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On a whim the other day, I changed my meta name from Lord Torgamus to Popular Demand. I just noticed that the old name has "stuck" to the author tag of a Community Wiki question I asked before the change; everywhere else on meta, my new name displays as expected. Is this a feature? Is it a bug? Mostly I'm just curious, as I can't think of a strong reason in favor of keeping this behavior or a strong reason for changing it.

A question somewhat like this has been raised before, but the previous poster implied that the issue had something to do with migration, which my situation shows is not the case.

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The revision history correctly shows Popular Demand, yet the question itself shows Lord Torgamus. Very interesting! –  Adam Davis Apr 22 '10 at 14:23
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+1: I noticed the same thing on one of my CW posts the other day (meta.stackoverflow.com/questions/102/additional-badge-ideas/…), but forgot to post a question about it. Doh! –  gnostradamus Apr 22 '10 at 17:19
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That's stored in a denormalized field, so it will reflect the username at the time it was last calculated (usually on edit).

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Excuse me, if logging old username is necessary, why is it applied only to CW rather than to the whole? –  xport Jul 17 '11 at 16:56
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@xport: The internal owner of the post is now the Community user, so the OwnerName field is used instead to show the original poster. A similar thing happens for migrated posts where the original owner has no account on the new site, I suppose. –  Paŭlo Ebermann Sep 18 '11 at 0:28
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Sounds like a bug masked as "by-design" by me. –  casperOne Apr 30 '12 at 17:19
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@casper more accurately described as "don't care" masked by same –  Jeff Atwood Apr 30 '12 at 22:02
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@Jeff Fair point, we'll throw it on top of the pluralization bugs. –  casperOne Apr 30 '12 at 23:06
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@JeffAtwood Perhaps a new status-dontcare tag is in order? xD –  Ataraxia Jul 29 '13 at 4:41
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Some time in mid or late 2011, a change was made that affected this behavior. Current names are now shown on some old posts, such as the one I used as the example in the question. However, old names are still present in some places, which can be seen in the user card column of these search results (thanks Tim Stone!).

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Hm. Is it perhaps only present if there are multiple revisions/users? A quick skim shows that I only see Pollyanna if I also see extra revision/user junk as well. –  Grace Note Oct 25 '11 at 14:27
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