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Discourage people from using non-unique usernames
We're all Rebecca Chernoff \o/

The other Loungers decided to have a bit of fun whilst I was afking, and a truckload of them or so changed their username and Gravatar to match mine. Whilst this was hilarious for a time, now I'm back and some of them can't change back. I've got highlighting for my own messages and even I can hardly tell if I said something or not.

There should be some kind of restriction on this. Also, can you help those other guys go back to their old usernames? Else anyone who comes to visit is gonna be mighty confused... hell, everyone's gonna be mighty confused.

I mean, I might get a bad reputation for some of the things they say.

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    there's not a hundred, there was like... eight. Commented Sep 13, 2012 at 19:45
  • 8? I only counted 5 imposters. Did I miss some?
    – Mysticial
    Commented Sep 13, 2012 at 19:46
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    They're stuck for 30 days before they can change their name again, the best they can hope for is to change their gravatars.
    – Meta Ellen
    Commented Sep 13, 2012 at 19:47
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    That's what happens when you put a cute puppy on your gravatar! Commented Sep 13, 2012 at 19:47
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    change your username and gravatar Commented Sep 13, 2012 at 19:47
  • @Matt: Are we now?
    – Xeo
    Commented Sep 13, 2012 at 19:49
  • @Xeo did you change your name within 30 days? Then I guess not. There is a work around that involves making a new account and updating all your other accounts to be like the new one.
    – Meta Ellen
    Commented Sep 13, 2012 at 19:51
  • @Pop: So why didn't you vote to close this as a dupe??
    – sbi
    Commented Sep 13, 2012 at 20:03
  • @sbi because I was joking.
    – Pops
    Commented Sep 13, 2012 at 20:04
  • @Pop: Well, you were right, though.
    – sbi
    Commented Sep 13, 2012 at 20:16
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    @sbi I don't see it... that one is "here's a userscript for impersonating Rebecca," this one is "a bunch of people manually changed their account info to impersonate me; how can they undo it?"
    – Pops
    Commented Sep 13, 2012 at 20:28
  • @Pop: Let's see. Here it's "OMG, a lot of users are impersonating another user for fun!" and there it's... the same! (You didn't take this serious, did you?)
    – sbi
    Commented Sep 13, 2012 at 20:49
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    @sbi the important thing is that we've learned that mothers everywhere were right: if you make that face, it can stick that way. (But yes, I did, you got me.)
    – Pops
    Commented Sep 13, 2012 at 20:52
  • @ShaWizDowArd This isn't an Eeeek! question. An Eeeek! question is a "who moved my cheese" question. In this particular case, many things where moved, but no cheese.
    – balpha StaffMod
    Commented Sep 13, 2012 at 21:33
  • @balpha fair enough - guess I was too eager for more Eeeek! action. :) Commented Sep 13, 2012 at 21:38

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I believe they can change their profile name on another SE site if they have linked their account to more than one, then copy that profile to all sites. This is an option when saving your profile, and - at least for now - I'm fairly certain this bypasses any per-site name change restriction.

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    We learned that this will randomly show the 30 day message, or randomly work. Even retrying the same site would eventually work. Commented Sep 13, 2012 at 19:54
  • @MooingDuck interesting, I've only heard of success. <shrug>
    – Aaron Bertrand Staff
    Commented Sep 13, 2012 at 19:55
  • copying profile workaround helped me change name about three months ago
    – gnat
    Commented Sep 13, 2012 at 19:59
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    Incredibly, the bug report for this behavior was marked "by design."
    – Pops
    Commented Sep 13, 2012 at 20:03
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    This behaviour changed some time recently. IIRC, you can push a name out across the network and it will apply to all sites, including ones that were recently changed, but now it will also reset your name change counter on all sites: you won't be able to pick a new name anywhere for 30 days.
    – Jeremy
    Commented Sep 13, 2012 at 21:10
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    I'm pretty sure the workaround for that is to create an account on a new Stack Exchange site, which won't have the 30-day restriction in effect. But it's been a while since I tested it and I might be mis-remembering.
    – Jeremy
    Commented Sep 13, 2012 at 22:03
  • @TheElementofMagic: Well, I can confirm that the people in the lounge had to make new accounts on new SE sites to change their names. Commented Sep 14, 2012 at 0:25

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