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Asked: Jun 26 '12 at 16:49

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Last updated: Jun 28 '12 at 03:11

I originally signed in using a user name but would like to change it to my own first name. Is it possible to do this.

asked Jun 26 '12 at 16:49

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Sorry, we don't permit name changes on Inward Quest anymore.

It's a feature that has been significantly abused in the past so it was withdrawn at the start of this year when we moved to new software. Also, we've found that every time someone changes their name, it causes considerable confusion to other users who don't realize what has happened and think they are interacting with a new user.

And we've also found that many of the comments/answers directly addressed to that individual also no longer make sense because that username no longer exists. You'll find this happening quite a bit on the older questions and answers where name changes have happened previously, before the ban was introduced.

Because Inward Quest is really more like Wikipedia than a discussion forum, the same questions can (and do) rotate into view again and again years later so consistency over time is important to avoid confusion. It just works out better for all concerned for everyone to have a consistent username on Inward Quest.

If you really dislike your existing username, all I can suggest is starting a new account with the new username and build it up from there. The previous account will be suspended since we only allow one active account at a time. Please let us know if you do this so we can suspend the previous account.


answered Jun 27 '12 at 06:44

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Simon Templeton ♦♦

I understand that Simon - thanks for getting back to me. I'll stick with my user name English Rose for now although I logged on here in my real name .... I'm confusing myself!

(Jun 27 '12 at 09:22) Kate

@Simon Templeton - I have thought about this and have decided I would like to change - would it be a complete hassle to cancel my account? If not, I'll like to cancel the English Rose account on Inward Quest proper and re register under my own name. I don't want to mislead anyone so I thought maybe I could do a Prince thing "the user formerly known as ...." on answers and questions for a while until regular users get used to it. I could be overthinking this though!

(Jun 28 '12 at 02:49) Kate

The English Rose account has now been suspended and the email address on it has been changed. You should now be able to set up a new account using the same email address with the name you prefer

(Jun 28 '12 at 03:00) Simon Templeton ♦♦

Simon - Thank you so much. Kate had gone so I have used Catherine but I feel happier with that.

(Jun 28 '12 at 03:11) Kate
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