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Questions tagged [display-names]

For questions regarding display names and what is allowed in them.

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If I change my display name, will the change reflect in comments?

I am interested in changing my display name to my full name, but am concerned about losing the connective tissue in the comment threads I participated in. Because @name links do not appear to be ...
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Disallow user names which result in unclickable links

This is not a duplicate of Why are usernames allowed to be composed entirely of non-visible Unicode characters? as that simply asks why this ability exists. This is a feature request asking for this ...
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Username alignment issue in the Stack Apps site

There is an alignment issue with the displaying of usernames in the Stack Apps site's apps and scripts tabs. The last characters of the usernames are not being displayed correctly. Screenshot for ...
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Why does Stack Exchange not allow signing in with a username? [duplicate]

When I look at the URL to my profile I see https://meta.stackexchange.com/users/344066/jack-siro. I want to believe that 344066 is my userid or member number and jack-siro is my username all ...
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Why are some usernames on comments not a link to user profiles?

Sometimes when reading through user comments on a particular answer, some usernames that appear like user[digit] e.g user12345 are not links. Is this a known behaviour or any other thing I am not ...
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30 days rate limit on display name changing is not enforced

I noticed a user who was able to change their name after only 19 hours (and 2 minutes), somehow breaking the 30 days rare limit that should be imposed on this: The above proves the name change ...
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Old usernames stick to Community Wiki posts

On a whim the other day, I changed my meta name from Lord Torgamus to Popular Demand. I just noticed that the old name has "stuck" to the author tag of a Community Wiki question I asked before the ...
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Using possessive apostrophes after users' names [duplicate]

What’s a word that means deflect blame? In this post I posted comment in response to another. In the post, I tagged someone's username, but in its possessive form. I put a space in between the ...
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Get all messages which I sent with @username (Conversation of me & user)

I want all messages from a chat room which I ping to a particular user (conversation of me & user). There are many users that changed their profile name and pic, so we can't identify those users. ...
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Use of RTL Languages Causes UI-Disfiguration [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Will there be RTL support in StackExchange? Check out my current display name, and Hebrew comments below... (name now changed back, see screen shots below) http://img.skitch....
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Suspended user can change display name by copying it from another site

I'll start from the bug result: Having the name "Community", with 1 rep, is causing confusion when the user has lots of content and activity on the site, especially for new users. Also, the user ...
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Time left until I can change my display name keeps randomly changing

I tried changing my display name on meta this morning. I wasn't allowed; the message was: Oops! There was a problem updating your profile: Display name may only be changed once every 30 days; ...
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Usernames with weird unicode characters that are annoying and adversely affect formatting

I just came across this SO user whose username is Z̷͙̗̻͖̣̹͉̫̬̪̖̤͆ͤ̓ͫͭ̀̐͜͞ͅͅαлγo which spans more vertical space than "normal" characters when rendered on page, which looks ugly especially as a ...
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Why is a moderator on one SE site allowed to change my username across all communities?

Today I got this email from ArtOfCode, a Hardware Recommendations moderator, after he changed my username on HR from "Mͣͭͣ̾ Vͣͥͭ͛ͤͮͥͨͥͧ̾" to "user924": Hello, I'm writing in reference to your ...
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My username changed, but I didn't do it?

My username was previously "NetherGranite", but I came back to the Mathematics Stack Exchange to find that it was replaced with a generic "user____". Trying to change it results in a prompt saying ...
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Why do some people change their usernames when participating in different Stack Exchange sites? [closed]

I just realized that Stack Exchange allows users to have different usernames in different communities. It doesn't appear that it's common for people to change their usernames, but the ones that do, I'...
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Migrated question doesn't display a username on the homepage [duplicate]

My site recently had a question migrated over to it. The user doesn't have an account on our site yet. It's showing up on the homepage like this: According to What is migration and how does it work?, ...
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Add a way for moderators to search for users' profiles based on historical display names

Moderators have the ability to search for users by, among other criteria, display name. In my experience, this is a feature that isn't often needed, but when it's needed, it's bordering on ...
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Character Overflow™ on profile page with long usernames

I changed my username recently, to one I've used a long time in the past. Out of curiosity, I decided to look at how it's showing in my profile page, and it seems to be overflowing under the weight ...
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Is a changed nickname reflected in a user’s previous questions in the data dump?

A user is allowed to change his nickname. If a user submits a question “A” using nickname “userA” and then later on changes his nick to “userB” and submits another question “B”, in the data dump will ...
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Why are comment response notifications limited to one user name? [duplicate]

There are times where multiple users commented to a question I posted. Most had very useful information or suggestions and I wish to thank them all at once or ask them all the same question that is ...
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Username suggestion for new signups

I'm getting used to Stack Overflow lately and wanted to get involved more. My first contribution to Meta SO is that I want to suggest the usernames of newly signed up users. Their default username is ...
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Automatically revert an user's name to default when a post of theirs is deleted as spam/abusive

The last activity indicator currently reads something like asked/answered/modified x minutes ago by display_name, and obviously stays that way until a new activity is conducted on the thread. In the ...
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Would it be useful to block certain keywords in usernames?

From time to time there are random angry or confused users posting an offensive post, with a username containing bad words like f***, penis or nigg**. There also occasionally new users submitting ...
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Users can bypass the 30-day username change limit by constantly changing name within 15 minutes

Note: Not a duplicate of Name Change Limiting can be Broken, as the bug reported there is different; it has to do with account association, while this one is a completely different issue resulting in ...
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User has name nearly identical to mine, what should I do?

I found a SO-user today with a display name almost identical to my own, merely misspelt. Since I have been a registered user longer than the other user I suppose that I possess the right to my nick ...
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What is the policy on SE name changes and how to change it in a pinch?

I had changed my name to Troll. At the time I did not know of the internet definition of the word troll. After receiving lots of down votes and negativity I was then was told what it meant in a ...
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Where's my apostrophe?

My username has an apostrophe in it. I'm very proud of my apostrophe. But today it suddenly stopped rendering in chat! My name is showing up everywhere as things like Rand al'Thor or Rand al&...
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Are usernames required to be unique?

I recently changed my username to Undo. I was amazed when I pressed Submit and saw that it actually went through - surely someone somewhere was using this same username. Out of curiosity, I then ...
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Add a “Username History” to the profile field [duplicate]

While users may (and do) exercise their right to change their profile display name would it be useful to have a "Username History" or "Formerly known as" section in the profile. This could show the ...
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How do I see my previous user names?

After changing my user name, how do I see my previous user names? After GDPR, social networks have a data access tool where the user can see the previous user names and even biography texts and ...
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Greasemonkey: highlight your username in red wherever it appears (find your own posts more easily) [closed]

Install it on userscripts here The posts of the person who asked the question are highlighted in blue, so why can't our own posts be highlighted? It makes finding my stuff much easier. Highlights ...
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@Replying to non-alphanumeric usernames

The background to my question about comment replies has several parts, but I essentially have a single question. When using StackExchange on my mobile, it does not provide me with autocomplete when I ...
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If a user changed their username before their account is deleted, questions they voted to close show their old username at the time of closure [duplicate]

Imagine a user votes to close a question, and the question gets closed: closed as off-topic by Ivo Robotnik, User2, User3, User4, User5 Then, "Ivo Robotnik" changes their username: closed as ...
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Further anonymize deleted accounts by changing the username in close/delete notices

When an account is deleted, the username in the user's posts and comments is changed to a generic user<userID>. But the username stays the same on close and delete notifications on posts the ...
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In question lists, don't show “modified by SomeAbusiveName” when a post is deleted as rude or spam

When a post is deleted as rude/abusive or spam, people who can see deleted posts don't see the content directly -- they have to click through a notice to see what lies beyond. If the post is a ...
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Change all @username references in comments when a user changes their name?

The fact that a user can change their name at will can lead to some confusion in the comments. For instance, suppose a user named "foo" changes his name to "bar", all those comments signed by "foo" ...
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Display Username bug [duplicate]

I've a weird bug with my username on stack exchange and overflow. When I post a comment or replay a question my user isn't DataHearth but : a25bedc5-3d09-41b8-82fb-ea6c353d75ae There's a screenshot ...
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Is it a problem that 10% of SO emails tried were guessed by using the username and Gravatar account?

A recent Slashdot article speaks about how somebody was able to discover the email addresses of 10% of SO users through the username and Gravatar system. http://tech.slashdot.org/story/09/12/15/...
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Why am I anonymized on one Stack Exchange site but not on others?

On the main Stack Exchange sites that I use, I post under my own name. However, on the Academia site, which I post on infrequently, I am assigned just an anonymous user number. This is no big problem ...
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What are the criteria for a tag creator's userid to be shown or not?

Consider these Tag info pages: the Tag info page for the bounty tag. the Tag info page for the markdown tag. For either of these 2 pages, in the right column, it shows the typical Stats for each tag,...
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How much leeway do we give possibly offensive usernames?

The username of this user is "Assh O. Le". However, in his defence he has racked up 420 reputation and 19 bronze badges, so he's not without some merit. Should this be allowed as a "humorous" ...
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Disallow certain user names?

On Server Fault we have noticed a lot of people naming their accounts Server fault, Moderator, or new today Deleted account. This could lead to some confusion, and I would like to request they be ...
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Merging an account caused my username to change on a site

When my Information Security account was merged to a secondary (IS) account, at least my Super User username was changed to this secondary account's username (username history, "recent names", is ...
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Why aren't questions/answers/comments necessarily anonymous if votes are anonymous?

This is not a duplicate of questions asking about features that would allow users to post anonymously or about whether or not anonymous posting is allowed. I am asking why should the user/reputation ...
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Different interpretation of username with sequence of spaces

I noticed that if the username contains a sequence of spaces then they squashed into a single space. For example this user name displayed as Kto to (single whitespace), but actually his name is Kto ...
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Is there any logical alternative for selecting username? [duplicate]

Some SE Philosophy users are using numbers for their user name. It is difficult to identify them. Now the number has become a 7 digit number [e.g. user1234567]. So, isn't it good if they use some ...
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You should choose your Display Name when signing up

When a user signs up , their username is something along the lines of "user########" Granted, in the welcome email it does say something along the lines of "Head over to your user account page to ...
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What are the rules governing display names and avatars?

The discussion in this train wreck of a "question" led me to think of a real question. What display names and avatars are off-limits on the Stack Exchange network? I think I remember seeing a fake ...