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


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

  • 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
    Commented Jan 22, 2010 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. Commented Jan 22, 2010 at 18:13

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
    Commented Aug 11, 2011 at 10:45
  • Let's just go back to 1999 and put eyeglasses next to people with new names Commented Aug 11, 2011 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
    Commented Dec 22, 2011 at 17:32

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