How do I change my username on http://stackexchange.com, as in the main profile, not an individual site profile?

Edit: this question was closed as a duplicate, but it isn't really.
However, I did find Email and Username inconsistencies on StackExchange.com later, which it really is a duplicate of. So no real harm done.

PS I'm not sure if it's good practice to change the automatically inserted link to the correct one.

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    Go to your profile on any of the sites, click on edit and change your display name.
    – Bart
    Oct 19, 2012 at 15:13
  • @Bart No, I don't want to change the "Mr Lister" on, I want to change the "Discount Gucci Unicorns" one, that only appears on stackexchange.com and where I don't have an "edit" link. Oct 19, 2012 at 15:15
  • @JoshMein Not a duplicate. The answer on that one shows an "edit" link. The page I'm asking about doesn't have that link! Oct 19, 2012 at 15:17
  • @MrLister Hmm, and "save and copy to all stack exchange accounts" does not replace that? If not, then I don't know. Sorry.
    – Bart
    Oct 19, 2012 at 15:19
  • @Bart "Save and copy to all SE accounts" also overwrites all "About me" info boxes with the same information; I'd rather avoid that. Oct 19, 2012 at 15:21
  • 3
    You don't really have a username on StackExchange.com, because you don't really have a Stack Exchange profile. It just pulls in data from your other profiles in an inconsistent way.
    – Jeremy
    Oct 19, 2012 at 15:22

1 Answer 1


If I look at my network profile, I see the following phrase written under the "About Me" box:

Sync with oldest profile (Stack Overflow). Last sync 0s ago.

The "Sync with oldest profile (Stack Overflow)" is a link that forces synchronizing the network account with the oldest account you are using.

It means you can change the name that appears in your network profile by changing it in your oldest profile and clicking on the Sync with oldest profile link.



It seems your username has been correctly updated.


  • But this is my oldest profile! The other name belongs to another account that has long been deleted. Oct 19, 2012 at 15:23
  • I am sorry if there are hand-written circles: It seems I lost that feature with the last update of the tool I am using for taking screenshots.
    – apaderno
    Oct 19, 2012 at 15:24
  • Oh... interesting. I'm not sure if that was anything I did, or if someone manually refreshed it after seeing my post. Oct 19, 2012 at 16:01
  • @MrLister The instructions given in this answer worked for you, just like they did for me.
    – techraf
    Oct 11, 2015 at 3:04

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