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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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Entering one's real name as username would be an easier decision if it was reversible. In practice, it is not. Even if a user changes the username or parts ways with the site altogether, the comments with @FirstnameLastname will show up in Google search and disclose that person's affiliation with the site. Personally, I would not encourage anyone (and ...


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Besides the fact that it seems totally unnecessary, I'd imagine it's a combination of It would make @-replies basically impossible. Most sites on the SE network don't have MathJax (which, by the way, is not the same thing as LaTeX). Too much hassle for the SE team to implement compared to the "benefit". You already can use markdown, MathJax, images, etc. ...


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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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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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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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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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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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This question and answer on meta.stackexchange.com gives a solution: Reporting an inappropriate or offensive user name I think it applies to all the SE sites: Flag a question/answer/comment by such a user for moderator attention as "Other". Explain you are flagging due to their name/avatar/about me section being offensive to you. If you cannot ...


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Yes. Usernames are not distinct or required to be unique. Registration information must be unique, but the actual display name has no mechanical restrictions. Thus, if someone just wants to be known as "John", they can do so no matter how many people have already done that. Here, a lot of users like to use their full names or otherwise personally ...


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[Edit: Arggg. Now I see that this topic is years old. It is probably best to disregard this whole post] I think it is fine if people are gently encouraged to use their real names when they sign up. But if such an encouragement is given, then I would also suggest that the Stackexchange's private policy is made very clear. Some might ask: how does SE deal ...


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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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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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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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I've used this name on my blog and multiple web sites for nearly a decade. I think that civility is maintained by peer pressure and the nature of a board. That said, Can an individual board of SE have difference criteria than the parent system? I never signed up here separately, my profile copied from the first site money.SE to any other SE site I go to.


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There is nothing preventing different accounts from having the same name. You can check for pre-existing nicknames by searching on the Users page (using the "Type to find users:" box). For example, there are at least 13 registered accounts with the name "Rob" at this time. I don't know if that list contains unregistered accounts.


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I posted as 'Rudy Toody' until one of my posts was cited in an entry on OEIS. They prefer that the citations point to a real name, so I became real.


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