My main user ID on the Information Security site changed from 165253 to 106285 since my accounts were merged. Does this invalidate all of the share links in my posts which use my old user ID?


This is a lot of posts. Will I have to manually edit all ~150 of them because my accounts merged, to ensure that I earn publicity badges? I don't wish to spend many months doing a few posts a day to work around the lack of server-side automation, nor do I want to spam the front page with hundreds of bumps for posts which I have made no constructive edits to.


Yes, all of the links would need to be changed to continue counting towards your progress. While all past progress should have been rewritten to the single Id at the time of the merge, there is no concept of "forwarding" one Id to another for user profiles.

On the backend, the profile that was merged is a deleted user. It effectively changes the owner Id attached to everything on that profile (posts, comments, votes, etc) and then deletes the profile like any other user deletion once it's empty. Anything further pointing to that Id is ignored, including a profile link to the old Id which would now 404.

  • Is there anyone I can ask with DB access to rewrite the links for me? It should be trivial. – forest distrusts StackExchange Mar 7 at 23:25
  • @TheforestofReinstateMonica You could ask a user to use a bot to do so, or make one yourself. (Just be mindful of front page bumps.) – Sonic the Anonymous Hedgehog Mar 7 at 23:47
  • @SonictheCuriouserHedgehog Who would have a bot capable of doing that? It would be a lot easier if that could be done than writing one myself (and risking getting banned due to a bug). – forest distrusts StackExchange Mar 7 at 23:47
  • @TheforestofReinstateMonica Glorfindel runs their broken image fixer bot on all sites. I think you could get them to do it. – Sonic the Anonymous Hedgehog Mar 7 at 23:48
  • @SonictheCuriouserHedgehog Thanks! I'll try to contact him. – forest distrusts StackExchange Mar 7 at 23:49
  • @TheforestofReinstateMonica Though such a bot would not be able to fix meta posts unless it had 2k reputation on the main site (except for this site). – Laurel Mar 8 at 0:12
  • @Laurel This is for my account on Information Security, not Meta. – forest distrusts StackExchange Mar 8 at 0:17

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