Here's another potentially dumb question. As I go through old comments, I find myself to have replied to @users who seem to have changed their name. Anyway, while I can guess to whom I was speaking, sometimes I have no idea.

Is it possible to change the @username in the comments when that user has changed his/her/their handle?

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    $\begingroup$ The feature request Change all @username references in comments when a user changes their name? is tagged (status-declined). $\endgroup$ – Martin Sleziak Jan 29 '16 at 17:55
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks for pointing that out @MartinSleziak. $\endgroup$ – Ron Gordon Jan 29 '16 at 17:56
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    $\begingroup$ The juxtaposition of the question title and the gravatar of Grampa Simpson yelling at a cloud is magnificent. $\endgroup$ – Asaf Karagila Jan 29 '16 at 18:43
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    $\begingroup$ Now I will only be able to read Ron's posts hearing them in Abraham Simpson's voice... $\endgroup$ – rschwieb Jan 30 '16 at 4:07
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    $\begingroup$ @AsafKaragila: I promise, the next question I ask will have the title, "Should we be like the boy, or do we like Roy?" $\endgroup$ – Ron Gordon Jan 30 '16 at 4:26
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    $\begingroup$ @Asaf: When the gravatar changes, your comment will need to be auto-updated by the system.... $\endgroup$ – Matt Jan 30 '16 at 10:13
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    $\begingroup$ @RonGordon, (or rlgordonma - your old username) I hope you are aware of this, I found it useful in such cases: normalhuman.github.io/oldusernames (Though running it on your username in Main Site took a while, with couple of wrong names, I guess due to deleted comments, still I was able to get some useful info!) $\endgroup$ – Jesse P Francis Jan 30 '16 at 11:23
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    $\begingroup$ @JessePFrancis: oh my! Thanks for pointing this out. $\endgroup$ – Ron Gordon Jan 30 '16 at 18:12
  • $\begingroup$ @RonGordon Is that a The Simpsons reference? $\endgroup$ – BCLC Jan 31 '16 at 4:26
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    $\begingroup$ @BCLC: yes indeed. $\endgroup$ – Ron Gordon Jan 31 '16 at 5:45
  • $\begingroup$ @RonGordon How dumb of me to not google without quotes $\endgroup$ – BCLC Jan 31 '16 at 5:47
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    $\begingroup$ @BCLC: hulu.com/watch/24537 $\endgroup$ – Ron Gordon Jan 31 '16 at 15:55
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    $\begingroup$ There are some funny-looking comments out there due to the fact that one of our most prominent users used to go by the name "moron"... :-) $\endgroup$ – Hans Lundmark Feb 3 '16 at 18:46

This doesn't exactly answer the question, still posting my comment to the question as an answer, for future reference:

Anyway, while I can guess to whom I was speaking, sometimes I have no idea.

You might find this tool useful to find to confirm your guess:

Old usernames by almost Living Forever NormalHuman (This tool helped me confirm my guess that his display name was changed last week, making this answer almost rhetorical!)

Edit: This tool is not accurate, for example, running it on Ron's profile gives few wrong names like "Chris", may be due to deleted comments, and note Asaf's comment below!

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    $\begingroup$ It should be pointed that this tool is not entirely accurate. I never used a different username, but it shows all sort of usernames when you put in my profile link. Including "downvoter" :-D $\endgroup$ – Asaf Karagila Feb 4 '16 at 18:04
  • $\begingroup$ @Asaf, I mentioned that in the comment, missed it in the answer! $\endgroup$ – Jesse P Francis Feb 5 '16 at 3:43
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    $\begingroup$ It says I have been Brandon, NeilTraft, user34377, minthao_2011, user52187, everyone, Q, LordBellington, Arthur, engi, and, get this: NormalHuman. "not entirely accurate" would seem to be an understatement! $\endgroup$ – Gerry Myerson Feb 5 '16 at 12:03
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    $\begingroup$ @GerryMyerson, something useful is better than nothing! $\endgroup$ – Jesse P Francis Feb 5 '16 at 15:21
  • $\begingroup$ Tool works perfectly for me. $\endgroup$ – bobbym Feb 5 '16 at 16:52
  • $\begingroup$ @Gerry: Had I known you were a Lord, I would have been much more polite when we met. $\endgroup$ – Asaf Karagila Feb 5 '16 at 20:50
  • $\begingroup$ @Asaf, not possible. You were the very model of politeness. $\endgroup$ – Gerry Myerson Feb 6 '16 at 2:32

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