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Questions tagged [display-names]

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

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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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How can I change my name on a Stack Exchange site?

How can I change my name on a site in Stack Exchange network?
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What happened to this user's rep, badges, and name?

This user is only displaying 56 rep. https://stackoverflow.com/users/2354107/user2638924 But surely (s)he has much more than that. The user has also never given out any bounties. Also, badges ...
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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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Tab name completion for comments please!

I find I'm doing the Unix command completion/IRC name completion thing where I type a few letters of the username and hit tab when I'm entering comments. Please consider adding a bit of JavaScript ...
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Dealing with “difficult” usernames in targeted comments

Once in a while you wish to address a comment to someone in particular, so you type @ and then you pause ... because the username is l̕aͨŵƦȆ̴̟̟͙̞ͩ͌͝ƞCͭ̏ȇ ƇhƐȓ0nè or Ωmega. Short of using copy-paste ...
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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 ...
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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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Why does Stack Overflow allow duplicate display names? [duplicate]

What is the reasoning behind the design decision to allow users to create a display name which matches another existing users exactly? This is opposed to the common practice of enforcing unique ...
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Is it bad to use your “real name” as your user name?

I use my real name. However, I started wondering if this is bad and am considering changing it. I ask A LOT of questions on Stack Overflow, way more than I answer. Mainly because for most questions ...
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Add warning when changing display name

The policy on changing one's display name was changed back on February 4, 2010: only one display name change is allowed every 30 days However, there is no warning whatsoever when actually changing ...
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Why can I only change my Stack Overflow name once every 30 days?

I have a profile on Stack Overflow. I recently decided to change the name on my profile. I did this, but I made a spelling mistake! I wrote "Kryton" instead of "Kryten"! When I tried to fix this, a ...
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Name Change Limiting can be Broken

Steps to reproduce: Change your name on Stack Overflow. After some time it won't allow to change your name again for one month Create user account in Super User or change your name on Super User ...
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Who can see the “past names” field in user profiles?

There's a new numerical field in user profiles called "past names" which when clicked will display a dialog listing previous usernames and when they were last used. (I can only see this on my own ...
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Auto-expand @username in comments to keep the username up-to-date

Comment-discussions are becoming very inconsistent if users change their names, so it might be a good idea if @username would be automatically replaced by @userno on submission and autoexpanded to the ...
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What happened to my user name? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: My profile just went blank? My user name was/is ring0. My ID is now userXXXX at stackoverflow, serverfault and meta! What's happening?
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Make the “past names” list public info for 30 days after changing your name

So this new feature just got rolled out... There's a new numerical field in user profiles called "past names" which when clicked will display a dialog listing previous usernames and when they were ...
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One of my names is missing!

Off of discussions from here and here I went to go see it for myself on my meta profile. So i saw that it said I had 4 past names I clicked on it an my username Neal is not there: That is weird ...
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Prevent (or at least notify about) display names shorter than 3 chars

Until yesterday my display name was 2 characters. This ended when I started wondering about some issues with comments and notifications, went to meta, and found out that there is an important ...
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Zalgo in user names and effects on comments rendering

After viewing this user name (which contains a lot of Unicode) I had the idea to test if usernames allow ZALGO. To my dismay they do. Is this wanted? Together with ShadowWizard we did a quick test. ...
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How to handle people impersonating other people by choosing the same display name

What is done to prevent people from changing their display name to another persons', for example Jon Skeet, and then also changing their gravatar to match too? In comments it seems there is no ...
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Small but annoying problem: References to other answers are lost after name changes

There are answers or comments which refer to answers by another user's username without providing a link to them, if the user's name has changed there is no way to know which answer is being referred. ...
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Keep short history of user display names

It'd be nice if each user's profile page showed what previous names that user had recently used.
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Why are usernames allowed to be composed entirely of non-visible Unicode characters?

This user on Ask Different appears to have no name due to invisible Unicode characters: he's the #2 user on the site: Why is that allowed? I think it is confusing for users, e.g. when they will see ...
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Policy on display names [duplicate]

Curious on a habit I am starting to see on the trilogy. There is nothing stated on this in the FAQ so figured I would ask here. What is the policy on using a web address as your display name? ...
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Should you be allowed to change your handle in SO?

In SO you are allowed to define and redefine your handle at whim. I myself have done so but I was reading an SO entry from a while back to which the well known Jon Skeet made a comment to which ...
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Significance of the users like 'user<random number>'

It's been more than a month since I have started using stackoverflow. It has these users with user names in the format of "user-random number". I have observed them in some of the stack activities, ...
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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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Possibly offensive usernames

I flagged this user as having a possibly offensive name (another example): I said "possibly offensive" because it's possible it's a genuine surname I wasn't aware of, but googleing didn't show any ...
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Change default username from “Unknown” to “User{number}”

I just saw a user named: .yahoo.co.jpaqwsykcj3aulh3h1k0cy6nzs3isj Could new users be named according to their user-number, or something other than "Unknown"? Perhaps User1234567 instead? It would be ...
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What characters are allowed for the display name?

I tried editing my display name and for some names it gives me this error: Display Name can only contain a-z, 0-9, spaces, apostrophes or hyphens and must start with a letter or number That is ...
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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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Email and Username inconsistencies on StackExchange.com

EDIT: Looks like the miraculous return of this bug, which was apparently fixed over a year ago. (Reported partially before, but mistakenly marked status-bydesign) I recently changed my username to ...
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Flagging mechanism for offensive usernames [duplicate]

Is there a mechanism by which we can flag user-names as offensive?
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Why do some users have username “user########”?

Maybe I'm just missing something obvious, but what's up with this syntax? Is it because people sign up with e-mail addresses and use those for logging in, but don't bother giving themselves custom ...
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Why are you no longer inferring user names from OpenID?

A really cool feature was dropped with the introduction of global network autologin. Resulting in some discussion as one would expect: What happened to my user name? StackExchange suddenly forgot my ...
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Created a new user at Stack Exchange, but did not get the right username

I just created a new user at the Stack Exchange main site and made a screen name I wanted. But I ended up getting the generic name user527663 and I find no way to change that. http://stackexchange.com/...
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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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Is it possible to change your username? [duplicate]

I created a Stack Overflow account using my Gmail account. I would now like to change the username. Is this possible? If so, how?
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I changed my oldname to currentname … now the @me comments point nowhere

When I changed my old user name to current username the comments that address me by starting with @myoldname look silly and pointing to nobody. Shouldnt they by approriately updated as well ?? ...
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Can I get a one-time break on the name-change-every-thirty-days rule?

I had no idea -- perhaps there was no warning, or perhaps I didn't read it -- that if I changed my name it would be stuck for 30 days. I just want to go back to the name I've been using for months. ...
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How can I set my username in the Android app?

I am a new user and I'm using the Android app. How can I set my username? Is this possible at all from the app?
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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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User search doesn't work when name field is empty

User search should use the account name when the user's "Name" field is blank. Here are some accounts with blank names that aren't found when the names are typed into the search field on the Users ...
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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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Would it be better to encourage people to set a user name?

I often see users who appear as user12345 or something similar. I personally dislike this for a few reasons: I'd prefer to know who I'm dealing with I think the quality of questioning is generally ...
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Revert a display name change within 24 hours

Today I changed my username on Stack Overflow to something slightly obnoxious (Okay, really really obnoxious) to match some of the April Fools day theming going on with some other members. ...
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Permissible for display name to advertise another SE site?

Is it permissible to use your SE display name to advertise another SE site or Area 51 Proposal? Is this scrupulous or laudable? I don't refer to my comment box. For example, could I change '...
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Change name on the main Stack Exchange profile

I was able to change my name on all Stack Exchange sites, but not on the main profile at http://stackexchange.com itself. Is there a ways to do the change on http://stackexchange.com as well?
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How to change my chat username? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: switching which site is primary for a user How can I change my username in Chat? I'd like to participate in the chat for a site where I go by Tim, but the chat insists on ...