that we do more than put <t>d or done. The issue is that for a section when someone is renamed, that the requesting name no longer matches the title of the section, so at a glance it is no longer apparent what is done. I would like suggest that a useful edit summary would be something like done to targetusername so that the section and the target name can be matched in the edit summary. Then when look at the history, especially in recent changes or a watchlist, what is done is more evident. Thanks.  — billinghurst sDrewth 06:08, 10 September 2014 (UTC)

Sounds like a fine idea to me, but I don't see it being useful enough to require people to do. To get the full context of the rename you really need to open the page and read the section anyway. Ajraddatz (talk) 16:01, 12 September 2014 (UTC)
The template for requests could be changed to propose the section title "Oldname --> Newname". --MF-W 15:53, 15 September 2014 (UTC)


In which template are the "interwiki" links to other request pages hidden? Probably some or all should be removed now. --MF-W 15:52, 15 September 2014 (UTC)

{{SUL requests}}. I've removed it. --Glaisher (talk) 15:38, 17 September 2014 (UTC)

Global usurp policies?

Hello, I have not been able to find any policies about usurping conflicting usernames on remaining wikis in order to finalize my global account. Are there any policies or guidelines? Greetings --Andreas Müller (talk) 15:36, 18 September 2014 (UTC)

There is no global policy. User:Ajraddatz, did you create the RFC mentioned here? --MF-W 19:45, 18 September 2014 (UTC)
@Andreas Müller: so at this point we are still using the guidance of respective local policies, and where no local policy exists, then the collective understanding of the community's expectations. The change is that this isn't being done by local 'crats. So it is a little bit of case by case, with shared wisdom.  — billinghurst sDrewth 23:06, 18 September 2014 (UTC)

Regarding the username of Tamravidhir

Hello, Steward! I am Tamravidhir! Actually I am facing a problem regarding my username. When I joined Wikipedia I had the username "Jagadhatri", but later in May 2012 I requested a username change in Wikipedia (my request has been archived here). My request was accepted and my username was changed to "Tamravidhir" with all my edit history (in Wikipedia) been moved to my new username. But now (in 2014) when I am logged in to Wikipedia and via a link on any page I go to Commons while I am logged in to Wikipedia, there I see my username as Tamravidhir and my history there shows that I haven't uploaded anything (even though I have done under the username Jagadhatri), but when I log out and log in there using my former username Jagadhatri I can see everything. So as far as my perception is concerned I think that my name has been just in Wikipedia and not in all the Wiki sites (I mean not globally). Thank you! --Tamravidhir (talk) 16:11, 27 September 2014 (UTC)

@Tamravidhir: What happened was in 2012 you were renamed locally, just on the English language Wikipedia, not globally. This means that your contributions to Commons are still under your old username, as you noticed :) In the very near future stewards will be able to fix this for you using the ability to merge accounts and properly move your contributions on Commons from Jagadhatri to Tamravidhir. Keegan (WMF) (talk) 14:45, 6 October 2014 (UTC)
@Keegan (WMF): So will it happen soon? Or will it take lot of time? Is it also possible to move my contribution on Wikipedia from my former nom de plume to the present one? --Tamravidhir (talk) 09:06, 10 October 2014 (UTC)
It should happen relatively soon; there is not a date on the calendar yet but it is not too far out. As for the second part of your question, I'll leave that to a Steward or Global Renamer to sort out what can be done for you. Keegan (WMF) (talk) 16:25, 14 October 2014 (UTC)
@Tamravidhir: Come back to us in 3 months and presumably something will be in place then.  — billinghurst sDrewth 23:24, 14 October 2014 (UTC)

please change my user name

Hello, Steward .. Please chanhe my username to AfshinMedia or help me .. thanks —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Afshinmusic com (talk)

@Afshinmusic com: Please see SRUC, I have copied your request to that page. Vogone (talk) 20:19, 12 October 2014 (UTC)

Arabic requests

Hi dear all
I am bureaucrat in arabic wikipedia. Because there is no arab global renamer we can't prevent users from applying their rename requests in local page because a lot of them doesn't know English enough. Then until nominate an arab bureaucrat I will transfer requests here. Is there anyone who opposes this?--Abbas 07:19, 21 October 2014 (UTC)

Of course not. --MF-W 12:38, 21 October 2014 (UTC)
I don't trust this user [5], cross wiki troll, sock-puppeteer, I can go on. Since I know a little Arabic (As I was Muslim) I can manage requests, tell Arabic Wikipedia people to make their requests in Arabic in here. I may not be able to answer them in Arabic but I can understand them. Amir (talk) 13:31, 21 October 2014 (UTC)
I will ask them to make their request here in Arabic. We will nominate Avocato as soon.--Abbas 16:25, 21 October 2014 (UTC)
[6] --Glaisher (talk) 16:27, 21 October 2014 (UTC)

A controversial renaming


Maitreidmry has been renamed to Jim267 by APPER following his request on dewiki. However, the request had been previously rejected by Ajraddatz. It is now a bit too late, but IMHO this case should be an example of the care with which the demands posted locally should be examined... Litlok (talk) 13:38, 23 October 2014 (UTC)

With a little caveat, though: the request may have been legit (The user probably wanted to re-rename his account automatically re-created by mistake). Elfix 13:48, 23 October 2014 (UTC)
Sorry, I didn't knew the request at meta. In the past I only did renames requested at de.wikipedia from users with de.wikipedia as their home wiki. As the information about the home wiki is no longer available, I assumed good faith. I hope the new global rename request tool deals with refused requests (and new requests from the same person). --APPER (talk) 14:51, 23 October 2014 (UTC)
I personally decline requests from people currently blocked for abusing multiple accounts, though I have no problems with others assuming good faith and renaming anyway. I don't think it is practical for a global renamer or steward to check /every/ request page before renaming a user, so I also don't blame APPER at all for this. I think when the new tools is made, this will become easier, but perhaps in the meantime we could make a log somewhere (preferably private) of rename requests denied for good reasons that everyone else can periodically check. Maybe that would help a bit. Ajraddatz (talk) 15:18, 23 October 2014 (UTC)
Sorry for the inconvenience, I didn't want to create any problem. As Elfix has guessed it, my intention was to rename an account automatically recreated by mistake (I was connected to my previous account when it has been renamed to Jim167), particularly for my contributions on en-wiki, es-wiki, de-wiki and commons. However, after APPER has renamed the account Maitreidmry to Jim267, I recreated the account Maitreidmry to avoid anyone to recreate the account and usurp my identity. I confirm that I have no intention to return on fr-wiki (that seem to fear Scoopfinder and Akeron) because of the detestable climate which reigns on this wiki. Maitreidmry (talk) 19:35, 23 October 2014 (UTC)

Global rename request tool

Hi everyone. I just thought I'd let you know that the SUL Finalisation Team at the Wikimedia Foundation has been working on a global rename request tool. We undertook this work specifically for the SUL finalisation, as there are potentially 4.4 million accounts that will ask for renames due to the SUL finalisation. The intention of the rename request system is to centralise the renaming process, and reduce the overhead in checking the identity of the user. Although the tool was developed with the SUL finalisation in mind, the tool is general purpose and can be used for all rename requests.

Principal development of the tool is finished, but it's still very untested at this stage. We're hoping that it'll be testable on at soon. Stay tuned. :-)

--Dan Garry, Wikimedia Foundation (talk) 16:29, 24 October 2014 (UTC)

@DGarry (WMF): Thanks for letting us know, but isn't it already testable at (see [7]/[8])? Regards, Vogone (talk) 16:59, 24 October 2014 (UTC)
@Vogone: I thought it was, but I'm getting a server error when I go to Special:SpecialPages on that wiki. Test away! :-) --Dan Garry, Wikimedia Foundation (talk) 17:04, 24 October 2014 (UTC)

New request - edit permission

I seem to be missing something with regard to changing my username. I'd like to place a request for a change, but when I go to SRUC page I don't have permission to edit. Page info says edit rights are granted to Autoconfirmed user, question is why don't I have these rights? My account is not new and it's already autoconfirmed in one of the other projects. I've been asked to change username ASAP since it's really poor, how should I request username change right now? --p0wer (talk) 15:39, 24 October 2014 (UTC)

@Whitep0wer: I unprotected it. Try now. PiRSquared17 (talk) 15:56, 24 October 2014 (UTC)

Two questions

  1. I see extension Special:UserMerge is enabled. Is it possible to merge my contributions (this anonymous user) with another existing username?
  2. In past, i had an wiki account, then i renamed it in most wikis, but in some wikis where i had only few edits and not very usefull i just abandoned it. Now i want to ask: do it exists a extensions for completely deletion of a user account with all it's contributions? -- 17:24, 10 November 2014 (UTC)
Anonymous edits cannot be merged to a username account. We don't delete accounts with contributions. If you wish to discuss deletions of contributions, you will need to discuss that with each wiki where the edits exist.  — billinghurst sDrewth 10:27, 15 November 2014 (UTC)

Username Merge

I am The Herald. I had created my account on En-Wiki on 12th May 2013 as Benisonpanthaplackal, changing it to BenisonPBaby and then to Benison P Baby and then to Planet Herald and then finally on January 18, 2014 as The Herald. I have over 7000+ edits globally. Can I merge all my previous usernames' contribs to The Herald account? --The Herald 14:21, 14 November 2014 (UTC)

Theoretically it should be feasible, though the new tool has not been tried to that extent in the live environment. To do that you are going to need to login to each account with that account and identify the accounts are to be merged to the target account.  — billinghurst sDrewth 10:32, 15 November 2014 (UTC)

Too much alike

in some instances when renaming, a report comes up notifying that the name is too much alike to an existing name. I usually look up all names that are alike, to find out which one it is and to see if there would be a problem. If there is no problem I overwrite the notice. Is there a way to see what problems the system found automatically, so I do not have to look on my own (and might miss the important one intended)? Sincerely, Taketa (talk) 08:37, 30 November 2014 (UTC)

Unsure of status of account

Hey there! So, forever ago, I found out that there was an individual on de.wikibooks named "Dusti" - I held the SUL account and asked a local 'crat to do the rename which s/he refused to do (and that's okay). With the new changes, it appears as though the 'crat has informed "Dusti" that his/her account would be renamed. I'm not proficient in dutch so I don't know what's happened but this is the one account I don't have access to globally. I've tried logging into the account and am unable to do so. Can someone shed light on this? This is the account. Dusti*poke* 19:44, 10 December 2014 (UTC)

On de:b:Benutzer_Diskussion:Dusti the user was informed in 2013 that his account would be forced-renamed by Aug 2013 for the SUL finalization (as we were all made to believe back then). He was informed that he can choose a different name by himself.
If you want to get access to the account name on de.b before the SUL finalization is finalized, you need to make a request for usurpation on the page of which this is the talk page. --MF-W 21:26, 10 December 2014 (UTC)

usurp old accounts to create Sockpuppet

ok, it is a "personal" question, but since I cannot find the answer in the introduction of the main page, I pose you my doubts here in the talk.

So, my nick is "Alexmar983", I like it and I want to keep it. I usually don't use sockpuppet but I may need one for some reason, so I wanted to create one. Now, people call me often "Alexmar", so I tough to "block" it, but that name has been used on some wikipedias in the past (for example, I remember in 2010).

Now, is it "ethical" to usurp an old, incative account just to create a sockpuppet?--Alexmar983 (talk) 21:31, 1 January 2015 (UTC)

A declared alternative account is not a sockpuppet. A sockpuppet is a second (or more) account used for improper purposes. So if you are looking for a sockpuppet account, the answer is no. Many of the wikipedias disallow more than one account, so that becomes a discussion for those sites whether you have, or are allowed, subsequent accounts.  — billinghurst sDrewth 03:04, 2 January 2015 (UTC)
on sockpuppet is use also to describe alternative accounts it:Wikipedia:Utenze_multiple#Usi_consentiti, it is not negative "per se". Which wikipedia discourage the use of alternative accounts? You should have a complete list somewhere, I hope. BTW it sound s a strange limitations, there some reasons to create a self-declared sockpuppet, we have a lor of admins with sockpuppets on, for example. Is it something used for small wiki?--Alexmar983 (talk) 13:18, 2 January 2015 (UTC)
There is no official requirement or need for a list of wikis with such criteria, so presumably that is why such a list is not kept. Feel free to build one if you think that it is of value.

Generally most people only require one account to edit, though there are some who may edit on insecure networks and therefore utilise an alternate account when they are editing from such a place, though the default https protocol does improve security with that regard. Admins and others with advanced user rights would fit into such an environment. w:Sock puppets in the English sense will always have a negative connotation.  — billinghurst sDrewth 03:04, 3 January 2015 (UTC)

I don't understand why you are telling me the reasons someone should need a suckpuppet since I am aware of the fact that they exist and I made reference to them etc but it's ok. So, globally we are both learning something here, that's good, but I am suprised, I used once the world "suckpuppet" in the neutral internet sense talking to an anglophone and he understood without any problems.
In any case, I think that if you create a sockpuppet where you can, you should put yourself in the condition to the declare it in other wiki, since the account are global. The problem is underestimated, we are more and more an unicum, if you create a sockpuppet where you can, you are close to violate the rule in theory somewhere else, and even with good will you just cannot read all the rule pages on all the languages. If you don't log out correctly because you forget and you make a tiny correction on, well you are guilty, right?. If I am probably the first person who ask that in 10 years, thank God I did, but what happens to those who create a self-declare sockpuppet and are unaware of the different rule on another wiki? I think that on German wiki there is some special type of mentoring with sockpuppets, and on,, probably you can clearly use them if you self-declare. If I knew all the languages in the world I would probably do the table myself, but this lack of communication/coordination between wikis on the topic sounds "very 2005"--Alexmar983 (talk) 16:39, 3 January 2015 (UTC)
BTW en:Wikipedia:Sock_puppetry&redirect=no#Legitimate_uses exists, if you put that under a page named "sock puppetry", no doubt anglophone can understand the meaning even if it not used in the malicious way. Even if i put the right Doppelganger template in one language, if people are already in the mood to super-verify a profile (for whatever is the reason) and the click on another profile on another language, they may find the sockpuppet icon (for example it is used in Italian), and they will spend a lot of time just to verify everything is ok. More coordination on the topic would be better. --Alexmar983 (talk) 17:03, 3 January 2015 (UTC)

Tłumaczenie / Tradukado

pl: Proszę o włączenie możliwości tłumaczenia tej strony. Mozliwość jest na przykład na stronie: Amical Wikimedia. Marek Mazurkiewicz (talk) 00:28, 10 January 2015 (UTC)

eo: Mi petas pri ebleco de tradukado de la paĝo. Ebleco estas ekzemple en la paĝo: Amical Wikimedia Marek Mazurkiewicz (talk) 00:28, 10 January 2015 (UTC)

Splitting the instructions at Template:Steward requests/Username changes/Intro

The instructions at Template:Steward requests/Username changes/Intro should be split so we can put simpler global renames in one section, and the more complex usurps into another. This becomes more required now that a global request form is available. The issue of splitting the page is made more complex by the necessity of translation, though does it make this an opportunity to now utilise the translations system to achieve that outcome?  — billinghurst sDrewth 11:31, 14 January 2015 (UTC)

Cancellation request

I canceled the request of the change user name Vincenzo@global, since she had been the subject of mofiche. I will put in a new request definitive. Thank You. --= Vincenzo (talk) 20:51, 26 January 2015 (UTC)

Help please

Hello, I'm Rime from Turkish wikipedia, wikicommons and others... I have global account. But I can't login only english wikipedia with Rime (and also I can't login fr./no./pl./ru./sr. wikipedias). I haven't got this accounts, their owner is different (s/he is another "Rime"). And he/she no contribute. I want usurpation. But I don't know how I can this, because my english isn't good. Please help me :( --Rime (talk) 20:01, 2 February 2015 (UTC)

Mskyrider is a global renamer who is Turkish, he/she should be able to help you. Cheers, — Yerpo Eh? 20:24, 2 February 2015 (UTC)
Thank you so much Yerpo--Rime (talk) 20:27, 2 February 2015 (UTC)

Usurp of the name Alpha

Hi! I know, I know.. so many username requests from me since the time I've been here.. but actually I was just wondering, since Alpha doesn't have a global account I wanted to know if there was anything I could do before SUL finalization was complete to get myself enough edits or whatever to 'win' the name so I can rename my account to it. I haven't done a rename or anything like that on Wikimedia since August of 2014, so I was just wondering (someone told me to ask here.) Thanks! Samuel Najdowski (talk) 00:44, 18 February 2015 (UTC)

There is nothing that you can do. You have done your last rename. You are on your last chance now. -- Tegel (Talk) 10:57, 25 February 2015 (UTC)

Request for usurp

Hello, I am Blackcat everywhere but on en.wikibooks, en.wikinews, fi.wikipedia, ja.wikipedia, nl.wikipedia, pt.wikipedia e simple.wikipedia. In the mentioned wikis I do not currently have an account. What can I do in order to usurp the username Blackcat in those projects? -- Blackcat (talk) 13:10, 17 March 2015 (UTC)

After the SUL finalization in April (scheduled) accounts on those wiki's that you mentioned, will be renamed, so you will get "Blackcat" name across all Wikimedia wiki's. So I ask you to just wait. -- Stryn (talk) 15:17, 17 March 2015 (UTC)
Ok thanks Stryn; thus I hope this is just a joke because I have no intention to abandon a name that I've been using for 10+ years and that identifies me in all but seven projects here. -- Blackcat (talk) 23:47, 17 March 2015 (UTC)
Yeah, you can ignore the message you got on Commons. --Stryn (talk) 23:48, 17 March 2015 (UTC)
Thanks. -- Blackcat (talk) 23:49, 17 March 2015 (UTC)

Accidental vandalism?

My username change request was removed by another user. See the following diffs:

  • [9] added my original request
  • [10] my request was removed
  • [11] re-added my request

--Oktalist (talk) 15:19, 18 March 2015 (UTC)

Merged my accounts, do I still need to do anything?

I couldn't find a better talk page to ask this. I got a notice that my account name here would be changed. I went into the global account system and merged all of my accounts, so now there's just one outstanding Sparr who isn't me (on sv.wikipedia, I think). Do I need to do anything else? Sparr (talk) 17:19, 18 March 2015 (UTC)

No, you don't need to do anything else. The svwiki account will be yours after SUL finalization. Glaisher (talk) 17:21, 18 March 2015 (UTC)

Suspicious email?

I received an email indicating my request to change my username had been approved and would be implemented shortly. I made NO such request and do not wish any change made. However, I don't see any indication on this page that such a request was actually ever made. Any ideas? Normally I edit, not here; since the email referenced meta, I thought I'd start here. Frank (talk) 18:52, 18 March 2015 (UTC)

Hi Frank. Your account will not be renamed as you already have a global account. Those accounts seen on the link that are not yours, will be renamed, but you don't need to worry about them. You can ignore the email that you got. --Stryn (talk) 19:29, 18 March 2015 (UTC)
Thanks for your quick reply. Where did this request originate from, and...if it didn't apply to me as the global account holder, why did I get an email? Frank (talk) 01:07, 19 March 2015 (UTC)
I'm not sure about the exact wording, but it's a part of the Single User Login finalisation process. Because of a configuration glitch, people whose accounts will be untouched got it, too. — Yerpo Eh? 08:35, 19 March 2015 (UTC)

Change Name

See the header at the top of this page. Requests for username changes should be posted at the associated page, not the talk page. Glaisher (talk) 14:57, 19 March 2015 (UTC)

Rejection reason?

I recently submitted a request through Special:GlobalRenameRequest and it was rejected. What is the reason for the rejection? --Freiddie (talk) 07:48, 21 March 2015 (UTC)

@Freiddie: Request #3907 has indeed no reason for rejection. Billinghurst handled it, so you'll have to ask him. I personally don't see any issues with the rename, maybe he clicked the wrong button? I don't know. Best regards. -- M\A 11:31, 21 March 2015 (UTC)
I cannot see anything wrong either. Please apply again.  — billinghurst sDrewth 23:45, 21 March 2015 (UTC)

Same happened to Daniel Gauthier, user: DanIam

I recently submitted a request through Special:GlobalRenameRequest and it was rejected. In fact, I tried several names and they always are not good enough. What is the reason for the rejection? --DanIam (My current user name: DanIam) 21:42, 22 March 2015 (UTC)

@DanIam: doesn't know the request number.

Can you help?

If I remember right, the request was asking for a rename due to the renaming process, though you hold the global account. I am pretty sure that I included the reason "this is the global account, no requirement for it to be moved." Please do re-request if a move is desired, the ability to ask questions from the process and put a request on hold is non-existent.  — billinghurst sDrewth 03:04, 23 March 2015 (UTC)

Rename request rejected without reason

I raised a rename request that was rejected without a reason given, just The request to rename "Phelixz" to "Felix.Lopez" could not be completed. Could someone explain me why?

@Phelixz: I guess that's because of Special:CentralAuth/Lopez.Felix. Do all those accounts belong to you? -- M\A 11:35, 21 March 2015 (UTC)

Yes, both Lopez.Felix (previously "Phelix" which was going to be renamed due to name conflict with another user) and Phelixz belong to me, but in fact I only use Phelixz since 2009. I've already asked (here) how to merge both accounts but it seems that I have to way a bit.

Yes, better if you request that at Steward requests/Username changes. The merge tool will likely be ready in the next month. -- M\A 09:17, 22 March 2015 (UTC)


Patio exists on several projects e.g. English and Afrikaans where it's not me. Is it for this reason that the change to User:KlaasZ4usV is rejected or are troubles on Dutch Wikipedia the cause? Is it possible to delete Pationl (@en.wikipedia), Patiobe (@pt.wikipedia) and some others I may forgot since I had to make several variations of Patio I don't remember them all. Kind regards,  Klaas|Z4␟V:  14:47, 22 March 2015 (UTC)

The accounts that has "not attached" on Special:CentralAuth/Patio will be renamed (scheduled to happen in April) and then Patio can be used in all WMF projects. --Stryn (talk) 15:18, 22 March 2015 (UTC)


I registered as Vsop on de.wikipedia and commons on 13 Jan 2010. But when on the same day I tried to do this on en.wikipedia I learned that the name Vsop was already taken. Therefore I chose instead and used it as an additional name on de.wikipedia and commons. On 17 March 2015 I was informed on commons, that "your account clashes with another account also called Vsop. To make sure that both of you can use all Wikimedia projects in future, we have reserved the name Vsop~commonswiki that only you will have". Since I do not like Vsop~commonswiki so much, I tried to change Vsop to Vsop777, but this was rejected without giving any reason.

Meanwhile I learned from that 5 Wikipedia-accounts (en, fi, fr, ja, sk) where kept separate from my global Vsop account. The 2 edits listed there on ja.wikipedia (from 2007) are definitely not mine. But for the other 4 wikipedias no edit by a Vsop is listed. The 5 edits one finds on I actually did as Vsop on This should be corrected.

Can anybody please tell me why under all these circumstances I cannot keep the Vsop name which otherwise has only been used for just two edits on ja.wikipedia in 2007? Thank you. --Vsop (talk) 12:12, 23 March 2015 (UTC)

@Vsop: You have the global SUL and don't need to do anything, see Special:CentralAuth/Vsop. If you are wishing to merge other accounts of yours then you can log into those accounts of the same name and look to merge. If you are merging accounts of another name, then please add them to the list over the page.  — billinghurst sDrewth 12:41, 23 March 2015 (UTC)

Weird renaming email

Tracked in Phabricator:
task T93444

I just received an email stating the following:

The request to rename "Hex" to "-Hex-" has been approved. Once completed, you will be able to log in using your new username with your old password. Thank you for participating on Wikimedia projects.

User:Hex was previously my user name, and I still hold the SUL for it. If this email was generated by the SUL finalization process, something is going wrong. The "Hex" account shouldn't be affected by finalization, and "-Hex-" doesn't conform to the pattern of renaming. What's going on? That email subject derives from a code commit by Hoo man. — Scott talk 15:28, 23 March 2015 (UTC)

Known bug, sorry. Follow updates at phabricator:T93444. --Nemo 15:30, 23 March 2015 (UTC)
I see. Thank you. — Scott talk 15:32, 23 March 2015 (UTC)

Changing username

Hi, I received a notification that my username was in conflict with another person's name. So I requested a change. However, the change was denied, without a reason given. What can I do now? -Michaelphillipr March 17

@Michaelphillipr: the rename tool is limited for communication, and there were some errors in requesting renames where people have the global account. Try to request again at Special:GlobalRenameRequest or use SRUC for your request.  — billinghurst sDrewth 04:22, 28 March 2015 (UTC)

Appealing a username conflict resolution

I've been told that the username I've had on wikipedia since at least 2005 is going to be ripped away from me. (I can't find the creation date, but I found emails from wikipedia from March 2005 confirming I had the username Cos already at that time). Apparently the reason is that, totally unknown to me, there was a way to register usernames on some other wikimedia site for "global", and years after I was already actively using Cos, someone else registered it from the French wikipedia. Now some steward has decided that it doesn't matter that I started using this username years earlier - I'm the one that gets screwed over. This username is very very important to me and this feels extremely unfair. Please allow some flexibility in your decisions, such that people who care about their username and have had it for a much longer time can keep theirs.

In addition to wikipedia, I can see from email that I also registered Cos on wikimedia commons in 2006. I remember assuming that that was a "central" username registration and that I now had Cos across wikipedia. If anyone had notified me at the time that my name was still up for grabs elsewhere, I would have done something about it, but I was never notified. That's another reason why the decision to grab my name away from me is unfair.

I can be contacted at cos+wiki at aaaaa dot org

There has been communication over the years about asking people to merge their accounts, and to globalise their accounts. This is the very last step in an extensive process, and as there have been username collisions for years, and now it becomes the time for resolution. Unfortunately user name collisions can only be resolved with one person maintaining the original name, and the reasoning for the decision has been explained elsewhere.  — billinghurst sDrewth 04:26, 28 March 2015 (UTC)

username changes

Hi, I would like to change the name to sawe. please for a change.

thanks e.

Please login and request a rename at Special:GlobalRenameRequest  — billinghurst sDrewth 04:27, 28 March 2015 (UTC)


I've had my username since circa 2005 and I'll change it when you provide me with a real username that I have and I don't use Salmo as my username so I have no idea what you are talking about? eg: -)Grateful Deadhead (talk) 22:42, 22 March 2015 (UTC)

Hi, if you don't use your "Salmo" username anymore, then you can ignore the message. However, those unattached Salmo accounts (Special:CentralAuth/Salmo) will be renamed if not merged. --Stryn (talk) 20:30, 19 March 2015 (UTC)

  (--._.--) never used Salmo Grateful Deadhead (talk) 06:48, 28 March 2015 (UTC)
If you wish to have a rename please login and request it at Special:GlobalRenameRequest. If you do not require a rename, then you have nothing else to do.  — billinghurst sDrewth 04:29, 28 March 2015 (UTC)

one apeal

my user name change from nistha.aslp to NisthaRanjanDashrejected. could you specify the reason? —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Nistha.aslp (talk)

@Billinghurst: Any specific reason to decline the request? (Special:GlobalRenameQueue/request/9393/view). --Stryn (talk) 16:25, 26 March 2015 (UTC)
Generally I have only rejected where users have indicated that they are requesting the change due to request from Wikimedia AND the users already has the global SUL. They have been commented as such in the public note.  — billinghurst sDrewth 04:20, 28 March 2015 (UTC)

request for global name


I have the non global username stefan on en and commons, I have had the en name since 2003! I should have gotten the global name, but a user on de usurped the stefan username 8 days before SUL. He was an admin and had more edits than me so he got the global name for a name that he had used for 8 days! and I did not get it for my account that I had used for over 5 years at that point! I tried to appeal at that point but was told that there was no central point where I could appeal and I did not event try to argue at de, since my german sucks and the user was an admin. Now there is a central point that can make thees decisions since that central point is going to rename my account and therefore I want to argue for 'my' username, please do not just say we cannot change the past, you can, it is just a few clicks, the behavior of the user (no matter if it was knowingly or not) was not as intended for the SUL name. Please help me keep my username that I have been using since 2003! See link to see links to the events here. SilkyShark (talk) 14:59, 7 April 2015 (UTC)

I think you'd better to choose a new name. Little can be done to help you in this particular situations. Ruslik (talk) 20:44, 7 April 2015 (UTC)
There is not much that needs to be done, just change a username, you do that all the time. Please at least answer my request, don't just ignore to answer. You can answer and you can decide, there is no rules for my situation and you are stewards to handle situation like this, please handle, don't just ignore! I have yet to hear anyone say that I'm wrong, all I get is non committal answers, please officially answer and say it was OK for the user on de wiki to rename and take the new username 8 days before SUL and that is the reson that you will now change MY username that I have been using since 2003 and that was supposed to be my SUL name 8 days before the rename! SilkyShark (talk) 01:40, 9 April 2015 (UTC)
My looking at Special:CentralAuth/Stefan shows that the global account has been held since 2008, and the user has something like 18+k edits across 00s of wikis. That seems to a reasonable state of affairs, and I agree with Ruslik. We can look to merge your unattached accounts to this user name, or another of your choice.  — billinghurst sDrewth 03:29, 9 April 2015 (UTC)
Yes of course the global account have been held since 25 March 2008 which was the first time you could get a global account! But that account was usurped/renamed on 18 March 2008 rename log , so it was only a 7-8 days old name of the account. That he changed his user name 8 days before was wrong, do you think it sounds reasonable? At that time I had had my account for about 5 years, so he got the global account with a 7 days old account name compared to mine that was 5 years old. At that point I had about 4000 edits and he 9000, and the rename was a loop hole for who should get the global account, I would like for you guys to fix that now. SilkyShark (talk) 00:49, 10 April 2015 (UTC)
There is nothing we can do about it. As you note, this "problem" happened seven years ago and we are not in a position to reverse decisions made then. Your only option is to discuss with Stefan if they would agree to be renamed to allow you to take the global name. QuiteUnusual (talk) 09:02, 10 April 2015 (UTC)
The thing is that there was never any decision, there where no place to discuss this issue. It was something that happened in de wiki, I wanted to protest, but to do that on de where I do not even have a account would not have worked. So now this seams to be the common place, so now you can decide! You can do, all you have to do is rename the current Stefan account and give that to me! Please decide if it is correct that I will loose my account to one that change his account 7-8 days before SUL. If this is what you decide, then nothing I can do. But dont say, nothing we can do and that it was decided. SilkyShark (talk) 08:02, 14 April 2015 (UTC)
This is not something that stewards should reverse where something has been in existence for so many years; yes, it is unfortunate. There was discussions and information at the time crosswiki, and it is evident that you were not aware of that; that too is unfortunate. That the system was designed that way in the first place shows that things were less than perfect. Someone misses out on the name and in these circumstances it is you. It is unreasonable for you to demand that stewards act on this for your own benefit. You have the choice of being systematically renamed or being moved to an available name of your choice. That is the choice that you have, and the boundaries of which the stewards of the current day have to act.  — billinghurst sDrewth 12:28, 14 April 2015 (UTC)

Merging unified accounts

I noticed that commons:User:Darinko have been renamed to commons:User:Darinko~commonswiki, but he writes on his user page (Darinko~commonswiki) that he is the same person as hu:User:Darinko (“Darinko” global account’s home wiki). Can you merge the two global accounts? If you can, I’ll send a message to him. --Tacsipacsi (talk) 07:48, 19 April 2015 (UTC)

@Tacsipacsi: He should put a request on the obverse of this page with his target SUL account, and make edit a confirming edit on his commons page that it should be merged.  — billinghurst sDrewth 07:52, 19 April 2015 (UTC)
@Billinghurst: Thanks, I notify him. --Tacsipacsi (talk) 08:23, 19 April 2015 (UTC)


Without merging with older local names the idea of a global name is quite empty. I'll wait. Unfortunately the system now knows which global, Dutch and English names are mine and the results is that I cannot be logged in at more than one wiki at the same time. Very annoying. My names on the Dutch and on the English wiki both are not unique worldwide, so I want to merge them into my meta-name. Tell me please when that will be possible. WeiaR (talk) 15:04, 22 April 2015 (UTC)

What are your names on English and Dutch wikis? Ruslik (talk) 16:32, 22 April 2015 (UTC)
Dutch: atalanta, English: weia Both are in use by others on other wiki's. WeiaR (talk) 17:38, 22 April 2015 (UTC)

Directions: clarify?

I couldn't quite figure out which was the appropriate section for my filled-in SRUC template. I wasn't making a global request. I wasn't requesting a usurp. And, as I wanted to rename just a single project, the request didn't seem complex. Perhaps a clarification is needed. Thanks for considering. Barte (talk) 17:42, 22 April 2015 (UTC)

Sorry for the wait. It's done now. --Stryn (talk) 17:51, 22 April 2015 (UTC)
Thanks--appreciated. I was referring though to the overall instructions on the content page. Just thinking they could be tweaked. Barte (talk) 19:05, 22 April 2015 (UTC)
Everything is put on the same place, no matter of if they are single account or global renames. Probably it could be clearer, but well, that works as well, just sometimes need to wait :) --Stryn (talk) 19:15, 22 April 2015 (UTC)
I tweaked two subheads per this discussion. Please revert if inaccurate--I'm just wandering through. Barte (talk) 19:35, 22 April 2015 (UTC)
@Barte: With the global renaming process there are no longer single wiki (unattached) accounts. So we have simple renames (rename me!) and complex renames/usurps (anything beyond a simple rename me). That is how the obverse of this page is meant to be directing people.  — billinghurst sDrewth 01:12, 23 April 2015 (UTC)
I did a "take 2" on the subheads using your guidance. See what you think. The goal is simply to let an applicants clearly know under what section they should file requests. Barte (talk) 16:09, 23 April 2015 (UTC)

Also, there's no any mention of username merges on the page. Should we make a completely new page for SUL merge requests (like Steward requests/Username merges)? Or move Steward_requests/Username_changes/Pending to different name since all those requests are account merge requests? --Stryn (talk) 17:45, 24 April 2015 (UTC)

Kullanıcı adı değiştirme

Kullanıcı adımın 'anadolu001' şeklinde değiştirilmesini istiyorum. Teşekkürler. Emrekuncu (talk) 12:18, 24 April 2015 (UTC)

Dear Emrekuncu, I have replied at tr:Kullanıcı mesaj:Emrekuncu. I asked our colleague Vikiçizer to help with translations. Sincerely, Taketa (talk) 06:25, 25 April 2015 (UTC)
Kullanıcı adımın şu şekilde değiştirilmesini istiyorum: Emrekuncu -> anadolu001

Teşekkürler...Emrekuncu (talk) 07:43, 25 April 2015 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done - Taketa (talk) 13:49, 25 April 2015 (UTC)

Merge attempted, but request rejected

I made a request for my name Kynde from the current Kynde~enwiki, but because it complained that a user Kynde (me) already exists, I made it for "Kynde~without this", but that got promptly denied. How can I merge my Kynde~enwiki and Kynde~fiwiki accounts into the Kynde that I'm accoustomed to? Kynde~enwiki (talk) 16:11, 23 April 2015 (UTC)

@Kynde-enwiki: jos et omista globaalia tunnusta Kynde, sinun täytyy valita jokin toinen käyttäjänimi, johon voidaan yhdistää sekä enwiki- että fiwiki-tunnuksesi. --Stryn (talk) 16:13, 23 April 2015 (UTC)
An English reply would be nice, because this is a very common request (merge several global accounts which belong to the same person), and the instructions are quite incomprehensible. Albert25 (talk) 14:22, 27 April 2015 (UTC)
Okay, so I told him/her that if he don't own the global account Kynde, s/he must choose another username, for where we can merge their enwiki and fiwiki accounts. If you own many accounts with different names, just leave a request at Steward requests/Username changes. Don't forget to add confirmation links where you say that the accounts really belongs to you. If you have more questions feel free to ask here. --Stryn (talk) 14:31, 27 April 2015 (UTC)

Merge tool requests

Hi all,

there are 50+ request on hold, waiting for the merge tool deployment. They could be waiting a few more months. I think the large list of requests may be ofputting for people requesting a username change. I suggest we either make a subpage "Steward requests/Username changes/Merge requests" or store them in a collapable table section. Let me know what you think.

Sincerely, Taketa (talk) 04:18, 22 April 2015 (UTC)

I agree. This page is becoming too large and I think that a subpage will be useful. I'd also propose that a special page like globalrenamerequest is created for global merge requests if at all possible... -- M\A 08:24, 22 April 2015 (UTC)
I agree as well and they are now moved to Steward requests/Username changes/Pending by Billinghurst. --Stryn (talk) 19:17, 22 April 2015 (UTC)
Sorry about not coming back here, my ADSL dropped out prior to me saying that I had done the easy bits, without further picking out individual components.  — billinghurst sDrewth 01:14, 23 April 2015 (UTC)
Good solution :). Thanks all, Taketa (talk) 06:12, 25 April 2015 (UTC)
Hi, I think you missed the section starting at line 317 when copying the requests over to the new page: link to diff. Chortos-2 (talk) 12:58, 3 May 2015 (UTC)
Please identify the specific section(s) that you believe were missed.  — billinghurst sDrewth 13:03, 3 May 2015 (UTC)

Completly reword entry template

Hi. I propose to remove or rewrite the section according to current practices. Insulting or harrassing usernames should be oversighted rather than renamed, not that it's possible (note that the wording dates back to the days where this feature didn't existed). Best regards. -- MarcoAurelio 21:25, 21 May 2015 (UTC)

Actually the whole entry needs rewrite. No more local renames, no requests from third parties except on some cases (CA deletions, usurpation requests where needed, etc.), and instructions for the future global user merge system. -- MarcoAurelio 21:31, 21 May 2015 (UTC)

Updated Template:Steward requests/Username changes/Intro

I have updated the introductory text for the obverse to this page. The changes remove the component about confirmations, ie. diffs, and instead requests a signature for simple renames, and old and new signatures for merges. I request those whose native language is not English to review and amend prior to the resubmission of the page for updated translation. Thanks.  — billinghurst sDrewth 03:35, 8 June 2015 (UTC)


As far as I'm aware, de:Benutzer:Bernina and C:User:Bernina~commonswiki was the same user... The notices at the talk page were left unanswered since the user left the project. Any chance the commons account is renamed back? YLSS (talk) 21:04, 29 April 2015 (UTC)

No chance, unless the user requests merge themselves. Ruslik (talk) 19:28, 9 June 2015 (UTC)

Account merging

Hello, an user on Commons asked me whether she can get her previous account merged to her new one on Commons. Is it technically possible? -- Blackcat (talk) 11:25, 8 June 2015 (UTC)

@Blackcat: Sure, just get the user to add it to the obverse of this page in the "Merge" section and sign it with the two accounts involved. We are still waiting the tool to do it, so it won't happen immediately.  — billinghurst sDrewth 12:49, 8 June 2015 (UTC)
Ok, thanks. Meanwhile a thing I can do is merging her talk pages including their histories. -- Blackcat (talk) 15:15, 8 June 2015 (UTC)
P.S. Ehr... sDrewth, there's no "Merge" section on the obverse. -- Blackcat (talk) 15:19, 8 June 2015 (UTC)
"Requests involving usurps or other complications" is the merge section, a bit confusing name, but it's it. --Stryn (talk) 15:22, 8 June 2015 (UTC)
Ok -- most of all "Other complications" :D :D :D :D -- Blackcat (talk) 11:25, 9 June 2015 (UTC)

Names too similar to existing names

Hi, sometimes users in de.wp chose new names that are too similar to existing nicks, which triggers MediaWiki:Centralauth-rename-antispoofconflicts2 when I try to rename them. Is there a way in which they can check this themselves, before they apply for renaming? Regards, --MBq (talk) 16:04, 6 July 2015 (UTC)

@MBq: As far i know there exists no tool yet which is using the anti spoof rules. gUser search has regex & wildcards supports (can be used for simple tests). --Steinsplitter (talk) 13:22, 28 July 2015 (UTC)

Undo a recent change

The statement at the start of the simple rename requests section needs to be changed back so it displays the two options correctly. The text was changed on the English version of the template by FuzzyBot on 24 May 2015 and needs to go back to the first version (also by FuzzyBot). I would ask at Meta:Babylon but I think this needs fairly urgent attention. Green Giant (talk) 20:58, 27 July 2015 (UTC)

Done --Steinsplitter (talk) 13:15, 28 July 2015 (UTC)
Cheers. Much appreciated. Green Giant (talk) 13:23, 28 July 2015 (UTC)

Link to section

On the page Special:GlobalRenameRequest, there is a sentence about "account merges, complex renames and usurpations" with a link back to SRUC. Wouldn't it be better if the link was to the specific section i.e. SRUC#Requests involving merges, usurps or other complications, because presumably the requester will have already started off from SRUC? Cheers. Green Giant (talk) 10:30, 28 July 2015 (UTC)

@Billinghurst: (because you created MediaWiki:Globalrenamerequest-pretext). --Steinsplitter (talk) 13:13, 28 July 2015 (UTC)
There is no guarantee where they started as numbers of wikis have local pages that poke to their local special: page, and I do wish to internationalise the message. Also, the section names will presumably change, over time. That said, I am truly not fussed.  — billinghurst sDrewth 13:48, 28 July 2015 (UTC)
I agree with internationalising as much as possible. I'm trying to look at pages from the viewpoint of a newbie, and it seemed to me that the link might confuse someone who is looking for a merge or usurp. Although they could just scroll down, it might be nicer to be sent straight to the section. For example I found that there were a few people who had gone to Talk:Single User Login finalisation announcement to ask for accounts to be merged/usurped and I think it would be good to make their pathway as simple as possible. Green Giant (talk) 14:28, 28 July 2015 (UTC)

Update to the note about the merge tool

Given that we are now at the end of July, perhaps it is time to update the note at SRUC#Requests involving merges, usurps or other complications, which says the tool will be available in late June. I suggest changing the wording to say it "will be available soon." Green Giant (talk) 13:38, 28 July 2015 (UTC)

Done. --Steinsplitter (talk) 13:43, 28 July 2015 (UTC)
Cheers. Much appreciated. Green Giant (talk) 14:04, 28 July 2015 (UTC)

Accounts with similar usernames

Copied from en:Wikipedia talk:Changing username

I think it's time we drew the line between usernames that trip the AntiSpoof extension but can be safely renamed to, and usernames that trip the AntiSpoof extension and should not be renamed to.

The request an account process uses a method to determine whether an account should be created or not when the requested username hits the AntiSpoof extension. A flowchart is used to assist in the process as well. I think this may be a good place to start off for now, since the policy around AntiSpoof is very vague, from what I can see after searching. --I am k6ka Talk to me! See what I have done 13:55, 10 July 2015 (UTC)

As mentioned above, I'm noticing a lot of users are requesting usernames that hit the AntiSpoof filter, which is supposed to help prevent usernames from being too similar to one another. However, the policy on this is vague and unclear, and I largely have to operate around this statement by Xeno.

The English Wikipedia "request an account" process has a guide on this, however, and I think it's safe to incorporate this into the global rename policy, if it will help clear the vagueness around AntiSpoof. Here's what I suggest:

  • If the similar usernames have made no edits and are over six months old, the request can be processed.
  • If the similar usernames have made less than 15 edits and the last edit/log entry was over a year ago, the request can be processed.
  • If the similar usernames have made more than 15 edits, is less than six months old, or when the last contribution was less than a year ago, decline the request.

Feel free to modify the above suggestions.

Thoughts? --I am k6ka Talk to me! See what I have done 19:19, 12 July 2015 (UTC)

I don't have much problems with similar usernames and accepted all rename requests that hit the AntiSpoof filter when the global rename tool did not show the clashing username. But I'm fine with such addition to the global rename policy too. Cheers, —DerHexer (Talk) 16:03, 16 July 2015 (UTC)
  • Support Support I agree with K6ka that we need a fairly flexible set of guidelines. There have been a number of accounts with similar usernames to mine (e.g. User:GreenGiant, User:GreenGiants, User:Green Giant~itwiki etc.) but to the best of my knowledge, nobody has ever confused them for me or vice versa. Green Giant (talk) 14:42, 28 July 2015 (UTC)
  • Support Support I agree with K6ka. --Steinsplitter (talk) 07:30, 23 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Support Support I agree. And I add a condition: the requester have to be active (no new account with zero contribution). ©éréales Kille® 09:50, 24 September 2015 (UTC)
  • A good start, but I think doesn't leave enough room for discretion. The anti-spoof filter may report something as similar when humans would view the two names as rather distinct, for example. –xeno 12:00, 24 September 2015 (UTC)
    • It is up to the renamer's discretion and judgement whether or not a username that the anti-spoof filter brings up is actually similar to the target username or not. For example, "Foo-Bar" is likely not going to be confused with "FOOBAR!". Something like "K5ka", however, probably won't fly, and might imply impersonation or downright trolling. --I am k6ka Talk to me! See what I have done 16:39, 24 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Support Support I agree, preferable with the added condition described by ©éréales Kille®. / Ternarius (talk) 13:39, 24 September 2015 (UTC)

Usurping the name of an inactive user

I am going to put a usurp request. I never did this before. --James Bond Wikipedia (talk) 04:31, 25 September 2015 (UTC)

Request to Vanish

Interestingly enough, after reading things along the following lines various times:

Alternatively, you can visit Special:GlobalRenameRequest to access the rename request interface (requests will be processed by global renamers and Stewards). Please specify "request to vanish" in the reason field; your requested username should be of the form "Renamed user nnnnnnnnnn" replacing n with random characters.

I received the following reply:

randomized numbers and letters are not allowed

I was just wondering as to why. -- a user requesting to vanish 04:12, 3 October 2015 (UTC)

Different understanding of the approach. The words you state are presumably from one of the wikis, rather than what the stewards/global renamers have put in place. You will need to follow the guidance of the stewards/global renamers.  — billinghurst sDrewth 11:53, 3 October 2015 (UTC)


I recently received an email saying that my name change to "Chevvin" was rejected because of a user of the name "Chewin". As far as I can tell, Chewin has never made any edits to any of the wikis, so, if you don't mind, could you change Chewin's name so that I can change my name to Chevvin? Thank you. --Chethin (talk) 15:24, 29 August 2015 (UTC)

The person has the user name, and that they don't edit is not relevant. Please choose another user name if you are unhappy with your existing account.  — billinghurst sDrewth 14:02, 24 September 2015 (UTC)
Note the difference between "Chevvin" (340 edits) and "Chewin" (0 edits). Both exist, but the first one even has quite a few edits. Trijnsteltalk 16:43, 7 October 2015 (UTC)

Re-unite accounts that had been split by SUL finalization

Moved to Steward_requests/Username changes#Re-unite_accounts_that_had_been_split_by_SUL_finalization, to allow archiving. --Steinsplitter (talk) 09:39, 9 October 2015 (UTC)

Change of user name

Could a steward please explain to me this wonderful magical highly well educated piece of reaction from your auto-mailer:

The request to rename "Molly~enwikibooks" to "The.Real.Molly.Formerly.Known.As.Molly" could not be completed. The reason provided was: "The account is yet taken at and we can't delete the account. I am very sorry.".

Because that reaction makes no sense at all to me.

I'm not sure why it's giving that, perhaps a conflict with the title blacklist there? Could you choose a different/shorter username to use? Ajraddatz (talk) 19:57, 10 October 2015 (UTC)
Well, i would love to use my initial user name Molly, but that seems impossible as another account uses that name already (as was my account).
So, i came up with a fairly unique name that should be future proof (never know when such clash might happen again in the future).
Am i correct when i say basically you suggest i should try any _other_ user name except for the ones that i actually want to use ? (you are allowed to read from my reaction that i'm pissed off, not personally at you though) --Molly~enwikibooks (talk) 20:11, 10 October 2015 (UTC)
Always nice to know that i am not at fault, but the crappy software. Manually creating a new account did the trick. Hint: never let software make promises it can't deliver, let alone present the end-user with bogus error messages.
Now, how do i 'merge' my two accounts ? --The.Real.Molly.Formerly.Known.As.Molly (talk) 20:37, 10 October 2015 (UTC)
Not yet possible, but it should be soon... hopefully. I've renamed the account you just created to a (usurped) name and moved your original username to The.Real.Molly.Formerly.Known.As.Molly. Hopefully that'll sort out the problem for you. Ajraddatz (talk) 20:43, 10 October 2015 (UTC)
Ok, thank you very much for that (and taking care of this on such short notice). I should be able to live with that. Sorry in case i perhaps overreacted. I still find it a bit awkward that i couldn't use the user name change request, while i was able to create a new account though.
Is there any actions i am suppose to perform regarding my old (now renamed) The.Real.Molly.Formerly.Known.As.Molly account ? --The.Real.Molly.Formerly.Known.As.Molly (talk) 21:44, 10 October 2015 (UTC)
Not a problem, it's always frustrating when things don't work as they should. You don't need to take any further action with the other account, just continue to use that one :) Ajraddatz (talk) 21:48, 10 October 2015 (UTC)

long time for Global rename progress

I request rename from this link, but progress take more than 22h after approved & began moved and uncompleted until now 1. now can't be login, what should I do?. -- 10:41, 10 November 2015 (UTC)

Sorry you are having trouble with the rename. I see your request here (Rename from "Zaher kadour" to "Zaher.Kadour"). @Максим Підліснюк: did you encounter any errors when processing this request? @Keegan: should this one be given a little longer to complete, or does a developer need to take a look? WJBscribe (talk) 16:17, 10 November 2015 (UTC)
@Hoo man and Keegan (WMF): ^. --Stryn (talk) 18:13, 10 November 2015 (UTC)
at renaming I did not receive any error messages --Максим Підліснюк (talk) 19:01, 10 November 2015 (UTC)
Thanks for the pings, we're looking into it. Keegan (talk) 21:59, 10 November 2015 (UTC)
We've been able to identify what caused this to happen, but are going to take a little longer to fix this so we can make sure it doesn't happen again. Sorry about the delay, Legoktm (talk) 22:44, 10 November 2015 (UTC)

The rename has finished now, and you should be able to login again. Sorry about that! Legoktm (talk) 22:50, 10 November 2015 (UTC)

OK, Thanks. --Zaher talk 09:16, 11 November 2015 (UTC)

User Name "Djehouty"

Dear Stewards, I have a problem with my Global Account. I want to have a global account name "Djehouty" but unfortunately I opened a separate account "User:Djehouty" on Commons in addition to my German account "Benutzer:Djehouty" without coordinating them. So Commons admin Asclepias shifted my old Commons account to "Djehouty~commonswiki" because he did not know that the owner of "Benutzer:Djehouty" (German Wikipedia) and "User:Djehouty" on Commons are the same person. See discussion: . Could you help me unifying all activities under one global account "Djehouty"? Thank you very much for your help! --Djehouty (talk) 09:47, 30 November 2015 (UTC)

(N.B.: Just for the record: I didn't "shift" anything and of course I couldn't have. The user's account was renamed normally by Wikimedia during the globalization procedure. I merely replied to a question by the user and directed him here so he can receive the help he is seeking. :) -- Asclepias (talk) 22:57, 30 November 2015 (UTC))

Remove an account on a project

Possible be to remove my page and discussion on a project, but to keep others?
(French) Est-ce possible de supprimer ma page de discussion sur un projet ? - Nicolas

Nicolas, unfortunatelly not, I suppose, since you have SUL. --Ochilov (talk) 10:20, 10 December 2015 (UTC)
You can always request deletion of your user page (locally), but most project dissalow removing talk pages. — Yerpo Eh? 14:21, 10 December 2015 (UTC)
Ah, I thought that he wanted to disconnect his local account from the global one :D --Ochilov (talk) 15:26, 10 December 2015 (UTC)
Nicolas Oui! Il est possible de supprimer votre page de discussion et votre page utilisateur sur un projet, 1) faire une demande local en ajoutant simplement {{delete|La raison de votre demande}} ou 2) confier le boulot à Synchbot qui se chargera de supprimer automatiquement les pages que vous désirez. Je vous propose de passer par l'option 2 pour ne pas trop vous gênez. Mais sachez que la plupart des projets interdises la suppression d'une page de discussion.Cordialement .--Grind24 (talk) 16:16, 10 December 2015 (UTC)
Ah d'accord, je vais expliquer pourquoi. Je reçois des messages de bienvenue sur des projets dont je ne suis pas contributeur et je ne compte pas y être à l'avenir. Ainsi je ne comprends pas pour quelle raison je reçois ce genre de message que je considère comme excessifs, et surtout que dans les avertissements mon nom apparaît et j'estime avoir un droit moral sur mon nom. Ainsi on me bloque car je supprime la notification de bienvenue, je ne vois pas d'intelligence dans ce fait puisque si l'on bloque mon compte je ne suis plus vraiment le bienvenue :) Est-ce qu'au bout d'un certain nombre de mois ou d'années les pages de discussion sont supprimés si nous ne sommes pas contributeur ? Merci toutefois d'avoir essayer de me répondre en français. Nicolas

change to username Jacobrubinovitz

Pls change it to Jacob.Rubinovitz123 Jacobrubinovitz (talk) 16:10, 18 December 2015 (UTC)

@Jacobrubinovitz: Please do your request here. Allan Aguilar (talk) 02:18, 19 December 2015 (UTC)

Username MOut / Antoine_Rousseau

Dear stewards, My login is MOut, and I wanted to rename to AntoineRousseau (or Antoine_Rousseau, anyway I would like to use my real name).

But my request got declined:

> The request to rename "MOut" to "AntoineRousseau" could not be completed.
> The reason provided was: "I'm sorry but the account name you requested is too similar to another account with a significant amount of edits.".

I then realized that my user page is redirecting to Antoine_Rousseau but it's just a redirect, not a complete username change...

I'm a bit confused here, can all my account be unified to Antoine_Rousseau (or AntoineRousseau) on all Wikimedia?

Thanks :)

Does account "Antoine Rousseau" belong to you? Ruslik (talk) 20:24, 19 January 2016 (UTC)
I believe so, but not sure? there is a redirect from my username: --MOut (talk) 22:23, 25 January 2016 (UTC)


Is renaming against (3th) to the rules of meta-wiki (wikimedia) or it can't be supported technically?--Garik.Khachatryan (talk) 19:30, 25 January 2016 (UTC)

Renaming of what exactly? Ruslik (talk) 20:11, 20 March 2016 (UTC)

Accounts with similar usernames

Copied from en:Wikipedia talk:Changing username

I think it's time we drew the line between usernames that trip the AntiSpoof extension but can be safely renamed to, and usernames that trip the AntiSpoof extension and should not be renamed to.

The request an account process uses a method to determine whether an account should be created or not when the requested username hits the AntiSpoof extension. A flowchart is used to assist in the process as well. I think this may be a good place to start off for now, since the policy around AntiSpoof is very vague, from what I can see after searching. --I am k6ka Talk to me! See what I have done 13:55, 10 July 2015 (UTC)

As mentioned above, I'm noticing a lot of users are requesting usernames that hit the AntiSpoof filter, which is supposed to help prevent usernames from being too similar to one another. However, the policy on this is vague and unclear, and I largely have to operate around this statement by Xeno.

The English Wikipedia "request an account" process has a guide on this, however, and I think it's safe to incorporate this into the global rename policy, if it will help clear the vagueness around AntiSpoof. Here's what I suggest:

  • If the similar usernames have made no edits and are over six months old, the request can be processed.
  • If the similar usernames have made less than 15 edits and the last edit/log entry was over a year ago, the request can be processed.
  • If the similar usernames have made more than 15 edits, is less than six months old, or when the last contribution was less than a year ago, decline the request.

Feel free to modify the above suggestions.

Thoughts? --I am k6ka Talk to me! See what I have done 19:19, 12 July 2015 (UTC)

I don't have much problems with similar usernames and accepted all rename requests that hit the AntiSpoof filter when the global rename tool did not show the clashing username. But I'm fine with such addition to the global rename policy too. Cheers, —DerHexer (Talk) 16:03, 16 July 2015 (UTC)
  • Support Support I agree with K6ka that we need a fairly flexible set of guidelines. There have been a number of accounts with similar usernames to mine (e.g. User:GreenGiant, User:GreenGiants, User:Green Giant~itwiki etc.) but to the best of my knowledge, nobody has ever confused them for me or vice versa. Green Giant (talk) 14:42, 28 July 2015 (UTC)
  • Support Support I agree with K6ka. --Steinsplitter (talk) 07:30, 23 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Support Support I agree. And I add a condition: the requester have to be active (no new account with zero contribution). ©éréales Kille® 09:50, 24 September 2015 (UTC)
  • A good start, but I think doesn't leave enough room for discretion. The anti-spoof filter may report something as similar when humans would view the two names as rather distinct, for example. –xeno 12:00, 24 September 2015 (UTC)
    • It is up to the renamer's discretion and judgement whether or not a username that the anti-spoof filter brings up is actually similar to the target username or not. For example, "Foo-Bar" is likely not going to be confused with "FOOBAR!". Something like "K5ka", however, probably won't fly, and might imply impersonation or downright trolling. --I am k6ka Talk to me! See what I have done 16:39, 24 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Support Support I agree, preferable with the added condition described by ©éréales Kille®. / Ternarius (talk) 13:39, 24 September 2015 (UTC)

Can someone explain how I change my username? Mehmet Delice (talk) 23:03, 19 March 2016 (UTC)

Renaming Wikip~enwiki to wikip~

I was initially and for years wikip but my username has been changed into Wikip~enwiki. I required a change into wikip~ since it seems that Wikip has been taken by someone else, because wikip~enwiki is much too long. The change was refused on the grounds that 'the chosen name is too close than existing and active accounts (W1k1p, Wiki P, Wiki P., Wiki p, Wiki-p)'. The examples given are all close to one another and wikip~ is nothing different closenesswise :-) Can I appeal this, please? --Wikip~enwiki (talk) 09:35, 24 March 2016 (UTC)

And now I see that Wikip~enwiki _does not_ exist, since it is in red but it _does_ exist here This is weird, I'm puzzled. Please help if you can.

--Wikip~enwiki (talk) 10:55, 24 March 2016 (UTC)

  • Yes check.svg Done, there is little likelihood of confusion between these users. –xeno 15:07, 24 March 2016 (UTC)
A million thanks, xeno. Most appreciated. --Wikip~ (talk) 15:59, 24 March 2016 (UTC)

Koroshami > Brazinskaite

Hello, I submitted a request to rename my user name. But the circumstances request was rejected. I wanted to be renaming me over from Koroshami to Lhea, but I saw, that it username using now. And I want, that me renamed from Koroshami to Brazinskaite, because that is my last name. Very thanks.--Koroshami (talk) 13:37, 1 May 2016 (UTC)Koroshami

Question on chances to usurp an unused account, not intended for editing, but as alias with echo notifications

My user name is ° and I do not intend to change that. But it is not easy to enter this name on a non german keyboard, or even to read it in a signature. I do use the additional account Gradzeichen and that account forwards all echo notifications intended for me to me. But I had the idea, that it would be even better if I could use G (Disk) as signature (i already use this short to sign on the german equivalent of the signpost). The account user:G might after renames and SUL-finalization ended up with a now inactive user, allowing me to ursup it. But this is not the case. While G is not so active as in the past, the account has made significant contributions and is still active from time to time. user:gz on the other hand, has only ever edited for three hours in 2006 and never came back. Is there a chance to ursurp gz by having user:Gradzeichen additional renamed to gz? (pinging user:DerHexer, user:Cyberpower678 and user:Steinsplitter to ask for comments). --° (Gradzeichen)

Unfortunately no. Users with valid edits cannot be usurped unless they give permission.—cyberpower ChatHello! 23:19, 14 May 2016 (UTC)
+1 —DerHexer (Talk) 00:07, 15 May 2016 (UTC)
+1 --Steinsplitter (talk) 05:39, 15 May 2016 (UTC)

ok, thanks. I will leave a note on gz's talk page, but have no high hopes. But the system is unfortunate: If I had this idea before SUL finalization, I could have created gz on any project, make 23 edits and win the name on finalization. Actually I might have created user:g on wikidata (where it did not exist at that time) and add 4280 labels to entries of russian/chinese/arabic politicians/sportspersons/singers. That would have been valid and good faith edits, causing me to get the account g on finalization. If that would have been not possible because of constraints on cross project similar user names, I would still have been able (at a time, when SUL became a real possibility, but was still so far away, that there were no such cross wiki constraints) to create user:g on, a widely unused project, where it would have been easy for me as a german to make a signifikant number of valid edits (adding sources, partizipating in the verification of news entries, creating new news entries) --° (Gradzeichen) 06:41, 15 May 2016 (UTC)

Peruanos Por el Kambio - LiMaps

Hi, I requested to change my username to LiMaps. And you rejected the request because "there is an user called Limpa5". LiMaps and Limpa5 are very different, so I want to change my username to LiMaps please. Now I got blocked on eswiki due to the political organisation name. Peruanos Por el Kambio (talk) 12:25, 14 June 2016 (UTC)

@Peruanos Por el Kambio: I believe it got declined due to the two usernames being similar. We detect similar username conflicts using an extension called AntiSpoof. —k6ka 🍁 (Talk · Contributions) 14:06, 15 June 2016 (UTC)

Global renames broken again, please don't process any new requests

Renames are getting stuck on again, see Special:GlobalRenameProgress for all the "stuck" requests. See phab:T135656 for bug tracking. —k6ka 🍁 (Talk · Contributions) 02:41, 8 June 2016 (UTC)

Should be OK now. —k6ka 🍁 (Talk · Contributions) 20:29, 10 June 2016 (UTC)
...and again, they're broken. See phab:T137973. —k6ka 🍁 (Talk · Contributions) 13:24, 20 June 2016 (UTC)


The renaming could not be completed due to name similiarity. I confirm the request for renaming the account into Simplicius-050. I choose this way as the merge of accounts is not possible yet. Same for Jack Cluster and Tuchmacher. Thank you. -- Simplicius (talk) 08:57, 16 July 2016 (UTC)

Simplicus is blocked on dewiki for sockpuppetry, all three account seems to be socks and are blocked. IMHO it isn't a good idea to rename the accounts. --Steinsplitter (talk) 10:03, 16 July 2016 (UTC)
Please be refered to this ongoing CU case at de:wp. --AFBorchert (talk) 13:45, 16 July 2016 (UTC)
I got a steward's response in bad English for the other two requests. There is no global ban for none of these accounts. I consider them to be normal global accounts. I confirm/request renaming for transparency. -- Simplicius (talk) 16:55, 16 July 2016 (UTC)
A sock puppet master talks about transparency. "Fascinating", a famous Vulcan would say. --Schniggendiller (talk) 21:38, 19 July 2016 (UTC)
Sorry, I wrote about 4,000 new articles via my main account and the working accounts which are still there and growing or changing.
I can not recognize any article of you here. -- Simplicius (talk) 14:24, 24 July 2016 (UTC)
Indentation corr.
That’s more or less the answer I expected. But frankly, I don’t mind if you can recognize any article there. I appreciate author’s work, but I absolutely dislike sock puppets used for "evil" purposes. But that shouldn’t bother you, I am sure you will continue to use sock puppets, especially for "evil" purposes. --Schniggendiller (talk) 16:54, 24 July 2016 (UTC)

Change of name - to

Hi there Can I get clarity on the policy when it comes to similarity? My username change request has been declined on the basis that it is similar to others such as James AU. It is not clear to me that similarity is a basis for declining name change requests. The basis of my name change request is to anonymise myself somewhat given my identity can be derived from my current user name. If allowed, i would quite like to be my ongoing username. Thanks (talk) 22:07, 4 August 2016 (UTC) There's no actual policy on whether or not to rename users to usernames that are deemed similar to others. The username similarity check is done by the AntiSpoof filter, and it often brings back usernames that aren't similar at all. To be clear, AntiSpoof exists so that there will be no confusion between users. For example, a user who tries to register "John.Doe" may prevent someone from registering "JohnDoe", because it's easy to confuse the two. Personally, I also take into account whether or not the similar usernames have actually edited Wikimedia, and if they've been inactive for extended periods of time, I grant the rename. I also look to see whether or not the two usernames would actually ever be confused for each other. "ThatBubbleGumPop65" is unlikely to be confused with "Thatbubblegumpop65", especially if the latter was registered a decade ago and hasn't made a single edit since then. —k6ka 🍁 (Talk · Contributions) 12:41, 5 August 2016 (UTC)
@K6ka: thanks for this. Im wondering how i go about movieg this forward then? What is the appeal process, if this has been done by a filter and not a human? (talk) 04:56, 6 August 2016 (UTC) Best course of action would probably be to just file a new request. —k6ka 🍁 (Talk · Contributions) 11:29, 6 August 2016 (UTC)

My account is blocked, i want to vanish but i get rejected

Want to delete my account, but is impossible, so i desire that my account name is changed into Vanished.xxxx, but they reject again because blocked accoutn can be renamed. For privacy reason i ask again, to rename my account and remove the link to the related talk page, i dont want be associated anymore with these people, thanks. Kdchan (talk) 17:51, 8 August 2016 (UTC)

Anyone here can do this ? Kdchan (talk) 19:07, 8 August 2016 (UTC)
@Kdchan: Per Wikipedia:Courtesy vanishing, requests to vanish may not be granted to users who have been blocked for disruption, or have a disruptive history. Renaming blocked users is possible, but not granted in these circumstances. —k6ka 🍁 (Talk · Contributions) 01:49, 9 August 2016 (UTC)
This is the opinion of the mod who block me to prevent me to edit a sentence ina page, because he refuse to accept my resources as valid but leave at any cost the old text without any explanation (even without resources), for this reason i leave, i don't like censorship and power abusing, thsi is not in the spirit of wikipedia that is a free encyclopedia builded from the controbute of everyone. So i ask again, please change my nick into a standard Vanishing.xxxx number. Appreciated. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) 05:33, 9 August 2016‎
Global renamers don't override community consensus and aren't above admins. We rename user accounts, not enforce content policies. If you would like to leave, you are free to simply leave without explanation. —k6ka 🍁 (Talk · Contributions) 13:17, 9 August 2016 (UTC)
Ok, understood. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) 15:26, 9 August 2016‎ (UTC)

PPS' request

Hello to the stewards,

could you please rename my account from "Pro patria semper" to "Nomen ad hoc"? I've made too much edits to follow the usual procedure. Thank you all. Regards. Pro patria semper (talk) 14:57, 27 August 2016 (UTC).

In progress. Linedwell (talk) 17:47, 27 August 2016 (UTC)
@Nomen ad hoc:Yes check.svg Done. Linedwell (talk) 18:23, 27 August 2016 (UTC)
Again, thank you, dear Linedwell. And good continuation. NAH

Name change if I'm blocked on some other wikipedia sub-site

How can I get unblocked on that site to get my name changed ? Can admin there unblock me for the name change and block me again ? --Rudolph Davis (talk) 19:10, 28 August 2016 (UTC)

Being blocked on a Wiki doesn't technically prevent us from renaming. What stops us is that you were blocked for some reason other than an inappropriate rename and that renaming could be used as a means to evade scrutiny.—cyberpower ChatHello! 19:18, 28 August 2016 (UTC)

I'm not trying to evade anything, I barely used that wikipedia, and I will not use it again anyway, I'm blocked only there, I have no other violations... Can the admin there just unblock me for the name change and block my new name for the same old block-reason ? --Rudolph Davis (talk) 19:25, 28 August 2016 (UTC)

Like I just said, we can rename despite a block on a wiki, but we usually don't, so unblocking and reblocking changes nothing. I've poked some other renamers for their opinions.—cyberpower ChatHello! 19:28, 28 August 2016 (UTC)
Hi, Cyberpower678 is correct. If we rename a user that is blocked, it doesn't affect the fact that they're blocked at all; they'll still be blocked under their new username. We typically decline requests made by blocked users for the reasoning behind the block, and that can depend on the circumstances. —k6ka 🍁 (Talk · Contributions) 19:35, 28 August 2016 (UTC)
And in your case it's harassment, which in my perspective is a reason enough to decline. So it's not a matter of being unblocked, it's being in good standing globally. Which means you need to clear the block and convince them harassment is no longer an issue.—cyberpower ChatHello! 19:37, 28 August 2016 (UTC)
The point of the "no renaming when blocked" guideline is to avoid confusion over who is blocked and why. Is that the case here? I don't think so, and think that renaming would be just fine. Though, looking over the global contribs, I don't think that the user is in good standing across Wikimedia and would recommend against renaming for that reason. -- Ajraddatz (talk) 19:36, 28 August 2016 (UTC)
"avoid confusion over who is blocked" - Wouldn't my new name change everywhere automatically ?...
"it doesn't affect the fact that they're blocked at all; they'll still be blocked under their new username" @k6ka I know that.. As I said I'm not trying to evade being blocked - I don't care that I'm blocked, I never use that wikipedia, I already said that admins there can ban my new username, I just want a different name and that's it. And I'm certainly not gonna convince anyone to change mind for something I haven't done, in this case harassment ? How could I even harass anybody ? Response to admin messages means harassment ? --Rudolph Davis (talk) 22:50, 29 August 2016 (UTC)
"Wouldn't my new name change everywhere automatically ?..." Signatures and other non-systemic references to your old username would not be changed, thereby creating confusion. Which can be particularly bad in the case of problematic users. Note that I did not review your case, so this doesn't mean I'm labelling you problematic, I just wanted to clarify the policy's spirit. — Yerpo Eh? 14:04, 30 August 2016 (UTC)

Merging of accounts in a specific language Wiktionary

Hello, it happened so that I have three different accounts in the Swedish Wiktionary. These are local accounts and only exist in that wiktionary. I made edits using every one of them a few years ago. I also have a global account which I now use across the different wiki-projects. My intention being to get rid of those old accounts only use the global account, is it technically possible to merge those accounts in some way? --Rokas00 (talk) 20:37, 10 September 2016 (UTC)

Hey, unfortunately it's not possible to merge accounts. --Stryn (talk) 08:19, 11 September 2016 (UTC)
Well, it is indeed possible to merge local accounts; but the tool is a bit unstable and sometimes a bit unpredictable as well. —MarcoAurelio 09:51, 11 September 2016 (UTC)
In that case, if I post a merge request will someone investigate it or should I wait until the issues are fixed? --Rokas00 (talk) 15:46, 11 September 2016 (UTC)
It is possible that it won't be handled due to the tool not being stable and the probability to cause more harm than good, not to the account itself only but to the site. If you're willing to assume the risk, I'm willing to try it. I'll need however that you specify which three accounts are those to be merged, and that they both log in on sv.wiktionary and post on their talk page a confirmation that they request to be merged to the account X. Best regards, —MarcoAurelio 18:39, 11 September 2016 (UTC)

Global rename

Where should I look to have my username changed on Wikimedia Commons? As of now I've been globally renamed, except from on Commons, and unfortunately this is keeping me from accessing my account. Thanks 21:58, 29 September 2016 (UTC)

That is a bug, and I have filed a Phabricator thread for it. Sorry for the inconvenience, but global renames should rename you on all wikis. No idea what caused your request to hiccup. —k6ka 🍁 (Talk · Contributions) 10:44, 30 September 2016 (UTC)
Thank you, k6ka.Face-grin.svg 10:58, 30 September 2016 (UTC)

chaging username language

I want to change my username ഷഗിൽ കണ്ണൂർ (Malayalam) to Shagil Muzhappilangad (English) ഷഗിൽ കണ്ണൂർ (talk) 12:29, 5 October 2016 (UTC)

@ഷഗിൽ കണ്ണൂർ: Please file a request on the main page. Requests made on this talk page are likely to go unprocessed. —k6ka 🍁 (Talk · Contributions) 23:04, 5 October 2016 (UTC)

Rename username


I want to rename the username "Adrian Vonwyl Om" to "Adrian Vonwyl 1", but the username "Adrian Vonwyl Om" is blocked in the german wikipedia.

What can I do?

--Adrian Vonwyl Om (talk) 11:21, 9 October 2016 (UTC)

@Adrian Vonwyl Om: You should follow the unblock request process on the German Wikipedia, if it exists. Since I don't edit there I unfortunately can't give you any direct instructions, but generally the instructions on how to request an unblock are located on your user talk page there. —k6ka 🍁 (Talk · Contributions) 11:55, 9 October 2016 (UTC)


Explain please reason why my name can not be changed to GlobalContributions? Specific item. Please not send link to rules (I do not know English language. I am editor of the Russian Wikipedia), I need a specific reason, thank! UserContributions (talk) 15:24, 4 November 2016 (UTC)

The username should be not confused with an official wikipedia functionality or status

Long wait your answer? Please, explain why my nickname GlobalContributions rejected? At the second attempt you say reason "The username should be not confused with an official wikipedia functionality or status" but in not find word "confused". Please specify which particular paragraph?
You fast moderate nicknames but long time for answer UserContributions (talk) 16:01, 4 November 2016 (UTC)

@UserContributions: Sorry, it is unclear what exactly you're asking about. —k6ka 🍁 (Talk · Contributions) 16:13, 4 November 2016 (UTC)
Please choose something else than "UserContributions" or "GlobalContributions". They are not acceptable user names. --Stryn (talk) 16:15, 4 November 2016 (UTC)
For K6ka Sorry but it's your problems. I am editor of the Russian Wikipedia and not should be here. You understand? If i'm use nickname GlobalPermanent or GlobalPrintable you approve it, so why you rejected GlobalContributions? Word "Contributions" is not owned by Wikipedia. Understand?
For Stryn Why? Explain please UserContributions (talk) 16:20, 4 November 2016 (UTC)
How exactly is this my problem? I did not process any request filed by you, so I do not appreciate how you're pointing fingers at me. I only asked for clarification and it seems you're dishing the blame onto me. —k6ka 🍁 (Talk · Contributions) 16:24, 4 November 2016 (UTC)
Yes, its your problem. Example: you russian and you come to english school but do not know the english language. It's your problem? No. This is the problem of the teacher. So and here. If you do not understand, you should ask leading questions. But not remove your responsibility of the phrase "Sorry, it is unclear what exactly you're asking about". You understand? UserContributions (talk) 16:38, 4 November 2016 (UTC)
Your responsibility is understand me (I do not know English, I already written about it) and help me. My task follow your instructions. Thank UserContributions (talk) 16:44, 4 November 2016 (UTC)
You're away or ignore? Where I can complain about this situation? UserContributions (talk) 18:14, 4 November 2016 (UTC)
Your behavior was not very effective. We are all just volunteers trying to understand you. If you want to get unblocked on Wikimedia Commons you have to change your username as your current username is against their username policy. It's up to you what do you want to achieve by talking here. --Stryn (talk) 18:16, 4 November 2016 (UTC)
Ok, Dear Stryn I ask 4 times: why username GlobalContributions not approve? Please specify which particular paragraph from (I do not know English language, I repeat, this already 3 times) UserContributions (talk) 18:34, 4 November 2016 (UTC)
Because it refers to something integrated in the wiki system, and thus could be confusing for others whether or not you are part of the system or an individual user. Please select a different name. – Ajraddatz (talk) 18:38, 4 November 2016 (UTC)
Sorry. Please listen. It is very difficult to communicate with you Do not know the English language. But you must help me it is your duty. We are one community, I'm editor from Russian Wikipedia.
Let's look at everything in detail. In my nickname you do not like the word "Global" or word "Contributions"? If word "contributions" it turns out that Wikipedia monopoly on that word? Good. If I add 3 word to the nickname, example GlobalMassContributions thus could be confusing? If yes please explain why? Word UserContributions and GlobalMassContributions not similarity UserContributions (talk) 18:45, 4 November 2016 (UTC)
Yep, it is still confusing. You need a name without "contributions" in it. – Ajraddatz (talk) 18:48, 4 November 2016 (UTC)
You understand what I'm writing? I'm say "please explain why?", Wikipedia have monopoly on word "Contributions"? Or show where it is written in You talk as you are the owners of Wikipedia and I am as paltry user. But this is not the case. We are one community and have to communicate on an equal position. You are required to explain all right, it's your duty UserContributions (talk) 19:06, 4 November 2016 (UTC)
GlobalMassContributions and UserContributions it is confusing? Explain why? UserContributions (talk) 19:09, 4 November 2016 (UTC)
Or I should use nickname Jim and etc. "Hi all i'm Jim". Nonsense. I want have normal, serious nickname UserContributions (talk) 19:12, 4 November 2016 (UTC)
There is no "duty"; we are all volunteer users. No one here has any obligation to do anything, and to be frank if you are rude we have no obligation to continue to communicate with you. Ajraddatz has already explained to you that it is too similar to something that is part of the system, which is confusing because someone may mistake your username for an on-wiki function, and vice versa. In addition, you continue to point to the English Wikipedia guidelines when you are not blocked on the English Wikipedia. You can see the wikis where you are currently blocked on here. Each wiki enforces their own set of policies and we don't have jurisdiction over them. This wiki does not "own" Wikipedia or any other Wikimedia wiki. If you disagree with a wiki's particular policy, please take it to that wiki specifically; we are not in a position to overrule another wiki's set of policies. —k6ka 🍁 (Talk · Contributions) 19:14, 4 November 2016 (UTC)
K6ka I did not mean that! Ok. You now explained that word "Contributions" is part function of Wikipedia. And if you have the privilege or position that then you have responsibilities. You user Wikipedia, you Autopatrolled you Pending changes reviewer, you Page mover and you Global renamers, its your statuses and your duty UserContributions (talk) 20:26, 4 November 2016 (UTC)
Havng user permissions does not change the fact that I am a volunteer user. Please don't make things up. —k6ka 🍁 (Talk · Contributions) 20:33, 4 November 2016 (UTC)
This does not exclude the fact that you have responsibilities. We all are volunteers. But, if you enter group Global renamers... (If I know good English i'm explained) Short: you are a steward, so perform your duties. I now come up with a new nickname and you check it because it's your duty UserContributions (talk) 21:07, 4 November 2016 (UTC)
It is also Your duty to stick to Etiquette. So please behave and talk like a Wikipedian. masti <talk> 21:11, 4 November 2016 (UTC)
I am not a steward, so I do not know where you got that impression from. Also it is interesting to note that you accused us of talking as if we were the "owners" of Wikipedia, yet it appears that you are talking to us in that very tone, as if you were our boss. Nowhere is it written that global renamers must comply with your request, and in fact no user, regardless of the permissions they have, are ever obliged to do anything, except for maybe employees of the Wikimedia Foundation, which global renamers and stewards are not. Therefore, I suggest you change your attitude towards us. —k6ka 🍁 (Talk · Contributions) 21:52, 4 November 2016 (UTC)
Ok. You are friendly user or you proud user? I think the second variant but needs first. And I'm always wrong in your opinion, but you never wrong! What are you silent when i'm ask, it's probably my fault. Sorry if I you not like my claims UserContributions (talk) 20:37, 6 November 2016 (UTC)
Again, your attitude towards us is simply incorrect. Are you now implying that I am arrogant? Where exactly, in this entire discussion thread, did I ever act that way? All I did was ask for clarification and I'm getting this barrage of insults instead. I am finished with working with you, simply put, and will not respond to this discussion thread again. —k6ka 🍁 (Talk · Contributions) 21:09, 6 November 2016 (UTC)
Could you both please continue your personal dispute elsewhere? It does not belong to this page. @UserContributions: With regards to the issue: there are two options. First option is to keep the current user name, but stay blocked on wikis which deem this user name inappropriate. In case you don't want that, you will have to change your user name to something the individual wikis you were blocked on deem acceptable and you will be unblocked locally. There is no "central" management, which means we cannot offer any other options. Kind regards, --Vogone (talk) 22:08, 7 November 2016 (UTC)
I'm should kiss your foot? Sorry. I want change username! My request is rejected! Please help 12:29, 9 November 2016 (UTC)

Username change request


I'm requesting a username change since this one discloses personal information. Because of that, I'd like also to ask if all my previous contributions, citations and editions would be automatically assigned to the username I'd like to change to. The username I'm requesting to change to is "sharkrailway". Thank you in advance.—The preceding unsigned comment was added by MCLongo84 (talk) 10:51, 12 October 2016‎ (UTC)

Please file a request on the main page. Requests made on this talk page are likely to go unprocessed. If you don't want to explicitly note your old username for privacy reasons, you can send the requets to stewards(at)wikimedia(dot)org . All contributions will automatically be assigned to the new username, but not signatures on talk pages. To change that, you will need to make arrangements with the local community where you participate. — Yerpo Eh? 11:38, 12 October 2016 (UTC)


{{SRUC |status = don't change |domain = global |Oldname = Black Salve Helps |Newname = Info on Black Salve |reason = I am one person but wiki thinks I'm a business so I need to change my name so wiki can get off my back --Black Salve Helps (talk) 03:54, 23 November 2016 (UTC) } Black Salve Helps (talk) 03:54, 23 November 2016 (UTC)


I wonder if we could resurrect to use in this page the Template:Renameuser and Template:Renameuser2? Thanks, —MarcoAurelio 15:44, 21 December 2016 (UTC)

Considering rename

Awhile back, before the mass renaming by User:Maintenance script, I considered renaming my account to "Master of Time" but faced some problems due to global vs. local account synchronization. The account has only a single active edit to a userpage on the Russian Wikipedia dating to just under seven years ago, and that's it across the board. If I made a request here, assuming the user didn't suddenly come back protesting the request, could that account name be usurped? This is just for consideration at the current time, so I thought I would ask. Thanks. Dustin (talk) 06:51, 29 December 2016 (UTC)

@Dustin V. S.: Looking at that username, all of their edits have been deleted except for that one userspace edit, which can safely be ignored. I would say that this username is usurpable (If that is a word). —k6ka 🍁 (Talk · Contributions) 14:10, 29 December 2016 (UTC)

Rename with too many editions

Hi all, "I"'m a bot account operated by Discasto. As I'm no longer affiliated with WM-ES (Wikimedia Spain), I'd like to become DisBot. I've been denied the request as I've got more than 5,000 editions. Can anything be done? Thanks --WikiLovesESBot (talk) 11:27, 12 January 2017 (UTC) PS: from now on I'll post here as Discasto

Filed phab:T155185. —MarcoAurelio 19:05, 12 January 2017 (UTC)
@MarcoAurelio: Thanks. Do you know how long could it take? Best regards --Discasto (talk) 07:53, 13 January 2017 (UTC)
@Discasto: Unfortunately not. There are also other pending requests for big renames as well. Since I added you to that task, you can monitor its progress. Sorry & regards, —MarcoAurelio 09:25, 13 January 2017 (UTC)
@MarcoAurelio: Gracias :-) --Discasto (talk) 10:05, 13 January 2017 (UTC)

Rejected rename request reconsideration request

Request: AbhijitSonavane > AbhijitWEB

I am requesting to change username to get safety. keep me blocked but change my username as it is my real name. It can cause problems for me. please reconsider. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) 10:42, 17 January 2017‎ (UTC)

I never been a suck-puppet on wikipedia, it's very weird, and the currently name is leaking my individual privacy.MadoMagi0 (talk) —Preceding undated comment added 11:44, 19 February 2017‎ (UTC).

Request denied

I requested to change my username to "Mnic", but it was denied as it is too similar to the user "MNIC". Upon searching, I cannot find this user. Help? ManicOfMinecraft (talk)

See Special:CentralAuth/MNIC - it does exist and was recently created. Savhñ 21:57, 19 February 2017 (UTC)

"MilkGams" to "MilkGames"

Reason: "An account must be personal and not promotional. You can not use a brand name, an organisation name or a group name as nickname. Please pick another name.".

This is NOT at all, a brand name. This is just a nickname I came up with years ago. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by MilkGames (talk) 18:02, 10 March 2017‎ (UTC)

@Savh and K6ka: saw the history of user page and his talk page in necessarily (here), I think there is a mistake! --Alaa :)..! 17:57, 12 March 2017 (UTC)
It seems the account was first renamed per request of the original MilkGames user, and that two days later the MilkGams account requested renaming to MilkGames, which (due to the existing leftover redirects) might have caused a slight mess.
What the user is referring to, however, is that his first request through the queue, d.d. 10 March, was rejected for being a promotional user. His second one was however approved, so with regard to that point the issue has been taken care of. It might however be useful to clean up these redirects & possible unmoved pages. Savhñ 18:32, 12 March 2017 (UTC)

Rename "A.M.Z.A" to "Tcbtvyvgcb"

Hi, Commons account blocked, because i did not know at first to work with Wikipedia.Now I am asking for the username inaudible change my name.If there's a problem I've regardless of the question that.(Unfortunately I am not very Language in English.)Anyway i thank you that you follow.With respect. A.M.Z.A Talk 17:14, 12 March 2017 (UTC)

Hello @A.M.Z.A: no problem with (Tcbtvyvgcb) name, please apply a request in this page.--Alaa :)..! 17:53, 12 March 2017 (UTC)
@علاء: Please see this and this. I've reached out to the mailing list on this issue. Savhñ 18:34, 12 March 2017 (UTC)
@Savh: thanks--Alaa :)..! 18:43, 12 March 2017 (UTC)
@علاء: What should I do now? A.M.Z.A Talk 19:56, 12 March 2017 (UTC)
@A.M.Z.A: Are you sure you want to be renamed to Tcbtvyvgcb? It could be seen as confusing on certain projects. Savhñ 10:39, 13 March 2017 (UTC)
@Savh: No, I wouldn't my username rename to "Tcbtvyvgcb".Thanks. A.M.Z.A Talk 22:19, 18 March 2017 (UTC)
@A.M.Z.A: Should you wish to be renamed, please file a request on SRUC; Please consider your choice well because we try to limit the renaming of accounts. Savhñ 20:02, 19 March 2017 (UTC)
Ok.thanks.with respect. A.M.Z.A (talk) 22:11, 19 March 2017 (UTC)

Quickly username change

Hello, If a new account opened with violation name (Offensive and foul words) can I change it quickly to random one? and if contain a name of other user with foul words can I Change it quickly too? I've an example but I don't wanna mention it here because it contain one of administrator name + very foul words. Thanks--Alaa :)..! 11:07, 24 March 2017 (UTC)

@Savh, K6ka, Céréales Killer, Masti, Litlok, and DoRD: --Alaa :)..! 12:10, 24 March 2017 (UTC)
Generally speaking, accounts like that should not be renamed, in my opinion, because they might be a long-term abusive user. Even if they're not a LTA, if someone creates an account to intentionally insult or abuse some other user, there is little chance that they are a good faith user. —DoRD talk 12:17, 24 March 2017 (UTC)
@DoRD: we block accounts like this iden. in, but the name of the user still improper, for example -sorry to use words like this-, today one create a new account and named it in Arabic which mean in English (f**k باسم) and another mean (Arabic Wikipedian suck my d***), so after we block him the name still improper to exist! sorry again for used those words! --Alaa :)..! 12:37, 24 March 2017 (UTC)
@علاء: Those accounts should be blocked, but renames should not be performed unless the user specifically asks for it. If the username is really that bad, an administrator or steward can hide the log entries. —k6ka 🍁 (Talk · Contributions) 12:41, 24 March 2017 (UTC)
@K6ka: of course we hide the log entries! but the bad words still appear in the user page (user name page + user talk page)! --Alaa :)..! 12:45, 24 March 2017 (UTC)
A steward can globally hide the account so that the name doesn't appear anywhere. I usually make requests like that in #wikimedia-stewardsconnect by looking for an active steward and then sending the request privately. —DoRD talk 12:49, 24 March 2017 (UTC)

request for changing "Sanjay puri architects" to "Ar.Sanjay Puri"

request for changing "Sanjay puri architects" to "Ar.Sanjay Puri" —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Sanjay puri architects (talk)

@Sanjay puri architects: please but a request here or send a massage from here. --Alaa :)..! 14:36, 6 April 2017 (UTC)

Username Issue

Hi, I created my account with username : Heycare, but i received a mail regarding promotional username (refer this link : So when i tried to change my username with "Saurabh Gupta", it was not submitting and i got an username option i.e. Heycare117 etc.

So i want to update my username Heycare by Saurabh Gupta.

Looking forward to hear from you!

Thanks! Saurabh Gupta —The preceding unsigned comment was added by HeyCare (talk)

@HeyCare: Hello, the new username that you have chose is already exist (see here) ! but it's eligible to usurp! so if you wanna to use this name please put a request here and you'll wait 1 month before change! Or you can chose another name that isn't exist (you can use this tool to found a name that is not exist). --Alaa :)..! 14:33, 6 April 2017 (UTC)

New username on page history

Can you tell me why some page history still shows my old username? Is it going to be changed later? I noticed that the page history of any wiki pages I've participated in editing show my new username if I log in.

If I don't log in and browse page history, I see my old username on some pages.

Thank you for your help. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Creamymagic25 (talk) 22:09, 10 April 2017‎ (UTC)

Hi Creamymagic25.
Have you tried clearing your browser's cache? —k6ka 🍁 (Talk · Contributions) 22:31, 10 April 2017 (UTC)

Global rename for Foo

I want my username to be renamed as i have been blocked infinitely citing "clearly not here to contribute to wikipedia" and also i want my username be changed to "NICKY_SWIFT1995" since my original one roughly or partially coincides with my Actual Name...
Not ending before 4 May 2017 07:48 UTC Gaju77777777 (talk) 07:48, 20 April 2017 (UTC)
You are blocked in definitely! so you are not able to change your name! --Alaa :)..! 11:42, 21 April 2017 (UTC)

Clerking bot

I wonder if it'd be hard to have a bot as enwiki has so it can signal all issues he finds on rename/usurp requests. Regards, —MarcoAurelio 11:14, 27 April 2017 (UTC)

@MarcoAurelio: If we can have a one, it'll be fantastic! --Alaa :)..! 11:34, 27 April 2017 (UTC)
Unfortunately I don't have one. If the users of this page think it'd be a good idea maybe we could convince the enwiki operator to run it here as well if he's interested and it's possible. —MarcoAurelio 14:21, 1 May 2017 (UTC)
@Cyberpower678: --Alaa :)..! 14:30, 1 May 2017 (UTC)

A bot would certainly be nice, but the bot on enwiki occasionally makes mistakes. For me, at least, a bot still isn't a replacement for manually checking to see if the request is valid myself. —k6ka 🍁 (Talk · Contributions) 14:33, 1 May 2017 (UTC)

I could certainly look into it. It would be a good opportunity to rewrite the one on enwiki.—cyberpower ChatHello! 14:36, 1 May 2017 (UTC)
Cyberpower678, that'd be great :) Thanks. —MarcoAurelio 13:59, 28 May 2017 (UTC)

request to chanege my username

HI. I have request to change my username, form manager.farsheedpress to sh1986 because admins on farsi wikipedia tell me : you must change username.

this is her/his message:

متوجه شدم که نام کاربری شما، «Manager.farsheedpress»، سیاست نام کاربری ویکی‌پدیا را برآورده نمی‌سازد و با آن ناسازگار است . اگر فکر می‌کنید که نام کاربری شما سیاست‌های ما را نقض نمی‌کند، لطفاً پیغامی در اینجا گذاشته و دلیل خود را بنویسید.

now, i want to change my username. i can not publish any article with this username.

please change my username soon.

thanks. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Manager.farsheedpress (talk)

@Manager.farsheedpress: hi.. I've added your request to the appropriate place: here. --Atcovi (Talk - Contribs) 14:25, 4 December 2017 (UTC)

Cross-wide except on one language versiion?

Is it possible to change username on all accounts except that of a language version where a user is blocked? Thanks! Chicbyaccident (talk) 00:03, 5 December 2017 (UTC)

@Chicbyaccident: No, users must sort out their blocks before being renamed as all accounts are global. Also see: Global rename policy. Nihlus 00:19, 5 December 2017 (UTC)
Thank you for your answer. This issue is indicated here. However, it seems none is able to help me with this. So unclear how to find a solution. Chicbyaccident (talk) 00:21, 5 December 2017 (UTC)

SRUC2 avalaible

I've created {{SRUC2}} for simpler use. The user just needs to put the requested username and the reason, and subst will do everthing else. You can see an example here. If you're happy with it, I suggest we modify the heading for simple rename requests to make users use that template instead. —MarcoAurelio (talk) 18:17, 22 February 2018 (UTC)

Looks good to me. Though, I would use named parameters rather than 1 and 2 just to avoid any confusion. Nihlus 18:35, 22 February 2018 (UTC)
That can be fixed anytime if the template is going to be used. Thanks for your input. —MarcoAurelio (talk) 18:48, 22 February 2018 (UTC)

I think we should move forward with this. @MarcoAurelio: Is this all that needs to be used in the instructions?

{{subst:SRUC2 | NEWUSERNAME | REASON --~~~~ }}

We might want to build the signature into the template to avoid users overwriting the signature, although that might cause double signatures. I'd also consider adding a usurp parameter so that we can avoid the usurp user link in the simple requests. So for the technical requests, it could be this:

{{subst:SRUC2 | NEWUSERNAME | REASON --~~~~ | usurp = y }}

...or some other variant, which will then add the usurp user link to the end result via the main SRUC template:

|status = <!--don't change this line-->
|domain = global
|Oldname =
|Newname =
|usurp = yes
|reason = (your remarks here)

How does that sound? Nihlus 09:41, 12 March 2018 (UTC)

Change a username

Scenario: [If I change my username X into Y, and register after the change again the username X, to redirect to my new name Y.] When I'm regret of this username change. Is is then possible to change my current username Y again (for example 1 year later) into the previous one, X ? Livenws (talk) 00:44, 12 March 2018 (UTC)

@LIVE NIEUWS: Yes. You will want to wait for a minimum of six months in-between renames if you eventually change your mind, and you are generally afford two total renames for the life of your account (although there are exceptions). Nihlus 09:13, 12 March 2018 (UTC)
Ok, thanks! Livenws (talk) 10:33, 12 March 2018 (UTC)

Old overwrites were missed

Whilst looking for something else, I noticed this edit overwrote an earlier request, and then both of those requests were expunged in this edit a few days later, and neither appear in the archives so they were never recovered. HTH. Quiddity (talk) 18:50, 20 March 2018 (UTC)

Global rename

Hi Stewards,

I want my account renamed but I received an email saying "The request to rename "Wikicology" to "QTC" could not be completed."

The reason provided was: "Account blocked. Qtc is in use. Please solve the issue before ask a renaming (with a free name).".

Which issue do you want me resolved? I want to get my account renamed. What's the issue? Afteral you are going to link my old and new account name. Pinging MF-Warburg, NahidSultan, Green Giant and Defender. Regards. Wikicology (talk) 16:31, 21 April 2018 (UTC)

  • Comment Comment I am sad that I have been completely ignored. It is very unfair. This is not the sort of behavior I expect to see in people we elected to serve the community. All the best. Wikicology (talk) 19:50, 22 April 2018 (UTC)
    • Your ping did not work (I guess it doesn't work in the talk namespace?). Anyway, the issue is that the username "Qtc" already exists and is too similar to your chosen name. --MF-W 20:23, 22 April 2018 (UTC)
How about JTF, XTC ,GTC, FTC, KQT, STC, FTC, DTC, WTC, CTC, JTC, HTC, OTC? I'm OK with any of these three letter words. Thank you. Wikicology (talk) 21:30, 22 April 2018 (UTC)
You can check for yourself at Special:CentralAuth which of those names is free and then request the rename. --MF-W 23:10, 22 April 2018 (UTC)
T Cells is free and I'm OK with that. Wikicology (talk) 00:21, 23 April 2018 (UTC)
I have applied at Steward requests/Username changes#Wikicology. Thank you in advance. Wikicology (talk) 00:31, 23 April 2018 (UTC)
Ping in talk namespace should work. But in order to receive a ping, sender must put ping in a new line. Not like this. If you put ping in existing line, it is just ignored. — regards, Revi 06:04, 23 April 2018 (UTC)
@-revi: Thank you. I have chosen "T Cells" and I have applied at Steward requests/Username changes#Wikicology

I need a steward to rename my account name now. Regards. Wikicology (talk) 09:06, 23 April 2018 (UTC)

Christliches Lebenszentrum der Ukraine

Christliches Lebenszentrum der Ukraine (talk) 14:46, 30 April 2018 (UTC)

Problem with a rename

There was a request at queue 1 and the target account was previous username of another user but they have changed it 2. So in new username change some of the old userpages didn't transferred to new name, because there was redirect already. ‐‐1997kB (talk) 04:11, 19 May 2018 (UTC)

ping @-revi, علاء, Rxy, and Pathoschild: ‐‐1997kB (talk) 04:11, 19 May 2018 (UTC)
User pages of requester here and target here. Content of some userpage are moved by user after rename 3. ‐‐1997kB (talk) 04:12, 19 May 2018 (UTC)
@ఇలియానా: Please do not edit any of your userpages untill this is fixed. ‐‐1997kB (talk) 04:15, 19 May 2018 (UTC)
@Pathoschild: I have requested for deletion of userpages and talk here. ‐‐1997kB (talk) 06:01, 19 May 2018 (UTC)

@1997kB: sorry I reverted your request on Synchbot page. user:ఇలియానా is a confirmed sock for user:INNAjm, and I opened a request on commons, also there's maybe confirmed relation with user:كيدآس. So, user:ఇలియానా asked to be renamed to user:كيدآس, then opened a new account under user:Priyankani and asked to be renamed to user:ఇలియానా. Best --Alaa :)..! 14:10, 19 May 2018 (UTC)

No worries, you solved all the problems in one shot. :D Thanks. ‐‐1997kB (talk) 14:18, 19 May 2018 (UTC)
@علاء: Hey, Looks like they have another account, see this and this. I tried your talk on, but it is protected. ‐‐1997kB (talk) 17:02, 19 May 2018 (UTC)
@1997kB: Thanks. Confirmed sock, so blocked and reported in commons. If you notice any suspected accounts also, send in my talk page here on meta. Thanks a lot again --Alaa :)..! 17:44, 19 May 2018 (UTC)

Why give the choice to anonymise username when non-subjective phrasings not allowed?

May I know what's wrong with the term "Euthanized" being in there with an unclaimed pseudonym as a replacement-identity? How is "Euthanized" in the context is an WP:ATTACKNAME (my presumption of the rationality)? —Mohd.maaz864 (talk) 22:30, 15 May 2018 (UTC)

(Typo fixed at 02:14, 26 May 2018 (UTC))


to hazik88 --Tribuneman2018 (talk) 23:13, 22 May 2018 (UTC)

@Tribuneman2018: why not to apply a request on Steward requests/Username changes? --Alaa :)..! 09:21, 23 May 2018 (UTC)

chaneg name 2st time in 6 manth

I have changed my name in the last 6 manth, but it whas just to correct the capitals from yechiel WORENKLEIN to Yechiel Worenklein and now i wont to change my name for personal reasons to Echad Ha'am. thank you very mach Yechiel Worenklein (talk) [משתמש:Yechiel_Worenklein] 09:34, 19 June 2018 (UTC)

German embassy

The German Embassy in Rome has a confirmed account in the German Wikipedia (see our user page in German Wikipedia) but the Italian Wikipedia does not accept our username and tells us to change it. We ask to keep our username AmbasciataGermaniaRoma and get a confirmation message also on our Italian user page. --AmbasciataGermaniaRoma (talk) 06:59, 22 June 2018 (UTC)

Name change.

Qwerty0000000000000 (talk) 15:05, 28 June 2018 (UTC)

@Qwerty0000000000000: Please file your request over here, not on this talk page. —k6ka 🍁 (Talk · Contributions) 15:55, 28 June 2018 (UTC)

Username Change

I like to change my name to Matthew Cipolla, but I don’t know how. Please give me step-by-step instructions. Step-by-step instructions. By the way, i want to edit one sentence that has improper grammar, but am I allowed to even do that? MatthewCipolla1 (talk) 22:39, 20 July 2018 (UTC)

@MatthewCipolla1: Go to the main page at Steward requests/Username changes#Simple rename requests section and click on the Special:GlobalRenameRequest. SA 13 Bro (talk) 23:18, 20 July 2018 (UTC)

rename or usurp?

I have had a Wikipedia account as of 2004. I created a new global account using my preferred new user name, and just found out about renames and usurpation. The old account name may trace back to other sites that I am no longer affiliated with. I would like to either rename the legacy account (which has a few contributions, no open issues) or usurp it's history, edits and contributions into the new global account. What is my best course of action? The new account has no edits or contributions. Could it be deleted, and then the old account could be renamed to the new preferred user name? Please advise, and thanks! —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Phildelta9 (talk)

@Phildelta9: Hello Phil, First of all accounts can't be deleted, but can be renamed and if you have access to both the accounts and can confirm, there's no problem with usurping the old one to new one or there's also no problem with normal rename if there's not any other issues. Feel free to ask if you have any further questions. ‐‐1997kB (talk) 20:45, 13 October 2018 (UTC)

please rename

Hello I got a rejection for rename

"The request to rename to "Random8760390" could not be completed. The reason provided was: "The renaming is not allowed as long as your account is blocked.".

I found wikipedia to be be toxic and abusive to me, I no longer wish to associate my real name with wikipedia. I am not going to request my account to be unblocked or edit wikipedia again. Please do the needful.

Krishna Pagadala (talk) 22:05, 13 October 2018 (UTC)


I got my username changed twice, the first in 2016, and then in August 2018. How often can someone have their username changed? --Walk Like an Egyptian (talk) 08:17, 18 October 2018 (UTC)

@Walk Like an Egyptian: There's no policy about it, but I personally advise gap of 6 months between two renames, unless it's needed badly. ‐‐1997kB (talk) 08:38, 18 October 2018 (UTC)

Missing technical requirement to change my username (blocked account at en.wikipedia)

Yesterday I sent a simple username change at Now as well I just posted at since I rethought the new username, and right after I checked my email and got the following, which leads me to writing here about the missing technical requirement.

The request to rename "SuperSucker" to "Superunusual2015" could not be completed. The reason provided was: "Account blocked on en wiki. Please solve the issue before ask a new request.".

I'm not trying to conceal my bad conduct obviously I'm not looking to. I just need a "less communicative and funny" username because it is visibly linked to my uploads on sensible topic ('suicide prevention' and such). SuperSucker (talk) 16:56, 14 November 2018 (UTC)

@SuperSucker: I can understand, but you need to ask enwiki community that they allow this rename or not. Since you are blocked you can post this on your enwiki talk page and use admin help template. Regards, ‐‐1997kB (talk) 17:06, 14 November 2018 (UTC)
@1997kB: No other way? SuperSucker (talk) 17:16, 14 November 2018 (UTC)
@SuperSucker: Sorry but there's no other way. All I can do is post this on enwiki AN if you want. ‐‐1997kB (talk) 17:21, 14 November 2018 (UTC)
@1997kB: That is nice of you as I'm very unsure about how to approach it after permanent ban. SuperSucker (talk) 17:24, 14 November 2018 (UTC)
@1997kB: Indeed my unblock request was just declined. Well, while I'm at it, may I suggest this renaming anyway since my present username remains somewhat objectively inappropriate against the nature of the given topic (sensible, sensitive, delicate.. difficult to choose the right adjective) I mostly upload files about ('suicide prevention' and such)? Afterall, this is my stated reason for the username change. I guess it's ok the way it is. And thanks, for your collaboration. SuperSucker (talk) 19:36, 14 November 2018 (UTC) Later added: I could've simply modified the signature in my account Preferences. I just did so and basically solved the problem of having such an "inappropriate" username to upload files on suicide with. SuperSucker (talk) 11:51, 9 December 2018 (UTC)

Ordre du temple Monaco

Is good this name? Ordredutemplemonaco (talk) 10:09, 23 January 2019 (UTC)


Buongiorno, scusi il disturbo, sono un neofita e sto cercando di creare una pagina e sarei lieto di avere il suo aiuto se possibile. Se potesse suggerirmi un nome da poter usare le sarei grato. Grazie e buona giornata Domizio Ordredutemplemonaco (talk) 10:22, 23 January 2019 (UTC)

Richiesta cambio nome utente

Mi è stata negata la possibilità di cambiare il mio nome utente da ISamū a Sāmu in quanto troppo simile al già esistente Samu. Ritengo che anche il mio attuale nome utente comunque ci assomigli, e non c’è in ogni caso modo di confonderlo con quello che ho richiesto. Chiedo dunque gentilmente che la mia richiesta sia portata a termine. ISamū (talk) 20:52, 28 January 2019 (UTC)


My request for username change is rejected. Please rename my username back to Binod Basnet. Ruyaba (talk) 10:18, 30 January 2019 (UTC)

You have been renamed three times already. If your request has been rejected, do not continue to request for it. —k6ka 🍁 (Talk · Contributions) 11:16, 30 January 2019 (UTC)

rejected request

I'm victim of stalking and doxxing and I've already requested the block of the account to administrators. I don't want that my prename figure in the account name--SteveR2 (talk) 16:42, 30 January 2019 (UTC)


plz rename from "Abhi Kanasina Kavana Abhi" To "Abhi Kanasina Kavana"

Abhi Kanasina Kavana Abhi, You will need to log in and make your request using Special:GlobalRenameRequest. —DoRD talk 13:36, 31 January 2019 (UTC)

Username rename request

I have been denied the possibility of changing my username from ISamū to Sāmu because it is too similar to the existing Samu. I think that even my current user name still resembles it, and in any case there is no way to confuse it with what I have requested. I therefore kindly ask if possible that my request is completed. ISamū (talk) 10:57, 3 February 2019 (UTC)

Notification requirement

Could someone please clarify whether notifying the target account is something that should be done by the user requesting the rename, or by the steward who handles the request? --Ori Livneh (talk) 16:25, 7 February 2019 (UTC)

@Ori Livneh: It's done by clerk, renamers or steward handing the request. Btw I already notified them and put the request on hold. ‐‐1997kB (talk) 16:32, 7 February 2019 (UTC)
Many thanks! --Ori Livneh (talk) 18:22, 7 February 2019 (UTC)

Change name

Can you change my name from Natasha1444 to Frillish? Thanks! Natasha1444 (talk) 22:45, 15 February 2019 (UTC)

Natasha1444, this talk page is not the correct place to request a username change. Please file requests on this page. —k6ka 🍁 (Talk · Contributions) 14:26, 16 February 2019 (UTC)

Please help

My account rename request was rejected, and it said "To discuss your rename request, you can post on this page: (link to this page)". Well, I did, but it was reverted. Not very helpful at all. Retardednamingpolicy (talk) 12:39, 22 February 2019 (UTC)

Your requested name is not appropriate. Additionally, your are currently blocked on enwiki for personal attacks in addition to your username. You will need to figure out your block there before you can be renamed. Nihlus 12:52, 22 February 2019 (UTC)
Thank you for the reply. Getting my name changed is part of "figuring out my block", so demanding I get that sorted first would be a catch-22. In what way is the name not appropriate? None of the types listed here seem to apply, so suggesting another name would be like throwing darts while blind. Retardednamingpolicy (talk) 13:26, 22 February 2019 (UTC)
You can request a name change in your unblock request at enwiki, that way you can address both issues at once. Nonetheless, the username you requested could be considered disruptive. Nihlus 13:31, 22 February 2019 (UTC)
I do never thought you could get blocked for "personal attacks", that is somewhat of a personal attack when considering "Disgusts me" as a implied statement, it is imprecise and a type of flame warring which is treated seriously. Unlike you, you will get unblocked if you request a much nicer username which obviously complies with policy, such as "Daviupondameat", "Good user of the present", etc. sounds ridiculous to not use the current mentioned name "Fatty ...", it may be disruptive to use it. 13:53, 22 February 2019 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done, you are renamed to HonestManBad, by Boing! said Zebedee upon request on enwiki. Subsequently, unblocked after renaming process, it is that easy. Face-smile.svg 14:55, 22 February 2019 (UTC)

OfficerAPC -> HopkinsTheMovie

A few days ago, I requested to rename my account from OfficerAPC to HopkinsTheMovie, but the request was denied because the desired name was considered promotional in nature. There is no such film as Hopkins The Movie; it was a fictional movie I have imagined for two years now and I can no longer use my current username as I was exiled from an online police force two months ago. OfficerAPC (talk) 20:20, 3 March 2019 (UTC)

It's still not permitted. You will need to a choose a different name. Nihlus 20:22, 3 March 2019 (UTC)
In that case, I choose HTM Productions. OfficerAPC (talk) 02:19, 4 March 2019 (UTC)
That username is also inappropriate. You mustn't choose a promotional/empresarial username or a similar name to movies, TV series, etc. --Stïnger (会話) 02:21, 4 March 2019 (UTC).
How about 9March2019? OfficerAPC (talk) 02:25, 4 March 2019 (UTC)
Have been renamed to 9March2019 upon request here. ‐‐1997kB (talk) 10:40, 13 March 2019 (UTC)

Rename request denied

I requested to have my username changed to Mathematicals, but it was denied because I'm blocked on the English wiki. I wanna get the username before someone else claims it --Dreamlover8 (talk) 01:54, 24 March 2019 (UTC)

  • Now Simple English Wikipedia also indef you for sockpupptery. I will advise 6 months without that and ask for an unblock. Till then changing username is very difficult.--Cohaf (talk) 14:47, 24 March 2019 (UTC)

Global User Account Merges

  • Is is possible to try again to fix it? I think it could be useful (at least in my case). I have 2 global users accounts and wish to merge them somehow under one name. Igor Filippov (talk) 10:52, 29 March 2019 (UTC)
@Igor Filippov: Unfortunately it's not going to be fixed anytime soon, but if you provide both of your account name, we can see any alternatives work for you. ‐‐1997kB (talk) 15:49, 29 March 2019 (UTC)
I have 2 accounts - Igor Filippov and Игорь Филиппов. The main one is Игорь Филиппов, but I would like to rename it as Igor Filippov (as more international) while keeping all contributions from both accounts. Best regards, Igor Filippov (talk) 19:58, 2 April 2019 (UTC)
Hi Igor Filippov, if you want the Игорь Филиппов account renamed to "Igor Filippov", then the Igor Filippov account will have to be renamed to something else, and it is not possible to have one single account showing contributions from both accounts. The contributions from your current Igor Filippov account will be preserved, just under a different username. You can add a note on your user page stating other account(s) you own, so people can check the contributions from those accounts. -★- PlyrStar93 Message me. 20:03, 2 April 2019 (UTC)
But is is possible to merge both accounts? You suggest to keep both accounts, but just to rename them. Igor Filippov (talk) 03:09, 3 April 2019 (UTC)
@Igor Filippov: It is not possible to merge two accounts into one, unfortunately. -★- PlyrStar93 Message me. 04:27, 3 April 2019 (UTC)
Yes, I read about it on the main page. I am just trying to understand if some plan for such future upgrade exists. I believe such fix is possible but it's hard to realize. Igor Filippov (talk) 11:03, 3 April 2019 (UTC)
It will not become an option. The key developer decided that it could not be solved and nobody is working on it now, or likely to in the future. QuiteUnusual (talk) 16:18, 3 April 2019 (UTC)

Richiesta cambio nome utente

Richiesta cambio nome in AKKA260 Accademia de I MUSICI (talk) 07:10, 16 April 2019 (UTC)

  • @Accademia de I MUSICI: Click <Preferences> at the top of the page and set an email address because you will be updated by email if your request is accepted or denied.
  • Fill the form at Special:GlobalRenameRequest.
  • Your request must comply with the Global rename policy.
  • Please also read the username policy of the project or projects you want to edit. You can see a list of links to such policies at d:Q4664077.

--Green Giant (talk) 09:42, 16 April 2019 (UTC)

No emoji in usernames

I'm curious to why my request got rejected. I requested my username to be changed to an emoji, but it was rejected. The user ^demon was renamed to 😂. –apap04 talk | contributions 03:26, 13 May 2019 (UTC)

@Apap04: That name change is prior to November 2017 after which name changes to emojis were disallowed. ‐‐1997kB (talk) 15:53, 5 June 2019 (UTC)


投稿ブロックされているアカウントなのだが、アカウントに個人情報が含まれているため、アカウント名を変更してほしい Yuta suzuki 20020228 (talk) 15:32, 5 June 2019 (UTC)

残念ですがブロックされているアカウントに対する利用者名の変更は、よほど強い理由がない限り受理いたしかねます。--rxy (talk) 15:43, 5 June 2019 (UTC)

個人情報の削除は強い理由にならないのでしょうか。アカウントはこれ以降使わないのですが、個人情報が自身に支障が出ると思うので、アカウント名の変更よろしくお願いいたします Yuta suzuki 20020228 (talk) 17:37, 5 June 2019 (UTC)

Request rejected

I don't understand why my request was rejected. I am not trying to avoid sanctions (which have already been applied and expired anyway), I am trying to remove my association with this website. Wicka wicka (talk) 21:36, 11 June 2019 (UTC)

@Wicka wicka: What request?   — Jeff G. ツ please ping or talk to me 03:44, 20 June 2019 (UTC)
@Jeff G.: Wicka wicka is probably referring to Special:GlobalRenameQueue/request/53477. I was unsure how to proceed when active sanctions were in place, but I i think it can now be regarded as a normal right to vanish request. It will have to wait, though, because of current technical issues. — Yerpo Eh? 07:48, 20 June 2019 (UTC)
@Yerpo: Not being a Global renamer yet, I don't have access to that page.   — Jeff G. ツ please ping or talk to me 12:36, 20 June 2019 (UTC)
@Yerpo: Thanks! No worries on any technical issues, there is no rush whatsoever. Wicka wicka (talk) 12:52, 20 June 2019 (UTC)


Hello, my request to have my name changed to Flügel-Flitzer (with privacy reasons) was rejected because apparently there is a user on the German Wikipedia with te name Flügelflitzer. I read on the Dutch wikipedia that you can ask to take over a username when said user is inactive. The account with the name Flügelflitzer was started in 2013, but this person does not have a single edit to a Wikipedia. Is it possible for me to still take the name Flügel-Flitzer? Thanks in advance for your time. TimGiesbers (talk) 22:31, 9 July 2019 (UTC)

@TimGiesbers: IMO such requests can be accepted, I'll be happy to process it, if you make another request. ‐‐1997kB (talk) 11:47, 10 July 2019 (UTC)


Hello, yesterday I got the message that my account rename request was rejected due to a block on the Dutch Wikipedia. In the mail is stated that I have to solve this block first before my username can be changed. My account was blocked due to sock puppetry, which means that I have more accounts. This isn't my main account and that is why it is blocked and will stay blocked. I just want to change my account name since I don't want to be found with my real name on Wikipedia. I hope you can help me with this. Kind regards, Jelle van den corput (talk) 13:47, 29 July 2019 (UTC)

@Jelle van den corput and Nemo152: What is your main account?   — Jeff G. ツ please ping or talk to me 13:56, 29 July 2019 (UTC)
Tim vermeer Jelle van den corput (talk) 11:55, 2 August 2019 (UTC)
@Nemo152: Thank you. I've consulted with a nlwiki admin, and they don't have any objection with renaming. Hence, the block is not a blocker for a rename, and I've renamed you to Nemo152. --Martin Urbanec (talk) 16:11, 2 August 2019 (UTC)

Enzino > Arorae

Hello, today I got the message that my account rename request was rejected due to a block on the French Wikipedia. In the mail is stated that I have to solve this block first before my username can be changed. This account was above all blocked due to sock puppetry: that is why it is blocked and will stay blocked. I just want to change my account name since I don't want no more to be found with my real first name on Wikipedia. I hope you can help me with this.

Of course, I will stay blocked in French WP nevertheless my User name changed or not…

Kind regards,

« The request to rename "Enzino" to "Arorae" could not be completed. The reason provided was: "You are currently blocked on fr.wikipedia. Why should we process with the rename?".»

Yours, -Enzino (talk) 12:00, 15 August 2019 (UTC)

@Arorae: Yes check.svg Done I consulted Trizek as a admin. He says the block shouldn't be a blocker for renaming, and since there's no other reason to decline the rename, I've renamed your account. --Martin Urbanec (talk) 12:35, 15 August 2019 (UTC)
Of course, this username change has been documented on fr.wp. Trizek from FR 12:37, 15 August 2019 (UTC)