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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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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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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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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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Correlation between reputation and use of actual name on SO

Has anyone looked at the statistical correlation between a person's reputation and their use of their actual name on SO vs. use of a "handle" or nickname? I sometimes see users with obvious "developer"...
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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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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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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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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 ...
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Remove (optionally?) usernames and profile pictures [duplicate]

This is a Questions and Answers site, the actual persons of asking and answering is less important. There is hardly any difference between an answer provided by "user155098" and "chx". The profile ...
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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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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 is a user allowed to have different names on different sites?

Why is a user allowed to have different names on different sites? It causes confusion and all.
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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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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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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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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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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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Invalid recent display name

I've recently joined the Game Development community and noticed, that there is one recent display name available in my profile: I never had such a display name on that site. BTW, the number ...
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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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