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There's a new numerical field in user profiles called "past names" which when clicked will display a dialog listing previous usernames and when they were last used. (I can only see this on my own profile, but I assume others have it on their profile pages as well.)

Who can see other users' past names? Is it only moderators?

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These are your past lives. – bobobobo Jan 1 '12 at 22:59
Does one get option to delete his/her past names if he/she wishes to do so? – Gaurav Agarwal Jun 3 '12 at 21:27

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Who can see other users' past names? Is it only moderators?

I don't see this on your profile on SO or MSO where I'm a regular user, but I can see it for a different user on Gardening & Landscaping, where I'm a moderator. So your guess is correct: only moderators & devs can view this info.

Here's a screenshot, thanks to Jeremy Banks:

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+1 I can see your past names on meta and SO, but not anywhere else. – NullUserException อ_อ Dec 22 '11 at 0:13
True; check for yourself on profiles of users on the list of well-known name changes. – Arjan Dec 22 '11 at 0:16
Care to give a screenshot? I'm curious. – Jeremy Banks Dec 22 '11 at 1:14
@JeremyBanks Just change your name and see it for yourself :) It appears the same way to mods. – Lorem Ipsum Dec 22 '11 at 1:18
@yoda Oh, I didn't realize. Neat-o, I've been waiting for something like this to be implemented. edit: screenshot for the curious – Jeremy Banks Dec 22 '11 at 1:21
@JeremyBanks Thanks for the screenshot; I've included it in the answer :) – Lorem Ipsum Dec 22 '11 at 1:38
As an aside: the list will be limited to 90 days. – Arjan Dec 23 '11 at 13:17

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