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I did not post this question, or the 2nd or 4th comments underneath it either. The user linked to the signature in the question isn't me either. Either you have a system fault or someone has been messing around.

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    I think someone has been messing around... And changed his name to yours. (or was just a coincidence)
    – Mysticial
    Feb 6, 2013 at 2:45
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    User names are not unique. It is just the display name.
    – juergen d
    Feb 6, 2013 at 2:47
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    Time to change my name to Jon Skeet!
    – Doorknob
    Feb 6, 2013 at 2:49
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    @EJP: Always trust the user ID! Anyways, it's pretty hard to impersonate. Aside from the same name, his Gravatar, reputation, and badges are all different.
    – animuson StaffMod
    Feb 6, 2013 at 2:49
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    Well, there are about 50 billion people named John Smith. More than one of them joined SO. :)
    – Mysticial
    Feb 6, 2013 at 2:51
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    @animuson If the displayed userID isn't unique in this system, this was not 'pretty hard' at all, and in any case it should be not 'pretty hard' but impossible to impersonate. UserIDs are unique in all the dozens if not hundreds of other systems I use, including the ones I build. At present SO is putting about misleading information about me.
    – user207421
    Feb 6, 2013 at 2:54
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    @EJP: I doubt you have the rights for your 3 letter name :)
    – juergen d
    Feb 6, 2013 at 2:54
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    +1 because I think this needs to be fixed.
    – Doorknob
    Feb 6, 2013 at 2:55
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    @EJP: User IDs are unique. User names are not. The user ID can be easily seen by hovering over the user link and looking at the number in the URL, or going to their profile and looking at the number in the address bar. It's not like it's completely hidden.
    – animuson StaffMod
    Feb 6, 2013 at 2:55
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    @Mysticial EJP1 EJP2 EJP3
    – Doorknob
    Feb 6, 2013 at 2:56
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    @EJP If the impersonator is intentionally impersonating you with bad intentions, I believe that warrants moderator action. Obviously I can't change my name and picture to Jon Skeet to fool people. (I'd get away with it for about 5 min. before a mod changes it back and suspends me.)
    – Mysticial
    Feb 6, 2013 at 2:59
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    @EJP: Try a user search for the word "John"
    – animuson StaffMod
    Feb 6, 2013 at 3:00
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    Not a bug, certainly, but I can't quite figure out why the other user would change their name to yours. It's probably nothing sinister, but I'm looking further into it just in case.
    – Adam Lear StaffMod
    Feb 6, 2013 at 3:18
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    @mellamokb It's a fairly recent name change. We keep a history.
    – Adam Lear StaffMod
    Feb 6, 2013 at 3:26
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    @downvoters Please explain. I did post that question? The user is me? Someone hasn't been messing around? This isn't worthy of moderator attention?
    – user207421
    Feb 6, 2013 at 4:01

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I reverted the other user's name change.

While I don't know the exact reasons behind it and in principle there's no requirement for usernames to be unique, it's pretty clear that this was recent, intentional, and causing confusion. So... undone!

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    Many thanks. I believe this is the correct answer.
    – user207421
    Feb 6, 2013 at 4:02
  • Anna, the Content Policy says: "Users that misleadingly appropriate the identity of another person are not permitted." It also says that this is grounds for suspension or removal of the offending user without notice.
    – user207421
    Feb 13, 2013 at 22:49
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    @EJP That's at our discretion. This particular situation was resolved a week ago. Did something happen to stir it up again?
    – Adam Lear StaffMod
    Feb 13, 2013 at 22:52
  • Yes, actually, my SO account has been suspended without notice.
    – user207421
    Feb 13, 2013 at 23:21
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    @EJP Wasn't without notice, or at least not intentionally. You should've received two messages: stackoverflow.com/users/message/5773#5773 and stackoverflow.com/users/message/5779#5779 both as emails and as notifications on SO. You can chat with the moderators by replying to either one. (This was, by the way, completely unrelated to the name change incident.)
    – Adam Lear StaffMod
    Feb 13, 2013 at 23:23
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    @EJP My apologies if the notifications didn't reach you. We've moved to a new datacenter and things have been a little wonky the last couple of days.
    – Adam Lear StaffMod
    Feb 13, 2013 at 23:24
  • I received the first message by email. Just found the 2nd in the Junk folder for some reason. I've replied to the 2nd message on the site, but he posted it 9 hours ago, so he may not see it for another 15 hours. I'm not aware of anything that would motivate a suspension without notice. I'm posting here as I am wondering whether it is a result of another identity fraud.
    – user207421
    Feb 13, 2013 at 23:50
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    @EJP This is completely unrelated.
    – Adam Lear StaffMod
    Feb 13, 2013 at 23:50

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