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Option to limit main page username associations to post authors

Question and answer posts are the meat of SE sites. A significant portion of posts could potentially benefit from editing, but editing is a background curation function that, by definition, is not ...
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From "Reinstate Monica" to "Save Ukraine" [duplicate]

I’ve noticed that profile names are more and more used to display slogans or to make some form of propaganda. It all probably started with the “Monicagate” when a number of users across all SE sites ...
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Inconsistent alignment in the badge history for people with long usernames [duplicate]

There seems to be an inconsistent alignment in the badge history for people with long usernames. For example, in the badge history for the "Necromancer" badge, Sonic and iBug's usernames ...
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How can I get Devanagari characters in the display name?

When I opened my account here, I used "Niranjan" as my display name. Now I want to change it and have Devanagari characters in it, but the site doesn't allow me to do so. It says the ...
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Is it possible to manually update one's display name on comments/answers/etc. to avoid deadnaming? [duplicate]

Two months ago there was a question asking about whether it would be possible to implement some semi-automated tool for changing one's username in past comments, answers bodies, etc. I've recently ...
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Usernames starting with a multi character character are not rendered as expected?

For previous versions of this question, please see its history Usernames which include start with (eg) an Arabic Damma are not rendered correctly: Screenshot taken from Stack Overflow's homepage ...
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Can my username and profile picture be my company?

Let's assume I submit high-quality and unbiased answers, that contain no marketing ploys, no suggestions and no references to my company: they will be as unbiased as any other contributor's. Most of ...
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Name changes: updating past comments, alerts, and similar upon specific request

Alright, so - there have obviously been past questions about updating one's username, e.g. Changing user name does not update @lerts / cites?, Change all @username references in comments when a user ...
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Why I go by Rosie (discussion about people using pseudonyms for privacy reasons)

It’s been almost seven months since I joined the Community Team at Stack Overflow. I’ve been having a wonderful time learning the ropes, working with incredible colleagues across the company, and ...
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I mistyped my username [duplicate]

I would like my main Stack Exchange name to be "kserwick" not "kserwicl". (I found I could change it for the meta.) Can I do this myself or must I ask a moderator like this?
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Please use the new Mod/Staff label tech to identify Community as a bot

We now have some really fancy new staff and moderator labels. They've gotten good reception, and I genuinely like them—they work well. Included in response to this feature was a request by Laurel ...
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Has the staff and mod labels color code changed? [duplicate]

As per the post: New Staff and Mod Labels on site metas and Meta Stack Exchange, the moderator and staff label's color could be the below: But today I see the label's color is changed as below: So, ...
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New Staff and Mod Labels on site metas and Meta Stack Exchange

Update: As can be seen on this post and elsewhere on the site, the styling for the mod/ staff labels has been modified, and hopefully will not pop out and be as overwhelming as the original colors: ...
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Network profile shows old display name [closed]

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 ...
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Who can change usernames and when would they do it if there's no flag or impersonation of someone else? [closed]

For a short while, my username on MMSE was changed (not by me) to this: It's now back to what I originally chose: My prior research before asking this question was to check things like "why did ...
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Option to remove the @username references in the replies from your history, when you change your name [duplicate]

Regarding Change all @username references in comments when a user changes their name? and taking into account the issues raised. Rather than suggest a change, I suggest a reference removal from every ...
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Can Stack Exchange prevent users from signing up with a username that is already in use? [duplicate]

If you look at the Users section of Stack Overflow, and search for a username that is used often, like 'Someone', you will see many people with the same username. However, this raises confusion on who ...
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My comment was moved to a chat room, and it is not attributed to my site-specific username [duplicate]

On one of the StackExchange sites, I have changed my display name from pacoverflow to something else. Recently there was a question on that site in which a lot of people left comments, including me. I ...
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Is there anyway to see the original name of someone commenting before they changed it?

Take the accepted answer on this thread: OOP vs Functional Programming vs Procedural If you look at the comments, someone @'s techzilla. But who is techzilla? No one in this conversation is named ...
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Username not changed when question is made Community Wiki [duplicate]

I was recently browsing through Meta, when I came across this question which was made a Community wiki. When I was looking through it, I realized that the user who had asked the question, (Sonic the ...
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Line next to username on profile [duplicate]

My Retrocomputing profile shows a short line next to my username: I thought it might be like a placeholder for the "top x%" that's next to my profile on other sites where I have more rep, ...
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Oblique endorsement of violence in display-name

Is a display-name obliquely endorsing violence allowed on Stack Exchange sites? For example, "Arm the good guys in America"? The display-name is political and borderline offensive to me. Is ...
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🙋‍♀️ Emojis in display names?

It's been nine years since this beautiful post that states why we can use some Unicode characters in our usernames, but not others. With that in mind, I'm wondering if there are plans for this to ...
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Username / company association

This question touches on Is there ever a time to create a user for a company?, but (a) is not identical and (b) The terms and conditions referenced in some answers appear to have changed. (...
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Is username acceptability site-specific?

tl;dr version: If a username is considered acceptable on one site, is it necessarily acceptable everywhere else on the network or are there site-specific standards in username acceptability/...
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Why did Stack Exchange change my nickname suddenly?

My nickname was as "JoãoFodão" and suddenly it changed to "user743574". Why? Is it normal?
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How can I see history of my display names?

Keep short history of user display names - Meta Stack Exchange Add a tab in the Profile for 'Name History'. Where is this? Can someone screenshot this? Thanks!
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Do not allow moderator candidates to change their user names during elections

Some background: Why was this comment chain removed from the moderator questionnaire?: A candidate in the moderator election on SO recently changed her user name to make a statement about something ...
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Long usernames skew "Others with this badge" list item alignment [duplicate]

On the "Others with this badge" page (this one is a good example), if one of the users who gained the related badge has a rather long username, their profile's alignment will be pushed over ...
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Search for usernames across the network

In Charcoal HQ, from time to time, we create a detection for a username which has been used in a lot of spam posts across the network. We need to make sure that the username being considered for use ...
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Why are Unicode characters allowed in usernames?

I find it to be very informal, Some names can vary between Japanese letter/words (for example!) or mathematical notations. It makes it way harder to find these accounts in a simple search. For a site ...
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Let us know when we can change display name again

Once upon a time, we could see recently used (90 days back) display names, then according to this, to know when we can change again, in case 30 days didn't yet pass since last used name. However, ...
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The "recent names: 1" text appears next to the "Display name" field

I see the "recent names: 1" text on the "Edit profile and settings" page and I presume it's not something intended. It doesn't appear on all sites, but only the ones I recently joined1,2. OS: Windows ...
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Alignment issue in the individual badge details page

There is an alignment issue in the individual badge details page, when the characters in the user name is around 27 or more, it is not aligned correctly. The position of the "Awarded xxx" and user ...
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Username has Two Display Forms [duplicate]

I believe this is a bug? Question-in-question: Reward finding duplicate questions - +10, +2, -5 User-related: https://meta.stackexchange.com/users/138112/pekka
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Allow for more delimiters in display names

Currently, we can use a half-width space and a half-width hyphen - in our display name (username) as a delimiter. However, there are more delimiter symbols commonly used in the international ...
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Translating username on language Exchange sites

I would like to translate my (user)name to different alphabets/languages on Stack Exchange sites where that's appropriate, like the Russian Stack Exchange and Russian Stack Overflow. People shouldn'...
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F-words in nicknames. Is it still allowed after 10 years? [duplicate]

If go to https://meta.stackexchange.com/users and find some f-words we can find a lot of users with such words in their nicknames. Is it legally now? If not why they are not renamed (automatically)? ...
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Are excessively long display names for political messaging allowed on SE sites?

I've seen a number of users who have appended "Reinstate Monica" or "Supports Monica" to their display names, resulting in a very long name. Back when I started on Stack Overflow (around 9 years ago, ...
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Change the "community wiki thingy" so that it won't deadname users

I recently realized that, even though I changed my username a while ago (more than six months), some of my old community wiki answers are still displaying the wrong username. This bug has already ...
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How many usernames have been changed to support Monica?

I've noticed a (large) number of users (myself included, as will be apparent) on Stack Overflow have recently amended their usernames to include a "Show of Support" for Monica Cellio. I was wondering ...
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Why was my username changed without notice and can I change it again?

Yesterday, I changed my username and avatar picture to reflect something I find cool and interesting, combat ready rotary-winged aircraft (who didn't love the show Airwolf!). For clarity the username ...
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May I put my pronouns in my username?

I want to include my preferred pronouns in my username. Is that allowed? Allowed but discouraged? I just want to make it easier for everyone to know, so there's no faux pas.
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Relax rules around display names to include parentheses

It is occasionally useful for some people to include parenthetical information about themselves in their display name so that other people don't have to know to check that person's profile. ...
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Remove (optionally?) usernames and profile pictures [duplicate]

This is a Questions and Answers site, the actual persons asking and answering is a less important matter. There is hardly any difference between an answer provided by "user155098" and "chx". The ...
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Do I have a right for references to my username to be anonymized if I delete my account?

I'm posting this from an anonymous account for privacy reasons. I understand that, should I remove my account, content remains available. However, there are many references to my username scattered ...
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What are the most common first names of users on Stack Overflow?

I am curious about what the most common first names are on Stack Overflow. I wondered if there was a BigQuery I could write to accomplish answering this question, but it doesn't seem feasible. Does ...
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Setting vanity profile names? [duplicate]

Is there a way, that I am not finding, to have a vanity profile name? On LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, etc I am KellCOMnet; on stackoverflow I am /users/464228/christopher-kelly. If this is not ...
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Logging in to Data Explorer (SEDE) in another window changes name in the first

When writing a question a few minutes ago, I logged into Data Explorer in a private window. When I logged back into it in a normal window, my username had changed to "Stormblessed31729" due to not ...
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In the case of users with the exact same name, how do comment replies work?

My username isn't too specific (Jasper). Every once in a while, I come across someone else with the same name. And sometimes, we even comment on the same question or answer. Now, I don't mind all ...
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