Wikinews:Changing username

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The user name Wikinewsies choose for themselves is no longer 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. You can only be renamed to an account that does not exist.

  1. To change your user name on the English Wikinews 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.


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 sig 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 sig 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. Check the new name you want does not exist (Special:Listusers).
    Under no circumstances will an account with edits be usurped; this is an attribution requirement of Wikimedia project licensing.
  2. Sign in with the account that you want renamed.
  3. Copy the following text and paste it at the very bottom of the "Requests" section.
   {{subst:Renameuser|CURRENT|NEW|Reason for requested renaming}} ~~~~

In addition:

  • If you are re-naming to be consistent with a username on another project, please include a diff to an edit with that account saying you want to rename on wikinews, to prove you really own the account on the other project. If you have a unified account under the SUL system, you should assert you want the change with your 'home' wiki
  • If you are a sysop, please note this fact with your request so that the necessary changes can be made.
  • Once your request is dealt with, all edits from your old account will be reattributed to your new account.
  • You should check that the old account has been recreated and blocked to prevent someone else creating the account and impersonating you.

Current requests[edit]

Please put new requests at the end. To expedite your request, post a note on the talk pages of all bureaucrats. You may find a list of bureaucrats at WN:A. Fulfilled requests will be immediately moved to /Archive. See also special:log/renameuser.

Null → Echo[edit]

  • Not done as 'Null' is not registered on enwikinews (See SUL reports). Past practice has been to rename a "desired" username to "desired_usurped". And, as-stated at the top of the page, a confirming edit on the home wiki with the account which is to be renamed is required before any renaming will take place. --Brian McNeil / talk 09:23, 24 January 2014 (UTC)

Terence Ong → Terence[edit]

  • The large 'retired' notice is a little confusing; in any case, can you make a confirming edit on enWP and link to diff of such here please?--Brian McNeil / talk 11:08, 26 September 2010 (UTC)

Diego Grez → El Muñeco Shakes It Up, Baby[edit]

Lambda2 → Lambda[edit]

SalfEnergy → Wagner[edit]

SUL unification, diff

Mikhail Castelein → Numbakoe[edit]

  • Current name: Mikhail Castelein (talk · contribs · logs · block log)
  • Requested name: Numbakoe (SUL reports: old & new) (rename user)
  • Reason: I would like to change my username in Numbakoe. It's already changed in many other languages of Wikipedia. All names 'Numbakoe' in other languages are my accounts. To prove, most of them are still linked to my old account (cfr. Usertalk pages) and are recentley changed. Thanks in advance. Mikhail Castelein (talk) 19:44, 17 January 2012 (UTC)
  • "To prove, most of them are still linked to my old account (cfr. Usertalk pages) and are recentley changed." I'm afraid I don't understand this, and because it relates to proof it seems rather critical to your request. Blood Red Sandman (Talk) (Contribs) 19:04, 10 February 2012 (UTC)

Fox → Foxj[edit]

Pilif12p → Frood[edit]

None (SUL request) → Madman[edit]

N tmp → N[edit]

Confirmation link:

N tmp (talk) 13:51, 1 March 2012 (UTC)

Thank you. --N (talk) 15:35, 1 March 2012 (UTC)

(none) → Deepak[edit]

  • Not done. This request does not make sense; (none) (talk · contribs) does not exist. Please refer to the SUL information on meta, and provide an actionable request. --Brian McNeil / talk 15:25, 20 May 2012 (UTC)

Andre Kloer → Watisfictie[edit]

  • Please mention the source username and target usernamre in a diff on your home/promary project - not just the target username. --Brian McNeil / talk 12:24, 22 June 2012 (UTC)

Bungopolis → Aomarks[edit]

None (SUL request) → Barrister[edit]

Two of six wikies have renamed old users Barrister on smth else without any questions, two of them are considering my requests and they will fulfill my request and this is only one site where you can't do this, so what the reason?-- (talk) 20:10, 16 August 2012 (UTC)
  • Because you're asking for user "None/Blank" to be renamed to "Barrister".
File a competent request, please. --Brian McNeil / talk 06:10, 17 August 2012 (UTC)
Oh, okay. I have just filled the request by the examples on another wikies.-- (talk) 08:33, 17 August 2012 (UTC)]

Barrister → Barrister (renamed)[edit]

Look at this again, please -- (talk) 12:11, 17 August 2012 (UTC)
  • One assumes the non-mangled confirmation link is supposed to be this, as-opposed to an explosion in a statistician's office. I hope to gawd you're nor referring to this dictionary definition with the username. Bad handwriting may-well go with the profession, but excellent spelling and grammar are prerequisites. --Brian McNeil / talk 16:13, 18 August 2012 (UTC)

(SUL) → Deepak[edit]

I want to usurp User:Deepak for complete SUL . conformation link here-- (talk) 15:51, 10 November 2012 (UTC)

Katarighe → Cyfraw[edit]

Readopedia → Energybender[edit]

Jurgen1996 → JurgenNL[edit]

Blackjogger → TourEiffel[edit]

Done, but why request renaming on a project where you didn't have any edit history? The only edit that got moved over to the new name was the edit you made here to request renaming. --Pi zero (talk) 15:28, 27 February 2013 (UTC)

Hippo_et → Hippo[edit]

ChimpNews → .AlexB.[edit]

Done --Pi zero (talk) 17:44, 17 May 2013 (UTC)

ArkBlitz → csolisr[edit]

Not done You haven't provided evidence that you own the destination account (per the instructions, above), and the destination already exists. --Pi zero (talk) 17:40, 17 May 2013 (UTC)

Meand → Me and[edit]

Done --Pi zero (talk) 17:36, 17 May 2013 (UTC)

BCG999 → RandomDSdevel[edit]

  • Current name: BCG999 (talk · contribs · logs · block log)
  • Requested name: RandomDSdevel (SUL reports: old & new) (rename user)
  • Reason: I wish to mirror the username change that I made on Wikipedia and have requested on Wiktionary to rid my username of my initials across all Wikimedia wikis which I use to avoid SUL conflicts

BCG999 (talk) 17:39, 2 May 2013 (UTC)

Not done There's only one edit to move, namely the one making this request; also, almost incidentally, the destination account already exists here (with zero edits) and no evidence is provided that you own the destination account. --Pi zero (talk) 17:31, 17 May 2013 (UTC)

William (SUL Request)[edit]

Not done User:William hasn't made a single edit on this project, so there's really nothing to rename; while, on the other hand, User:WilliamUK already has an edit here, namely this request. --Pi zero (talk) 17:25, 17 May 2013 (UTC)
You don't understand. I own the SUL for William, home wiki de.wiktionary. I am using WilliamUK so that I can request the Williams who aren't me on other projects are moved out the way; specifically I am using WilliamUK so that I don't have to edit logged out. I am not requesting User:William here be renamed to User:WilliamUK. WilliamUK (talk) 18:26, 17 May 2013 (UTC)
Done Renamed William to William usurped old. --Pi zero (talk) 19:44, 17 May 2013 (UTC)
Much obliged. WilliamUK (talk) 20:55, 17 May 2013 (UTC)

Lester Foster → Küñall[edit]

Um. There's already an SUL under that name. Is that you? (And can you provide evidence?) --Pi zero (talk) 03:32, 9 August 2013 (UTC)
might this suffice? (talk) 05:02, 21 August 2013 (UTC)
Done --Pi zero (talk) 02:32, 29 August 2013 (UTC)

Djdubay → Djd[edit]

Done --Pi zero (talk) 03:40, 9 August 2013 (UTC)

Ajl772 → Radar33[edit]

Done --Pi zero (talk) 15:58, 21 September 2013 (UTC)

Guycn1 → Guycn1 (unused)[edit]

Thank you, Guycn1 (talk) 21:48, 15 September 2013 (UTC)

Done --Pi zero (talk) 16:04, 21 September 2013 (UTC)

Newjerseyliz → Liz[edit]

Done There was an existing unused account Liz, which I renamed to LizUsurped. --Pi zero (talk) 06:32, 15 November 2013 (UTC)

King jakob c 2 → Jakec[edit]

Done --Pi zero (talk) 13:52, 17 January 2014 (UTC)

Maryline_Anak_Martine → Miss_Moo_Moo_Cow[edit]

Done --Pi zero (talk) 12:31, 31 January 2014 (UTC)

لطرش أحمد الهاشمي → لطرش احمد الهاشمي[edit]

Current Name: لطرش احمد الهاشمي

Reaname to:لطرش أحمد الهاشمي (contribslogsRenaming)

Reason:i want the same name in all wikimedia project

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

--لطرش احمد الهاشمي (talk) 16:29, 15 December 2013 (UTC)

This request is misformatted. Did you use the technique described at the top of the page? --Pi zero (talk) 02:27, 17 January 2014 (UTC)

Scott Martin → Scott[edit]

Done fwiw. --Pi zero (talk) 12:05, 11 March 2014 (UTC)
Much obliged. Scott (talk) 17:15, 12 March 2014 (UTC)

IndianWikipedian → Anup[edit]

  • Current name: IndianWikipedian (talk · contribs · logs · block log)
  • Requested name: Anup (SUL reports: old & new) (rename user)
  • Reason: My username IndianWikipedian was recently renamed to user:Anup and SUL unified with the same. I'm requesting usurpation of user:Anup for the purpose of SUL unification. I made a failed attempt to login the requesting username IndianWikipedian, therefore requesting the same using my legit alternative account Anupmehra. Thank you! Anupmehra (talk) 12:07, 20 March 2014 (UTC)
Done I have renamed the unattached account "Anup" to "Anup (usurped)". To my understanding of the situation, that should allow you to expand your "Anup" SUL into en.wn.
You should use account Anup to put a {{doppelganger}} template on User:Anupmehra. --Pi zero (talk) 13:31, 20 March 2014 (UTC)

Ilya K → Ilya[edit]

Done --Pi zero (talk) 16:09, 22 March 2014 (UTC)

Stokeswiki → SimpleEditor1000[edit]

  • Current name: Stokeswiki (talk · contribs · logs · block log)
  • Requested name: SimpleEditor1000 (SUL reports: old & new) (rename user)
  • Reason: To help protect identity of avoiding username being known to represent my identity of my last name. Also hide my last name in the username "Stokes"wiki from being relevant to my other online profiles.
Done. You'll need to merge the accounts once you've got them renamed. --Pi zero (talk) 15:49, 6 May 2014 (UTC)

EarthUSAwriter → Editor of Wisdom[edit]

ArchiveBot → ArchiveBot (usurped)[edit]

Done --Pi zero (talk) 10:24, 13 May 2014 (UTC)

D_abhi → Abhinav[edit]

Done, usurping unused destination account (now Abhinav (usurped)). --Pi zero (talk) 10:43, 7 June 2014 (UTC)

Dudel250 → Lor[edit]

Done Renamed unattached account "Lor" to "Lor (usurped)", and "Dudel250" to "Lor". --Pi zero (talk) 22:27, 21 July 2014 (UTC)

Computerjoe → RetiredUser138857941938[edit]

Done Good luck in whatever life brings to you. --Pi zero (talk) 22:34, 21 July 2014 (UTC)