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I've been meaning to make this change for a while, so this was a good nudge to finally do it: From the next build on, if a comment thread contains a comment by a user whose name starts with a non-ASCII letter, then just typing @ will bring the tab completer up with that name: If all reply candidates start with "normal" letters (or numbers), then the tab ...


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I won't get into whether this particular name is offensive or not, but both Shadow Wizard and Rosinante seem to be of the opinion that this is 2012 and not the Victorian era, and so such words should be overlooked. While that stance can be justified in chat/speech/private lives, etc., I believe that if you're asking and answering questions or leaving ...


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First click on your user data in the top bar: (avatar, reputation, or badge counts) Then click "Edit Profile & Settings": Edit your profile and either save it only for the current site you edited the profile on, or save and Copy profile to all Stack Exchange accounts. Note that when changing display name, you have 15 minutes grace period to ...


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This is something we're aware of, and currently mitigating. We do have some rather comprehensive facilities in place to handle this sort of thing, however I consider this person to be highly competent and you'll probably see them surface some more before it ends. I've got some changes to send over regarding how chat is wired up to the spam / abuse ...


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A fix or this was just deployed, sorry it took so long to track down. The root cause was review audits, the common pattern in these users was they were owners of a post used for a positive review audit in the first post review queue. Down in the code was this: post.Owner.Reputation = deterministicFakeStats.Next(0, 10) * 5 + 1; post.Owner.BadgeSummary = "1=...


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Your name specifically was changed back by Shog9. Strictly speaking, we have rules against impersonation outlined in the terms of service (emphasis mine): Under no circumstances will Subscriber use the Network or the Service to (a) send unsolicited e-mails, bulk mail, spam or other materials to users of the Network or any other individual, (b) harass, ...


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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 problematic name or bio or whatever, and decided to put it on 100+ sites, it would be a HUGE pain to grab moderators from all of those sites to get it fixed. Solution: ...


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These usernames are clearly going to be offensive to a large number of people. I don't see why that user name by itself would be offensive to anyone. Your religious belief might be that no one should take that name, but someone else's belief might be the opposite. Also, there are plenty of people in the world who have that name. I had assumed that ...


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Who can see other users' past names? Is it only moderators? I don't see this on your profile on SO or MSO where I'm a regular user, but I can see it for a different user on Gardening & Landscaping, where I'm a moderator. So your guess is correct: only moderators & devs can view this info. Here's a screenshot, thanks to Jeremy Banks:


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If someone uses a user name that breaks site functionality, moderators will simply change that username and ask the user to rename to something harmless. If a user intentionally continues to break the site that way, they'll be suspended. Given how rare this is likely to come up, I think handling it manually is the best choice.


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A Stack Overflow moderator reverted your name back to the preceding name when we became aware you had changed it. Impersonating a moderator is not allowed; your profile About Me section shows that you hoped people would be confused by your display name: Oops I'm not Moderator, I'm Just a User ;) so we assumed you knew you were sailing close to the wind ...


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Some time in mid or late 2011, a change was made that affected this behavior. Current names are now shown on some old posts, such as the one I used as the example in the question. However, old names are still present in some places, which can be seen in the user card column of these search results (thanks Tim Stone!).


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Drugs are bad for you, m'kay. Don't do drugs kids, m'kay. That said, I don't think the name is offensive at all. If it is, please also do something about Blue Ice. With Ice being slang for crystal meth, and Breaking Bad still on our mind, surely that's crossing a boundary as well. But no, just because certain things are not that great for your health, ...


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Its just a name, who said a username would cause someone to use it. You're having a username: Bohemian, that doesn't force me to go and Drink the Bohemia Wine. This really does makes sense! Before imposing something onto others, you must take a note of that on yourself! According to me, everyone has right to do what so ever he wants to do! So, if he has a ...


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Your name was flagged as offensive on Code Review and a moderator there changed it. Then it got synced to your other profiles. Normally when a moderator edits a user in this way, they also send a message to let you know and explain that some names are inappropriate and so forth. I'll follow up with the mod to see what happened with the message, but in the ...


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Impersonating a person is against the rules, as is having a clearly offensive name. I would argue that this is neither. Clearly they are not the Jesus Christ so they are not impersonating a person (having the same name as annother person is not against the rules). And many people name themselves after a religious figure as an act of reverence or ...


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Look at the top of the cached page: There are still old links to your profile page floating around.


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Some users wish to remain anonymous and low key. They have no qualms with the autogenerated names and see no reason to change it. I don't see any benefit in making them change it either, since there's nothing to stop them from changing it to something just as meaningless as aksgdashdkjgw or jingleballs. If identifiability is a concern, then surely having a ...


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The reason is simple: you need to be able to read a post in order to vote on it, flag it, or otherwise react to it you don't need to be able to read a user name The reply system has removed most of the pain involved in trying to @ a user with a nonLatinalphabet name. (See the accepted answer to Dealing with "difficult" usernames in targeted ...


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It is the ・ (U+30FB Katakana middle dot, category "Po, Other_Punctuation") codepoint that is not allowed. Use a space instead, Katakana letters themselves are perfectly valid: The name is filtered with the .NET \w character class which includes any Unicode letter categories (Ll, Lu, Lt, Lo, Lm), connecting characters (Pc, connecting punctuation, ...


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If you change your display name, all of your old questions and answers will use your new display name. However, if anyone has @replied you in comments, the @replies will still use your old display name because they are part of the actual text of the comments. The old display name will also continue to appear on Community Wiki posts and chat transcripts. It'...


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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't any gray profile picture in comments. The first case is the one you mentioned: This happens when the user's account was deleted. This can happen if the ...


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This has been officially implemented. Note that this feature will not automatically complete names when the conversation is between the OP and 1 other person: it's smart enough to know that the @mention is unnecessary.


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In general, there's nothing you can do. If it's an impersonation, you could make a case (and this is especially important for, say, if someone is daring enough to impersonate a site moderator) if they're actively trying to pass themselves off as you. But in any other situation, I doubt there's much that can be done, or even should be done. Take Will as an ...


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Screwed that one up, didn't we? We made a change to the user validation pipeline in April of 2011 (!), but didn't correctly apply it to the unregistered post creation, only the user editing. The next build will reenable this validation, and it will also fix any existing illegal user names. Thanks for the catch. Oh, also: It took two years for this to be ...


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Sure, let's expose personally identifying information of people, without asking them. Not a good idea - in particular given that this can easily allow others to guess the email address from the username. ("myname - let's try myname@gmail.com, myname@hotmail.com...")


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It's not part of the username. You can tell this by going to any moderators' user profile. For example, https://meta.stackexchange.com/users/811/shog9 Notice the above link is not https://meta.stackexchange.com/users/811/shog9♦ When you're on the profile page of a moderator, you'll notice it says their name : ex: Shog9 (then moderator ♦) When you go to ...


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Given that your stated username was related to a bear with a particular affinity for people too young to be Stack Exchange members, I go out on a limb and say "Because people found it offensive". Approach the network in a professional manner please. You can give yourself a lot of names, but some are just a no go.


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