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I tried to change my Meta Stack Overflow username today, and it said I have to wait 30 days between changing names:

Display name may only be changed once every 30 days; you may change again on Apr 7 at 1:19

I have never changed my username, obviously - what's going on?


Oh yeah, and I tried to change it to "minitech η". This is my new username for reference even if I can't currently change it.

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Strange. I'm seeing a profile sync on March 8, which apparently counts as a display name change. Mar 8 edit displayname from minitech to minitech; via profile sync – Bill the Lizard Mar 25 '12 at 2:53
    
@BilltheLizard: I thought that might be it - just a description update, but it was the first time I tried "Copy to all Stack Exchange accounts". Oh well :( – Ryan O'Hara Mar 25 '12 at 3:06
    
+1 I've seen this before after erroneously applying my profile updates without updating my username. – M.Babcock Mar 25 '12 at 3:16
    
@BilltheLizard Profile syncs don't count as name changes, unless this has changed recently. And profile syncs from minitech to minitech? – Gilles Mar 25 '12 at 13:36
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Starting in the next build, pushing profiles between sites will only count as a name change (for name change throttling purposes) if a user's display name actually changes.

It will also go through and remove the (most recent) bogus history records preventing name changes that were caused by this bug.

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