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Display name can contain full stops, diacritics, and underscores as well - message should mention this

Full stops and underscores should be added to the list below when editing display names.
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How do I update my global username to match my community username?

I’ve looked through the answers to this question dating from 2009-2018 and don’t find any relevant answers as I already know how to change my username on a specific community. I am at my global ...
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Display author name while editing a question or answer

I was editing an answer and wanted to say "we can also write this if [author name] agrees" but noticed that the author name was written nowhere on the post edit page interface. I had to open ...
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Why doesn't the username in mentions not get auto-edited when the original one does? [duplicate]

I used to go by "d4rk4ng31" (um, as you might have already guessed, silly teenage years) which then I changed (long back, but I just noticed this as I am not a very active member anymore). I ...
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Tapping on username while commenting after @ symbol with a high probability leads to invalid system response on touch screen devices

It's very hard to correctly select user name while commenting on mobile devices. Even when tap is marked inside the tooltip with username, as the result system decided that I tapped on the link from ...
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Can we take a position *against* the moderator strike?

I've been previously banned for stating, "I stand against Israeli apartheid" And for having the nickname "Israel is an apartheid state", I've reviewed the merits of this strike, ...
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No space between "bounty" and the username in bounty notices [duplicate]

This might be the smallest bug, however, it is irritating to see the username is connected to "bounty" with a period. There have been times when I think that could be a particular syntax on ...
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Long usernames overflow revision list headers

When a user has a long name without spaces, their name overflows the revision header, as can be seen e.g. here:
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What *are* the restrictions to the scripts one can use on one's username?

I was intending to test out how to ping someone with a non-ASCII username - as part of the response to this post. Since it specifically spoke about non-English languages, and frankly, it amused me, I ...
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Stack Overflow should not allow non-ASCII usernames!

I find this very unprofessional when people can choose any set of characters for their names. This makes no fun when you try to tag them (using the @ symbol), or search them in the site. It looks very ...
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Why doesn't my profile on a new site show my name?

I am an active user of Stack Overflow and several other Stack Exchange sites. Today I wanted to leave a comment on a question at, so I clicked through to make a linked ...
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What about sensitive details being retained in the chat and related things?

There was a question implying some sensitive information. And the user asking the question used their real name. Plenty of the comments were moved to the chat. The user was suggested to not use their ...
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We talk a lot about offensive usernames

Today we had the following question posted: What is SE policy regarding potentially offensive screen names? The specific user mentioned had already been taken care of, but the question is asking about ...
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What is SE policy regarding potentially offensive screen names?

A user has chosen a screen name that could be construed as deeply offensive. Actually, aside from the possibility that it is intended as a joke (ie tongue-in-cheek), it can't be regarded as other than ...
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Why do I have numbers in my username when I logged in to SEDE?

Today I logged in at using my Stack Overflow account. I got surprised when I found numbers in my username in the top bar. My username is Cédric, but when I logged in, ...
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Should users be allowed to use "admin" as their username? What about offensive words?

I would like to know more about the policies for users when creating their accounts in the SE/SO network. One of the questions I have is if there are policies and restrictions on the use of some ...
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Is there some difference between typing a username and using the auto-complete?

When typing (or editing) a comment, after typing @ and the first letter of a username, we're offered the choice of usernames that were in the conversation and can input them into typing the whole ...
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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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