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?


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 '11 at 0:13
  • True; check for yourself on profiles of users on the list of well-known name changes.
    – Arjan
    Dec 22 '11 at 0:16
  • Care to give a screenshot? I'm curious.
    – Jeremy
    Dec 22 '11 at 1:14
  • @JeremyBanks Just change your name and see it for yourself :) It appears the same way to mods. Dec 22 '11 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 '11 at 1:21
  • @JeremyBanks Thanks for the screenshot; I've included it in the answer :) Dec 22 '11 at 1:38
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    As an aside: the list will be limited to 90 days.
    – Arjan
    Dec 23 '11 at 13:17
  • 1
    So that's how StackExchange looked like in 2011.
    – neverMind9
    Jul 11 '18 at 22:53

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