Commons:Changing username/Usurp requests

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When an account has already been taken, the rename can be carried out only by usurping (taking over) the existing account. That is allowed in certain cases (see below).

Allowable usurpations[edit]

  • Target account consents. If the Commons target account consents to the usurpation, the request will usually be allowed regardless of the presence of edits by the target account (unless the result is likely to cause confusion, for example where the target account is well-known).
  • Both accounts are owned by the same person. If the user requesting usurpation can demonstrate that the Commons target account belongs to them, usurpation will usually be allowed regardless of the presence of edits by the target account. (Sometimes this is required when the requester has already created the Commons account they wish to be renamed to, erroneously believing this to be a necessary part of the rename process). Note that it is not possible to merge the two accounts.
  • Target account is unused, and has not been SUL reserved. Usurpation will usually be allowed if the Commons target account has been registered but never used (or has only deleted edits or entirely non-useful edits). In such a case, bureaucrats may at their discretion usurp even if the target account does not consent. However, usurpation will not be allowed in any event where the account has been reserved by somebody else as a Single Unified Login (SUL) account.

To submit a request, please follow the instructions at Commons:Changing username#Procedure very carefully. We especially find that usurp requests often miss step 5.

Non-allowable usurpations[edit]

  • The target account has useful edits and does not consent. Forced usurpations of Commons accounts with useful (non-deleted) edits and/or uploads are not allowed since, among other reasons, this could cause GFDL copyright issues. A target account with useful edits must explicitly consent to the usurpation if the request is to be permitted. Lack of response and/or user no longer available is not considered sufficient: explicit consent is needed. The existence of deleted contributions by the target account is not in itself usually a bar to usurpation, since these are automatically reallocated during renaming.
  • The proposed username for the target account is an SUL account of another user who has useful edits elsewhere. Requests to change your username to a name that has been SUL reserved by somebody else will not be granted. This tool allows you to see if your desired username already exists on other wikis.
  • The account requesting usurpation is not established. To ensure that requests are being made in good faith, usurpation of Commons accounts is reserved for established Wiki users. Requests to usurp a Commons target account may be declined if the user is unable to show a record of positive contributions to the wiki from which the request is being made.

In these cases you will need to select a different global name, or alternatively accept that your name on Commons will continue to be different from the name you use elsewhere.

Current usurpation requests[edit]

Laszlo_french → Laszlo[edit]

Status:    Not done


I own an account named "Laszlo" on french wikipedia. I also own an account on Wiki Common named "Laszlo_french", because "Laszlo" account already existed at creation time. However right now, it seems strongly that Laszlo Common account is not still used (and never really used in my point) as my french account "Laszlo" gets more than 4,500 editions (around 10-50 for all others "Laszlo" account around Wikipedia world). Before initiate unification between my accounts, I would like to rename my Common account "Laszlo_french" to "Laszlo" in order to make the unification possible. I've written on both users' wall the relationship between WP:FR Laszlo account and Common account Laszlo_french in order to prove the situation. Thanks for your comprehension. Laszlo french (talk) 08:44, 28 August 2014 (UTC)

@Laszlo french: Please create a global (SUL) for your Laszlo account through Spécial:Fusionner le compte. Even though you can't usurp this user name on Commons right now — as User:Laszlo has 12 useful contributions here — you will automatically get this user name after SUL finalization which is due to happen mid-September. Thanks in advance for your patience! odder (talk) 19:39, 29 August 2014 (UTC)
@Odder But if he waits, he won't be able to keep his contributions under "Laszlo_french" ? He has clear priority for SUL, that's ok. But if he waits, he's losing his contributions as "Laszlo_french", and the local Laszlo will be renamed anyway during SUL finalization. Does he really need to wait even longer, until the (probable) activation of the tool for merging global accounts ? Esprit Fugace (talk) 08:54, 30 August 2014 (UTC)
@Esprit Fugace: Apologies for such a belated reply. Yes, I think that merging the two accounts is the only possible solution here. User:Laszlo has 12 useful contributions to Commons — which is quite significant for a user name usurpation — and Commons guidelines strictly prohibit such usurpations. Thank you for your understanding, odder (talk) 09:09, 1 September 2014 (UTC)
Ok, then Laszlo has activated his SUL. I hope the merging tool will be activated soon, with sul finalization that sort of thing is bound to happen more and more. Regards, Esprit Fugace (talk) 10:04, 1 September 2014 (UTC)