I have a profile on Stack Overflow. I recently decided to change the name on my profile. I did this, but I made a spelling mistake! I wrote "Kryton" instead of "Kryten"! When I tried to fix this, a message came back saying that I can only change my profile name every 30 days. Why? Is there any way I can fix my profile name?

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    Perhaps there should be a five or ten minute free-editing period like there is for comments. – mmyers Feb 4 '10 at 18:32
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    @mmyers: How about we just get rid of the stupid rule that has no merit instead? – GEOCHET Feb 4 '10 at 18:33
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    And the problems begin... – juan Feb 4 '10 at 19:00
  • @mmyers - you should post that as an answer. – user27414 Feb 4 '10 at 19:19

Email team@stackoverflow.com to correct this problem.

You might also attempt to change your profile on another site, and then copy the profile to stackoverflow on your user account page. I don't know if this will work, but if it does please report back.

The change and discussion surrounding it is here:

Can we restrict the ability of users to keep changing their names?

You might consider changing this to a "feature-request" and asking that a grace period of 5 minutes be allowed for typos and such when one does change their name.


There is now a 15 minute grace period after every displayname change during which displayname may be changed as often as you like.

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    How about working on real feature-requests in SO rather than non-issues that only happen in meta? What happened to "meta is murder"? – xmm0 Feb 5 '10 at 12:15
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    @Fearless Leader: The guy keeps getting skewered for the perennial status-bydesign, and now you're complaining because he actually did something? ;) – mmyers Feb 5 '10 at 14:31
  • @mmyers: I wouldn't be so sure about that! Jarrod and Geoff do the real work. ;) </joke> I didn't get a leadership haiku btw, it was a spam haiku. – xmm0 Feb 5 '10 at 15:22
  • @Fearless Spammer: It was a reference to Rocky and Bullwinkle: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fearless_Leader. – mmyers Feb 5 '10 at 15:50
  • @mmyers: Oh, thanks for pointing out. Didn't know color TV existed back in 1959-1964!!! – xmm0 Feb 5 '10 at 16:47
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    Does the timer reset every time you change your display name? If so then you could just keep changing it, as long as you continually change it within 15 minutes. – Brad Gilbert Feb 5 '10 at 16:54
  • @Brad: Is that a big problem? Sure, it's scriptable, but I think such a user would find themselves quickly suspended once it was pointed out. If I realize I made a typo at 14:59, should I be forced to live with my next typo? *changes name to Fat-fingered Bob* – Gnome Feb 8 '10 at 9:20
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    @Roger I was just pointing out a possible problem. – Brad Gilbert Feb 8 '10 at 16:47
  • @Gnome, It's as small a problem as the problem the team is trying to solve with this 30day cooldown feature. – Pacerier Aug 18 '14 at 0:10

after a two-day grace period for new users, one display name change allowed every 30 days.

The owner ♦

Go to that question and explain your problem. Some of us are hoping that he sees some of the problem arisen from this.

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    Yet the chances of this being changed are incredibly slim. – alex Feb 4 '10 at 19:12

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