Wikipedia:Changing username/Usurpations

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This page is for requests to take over an account name that is already registered. If you want your account renamed to a name that is still available, please use Special:GlobalRenameRequest or Wikipedia:Changing username/Simple.

This page is a forum in which users can request, and local bureaucrats who are global renamers, as well as other global renamers (including Stewards) familiar with local usurpation guidelines, can consider and carry out, the "usurpation" of usernames primarily held locally. This consists of renaming an existing account in order to vacate the username and allow another user to take it.

Please note that global accounts whose "home wiki" is another projects or which have significant attachments on other projects cannot be usurped here; these requests must be made at meta:Steward requests/Username changes (see meta:Help:Unified login).

As the guidelines employed here pre-date global renaming, if there is any dispute as to whether a particular request qualifies for usurpation the request should be referred to local bureaucrats, especially if the case would not otherwise qualify for usurpation under the global process.

A few users have agreed to provide assistance with the mechanics of this process. If you wish to assist as well, please read the linked page carefully.


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  • The account you want to usurp must have the English Wikipedia as its "home wiki", i.e. a symbol of a house should be displayed next to the entry for the account at Special:CentralAuth.
  • The account you want to usurp should have no edits or significant log entries to qualify for usurpation (though rare exceptions are made in some circumstances). This includes edits or log actions on other Wikimedia projects. These can be checked through Special:CentralAuth.
  • Please do not request usurpation of another account if your own user account is less than several months old, or barely used. In order to ensure that usurped usernames be put to good use, we prefer only to grant requests from reasonably well-established users.


  • Log in to your present account.
  • Please do not leave a talk page message or e-mail the target account yourself. If this becomes necessary, a user familiar with the usurpation process will do so.
  • Click here to place your request.
    • Replace "TARGET NAME" with the username you wish to usurp.
    • Replace "YOUR REASON" with a description of why you want to usurp the account.
    • Leave the "Subject/headline" field blank.
If the button above doesn't work, simply copy the following text, click "edit this page" and paste it at the bottom of the page. Modify it as indicated.
{{subst:usurp|TARGET NAME|reason=YOUR REASON}}
Advanced usage
For requests involving renaming an account other than your logged in account, use this:
For usurp only requests, which leaves your logged in account untouched, set the usurponly parameter to yes:
{{subst:usurp|TARGET NAME|usurponly=yes|reason=YOUR REASON}}
To add a confirmation link for SUL requests, use the link parameter with a bare url without the squared brackets:
To add an optional non default signature, use the sig parameter:
  • Preview the changes and make sure both names are spelled correctly. Click "Publish changes".
  • Your request is now complete and ready to be processed after the hold period (usually about a week). If the owner of the target account does not object, a global renamer will fulfill your request provided other requirements are met. Do not be surprised when you find yourself unable to log in to your old account.
  • Requests that do not adhere to these instructions or that are grossly malformed are subject to removal.

Please place your request in the section for the current day, at the bottom of the list. It is currently 12:08:58, 24 May 2019 (UTC) (Update).

Place your request here

May 17, 2019[edit]

Requests left here should be addressed on or before May 25, 2019.

LocomuleTemporary → Locomule[edit]

Status:     Done

  • Pictogram voting keep.svg The target username meets the requirements for usurpation.
  • Pictogram voting info.svg The current owner of the target username does not have an email address specified.
  • Pictogram voting comment.svg Target user has 0 undeleted edits and 0 deleted edits. An SUL account (primary enwiki) exists for the target user, with 0 total edits on 15 wikis. Requesting user has 1 edit. An SUL account (primary enwiki) exists for the requesting user, with 1 total edit on 3 wikis. AnomieBOT 02:48, 17 May 2019 (UTC)
On hold until 24 May. ‐‐1997kB (talk) 14:27, 18 May 2019 (UTC)
 Done ‐‐1997kB (talk) (autosigned by AnomieBOT) 03:13, 24 May 2019 (UTC)

May 20, 2019[edit]

Requests left here should be addressed on or before May 28, 2019.

Ruediger.erdmann → Rüdiger.Erdmann[edit]

Status:     Done

 Clerk note: @Ruediger.erdmann: Did you mean to request to rename your account to Rüdiger.Erdmann (talk · contribs · deleted contribs · logs · edit filter log · block user · block log)? If so, the "TARGET" in front made the bot think that you were requesting to rename to "TARGET Rüdiger.Erdmann." Also, since the target account was created on German Wikipedia, it's best to make this request at Username changes on Meta. Aspening (talk) 18:47, 20 May 2019 (UTC)
If you own both the accounts, just confirm that commenting below using account Rüdiger.Erdmann. ‐‐1997kB (talk) 06:07, 22 May 2019 (UTC)

Yes, I'm the owner of both accounts. Thanks, Rüdiger — Preceding unsigned comment added by Rüdiger.Erdmann (talkcontribs) 20:32, 22 May 2019 (UTC)

 Donexenotalk (autosigned by AnomieBOT) 13:26, 23 May 2019 (UTC)

May 23, 2019[edit]

Requests left here should be addressed on or before May 31, 2019.

Braxton (eightBiT) → Scam[edit]

Status:     Not done

  • Pictogram voting delete.svg The target username has made edits to Wikipedia. Due to licensing concerns, this may be a barrier to usurpation.
  • Pictogram voting comment.svg Target user has 45 undeleted edits and 0 deleted edits. An SUL account (primary enwiki) exists for the target user, with 45 total edits on 1 wiki. Requesting user has 45 undeleted edits and 2 deleted edits, for a total of 47 edits. An SUL account (primary simplewiki) exists for the requesting user, with 54 total edits on 16 wikis. AnomieBOT 17:57, 23 May 2019 (UTC)
Not done Sorry, the requested username has made significant edits to Wikipedia. We determine eligibility for usurpation by the number of edits made and the type of edits made, not by how long ago it's been since they last edited. —k6ka 🍁 (Talk · Contributions) 12:08, 24 May 2019 (UTC)