Wikiversity:Changing username

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The user name you choose for yourself is not set in stone. On request, Bureaucrats can change user account settings and article histories such that all previous edits of a given user are attributed to the new name. Currently, only users with fewer than 50,000 edits (edit counter) can be renamed. You can only be renamed to an account that does not exist.

  1. To change your user name on the English Wikiversity only, please make your request on this page.
  2. To change your user name on another Wikimedia project that has a local bureaucrat (see Special:Listusers on your wiki to check), please ask one of those bureaucrats.
  3. To change your user name on another Wikimedia project that has no local bureaucrat, please ask a steward at meta:requests for permission.
  4. Re-attribution of edits from an anonymous account to a username can not be carried out by bureaucrats.

This page may also be used for username requests related to unified login.

See Archive for old requests.


Change your signature[edit]

Instead of changing your name, you can change your preferences to change your signature. This will change your "public appearance" on talk pages without requiring costly changes to the database.

  • All your edits will be attributed to the same user. Although it will be your Username and not your signature that appears in page histories, most public interaction here goes on via talk pages.
  • If you have the desire and the patience, you can use "What links here" from your User: page to manually edit all your old signatures to use the new signature as well (probably not necessary in most cases).

Create a new account[edit]

You can simply create a new account with the desired name, and redirect your old User: and User Talk: pages to your new account.

  • Put a note at the top of your new User: and User Talk: page to explain the change.
  • This does not merge your contributions history; but anyone investigating the old edits will be redirected to your new one.
  • Again, if you have the patience, you can use "What links here" from your old User: page to manually edit all your old talk page signatures to display the new sig as well, using a piped link of the form [[User:OldUserName|NewSig]]. Use an informative edit summary so that people do not think you are tampering with someone else's entry on a talk page (a definite community no-no).


Please follow the procedure carefully or your request will not be fulfilled.

NOTE: You must not create the new account yet for this process to work. If the target username exists, the rename process will fail.
  1. If you have more than 50,000 edits, your account can't be renamed. If you are concerned you might have more, you don't need instructions on how to find out! (Hint for the rest of us: there is an edit counter at the bottom of your Contributions display.)
  2. Check the new name you want does not exist (Special:Listusers).
  3. Sign in with the account that you want renamed.
  4. Add your request in the section below, see the instructions at the end of the section (they are hidden in a comment you will see in your edit window).
  5. If you are a sysop, please note this fact with your request so that the necessary changes can be made.
  6. Once your request is dealt with, all edits from your old account will be reattributed to your new account. However, signatures you have used will not be automatically change, only page histories.
  7. You should check that the old account has been recreated and blocked to prevent someone else creating the account and impersonating you.
  8. You will probably want to move and redirect your userpage and talk page after changing.

User rename requests[edit]

Please put new requests at the end. Fulfilled requests will be immediately moved to Archive. See also special:log/renameuser

See Wikiversity:Username for proposed policy on user names.

BCG999 → RandomDSdevel[edit]

Status:    Done

BCG999 (discusscontribs) 18:29, 2 May 2013 (UTC)

User RandomDSdevel is reserved for a global account. Is this your global account or someone else's?-- Jtneill - Talk - c 03:48, 3 May 2013 (UTC)
It's my account; if you need me to confirm this, how would I do so? — BCG999 (discusscontribs) 13:13, 4 May 2013 (UTC)
A diff link for an edit made by RandomDSdevel to RandomDSdevel's user talk page on another wikimedia project where the RandomDSdevel account is SUL attached, with a statement to the effect you made this request is usually a good way to confirm who you are. -- darklama  15:28, 4 May 2013 (UTC)
When you ask for a 'diff link,' do you mean that you want me to link to one of my contributions from my talk page and put this link next to something that says that I am who I say I am?
BCG999 (discusscontribs) 21:09, 4 May 2013 (UTC)
See examples of "confirmation link" on this page for other requests. -- Jtneill - Talk - c 22:00, 4 May 2013 (UTC)
  • User did not respond to request for confirmation link, including request by Jtneill on BCG999 talk page. I would ping w:User talk:RandomDSdevel on enwiki, I have emailed the new username from BCG999, this would be a comment by you, logged in as the RandomDSdevel SUL account somewhere, stating that you are BCG999 here and are requesting usurpation. We do this to protect RandomDSdevel. --Abd (discusscontribs) 17:14, 20 March 2014 (UTC)

YesY Done RandomDSdevel → RandomDSdevel (usurped) and BCG999 → RandomDSdevel -- Jtneill - Talk - c 23:04, 25 March 2014 (UTC)

لطرش أحمد الهاشمي → لطرش احمد الهاشمي[edit]

Current Name: User:لطرش احمد الهاشمي Contributions

Reaname to:لطرش أحمد الهاشمي (contribslogsRenaming)

Reason:i want the same name in all wikimedia project

Confirmation: w:Wikipedia:Changing username/Simple/Archive151#لطرش أحمد الهاشمي → لطرش احمد الهاشمي

--لطرش احمد الهاشمي (discusscontribs) 15:15, 16 December 2013 (UTC)

  • same username change done on, per link provided.
  • log exists for target username here, automatically created, likely this user. No contributions here for target username.
  • Recommend rename. --Abd (discusscontribs) 17:43, 20 March 2014 (UTC)


Please use {{Usurpation requested}} on the talk page of the account you are requesting to usurp and also email the user to notify them that you have made this request. Also include a link to a confirmation edit on your SUL account's home wiki.

Please read the Instructions before filing a request.

King jakob c 2 → Jakec[edit]

Status:    In progress

  • Target username unused here.
  • Active SUL account for target username.
  • Original username was not renamed on Wikipedia to target. Original user page was redirected to new user page for target username; the redirect is hidden.
  • King jakob c 2 acknowledges being Jakec on Wikipedia, in edit to User:talk Jakec.
  • Jakec acknowledged this.
  • User was renamed on Commons as requested here.[1]
Recommend rename. --Abd (discusscontribs) 18:15, 20 March 2014 (UTC)
Target user account now exists, so I've switched this to a usurpation request and posted about this on the target user talk page. -- Jtneill - Talk - c 23:14, 25 March 2014 (UTC)
I should have reported that I checked the log for Jakec. Jakec was "created automatically" 18:12, 11 February 2014, after the user filed this request, when this user logged into the SUL elsewhere and looked at Wikiversity. (Special:Log/Jakec)
  • When this request was filed, the SUL account did not exist as such, according to CentralAuth.
The SUL account was "registered 18:12," 11 February 2014.[2] That is an attachment date, and a whole series of wikis show that attachment date, including Wikiversity.
Only SUL Jakec could have created that log entry, and from the other evidence shown, Jakec is King jakob c 2. So please go ahead, and there is no need for a Jakec (usurped) account. This is the same user. --Abd (discusscontribs) 00:19, 26 March 2014 (UTC)

Hosiryuhosi → Rxy[edit]

Status:    In progress

  • Target SUL account active.
  • Confirmation is in Japanese. Rxy acknoweldges, from google translate: (This is a sub-account of Hosiryuhosi).
  • No edits of target account here, only autocreation.
  • Recommend rename. --Abd (discusscontribs) 18:25, 20 March 2014 (UTC)
  • Target user account exists, so have requested usurpation on that talk page and shifted this to a usurpation request. (If doing this seems unnecessary, please let me know.) -- Jtneill - Talk - c 23:29, 25 March 2014 (UTC)
James, unless there is something I've missed, the target account only exists because it was created automatically by the CentralAuth mechanism, by this user. The autocreated account is for the SUL account of the requestor. Please go ahead. --Abd (discusscontribs) 15:29, 10 April 2014 (UTC)

IndianWikipedian - Anup[edit]

Status:    In progress

IndianWikipedian (discusscontribs) 12:30, 20 March 2014 (UTC)

  • Existing local user has been notified.[3] User does not have email enabled.
  • However, existing local user has no edits. (Contributions Logs)
  • Home wiki diff verified as notice of username change from IndianWikipedian to Anup on en.wikipedia.
  • Usurpation recommended. --Abd (discusscontribs) 15:59, 20 March 2014 (UTC)

Juan de Vojníkov → Juandev[edit]

Status:    In progress

  • While filed as a rename, this is technically a usurpation, because Juandev has long existed and edited. I will move it to that section; however, it is clear that Juandev = Juan de Vojnikov. If Juan de Vojnikov usurps Juandev, the custodian rights will travel with it. There are few edits for Juandev, and I understand that the MediaWiki extension allowing account merge is not enabled. Hence:
  • Usurpation recommended. --Abd (discusscontribs) 15:11, 14 April 2014 (UTC)

ArchiveBot → ArchiveBot (usurped)[edit]

Status:    Done

Done by a steward, since there are no active crats on this project -FASTILY 09:54, 23 May 2014 (UTC)

D abhi → Abhinav[edit]

Status:    In progress

  • Datestamp: 20:51, 6 June 2014 (UTC)
  • Reason: To merge into SUL. Confirmation : diff

D abhi (discusscontribs) 20:51, 6 June 2014 (UTC)

Narayan557 → Narayan[edit]

Status:    In progress

  • Datestamp: 21:05, 3 August 2014 (UTC)
  • Reason: I'm using the username Narayan on some different wikimedia projects (homewiki: nl). I created this temporary account to ask for a SUL unifaction of the account Narayan. A confirmation edit on my home account can be found [here].

Narayan557 (discusscontribs) 21:05, 3 August 2014 (UTC)