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Who can see the “past names” field in user profiles?

In my profile page, there's a recent names under profile views. And I clicked the number(mine is 2), it shown as below:

What is it? And what the display name? I haven't seen it before.


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The popup shows the changes to your user name (currently Kjuly).

From the dates, it appears to have been an Anonymous account that then got a GUID followed by your current user name. Possibly this is from an automated migration from another account.

See this question and links from it.

  • But I have not changed my user name before. :?
    – Kjuly
    Dec 24, 2011 at 17:05
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    @Kjuly - As I said, this may be a result of an automated migration.
    – Oded
    Dec 24, 2011 at 17:06
  • By the system? Mum..weird..
    – Kjuly
    Dec 24, 2011 at 17:10
  • BTW, can you see it in my profile page? not the image I shown.
    – Kjuly
    Dec 24, 2011 at 17:11
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    @Kjuly: No, only you and moderators can see your recent names.
    – user151459
    Dec 24, 2011 at 17:14
  • @TimCooper I see, thank you. :)
    – Kjuly
    Dec 25, 2011 at 4:08
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    The odd GUID-like account might have been caused by linking accounts; see Linking / creating account on other sites adds 2 “recent names” to your profile?, @Kjuly.
    – Arjan
    Jan 7, 2012 at 20:04

I think this is what the recent names in your case means:

  • When you first visited this site you were an Anonymous user.
  • Then you tried to log-in into the site and the 2nd string is probably the unique identifier from the service you are registering/loggin in with.
  • After these steps you got your current username.

Hence, you have got 2 other display names in the recent names list.

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    Ya, I think so, but I wonder why it didn't show until yesterday. Anyway, thank you for your reply. :D
    – Kjuly
    Dec 25, 2011 at 4:07

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