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Want to change user name? Read this.

Discussion in 'Rules & Information' started by fladdermasken, Mar 21, 2015.

  1. fladdermasken


    Dec 27, 2006
    From time to time people want to change their user name. Sometimes as frequently as they change avatar, signature, or user title field. Commonly because their account is old and they want their name to reflect who they are now, or to match their cool new avatar, or because they want to not be affiliated with past mistakes and stupid posts. Know that many have fallen for the same classic trap many times, and there are two major reasons why this should be carefully thought over before you make the request.

    Your user name is your identity

    Your user name is your main identity in the forums. Even if you want to get away from it, the past is still there. Changing your handle is different from changing your avatar or signature space in that most people won't know who you are at all, even after a quick look. And few people actually enjoy spending the next few months reminding everybody who they were before the change.
    • Quotes.
      All posts that quoted you while you were using your former handle, will still show that handle.
    • Credits.
      All (un)due things credited to you will be lost and credited to some unknown dude(tte) that doesn't exist anymore.
    • Past.
      Your identity is what it is, and the past will still be there. In the form of threads, posts, past mentions, etc. Part of growing up is learning to live with it.

    This is a one time offer

    People changing their user names all the time is confusing for the user base, and tiring for us. Therefore, you can only change it once. After that you are stuck with it like a tramp stamp tattoo after a bad night in Vegas. Chances are that you will find yourself in the same situation a week, a month, or a year from now. And you won't be able to do anything about it. "Unfair! People had their names changed several times in the past!" Yes, they had. That's what inspired this rule. From now on, only if the staff finds it absolutely necessary, can you have a second name change.

    If you still want to change your user name after knowing all this, go ahead. In order to do this, please post a thread in Admin Contact.

    The Hive Workshop Staff

    Last edited: Apr 11, 2016