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Questions tagged [display-names]

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Do we really need to capitalize usernames?

I have just noticed that on couple communities (ELU, Money, Electronics and maybe others), the username is written in all-caps in the profile page. I would like to ask whether this is really necessary....
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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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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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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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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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A person using dictator identity in profile

Currently a persistent person is creating this user account in various SE sites, and then joining various chat rooms.. RegDwight has run out of moderation options for this. Can devs or other community ...
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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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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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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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Someone got a one-letter username

I recall that SE enforces a three-letter minimum on usernames. But, this doesn't seem to be the case here. There's no Unicode magic going on, his username really is just one character long: Looks ...
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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&#39;Thor or Rand al&...
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Allow Chinese names with less than 3 characters on Chinese Stack Exchange

...and possibly elsewhere on the network, but I really think it should at least be allowed on Chinese Language. I and many others are not able to use our names on Chinese Stack Exchange without ...
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A last tribute to the Tilde

Dearly Beloved, this has been a very sad week for all of us. Our good friend ~quack has lost what clearly was a largely important part of his Trilogy life. After a month-long struggle, he has given ...
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Suggest userXYZ that they should choose a “real” name?

There are, on SO, more and more users with names such as user220755, user281482, user198729, ... This is better than the "unknown (google)" kind of stuff we had before, but it's becoming quite ...
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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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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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Automatically trim more than one space between display name words

Current state: Let's say I decide to change my display name this way (notice more spaces between words): Then you'll see me on my user's profile this way (notice the only one space between words): ...
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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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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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Offensive Username

I'm not a prude - but f***vimmeanpeople seems like quite a rude and unacceptable username. Since we can't flag users - just questions - is it possible to make this username something a little more ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Display Name in Local Language

When I am searching my problem in Stack Overflow I saw display name in Chinese may be Korean I don't know. So I also try to change my display name in Nepali. I give my display name श्री खनाल but ...
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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 to do about trademarked usernames?

Over on Bitcoin Stack Exchange we recently had a minor self-promotion issue with a user. Nothing new or special there, except that the user's profile name is MtGox, the name of the biggest Bitcoin ...
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Can’t change username to an all-alphabetic word

TLDR: The alphabetic check is erroneously checking UTF-16 code units not Unicode code points! I attempted to change my username to the Gothic version, and I received the rather rudely rubicund retort ...
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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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Help! There are a hundred of me — Puppy Overflow [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Discourage people from using non-unique usernames We're all Rebecca Chernoff \o/ The other Loungers decided to have a bit of fun whilst I was afking, and a truckload of ...
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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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Why was a period added to my short display name?

I originally had "yx" as display name (when Stack Overflow still allowed 2 character display names). I did not change it, but I now see my display name contains a dot. Why was this change made? Even ...
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Can my less than 3 character username be grandfathered in when I edit my profile?

When trying to edit my SO profile, it will not let me save any changes to my profile, since my username (yc) is below the 3 character limit: Now, when I created my username, it was of legal length. ...
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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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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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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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Is the moderator diamond (♦) part of your username?

I noticed an answer referring to a diamond moderator by username, and the ♦ was included as if it were part of the username rather than a separate symbol. I was going to edit the post to remove it, ...
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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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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? ...