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I am interested in changing my display name to my full name, but am concerned about losing the connective tissue in the comment threads I participated in. Because @name links do not appear to be linked or coupled to an account, I want to avoid impairing the readability of a discussion.

If I were to change my display name, does the change, in turn, update @name user references for questions/answers/comments I participated in?

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Perhaps this should be a feature request. – highBandWidth Jan 5 '12 at 17:21
@highBandWidth - Thanks for the suggestion. I am content with it as it is; however, feel free to post such a request. – kbrimington Jan 10 '12 at 21:02
I created a feature request for this: – Jesse Webb Feb 1 '13 at 17:31
@JesseWebb what happened to your feature request? (It's gone now.) I'd like to see that too, but I'd like to understand the history before asking. – Monica Cellio Sep 16 '13 at 16:31
@MonicaCellio It was deleted as a duplicate to this one: It seems unlikely that it will get fixed/changed. – Jesse Webb Sep 23 '13 at 15:15
Old '@' mentions won't update. If the reason you want to change your account is to remove your real name from the web, that's unfortunate. – Colonel Panic Feb 16 '15 at 19:54
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No, my good sir, the change will not update @name user references. It will also fail to update the memories of the many users with whom you have interacted over the course of your time on these sites. Changing your name will consquently result in wide-spread confusion, burning and looting in the streets, and more than likely yet another collapse of the Romanian economy.

So if you're gonna do it, better make it good...

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Well, the faq does tell us to bring our humor... – George Marian Aug 6 '10 at 3:32
Hilarious: "Changing your name will consquently result in wide-spread confusion, burning and looting in the streets […]". Made my day. – insertusernamehere Oct 4 '13 at 14:12

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