Wikiversity:Changing username

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Based on a change in the Global rename policy, local username change requests can no longer be processed. Following the policy, renames are requested on m:Steward requests/Username changes or m:Special:GlobalRenameRequest.

Historical reference

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.

Alternatives[edit]

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).

Instructions[edit]

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.


Usurpation[edit]

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.