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I am an active member on Stack OverFlow. I would like to change my existing user name to something else. But, I have a problem. On some sites, they don't allow members to change the user name saying it will make the fellow members angry. Is that true for Stack Overflow? I respect all the people who helped me in my questions.

  • Will changing my user name make them disappointed/angry?
  • Have you ever changed your user name? If so, what was the result?

I have accidently changed my profile name, because I needed to try to see how it works. I kindly request a moderator to change my user name back to the previous one.

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Active Member ? you have created your profile 11 days ago, visited meta today first time !!!! – Lucifer May 17 '12 at 3:20
Thanks for the reply. OK, 11 days, but for those days, I am active, yes, very active :D – PeakGen May 17 '12 at 4:18
Why would it ever make someone else angry if you change your user name? – Cody Gray May 17 '12 at 7:54
@TheEstablishment some people are easily angered. Look at Glenn Beck! – Scott Wilson May 17 '12 at 17:14
@ScottWilson: where? – PeakGen May 17 '12 at 17:25

You can change your name once every 30 days. For awhile, people were changing their names every five minutes, and it was just too confusing.

Flag one of your posts for moderator attention, and ask for the name change. Make sure you get the spelling and capitalization the way you want it.

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Thanks a lot for the reply Robert. I think this is the way to do it :) – PeakGen May 17 '12 at 4:45

A warm welcome to Stack Overflow site.

You can change your profile name as Robert suggested. For the rest of the question, here is the answer from my point of view.

  • Will changing my user name make them disappointed/angry ?

People here are for questions and answer, means in reality they do not know each other then how can be they disappointed or angry ? There is no harm in changing profile name. Remember that you are here for asking and answering questions and to help others.

Just Be Civic and Nice. Concentrate on Questions and Answers Only.

  • Have you ever changed your user name ?

Not me but my colleague (I would not like to reveal her name unless moderator ask me so), she always keep changing her name. Well there is a secret reason behind it, which is not to track her in "Frequently in rooms" and "currently in rooms" (you will know this once you start using chat a lot).

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Why won't she want to be trackable? Golden rule of the Internet: If you don't want others to know what you're doing (on a public site), don't do it. – Manishearth May 17 '12 at 4:10
Only one user's approval is required here for suggested edit ? @YannisRizos , – Lucifer May 17 '12 at 4:26
Your colleague....... – Manishearth May 17 '12 at 4:27
@lucifer 2 users is only for SO, IIRC – Manishearth May 17 '12 at 4:29
Please visit this here it shows, only you have approved, while on Stack OverFlow, two user's approval is need @YannisRizos – Lucifer May 17 '12 at 4:30
Sorry !!!, what is the meaning of IIRC @TimManishEarth ? – Lucifer May 17 '12 at 4:31
Ah, yes, you need 2 users' approval only on SO, on MSO and other Stack Exchange sites you only need one user to approve your suggested edit. – Yannis May 17 '12 at 4:31
ok fine, thanks for this information YannisRizos & TimManishEarth – Lucifer May 17 '12 at 4:31
If I Recall Correctly – Manishearth May 17 '12 at 4:35
@lucifer yeah, but why would she want to not be tracked? – Manishearth May 17 '12 at 4:38
Hmm, maybe.. But that brings me back to my point. If you don't want others to know what you do on the (public) Net, don't do it. Though it's her choice and this discussion is irrelevant here. – Manishearth May 17 '12 at 4:44
yeah, agree with you. – Lucifer May 17 '12 at 4:44
@Tim: I don't think there is anything called such golden rule :) – PeakGen May 17 '12 at 4:47

Posting new Questions and answering existing Questions (the entire point of the sites) also seems to make some users unhappy so you can't please everybody.

I say change your name when it makes sense to change your name, don't worry about other users. The 30 day restriction as mentioned by Robert Harvey keeps from the changes being destructive.

If comments get messed up, it shouldn't matter- nothing should be in the comments such that if the comments weren't there the posts become unusable.

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