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I have a profile on Stack Overflow. I recently decided to change the name on my profile. I did this, but I made a spelling mistake! I wrote "Kryton" instead of "Kryten"! When I tried to fix this, a message came back saying that I can only change my profile name every 30 days. Why? Is there any way I can fix my profile name?

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Perhaps there should be a five or ten minute free-editing period like there is for comments. – mmyers Feb 4 '10 at 18:32
@mmyers: How about we just get rid of the stupid rule that has no merit instead? – GEOCHET Feb 4 '10 at 18:33
And the problems begin... – juan Feb 4 '10 at 19:00
@mmyers - you should post that as an answer. – user27414 Feb 4 '10 at 19:19
up vote 14 down vote accepted

Email to correct this problem.

You might also attempt to change your profile on another site, and then copy the profile to stackoverflow on your user account page. I don't know if this will work, but if it does please report back.

The change and discussion surrounding it is here:

Can we restrict the ability of users to keep changing their names?

You might consider changing this to a "feature-request" and asking that a grace period of 5 minutes be allowed for typos and such when one does change their name.

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It's probably better to flag a post for moderator attention. – Brad Gilbert Feb 4 '10 at 19:48
attempt to copy profile is ending in (at least at the moment...) – Carlos Heuberger Feb 4 '10 at 20:10
I emailed and they cahnged the name for me. Thanks for all the answers everyone! – Kryten Feb 5 '10 at 16:23

There is now a 15 minute grace period after every displayname change during which displayname may be changed as often as you like.

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How about working on real feature-requests in SO rather than non-issues that only happen in meta? What happened to "meta is murder"? – xmm0 Feb 5 '10 at 12:15
@Fearless Leader: The guy keeps getting skewered for the perennial status-bydesign, and now you're complaining because he actually did something? ;) – mmyers Feb 5 '10 at 14:31
@mmyers: I wouldn't be so sure about that! Jarrod and Geoff do the real work. ;) </joke> I didn't get a leadership haiku btw, it was a spam haiku. – xmm0 Feb 5 '10 at 15:22
@Fearless Spammer: It was a reference to Rocky and Bullwinkle: – mmyers Feb 5 '10 at 15:50
@mmyers: Oh, thanks for pointing out. Didn't know color TV existed back in 1959-1964!!! – xmm0 Feb 5 '10 at 16:47
Does the timer reset every time you change your display name? If so then you could just keep changing it, as long as you continually change it within 15 minutes. – Brad Gilbert Feb 5 '10 at 16:54
@Brad: Is that a big problem? Sure, it's scriptable, but I think such a user would find themselves quickly suspended once it was pointed out. If I realize I made a typo at 14:59, should I be forced to live with my next typo? *changes name to Fat-fingered Bob* – Gnome Feb 8 '10 at 9:20
@Roger I was just pointing out a possible problem. – Brad Gilbert Feb 8 '10 at 16:47
@Gnome, It's as small a problem as the problem the team is trying to solve with this 30day cooldown feature. – Pacerier Aug 18 '14 at 0:10

after a two-day grace period for new users, one display name change allowed every 30 days.

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Go to that question and explain your problem. Some of us are hoping that he sees some of the problem arisen from this.

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Yet the chances of this being changed are incredibly slim. – alex Feb 4 '10 at 19:12

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