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I am using the nickname "Jack" in the Stack Overflow chat, but today there is someone else chatting with the same name. So all of our messages are mixed up. And another thing is that all of my friends on Stack Overflow know me using the name "Jack". Please is there anyway that this can be stopped?

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Just a random thought, but you could call yourself rubyid10. That's just a name that came to me in a vision. –  Cody Gray May 24 '11 at 10:12
    
hi,as i told there is two person with same nick name in OS chat, please check it out on chat.stackoverflow.com/rooms/795/android-only .there is one with green icon and one with light Grey icon. –  rubyid10 May 24 '11 at 10:19
    
I feel this doesnot creates a big problem for SO chat users, if we change the name. It would be fine..... –  damodar May 24 '11 at 10:39
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I suggest you to change your instead of blaiming others that other stole your name...SO is very popular site and there might be possible of have two user with same common name.I dont think you should have any problem with it.... –  Manjot May 24 '11 at 10:44
    
Oh yeah Jack is a very common name. Try to make it more unique like you've done on meta. If it helps you in anyway the Jack account is now nuked. It was a duplicate account created to get around chat ban. –  Reno May 25 '11 at 8:27

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This isn't really a bug... If 100 people are standing around in a crowded room, and I suddenly yell "Jack!", it should really come as no surprise that both of the people named Jack spin around and look at me.

The solution, of course, is simple: Change your name to something else that minimizes ambiguity. A son who has the same name as his father will often go by another name (at least while at home) to make it easier for the mother to gripe at only one of them at a time.

For whatever reason, you've chosen a different name for your account here on Meta: "rubyid10". That seems like a good alternative nickname to use in chat. It won't take very long for your friends who know you by "Jack" to learn that you've changed your alias and start associating you with that handle, instead.

There was a bug at one time that made it difficult to distinguish between two people with the same first names, but that bug has now been fixed. The chat system supports more granular naming, allowing @reply comments to be addressed to the full names of other users, rather than just the first three characters. So you could try adding a last name (or whatever other differentiating phrase you like) to your existing name Jack. The autocomplete for @replies will still make it easy for your friends to type your chat alias and get in contact with you.

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And there's the gravatar too... –  Benjol May 24 '11 at 11:28

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