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]

Bellemora → Belle[edit]

Status:    Done

Bellemora (talk) 23:08, 8 July 2014 (UTC) Proof of ownership on English Wikipedia The account Belle does exist on some other wikis but hasn't been used for years. This username is within a whisker of my real name and I'd like to make slightly harder for jilted lovers/fans/bounty hunters/murderers/bailiffs to track me down. Bellemora (talk) 23:08, 8 July 2014 (UTC)

This name is used in other projects. I think will be good idea to find unique one. --EugeneZelenko (talk) 14:21, 9 July 2014 (UTC)
Not for any meaningful editing, and not since 2011 at the latest (one stray edit on de in 2012, but I won't be going over there as I don't speak German). It's just a pain to come over here be logged out and then be logged in as Bellemora back on en wikipedia when I go back. Bellemora (talk) 16:19, 9 July 2014 (UTC)
The Commons user has zero useful edits, and given your edit count on the English Wikipedia, you'll get the SUL account anyway after SUL is finalized next month, so I see no reason not to rename your account. @Belle: You are now renamed here, and the other user Belle is now at User:Belle (usurped). Why don't you create a SUL account at Special:MergeAccount and attach your English Wikipedia and your Commons accounts that way? Thanks! odder (talk) 14:02, 26 August 2014 (UTC)
Thank you very much, odder. Belle (talk) 11:58, 29 August 2014 (UTC)

Flinkmedia → Flink[edit]

Status:    Done

Flinkmedia (talk) 15:48, 10 August 2014 (UTC)
https://nl.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Gebruiker%3AFlink&diff=41855063&oldid=41766702 86.88.217.71 21:32, 10 August 2014 (UTC)

This name is used in several other projects. I think will be good idea to find unique one. --EugeneZelenko (talk) 13:54, 11 August 2014 (UTC)
I am very fond of this nickname because it is simple and strong. I will certainly keep on using it in my dutch wiki space. I tried to find the "several other projects"you referred to, but I did not find anything. So I would like to refer to the third rule for allowable usurpations: Target account is unused, and has not been SUL reserved You would do me a big favour if you would give me common rights. Flinkmedia (talk) 21:42, 11 August 2014 (UTC)
The Commons user Flink had zero useful edits, and Flink already owns the SUL account, so I see no reason not to let them usurp this user name here. @Flink: You are now renamed, and the other user Flink is now at User:Flink (usurped). Please attach your local Commons account to your global (SUL) account using Speciaal:GebruikerSamenvoegen. Thank you! odder (talk) 14:07, 26 August 2014 (UTC)

Buffoleo → Buff[edit]

Status:    In progress

I'm asking the renaming here on behalf of fr:User:Buff, who owns the global account with that name. There is already a "Buff" here, so he uses another handle here : Buffoleo. He wishes for the local "Buff" to be renamed, then for his local account "Buffoleo" to be renamed to "Buff" so that he can complete the unification of his accounts. He asked me there to transmit his request. I am aware that the target account "Buff" has made 3 edits, two of which can be considered "substantial", but with SUL finalization coming in less than three weeks, he's going to be renamed anyway : it would be better to do it now, so as to prevent the sulification of "Buffoleo" and to allow the unification of the accounts of fr:User:Buff.

Thanks for your time, best regards, Esprit Fugace (talk) 14:23, 27 August 2014 (UTC)

Gato76680 → Birdie[edit]

Status:    In progress

Gato76680 (talk) 17:36, 27 August 2014 (UTC). Hi Birdie is my SUL name and fr. is my home wiki. "Birdie" on Commons has 0 edit so I'd like to finish the unification of my account and usurp his name. Thank you. Proof of identity. Gato76680 (talk) 17:36, 27 August 2014 (UTC)

Laszlo_french → Laszlo[edit]

Status:    In progress

Hello,

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)