There's a new numerical field in user profiles called "past names" which when clicked will display a dialog listing previous usernames and when they were last used. (I can only see this on my own profile, but I assume others have it on their profile pages as well.)

Who can see other users' past names? Is it only moderators?


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Who can see other users' past names? Is it only moderators?

I don't see this on your profile on SO or MSO where I'm a regular user, but I can see it for a different user on Gardening & Landscaping, where I'm a moderator. So your guess is correct: only moderators & devs can view this info.

Here's a screenshot, thanks to Jeremy Banks:

  • +1 I can see your past names on meta and SO, but not anywhere else. Dec 22, 2011 at 0:13
  • True; check for yourself on profiles of users on the list of well-known name changes.
    – Arjan
    Dec 22, 2011 at 0:16
  • Care to give a screenshot? I'm curious.
    – Jeremy
    Dec 22, 2011 at 1:14
  • @JeremyBanks Just change your name and see it for yourself :) It appears the same way to mods. Dec 22, 2011 at 1:18
  • @yoda Oh, I didn't realize. Neat-o, I've been waiting for something like this to be implemented. edit: screenshot for the curious
    – Jeremy
    Dec 22, 2011 at 1:21
  • @JeremyBanks Thanks for the screenshot; I've included it in the answer :) Dec 22, 2011 at 1:38
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    As an aside: the list will be limited to 90 days.
    – Arjan
    Dec 23, 2011 at 13:17
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    So that's how StackExchange looked like in 2011.
    – neverMind9
    Jul 11, 2018 at 22:53

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