86 votes
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Why was my username changed without notice and can I change it again?

Unless I'm mistaken, this is still the current guidance on what's allowed in user profiles. And while I find myself struggling slightly to suppress my skepticism, I'm willing to assume good faith ...
Jaydles's user avatar
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70 votes

New Staff and Mod Labels on site metas and Meta Stack Exchange

feature-request status-declined The words "Mod" and "Staff" are fine on the user card. However, the badges are too much of a distraction in the comments, especially when there are ...
41686d6564's user avatar
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56 votes

New Staff and Mod Labels on site metas and Meta Stack Exchange

Some things to call out: status-completed This is jarring to look at. Suddenly now my attention is taken up by the fact that a mod or staff member (or mysteriously both) has provided an interaction ...
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56 votes

Can we take a position *against* the moderator strike?

You have (at least on MSE) never been suspended solely for your username. You've been suspended several times for the behavior that goes with it, using your username to antagonize other users and ...
Tinkeringbell's user avatar
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45 votes

Why was my username changed without notice and can I change it again?

I used to view freedom as a license to do pretty much anything that wasn't illegal or unethical. If someone else was bothered by it, it was their freedom to be bothered or not bothered by whatever ...
fixer1234's user avatar
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42 votes

New Staff and Mod Labels on site metas and Meta Stack Exchange

feature-request status-completed Feedback The icons pop out too much, with the style they have now. The colours are much too rich. They only associate with "answered question" icons as shown ...
CausingUnderflowsEverywhere's user avatar
41 votes
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Why is a moderator on one SE site allowed to change my username across all communities?

Yes, moderators can push changes to your account network-wide. They can't change your name to something arbitrary, only the default "usernnnn" format.* Why? Because, if you chose to use a ...
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39 votes

Why I go by Rosie (discussion about people using pseudonyms for privacy reasons)

I was asked by someone to post an answer here stating clearly what the position of my department and the company is with regard to employees operating pseudo-anonymously. I want to be very clear: I ...
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38 votes

New Staff and Mod Labels on site metas and Meta Stack Exchange

Update 2021-08-12 The badges have since been updated to be much less distracting in the meantime, so this script doesn't serve much of a purpose anymore. If you're still a fan, I've made sure the ...
zcoop98's user avatar
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37 votes
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Please use the new Mod/Staff label tech to identify Community as a bot

Community bot now has its own label. It looks like this: A tooltip will show when hovering over the label with the following text: Community Bot — not a real person. Replies to this bot are not ...
Yaakov Ellis's user avatar
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32 votes

Why are some usernames on comments not a link to user profiles?

There are several cases where the username isn't a link to the user profiles. The screenshots below are from questions and answers, but it works exactly the same way in comments except that there isn'...
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32 votes

May I put my pronouns in my username?

Yes, it is allowed, since it doesn't offend anyone.* Whether it's a good idea, I doubt it. As I mentioned here, One thing to note is that @-replying might be going to look awkward, e.g. if you ...
Glorfindel's user avatar
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30 votes

May I put my pronouns in my username?

Adding pronouns to your signature is discouraged by many (most?) of your fellow users - because you're forcing us to focus on the pronouns business, which we would really rather not (especially given ...
einpoklum's user avatar
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26 votes

New Staff and Mod Labels on site metas and Meta Stack Exchange

feature-request status-declined Yaakov: There is a new help center page for staff. However, since the redesign of the user profile page has moved the clickable label for leagues to a different ...
Glorfindel's user avatar
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26 votes

New Staff and Mod Labels on site metas and Meta Stack Exchange

status-completed The diamond next to Community’s name has always been confusing, but now it seems a little more so than before: why should it have the same “mod” label as the people who moderate our ...
Laurel's user avatar
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25 votes

New Staff and Mod Labels on site metas and Meta Stack Exchange

status-completed Is it intentional that the new icon cuts/rounds off the top and bottom tips of the diamond? Personally, I liked the sharply defined points. The degree of cutting off varies from place ...
bobble's user avatar
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24 votes

How many usernames have been changed to support Monica?

To get an idea, I simply go to the Users page of a site (https://meta.stackexchange.com/users) and type in the word 'reinstate' in the filter to get an idea how many. There's 36 users per page. At ...
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24 votes

Do not allow moderator candidates to change their user names during elections

Name changes during the election should be allowed. Like Makoto I can imagine plenty of innocent reasons to change a username. I wouldn't object tying username changes during elections to some rules ...
Tinkeringbell's user avatar
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24 votes
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Why did Stack Exchange change my nickname suddenly?

I changed the username. It is vulgar in Portuguese. I understand that it is not intended as offensive, but vulgar language is frowned upon. Since this is a network-wide principle, I changed it network-...
Aloizio Macedo's user avatar
22 votes

Do not allow moderator candidates to change their user names during elections

I would disallow (or for a less bureaucratic setup: roll back when needed) name changes that somehow deceive voters. A name is meant to be the identifying mark and if the name change tries to ...
nvoigt's user avatar
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22 votes

Why I go by Rosie (discussion about people using pseudonyms for privacy reasons)

I thought I'd throw in another point of view for this discussion - that of someone who arguably is their persona on the site. While I appreciate and respect Rosie's reasons - I share many of them ...
Catija's user avatar
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21 votes

New Staff and Mod Labels on site metas and Meta Stack Exchange

feature-request status-declined Related to this request, I suggest to "unite" the Staff and Mod labels when a user is both a staff member and a moderator. Before: After: This is easily ...
Shadow Wizard Love Zelda's user avatar
21 votes

Why I go by Rosie (discussion about people using pseudonyms for privacy reasons)

There have been cases on this network itself that have had privacy and safety concerns. While I naturally won't go into detail, I can recall at least two situations where local law enforcement had to ...
Mithical's user avatar
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21 votes

Can we take a position *against* the moderator strike?

Just continuing to use the network as you always have and not signing the open letter is arguably taking a position against the strike. It's the online version of crossing the picket line. Also ...
Todd Wilcox's user avatar
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19 votes
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How far should we go in disallowing 'impersonation' in profiles?

This is a topic that has been discussed several times before in regards to public figures, impersonating specific users on the site, and profile pictures by themselves. In general, the attitude is ...
Brad Larson's user avatar
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19 votes

Relax rules around display names to include parentheses

One thing to note is that @-replying might be going to look awkward, e.g. if you type a comment (or chat message reply) it will autocomplete to @CBBailey(they/them). The system could for these cases ...
Glorfindel's user avatar
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19 votes
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Who can change usernames and when would they do it if there's no flag or impersonation of someone else?

For what it's worth, if I visit that page with your name in Chrome, right-click, and "Translate to English", I see your name becomes Nick Dattani. If I visit again, the page is not ...
Bryan Krause's user avatar
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19 votes

New Staff and Mod Labels on site metas and Meta Stack Exchange

bug status-completed Quick feedback: not a big fan. I feel like these are inconsistent with the overall style of comments/badges/tags. The new labels are overtly styled and simply jump out of the ...
Marco Bonelli's user avatar
18 votes

Old usernames stick to Community Wiki posts

It's not really possible to change your name completely on this site, since any comment (or chat message, I think) that ever @responded to you will still have the old name (and it's usually pretty ...
Laurel's user avatar
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