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Can one use a recently dead person's name as a user name?

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. ...
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Was my username vulgar?

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 ...
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Is this a new feature? Mentioning an user with @ becomes a link to their user ID.

As pointed out in the comments, this is not a new feature. The OP of the linked post has just used Markdown formatting to manually add a link to the profile of the user in question. You can see how ...
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My username is forced to change because it is close to that of a well-known user

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 ...
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Is there a way to flag profiles?

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 ...
Daniel Fischer's user avatar
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Who should be pinged by the "@<user>" feature if there is more than one match

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 ...
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Is it possible to know the name of a user with account deleted?

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 ...
Martin Sleziak's user avatar
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Changing my user-name

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 ...
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To whom am I replying?

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 ...
Martin Sleziak's user avatar
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Issues happen when users change their username on the site

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 ...
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How to delete your old username from the comment's section, after changing your username?

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 ...
Matt Samuel's user avatar
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Can one use a recently dead person's name as a user name?

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 ...
Thomas's user avatar
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38 pages of daniels

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 ...
Martin Sleziak's user avatar
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To whom am I replying?

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 ...
rene's user avatar
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Issues happen when users change their username on the site

I down voted your request because I don't think we should encourage changing usernames, or even facilitate it. I think usernames should be pretty darn stable, so that people will realize that their ...
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