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]

Please read step 5 of Commons:Changing username#Procedure very carefully before making your request.

Createaccount → Keysanger[edit]

Status:    In progress

Createaccount 12:33, 9 October 2013 (UTC)

  • Here is the proof of my identity: [1]. --Createaccount 12:43, 9 October 2013 (UTC)
Are you already using the User:Keysanger? --Dschwen (talk) 22:07, 26 November 2013 (UTC)

KDS444 → KDS4444[edit]

Status:    In progress

KDS444 (talk) 14:20, 23 October 2013 (UTC) But this gets a little complicated... I have been using KDS444 as my login on Commons and KDS4444 on the English Wikipedia (and a few others: French, Spanish, German, and I think Turkish and maybe Azerbaijani). I vaguely remember there being some strange conflict years ago when I first tried to open up a Commons account using KDS4444, so I just shortened it and made a new login ID. Since then I have made many edits using both accounts, most (but not all) of the changes on Commons while using my Commons ID and most (not all) of my English Wikipedia changes using my Wikipedia account. A few times there have been overlaps when I have not realized that I logged out of the one and made changes in the other setting. Bottom line: Any existing KDS444 or KDS4444 account on either Wikipedia or Wikimedia Commons is me and only me, and I would now like to unify the accounts under KDS4444, especially as another Commons user recently raised the question of sockpuppetry after I made some edits using both accounts to the same Commons page. I would rather not cause additional confusion. But as I have made many edits using both accounts— I suspect (?) this will cause some kind of complication. But I do not know. In any case, please consider my request. Thank you. KDS444 (talk) 14:20, 23 October 2013 (UTC) (and KDS4444)

Please provide diff links as proof of account ownership. You do realize that we are unable to merge accounts, right? At this point the simplest option is to just continue using one account and have the other one blocked (without prejudice). --Dschwen (talk) 18:08, 25 November 2013 (UTC)

Hankyeol → 푸른고양이[edit]

Status:    In progress

Hankyeol (talk) 14:15, 2 November 2013 (UTC) I want to usurp User:푸른고양이 to my user. Because 푸른고양이 is me. I did unified my user on Korean wiki. Changing my nickname and usurp user. Please do it as soon as possible. And I don't want to change my nickname again. I like new nickname, Colotfox. Please do it as soon as possible. And please don't change to 푸른고양이.

Please clarify what you want. Change it or "please don't change". --Dschwen (talk) 18:06, 25 November 2013 (UTC)
Diff link is missing as well. --Dschwen (talk) 18:06, 25 November 2013 (UTC)

أبو بكر السوري → محمد[edit]

Status:    In progress

Abu Bakr (talk) 03:40, 8 December 2013 (UTC)

Please follow the instructions at Commons:Changing username/Proof of ownership --99of9 (talk) 03:49, 8 December 2013 (UTC)

Fernando10000 → Pimpollo[edit]

Status:    In progress

Fernando10000 (talk) 12:44, 27 January 2014 (UTC)

SUL request. Fernando10000 (talk) 12:44, 27 January 2014 (UTC)
Please read step 5 of Commons:Changing username#Procedure very carefully before making your request. --99of9 (talk) 00:24, 30 January 2014 (UTC)

Golbez → Andrew[edit]

Status:    On hold

Golbez (talk) 14:07, 28 March 2014 (UTC)

  • I have reserved User:Andrew on enwiki, and am putting in a move (not usurpation, I already own the name there) request presently. This being the other wiki I'm active on, I wanted to grab it here as well. --Golbez (talk) 14:07, 28 March 2014 (UTC)
    This name is definitely common and used in many WMF projects. I think will be good idea to find unique one. --EugeneZelenko (talk) 14:43, 28 March 2014 (UTC)
    • It is unused here, its edits on all other projects combined total less than a thousand (and only a few dozen in the last five years, and edits on only fawiki in the last year), and there's no SUL for it. And I'm obtaining it on enWiki, at which point well over 99% of the edits with that name globally will be mine. Are you saying this as a reason to not let me usurp this on commons, or as a statement of warning for my SUL account (since I obviously wouldn't be able to usurp fawiki's User:Andrew, so my possibility of having a global SUL is damaged)? Changing and usurping names is obviously not something I do often so I apologize if I've missed anything, and I thank for all comments. --Golbez (talk) 14:57, 28 March 2014 (UTC)

I'd like to withdraw this for now; I'm going to be away from the internet for the next three weeks. I'll resume this process when I return. --Golbez (talk) 18:23, 2 April 2014 (UTC)

Dorhi → Manedwolf[edit]

Status:    In progress

Dorhi (talk) 08:10, 11 April 2014 (UTC)

P.S: Has started the same process in

--Dorhi (talk) 08:10, 11 April 2014 (UTC)

  • @Dorhi: Please request usurpation on the Spanish Wikipedia as well. Thanks, odder (talk) 12:50, 11 April 2014 (UTC)
Done: --Dorhi (talk) 14:30, 11 April 2014 (UTC)

Shriram → Muon[edit]

Status:    Done

Shriram (talk) 04:08, 14 April 2014 (UTC)

HLHJ manual SUL merge[edit]

HLHJ → HLHJ[edit]

Status:    In progress

2001:630:212:600:1C55:A99D:E99E:8383 15:23, 20 April 2014 (UTC)

I created an account on the Commons, with a name matching that of my Wikipedia account, for which I now have a SUL ( Unfortunately I did not enter an e-mail address and have forgotten the password.

I only uploaded one file using the account, and it was for an article I created with my en-wikipedia account. May I usurp my own account, and attach it to my SUL?

Thank you for your help, and apologies if this request is in the wrong place.