Curious how this might be perceived by the community...

Let's say I wanted to change my username from "Yoooder" to "Millllller"... changing my name is simple in StackOverflow, however let's say other user's mentioned "Yoooder" in their comments. Would it be OK for me to take the time to update their mention to use my updated name (rather than having them mention a no-longer-existant username)?

Or... would it likely be perceived as edit-spamming?

  • As an aside: that's exactly why I very much appreciate it when people just refer to @Arjan instead of my full name (which might not really be my full name to start with...)
    – Arjan
    Commented Jan 14, 2010 at 23:24

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Well, given that you can't edit other people's comments, it's all a bit hypothetical. However, I'd say editing answers where it would help with clarity would be acceptable (although probably a lot of work).

There have been other discussions about this previously, BTW:

  • good point, I'd thought I'd earned the ability to edit other comments when I passed the 3000 point mark--but nope, you're right I can only edit my own comments until someone else comments after me. bleh
    – STW
    Commented Jan 14, 2010 at 22:53
  • @Y aka M: no, you can edit your own comments during 5 minutes after posting, regardless what happens after you commented.
    – Arjan
    Commented Jan 14, 2010 at 23:26
  • ahhh... obviously I haven't paid much attention to the specifics of comment editing :)
    – STW
    Commented Jan 14, 2010 at 23:29

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