Global renamers/FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions
This is a collection of frequently asked questions by stewards/renamers.
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Policy related questionsEdit

Is UsernameRobot as username ok?Edit

No. Such requests will generally be declined because the word is only allowed for bots in some wikis.

Can I ignore the Name too close than... warning?Edit

You can ignore the warning in special cases. For example when a requested username contains some special characters the output of AntiSpoof might be wrong, see phabricator:T105626.

How to handle multiple rename requestsEdit

The policy only allows name changes if there is a good reason to do a rename. We don't allow users to change their username multiple times. Ask the user if he really wants to change the name again and notify them that this will (likely) be the last time we change the username.

Are zero edit-renames‏ allowed?Edit

They are allowed. It does not matter if you decline or approve them.

Can inappropriate username be renamed?Edit

The policy does not allow such renaming. Apart from that, it would be a lot of work to hide all rename logs globally. Such usernames should be globally hidden by a steward. You can file a request at SRG or email stewards wikimedia.org (especially for user name that should be suppressed).

Technical questionsEdit

Can I rename users with +20 000 edits?Edit

Yes, you can.

Can I rename users with +200 000 edits?Edit

Yes, you can - even without sysadmin supervision.

The rename takes longer than usual?Edit

Yes, It might be possible that a rename job runs for hours. If the job runs for more than 6 hours, it is suggested to file a bug on Phabricator.

The upload logs on commons are not updated?Edit

This is a cache issue and should be solved after some hours. You can purge them by hand if you like.

Is login during the rename progress possible?Edit

During the rename progress it is not possible to login. Users who attempt to login will see a warning.

Can I rename myself?Edit

No. You can break your account by doing so.