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Discourage people from using non-unique usernames
We're all Rebecca Chernoff \o/

The other Loungers decided to have a bit of fun whilst I was afking, and a truckload of them or so changed their username and Gravatar to match mine. Whilst this was hilarious for a time, now I'm back and some of them can't change back. I've got highlighting for my own messages and even I can hardly tell if I said something or not.

There should be some kind of restriction on this. Also, can you help those other guys go back to their old usernames? Else anyone who comes to visit is gonna be mighty confused... hell, everyone's gonna be mighty confused.

I mean, I might get a bad reputation for some of the things they say.

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marked as duplicate by sbi, animuson, Shog9 Sep 13 '12 at 21:14

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there's not a hundred, there was like... eight. –  Mooing Duck Sep 13 '12 at 19:45
    
8? I only counted 5 imposters. Did I miss some? –  Mysticial Sep 13 '12 at 19:46
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They're stuck for 30 days before they can change their name again, the best they can hope for is to change their gravatars. –  Matt Ellen Sep 13 '12 at 19:47
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That's what happens when you put a cute puppy on your gravatar! –  dasblinkenlight Sep 13 '12 at 19:47
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change your username and gravatar –  Anish Gupta Sep 13 '12 at 19:47
    
@Matt: Are we now? –  Xeo Sep 13 '12 at 19:49
    
@Xeo did you change your name within 30 days? Then I guess not. There is a work around that involves making a new account and updating all your other accounts to be like the new one. –  Matt Ellen Sep 13 '12 at 19:51
    
@Pop: So why didn't you vote to close this as a dupe?? –  sbi Sep 13 '12 at 20:03
    
@sbi because I was joking. –  Pops Sep 13 '12 at 20:04
    
@Pop: Well, you were right, though. –  sbi Sep 13 '12 at 20:16
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@sbi I don't see it... that one is "here's a userscript for impersonating Rebecca," this one is "a bunch of people manually changed their account info to impersonate me; how can they undo it?" –  Pops Sep 13 '12 at 20:28
    
@Pop: Let's see. Here it's "OMG, a lot of users are impersonating another user for fun!" and there it's... the same! (You didn't take this serious, did you?) –  sbi Sep 13 '12 at 20:49
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@sbi the important thing is that we've learned that mothers everywhere were right: if you make that face, it can stick that way. (But yes, I did, you got me.) –  Pops Sep 13 '12 at 20:52
    
@ShaWizDowArd This isn't an Eeeek! question. An Eeeek! question is a "who moved my cheese" question. In this particular case, many things where moved, but no cheese. –  balpha Sep 13 '12 at 21:33
    
@balpha fair enough - guess I was too eager for more Eeeek! action. :) –  Shadow Wizard Sep 13 '12 at 21:38
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I believe they can change their profile name on another SE site if they have linked their account to more than one, then copy that profile to all sites. This is an option when saving your profile, and - at least for now - I'm fairly certain this bypasses any per-site name change restriction.

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We learned that this will randomly show the 30 day message, or randomly work. Even retrying the same site would eventually work. –  Mooing Duck Sep 13 '12 at 19:54
    
@MooingDuck interesting, I've only heard of success. <shrug> –  Aaron Bertrand Sep 13 '12 at 19:55
    
copying profile workaround helped me change name about three months ago –  gnat Sep 13 '12 at 19:59
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Incredibly, the bug report for this behavior was marked "by design." –  Pops Sep 13 '12 at 20:03
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This behaviour changed some time recently. IIRC, you can push a name out across the network and it will apply to all sites, including ones that were recently changed, but now it will also reset your name change counter on all sites: you won't be able to pick a new name anywhere for 30 days. –  Jeremy Banks Sep 13 '12 at 21:10
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I'm pretty sure the workaround for that is to create an account on a new Stack Exchange site, which won't have the 30-day restriction in effect. But it's been a while since I tested it and I might be mis-remembering. –  Jeremy Banks Sep 13 '12 at 22:03
    
@TheElementofMagic: Well, I can confirm that the people in the lounge had to make new accounts on new SE sites to change their names. –  Mooing Duck Sep 14 '12 at 0:25
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