Is it possible to change the "user2612587" display name and also change the picture for the Stack Exchange Network profile, like on all the other sites on the network? Or is the Stack Exchange account a generic one that can't be changed?

There are a few questions and answers about changing the display name but I don't think it addresses this particular question. Because the answers to those questions are usually about the synchronization mechanism.

For example, I saw this answer:

Did you change all of the display names manually, without using the synchronization mechanism? If so, try this:

  1. Go to your account page
  2. Click the "Accounts" tab
  3. Scroll to the very bottom
  4. Click the "Copy [site] profile to all Stack Exchange sites"

I have tried this, but in my case that option isn't showing up.


  • According to what I see, you've already changed your display name, did you not? – Alvin Wong Nov 1 '13 at 13:06
  • You didn't complete the instructions for account merging - the user2612587 profile page doesn't have the "merge delete" in it. Have you used the "contact us" form as well? I don't expect this to change until the accounts have been merged (which will not happen until you follow through). – Oded Nov 1 '13 at 13:11
  • What is the link to the Q&A you are referring to here? I know it's been a while since you posted this. But if you can, please do post a link, it will serve as a reference for future visitors. – Samir Mar 5 '14 at 10:10
  • @Sammy it's not a Q&A site but rather the network profile itself. This is yours, for example. :) – Shadow Wizard Wearing Mask Mar 5 '14 at 10:13
  • @michaelb958 There is no need to be rude in edit comments! That space is reserved for commenting the changes you make, not for commenting on the incompetence of the previous editor. You could have just added "blockquote". That's 10 characters and enough for edit comment. I do know how to blockquote. The problem was that the text was wrapping, so the step by step list was lost. That's why I used code markup to keep the layout. But I see you have added an extra cr/lf character right before the list. That's why it works now. – Samir Mar 5 '14 at 10:27
  • @ShadowWizard I understand that. But I think he was referring to some Q&A here on SO meta. It's hard to know when he forgot to post a link. Those instructions are hardly to be found on the network site. – Samir Mar 5 '14 at 10:29
  • @Sammy you mean the post where he took the quote from? I just added the missing link. – Shadow Wizard Wearing Mask Mar 5 '14 at 10:32
  • I don't see that option either. It has probably been changed since those instructions were originally posted. – Samir Mar 5 '14 at 10:33
  • @Sammy Yeah, that edit comment may have been a little harsh. Misuse of four-space code formatting for stuff that doesn't need it is one of my pet hates; I probably overreacted. – michaelb958--GoFundMonica Mar 5 '14 at 10:35
  • @ShadowWizard Yeah, that seems to be about right. Thanks! – Samir Mar 5 '14 at 10:38
  • @michaelb958 I can see that. But I forgive you. Friends? :) I'm not really fond of using four-space code formatting either on stuff that doesn't need it. I only use it when I see no other option. But we're all good now. And Wizard has added the missing link. Cheers! – Samir Mar 5 '14 at 10:42
  • @Sammy I like it when everything works out fine like this. – michaelb958--GoFundMonica Mar 5 '14 at 10:43

where is the option to change the user2612587 value and upload a picture like all the other sites on the stack exchange network?

There isn't one. It is taken from the profile on the site that you have most reputation on.

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    It says "Sync with oldest profile" at the bottom of the "About me", is that wrong, or unrelated? And what about ties? – Bernhard Barker Nov 1 '13 at 13:22
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    Indeed, @Dukeling, for me it even says "Sync with oldest profile (Stack Overflow). Last sync 0s ago.", where indeed Stack Overflow is my oldest profile, but not the one with the most reputation for me. – Arjan Dec 1 '13 at 13:53
  • I wish that display names and profile pictures for the different Q&A sites could ba managed from the main StackExchange Network profile, and not the other way around. As it is now, as you say, it is taken from the profile on the Q&A site you have most reputation on. To me at least, that doesn't seem logical at all. – Samir Mar 5 '14 at 10:46
  • Can you please check if it's oldest or most reputation? It can be quite misleading, to say the least – Shadow Wizard Wearing Mask Feb 6 '15 at 6:26

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