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.
  • Leave a message on the talk page of the target account (this template will do the trick: {{subst:usurpr}}) notifying the user of your request.
    Please do not e-mail the target account yourself. If this becomes necessary, a bureaucrat or clerk 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 bureaucrat 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 06:17:20, 20 June 2018 (UTC) (Update).

June 16, 2018[edit]

Requests left here should be addressed on or before June 24, 2018.

MaejorM → Soundwav[edit]

Status:     In progress

MaejorM (talk) 19:05, 16 June 2018 (UTC)

  • 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 keep.svg The current owner of the target username has been notified of this usurpation request.
  • 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 1 wiki. Requesting user has 2198 undeleted edits and 172 deleted edits, for a total of 2370 edits. An SUL account (primary enwiki) exists for the requesting user, with 2472 total edits on 20 wikis. AnomieBOT 19:08, 16 June 2018 (UTC)
@MaejorM: The username appears to be promotional. Use of a company, organization, group, website, or product name as a username is prohibited by the username policy. ‐‐1997kB (talk) 10:14, 17 June 2018 (UTC)

June 19, 2018[edit]

Requests left here should be addressed on or before June 27, 2018.

Jecogs → JecoGS[edit]

Status:     Not done

Jecogs (talk) 07:12, 19 June 2018 (UTC)

 Clerk note: The requested username "JecoGS" is not registered. Please see WP:CHU/S instead. AnomieBOT 07:14, 19 June 2018 (UTC)
Not done Renamed in queue. ‐‐1997kB (talk) 08:07, 19 June 2018 (UTC)