I was just able to change my display name on Meta. I last did this about 24 days ago I think, but certainly not more than 28 days ago. Has the restriction that you must wait 30 days between name changes been lifted? Or is this a bug?

  • There's a short grace period for when you immediately change a name - so if no one comes up with an official answer in a couple hours, I'll re-change my Server Fault name and see if it goes through.
    – Grace Note StaffMod
    Apr 28, 2011 at 13:31
  • @GraceNote: That period is 15 minutes -- I just changed my name so we'll see if I can change it again in 10 minutes... Apr 28, 2011 at 13:32
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    @Theoy Hah! Not if my 15 minutes hits first! Though that'll require some crazy amount of chronomanipulation... but this is Stack Overflow! We're rife with a disregard for temporal stability! ♪
    – Grace Note StaffMod
    Apr 28, 2011 at 13:33
  • @GraceNote: I win! And yes, this seems to be broken. Apr 28, 2011 at 13:42
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    @Theun (again) Hah, you can't even tell that I already changed my Server Fault name. I'll steal victory by having done it in the future in the past! At least, by claiming that I did such.
    – Grace Note StaffMod
    Apr 28, 2011 at 13:43
  • @GraceNote: That's a good point, LOL Apr 28, 2011 at 13:44
  • I just changed my name so we'll see if I can change it again in 10 minutes... 9... 8... 7... 6... 5... 4... 3... 2... 1...
    – alexia
    Apr 28, 2011 at 14:17
  • And yes, reproduced the problem... I just changed my name again.
    – alexia
    Apr 28, 2011 at 14:35
  • I can see from your history that this is confirmed (and you had changed to The Mountain Exception on the 8th, by the way). Wonder if it's because the few people who used to change every other day are mostly inactive now. Or maybe it's just a bug.
    – mmyers
    Apr 28, 2011 at 14:54
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    All this talk of temporal instability reminds me of my favorite bug report I've ever submitted: Chat box on parent site showing conversation from the future
    – nhinkle
    Apr 28, 2011 at 17:28

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Enjoy your power while it lasts :)

This bug is fixed in the next build.


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