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What happened to my user name?

Instead of calling my by my name all StackExchange sites started calling me names like user291244. This started somewhere last week. Is this a bug, or is there another reason to be impersonal all of a sudden?

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    User #151405, you are hereby ordered to report to Room 139. These gentlemen will make sure you don't get lost on the way.
    – mmyers
    Sep 17, 2010 at 19:04
  • (Actually, all you have to do is edit your profile.)
    – mmyers
    Sep 17, 2010 at 19:04
  • And, so you don't get lost finding the profile, it's here
    – jjnguy
    Sep 17, 2010 at 19:05

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Technically you never told it your name. SE inferred the name from your open id. They don't do that anymore, so the inferred name was dropped.

  • Interesting, so is it a bug, or was the feature dropped for a reason?
    – iwein
    Sep 19, 2010 at 12:30

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