It'd be nice if each user's profile page showed what previous names that user had recently used.

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    Are you trying to keep up with user 52443 meta.stackoverflow.com/users/52443/that-awesome-dude ? – random Nov 7 '09 at 2:12
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    I apologize for any inconvenience brought to you people. – perbert Nov 7 '09 at 21:50
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    This would be a nice feature, indeed. – Pwninstein Jan 8 '10 at 6:44
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    It should be noted that moderators already have this list. So the functionality is around, but not for all users. – Grace Note Jul 1 '10 at 15:32
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    "Nice", yes. But useful? – user154510 Aug 9 '11 at 3:23
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    @Matthew, useful for keeping up with Welbog and Pekka, yes :) – Benjol Aug 11 '11 at 8:20
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    @random, not status-completed for me :( – Benjol Dec 22 '11 at 10:14
  • I would not like my full name, which I used until a long time ago, to be visible to everyone again. (Related: Make the “past names” list public info… At least temporarily.) – Arjan Dec 22 '11 at 17:33
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    How the fark is this "status completed"?!! Moderators already had this info and the perp should know what aliases he's already "burned". (All this current "feature" does is aid shenanigans.) This name information needs to be public. This is not status completed! – Awesome Poodles Dec 23 '11 at 0:10
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    @MatthewRead Yes, this would be very useful. Sometimes looking at past comments can be confusing because people put in @ username_that_no_longer_exists. Someone really needs to remove that "status-completed" tag. – pacoverflow Aug 4 '14 at 18:06
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    Since they decided only moderators should have this feature, the question should be edited to reflect that the request was only for moderators. Otherwise the "status-completed" tag is misleading. – pacoverflow May 4 '15 at 21:14

Add a tab in the Profile for 'Name History'.

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  • If ever implemented: only for recent name changes please (so: only visible for a few days or weeks at most). I like the idea that I could change my real name (well, one never knows of course) into some alias one day. (For the same reason, I'd never use someone else's full name in replies. Like in references I prefer @Lance over the full name. And the recently introduced comment-alert works fine with that too.) – Arjan Jan 22 '10 at 8:52
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    Agreed. It could even just go into the user's activity feed--that'd probably make implementation easier, too. – Michael Haren Jan 22 '10 at 18:13

Bumpity bump bump, why is this status completed?

Yes, this is abuse of an answer, but it wouldn't do a great bit of good to do a Q edit, as I'm trying to raise visibility. Shall we resubmit as a new Q? Can we just get a mod to remove status-completed?

Keep in mind Jeff's answer says "after the user page redesign" which we have had done a couple times now ...

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  • Wasn't this marked completed because users can now see their own username history? – Pops Jul 18 '12 at 19:04
  • Well, random is the one that marked it completed. So who knows =P – Josh Darnell Jul 18 '12 at 19:04
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    I don't know where you should see that at, and you should see it for anyone's profile, no? Wasn't that the request? – jcolebrand Jul 18 '12 at 19:10
  • @jcolebrand here's the reference. Note that I don't agree with the use of [status-completed] here. I just seem to remember someone saying that the implementation of that request was the reason they considered this done. – Pops Jul 18 '12 at 21:37
  • Aye, shog mentioned it as well elsewhere. – jcolebrand Jul 18 '12 at 22:03
  • @jcolebrand You can see past names on your own profile if you're a regular user. If you're a mod, you can see everyone's. – NullUserException อ_อ Oct 9 '12 at 5:48

We do have this information, and we can expose it. But the user page is quite busy already and needs a redesign, so I am not sure exactly when we will get to that.

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    Currently, there is no tooltip on user names in the user details below each post. If the user has changed names in the last 30 days (say), the tooltip could show "formerly known as ...". In both cases (tooltip or user page), you'd have to have a suspicion that something had changed to think to check, I'm not sure that there's a solution to that though [given the apparent Eek! factor of red ovals with 'new' in them :)] – Benjol Aug 11 '11 at 10:45
  • Let's just go back to 1999 and put eyeglasses next to people with new names – Michael Haren Aug 11 '11 at 16:41
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    I would not like my full name, which I used until a long time ago, to be visible to everyone again. (Related: Make the “past names” list public info… At least temporarily.) – Arjan Dec 22 '11 at 17:32

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