I saw this question in the First Posts review queue a few hours ago from now (2015/02/26). it was asked by a seemingly new comer named Lina Sellak!

A few hours later, the question appeared to belong to another user who is not a new comer (well, older than me in the SO community)!

The original user is no more on SO, the account was either deleted or blocked.

I wonder if this is a possible functionality (in this case explain it please), or it is a bug in the system (and has to be corrected)?

  • but not only the display name is different! even member for period is totally different, this one can't be changed, right? – chouaib Feb 26 '15 at 5:40

The user's account was merged into an older account of theirs. This is the only time the system will ever update user IDs on a post. The staff can manually change user IDs on a post, but only ever do that to remove it due to a disassociation request.

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    if user X is suspended and can't ask question, can he still create a new userID Y, ask a question using Y, then merge it to his X account? – chouaib Feb 26 '15 at 6:36
  • sorry if my comment is opening another thread! I don't mind to ask it as an independent question. I guess your answer is the best fit for the actual asked question, thus it is accepted – chouaib Feb 26 '15 at 8:09

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