I changed my network-wide display name some time ago (from "Vikki - formerly Sean" to just "Vikki"), and the new name shows up correctly on my profile pages on the individual Stacks:

Aviation profile, correct displayname

Meta profile, correct displayname

QC profile, correct displayname

However, my network profile still shows the previous name:

network profile, old displayname

I've already tried updating my network-profile info, as detailed in the answers here, but the outdated displayname still shows up on my network profile. Why is this happening, and how do I fix it?

  • It worked fine for me about a minute ago, so that's odd. Are you behind a laggy server? Does clearing browser caches help?
    – W.O.
    Commented Jul 3, 2021 at 17:32
  • @ARogueAnt.: If the cause of this was SE's servers being laggy, wouldn't everyone be having this problem?
    – Vikki
    Commented Jul 3, 2021 at 17:33
  • I honestly don't know, but I'd heard the phrase and thought I'd try it out ;)
    – W.O.
    Commented Jul 3, 2021 at 17:36
  • Something similar happened to me before just to realize later that I was copying the info from the wrong site. Are you sure that's not the case here?
    – 41686d6564
    Commented Jul 3, 2021 at 18:00
  • @41686d6564: Aaand it turns out that I hadn't actually updated the network profile itself, even though I thought I had. >_<
    – Vikki
    Commented Jul 3, 2021 at 18:04

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Turns out I hadn't updated my network profile after all - I only thought I had. I'd definitely done the "save and copy changes to all public profiles" thingamajiggy when updating the display name on my individual-Stack profiles, and I thought I'd tried the "Update profile info" button on my network profile as well.

Apparently, I hadn't, as doing so fixed the problem:

well, that was anticlimactic

Protip: hitting "Save and copy changes to all public communities" when updating your profile on an individual Stack propagates the change(s) to all your other individual-Stack profiles, but does not update your network profile. Only the "Update profile info" thingy on the network profile itself can do that!

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    Correct. stackexchange.com doesn't qualify as a 'public community', so it's the only site where you have to pull the changes rather than push. Also, please check your Area 51 profile which runs on such an old version of the software that you have to update it manually.
    – Glorfindel Mod
    Commented Jul 3, 2021 at 18:42
  • @Glorfindel: Why not allow users to push profile changes to their non-public profile as well as their public ones?
    – Vikki
    Commented Jul 3, 2021 at 18:44
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    I don't know. There are/were plans of getting rid of the stackexchange.com profile altogether; perhaps that's why it's still working the way it does.
    – Glorfindel Mod
    Commented Jul 3, 2021 at 18:46
  • @Glorfindel: Thanx for the heads-up regarding my A51 profile - fixed now.
    – Vikki
    Commented Jul 4, 2021 at 16:29

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