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It seems overboard to classify the mere labeling of oneself anti-gay as hate speech. Would this apply for example to the username anti-x for various labels x that can be applied to people, for example christian, atheist, homophobe, etc? At any rate, the more unarguably germane issue is that the username is disruptive and inflammatory, not to mention poor ...


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There are very few policies regarding usernames. See Username restrictions and How permissive should we be with user names? for discussions of the general matter. But impersonation is not admitted. However, since you say the famous person in question passed away already, it cannot be considered as impersonation. It may be in bad taste; my reaction might ...


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Jihad is also a (given) name; see the disambiguation page of Wikipedia for example to find several people having this name and a Wikipedia page. Or, search a bibliographic database, like MathSciNet or Zentralblatt MATH. I just did so for the latter "Jihad" in the author field yields 10 publishing mathematicians that have that name. It is at least ...


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Reminds me of this SMBC comic:


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It seems you purposefully chose a word that is similar to what according to you is an inappropriate word. It is not very clear why you even need to ask why this was changed. Basically you tried to place the name right next to the line of what is inappropriate but just to the appropriate side in your opinion. This is like somebody that puts their finger ...


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I haven't found anything threatening in the history of either of the users with this name. Therefore I will not do anything at this time. I obviously did not check all their posts, so I may have missed something. Christian, if you have been the target of a verbal threat from either of these users, please @-ping me (you can do this "semiprivately" from one ...


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Jihad by definition doesn't mean to kill westerners. I am uneasy about the names but I don't let it concern me and neither should you. Since it can't be proven one way or the other of their intention, forcefully changing the name is wrong. This action can cause people to dispise westerns when they had no problem before. Don't let fear of what you don't ...


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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 ...


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There is no problem in itself with close or identical usernames. There is a quite active user quid on money.se that is not me. There are any number of users named John, some of them likely actually named John others just picking it as some common name. And so on. This was also said in the message: "even identical user names are possible." The ...


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is there a way to flag a user profile directly? There isn't, only posts and comments can be flagged. If not, what should one do instead? Besides using the contact link, you can also flag one of your posts and explain the situation (include a link to the problematic profile). This may, especially on weekends, lead to a faster reaction than the contact ...


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From the Meta Stack Exchange How do comment @replies work? thread: Matching is performed in reverse chronological order, so if five people named John are participating, @john will match the most recent John. Note that only users that have somehow participated in a post receive notifications of @replies. From the same answer, the complete list of the types ...


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EDIT: Originally I suggested using SEDE (see below). But probably a better option is to use some tool getting data about the usernames from Stack Exchange API, such as the one mentioned in the comments. (It is also mentioned in some other places - on this meta: To whom am I replying?, on Meta Stack Exchange: Make the “past names” list public info for 30 days ...


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Since the link in the accepted answer seems to be dead, here is a solution using SEDE. We're looking at comment replies used below posts by a given users and after comments by a given user. This is by no means foolproof, but usernames of the given user are certainly more likely to appear in such replies. Usernames used in possible comment replies to posts ...


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Go to your Profile page (on the main site, it doesn't work on Meta), change your Display Name and scroll down. You'll find two Save buttons; one to apply this change for this site only, and to apply it to all sites on the Stack Exchange network.


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As a moderator and many others have noted, comments are ephemeral in the StackExchange scheme of content. So avoid leaving important content only in Comments. Significant (non-tangential) ideas should make their way into Answers or (in many cases) into to the body of the Question through appropriate edits. What is being said, rather than who says it, is ...


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I think the best you can do is flag each of the comments for moderator attention and explain that you want the entire comment deleted due to the fact that it contains your full name. The moderators will more than likely oblige. There's no automated system to change the comments, and it seems unlikely that the moderators will take the time to edit them, so ...


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This is not an answer to your question: Is there any policy in effect to ensure the uniqueness of user names and if not, why?1 But it seems that you are also interested in this question: "I saw a user on MO. Can I find his math.SE account?" (So perhaps you will forgive me that I am answering something different from what you actually asked, since this seems ...


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The actual Kim peek wasn't a theoretical physicist, so I think it likely that if someone knows what the real Kim Peek looks like, and recognises his name, they will know from the description that this isn't the real Kim Peek.


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An additional method to find prior displaynames is querying the PostHistory table. It holds for some events a JSON blob with the userid and displayname at that time. For these events the Text column hold info on the user that voted: 10 Close 11 Reopen 12 Deleted 13 Undeleted 14 Locked 15 Unlocked 19 Protected 20 Unprotected 35 Migrated away Here is that ...


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To borrow from the accepted answer to this MSO question: People have the same names in real life. Isn't [math.SE] real life? In short, this is by design, as this MSO answer makes somewhat more clear. The unique identifying characteristic of a user is the user number; for me it is 8348. The "username" is more akin to a "display-name". (In the US this ...


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