I just created a new user at the Stack Exchange main site and made a screen name I wanted. But I ended up getting the generic name user527663 and I find no way to change that. http://stackexchange.com/users/8199669

I searched the board and there should apparently be a "Edit Profile & Settings" section. But there is none for me.

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Due to a recent change, stackexchange.com information (display name, avatar, About Me, etc.) no longer synchronize automatically; you must manually update it from one of your sites.

To do that, visit your own network profile, and you'll see "Update profile info" button:

Click it, choose the site you want info from, and click "Copy":

It is worth to mention, that I have started a feature request asking to fix this behaviour: Auto synchronize network profile information in case user never updated it manually

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  • Thanks that worked. I actually tried that with Meta and it did not update. But when I did it with Ask Ubuntu, it worked. That might be a bug or maybe something else went wrong. – Kake_Fisk Apr 7 '16 at 11:00
  • Probably caching, here on MSE your account is very fresh and probably didn't have chance to update in the global cache. Glad you were able to change the name! – Shadow 10 Years Wizard Apr 7 '16 at 11:02

Try the URL https://meta.stackexchange.com/users/edit/8199669. The display name can be edited.

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