I just noticed that somebody else is using the name "duffymo" on Stackoverflow. They just signed up today.

The question is here.

If this is indicative of the kind of question this person will be asking, I'm worried that people will confuse him/her with me. I can develop a bad rep on my own, thank you.

Is there any way to delete this ID before they make me look like a big, fat eejit? Thanks.

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    Too late, man. Did you see that "question"? Mar 10, 2010 at 1:51
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    So you're saying you don't want to know "How to search usenet for programming questions?" Mar 10, 2010 at 2:02
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    From the title I thought someone stole your network card! Mar 10, 2010 at 2:33
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    ...how do we know that you are the real duffymo!?
    – Sampson
    Mar 10, 2010 at 2:51
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    Uh....I've got a note from my mommy. Will that do?
    – duffymo
    Mar 11, 2010 at 0:07

2 Answers 2


If he starts using your gravatar, vee vill fiya ze lezars! :)

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    Will you be talking in a fake accent while you are doing that? Mar 10, 2010 at 3:24
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    Actually I'd be speaking with a real accent, just not my own ;)
    – Sampson
    Mar 10, 2010 at 3:28

There is no requirement that user names be unique so I don't think it would be fair to delete the ID on that basis (there may be other reasons, though). Unless you feel that there is some sort of abuse or fraud that goes with the name choice, I don't think you have a case.

But you are free to change your name to something else.

Personally, I wouldn't worry about it at this point. You have no indication that this user is going to establish any sort of lasting presence on the system... and your Gravatars are unique.

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    This is obviously aimed at the original duffymo in some way. If it happens again, I would talk to the moderators about it.
    – Pekka
    Mar 10, 2010 at 1:58
  • Agreed. If there is some sort of abuse or fraud that goes with the name choice, I would consider that grounds for action. Adding that to my answer. Mar 10, 2010 at 2:00
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    "But you are free to change your name to something else." - not an option, unless you're telling me that Robert C. Cartaino is available. I was duffymo first. S/he ought to give it up, not me.
    – duffymo
    Mar 11, 2010 at 0:03

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