Changing username

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<languages/> <translate> The name users of Wikimedia projects choose for themselves is not set in stone. Any [[<tvar name="stew">Special:MyLanguage/Stewards</tvar>|steward]] or [[<tvar name="gr">Special:MyLanguage/Global renamers</tvar>|global renamer]] can change your username. You can only be renamed to an account that does not exist (using [[<tvar name="mw-ext-ru">mw:Extension:Renameuser</tvar>|Renameuser]] extension). Contact any global renamer and ask for instructions.

You can leave a request to change your username at [[<tvar name="sr-uc">Steward requests/Username changes</tvar>|Steward requests/Username changes]].

How to change names[edit]

  • Please do not request name changes on this page.</translate>


  • Do not create the new account you want to change names to.</translate>

<translate> Add a request to [[<tvar name="sr-uc">Steward requests/Username changes</tvar>|Steward requests/Username changes]].

How it works[edit]

On request, [[<tvar name="stew">Special:MyLanguage/Stewards</tvar>|stewards]] or [[<tvar name="gr">Special:MyLanguage/Global renamers</tvar>|global renamers]] can change user account settings and article histories such that all previous edits of a given user are attributed to the new name. This has been done several times in the past, either voluntarily, or forced according to the policy on offensive usernames on the English Wikipedia. Account deletion is not carried out on Wikimedia projects, so if you wish to become anonymous after making edits with your account, the way to achieve this is to change username.

When a name is changed, the previous account ceases to exist, and the user may immediately log in with the same password under the new name. The user may wish to re-create the old account to prevent impersonation. In the case of forced name changes, the old account will be recreated and then blocked. Signatures in talk pages can be changed manually if desired. The deletion log and the upload log are not altered.

See [[<tvar name="arch1">Changing username/Archive1</tvar>|Archive1]] and [[<tvar name="arch2">Changing username/Archive2</tvar>|Archive2]] for details of requests made before bureaucrats were able to carry out this task.

See also[edit]

  • {{<tvar name="1">ll|Right to vanish</tvar>|Right to vanish}}</translate>


  • [[<tvar name="1">mw:Special:MyLanguage/Extension:Renameuser</tvar>|Extension:Renameuser]]</translate>


    • {{<tvar name="1">ll|Help:Renaming users</tvar>|Help:Renaming users}} - tutorial for Special:RenameUser tool</translate>


  • {{<tvar name="1">ll|Help:Unified login</tvar>|Help:Unified login}}</translate>

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This page was moved from metawikimedia:en:Changing username. Its edit history can be viewed at Changing username/edithistory

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