Off of discussions from here and here

I went to go see it for myself on my meta profile. So i saw that it said I had 4 past names

I clicked on it an my username Neal is not there:
where rrrrrr u?

That is weird since Neal is on my Flair:

profile for amanaP lanaC A nalP A naM A on Stack Exchange, a network of free, community-driven Q&A sites

And was pushed to all my accounts at some point.

Was there something I did wrong?

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    There isn't a big reason to create an entirely separate tag to distinguish usernames of the past from other username inquiries. – Grace Note Dec 22 '11 at 19:15
  • @GraceNote huh? I have no idea what that means... – Naftali aka Neal Dec 22 '11 at 19:16
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    @amanaPlanaCAnalPAnaMA I think that's regarding you adding [past-names] tag to posts. – Adam Lear Dec 22 '11 at 19:18
  • @AnnaLear ahhhh ok. sorry X_x – Naftali aka Neal Dec 22 '11 at 19:18
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    I'll look at this tomorrow; I'm busy causing unplanned downtime at the moment ;p – Marc Gravell Dec 23 '11 at 0:21
  • @Marc arrgh, I didn't think you were meaning that this literally! You owe me one great, witty comment. I also accept reimbursement in Euros – Pekka Dec 23 '11 at 0:41

k; in the next build this:

  • doesn't miss any names for silly reasons
  • doesn't look quite as ugly
  • is limited to recent names, where "recent" currently means "90 days" - which should be plenty to avoid confusion between users in most cases
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    +1 for limiting to 90 days. Very nice! – Arjan Dec 23 '11 at 13:15
  • Aww, why limit to 90 days? Seeing as it's not public? – Pekka Dec 23 '11 at 14:46
  • @TheP.G.RepMiningCo. because after a few months it ceases to be quite as confusing. – Marc Gravell Dec 23 '11 at 15:33
  • And, @The​Pekka, I wonder why a moderator needs to see my very old names. (In my case my first name is my full name, which right now they can see in the "real name" field anyhow. But others might have different feelings about that, while I don't see the need to reveal that so easily. But it's public indeed, like available in old data dumps.) – Arjan Dec 23 '11 at 18:50
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    @Arjan 2 main reasons; a: comment chains get disrupted, and sometimes you want to figure out if "Fred" is the "FF" mentioned in a comment, and b: esp. with moderation, it is not uncommon for "trouble" to change names more than most - understanding prior context can be important – Marc Gravell Dec 23 '11 at 19:05
  • Sure, Marc, but for that the 90 days you're proposing seems quite adequate, doesn't it? (He, @The​Pekka, it is not uncommon for "trouble" to change names more than most ;-)) – Arjan Dec 23 '11 at 19:11
  • @Arjan ah, I misread your comment. I think we agree, roughly. – Marc Gravell Dec 23 '11 at 19:15

I can confirm this for Pekka's trolling account, which isn't there (While Pekka's other trolling account is.)

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  • Yeah, looks like the first name is left off of the list. This guy wasn't always dripping syrup – Shog9 Dec 22 '11 at 23:59
  • @Nine yeah - but in my case it wasn't the first name, it was one from the middle of the list. – Pekka Dec 23 '11 at 0:31
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    Looks like when you copy your profile it has the same effect as initial creation - no rename record. – Shog9 Dec 23 '11 at 2:41
  • @Nine that could be it! – Pekka Dec 23 '11 at 8:58
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    @probablyPekka - Perhaps "perhaps Pekka" is probably there. – Himanshu Jansari Nov 28 '13 at 11:17

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