Examples of changed usernames added.

Maybe someone should add a citation or example of a changed username?
-unsigned comment by RPP-Exploration (talk | contribs) 2018/04/29 08:47UTC

You forgot siggy.
Do you know some?
Logo of Apple502j.jpg Apple502j Talk/Activities 2,235edit 10:34, 29 April 2018 (UTC)
Tildo was one.
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10:51, 29 April 2018 (UTC)
I'm pretty sure Joshia_T had their username changed, but I forgot where I got that from.
-ShadowOfTheFuture- (talk | contribs) 19:54, 29 April 2018 (UTC)
I remember it was because their old username had their full name in it.
-ShadowOfTheFuture- (talk | contribs) 19:56, 29 April 2018 (UTC)
My friend, @-CoolCoder- had their username changed, because their old one featured their real name, which isn't allowed. When I tried adding this a few months ago, it got reverted, possibly because the Scratch Team doesn't want the public to know, because it probably causes stress on the servers, and makes it more confusing for those who read their name. I'm okay with this, but if you added another section describing what I've said here, it could be more factual.
SwoopyDoopy1 (talk | contribs) 4:24, 6 May 2018 (UTC)
Wouldn't that just be advertising? Plus, users may not want it entirely public that their username was changed.
Queer_Royalty (talk | contribs) 12:11, 16 July 2021 (UTC)

Change to reflect username changing reasons?

From what I can tell, a username can be changed by the ST if it:

  • Is inappropriate
  • Contains personal information
  • Causes gender dysphoria

Should we mention that in this FAQ? Obviously we need to keep it short, but a user may be looking here if their username falls under one of these categories as well in which case they should know that they might be able to get it changed.
jvvg (talk | contribs) 03:13, 15 July 2021 (UTC)

Does anyone have a source for the causes gender dysphoria reason? I have seen multiple people say that, but I have never seen a post by a Scratch Team member which included this as a reason. If a source is found, I agree that it should be added.
Queer_Royalty (talk | contribs) 12:14, 16 July 2021 (UTC)
I don't have a source from the Scratch Team for the dysphoria reason, but have seen it mentioned repeatedly around the forums. I have asked Za-Chary, so we'll see if that gets results.
jvvg (talk | contribs) 15:53, 16 July 2021 (UTC)
So after a conversation with Za-Chary (see the sources in the comments) I was able to get a better impression of the circumstances for username changes. Feel free to read over the conversation and make any adjustments you think may be necessary, but please do keep them in line with what Za-Chary said. I also saw another post saying that an inappropriate username is probably not going to be changed, and while it doesn't say what would happen, my guess is they would be deleted, but that's beyond the scope of this article.
jvvg (talk | contribs) 16:55, 16 July 2021 (UTC)

Conversation with Za-Chary

This is a conversation I had with Za-Chary today related to this article. I am putting it here for when it inevitably disappears.

   Hello again! On the Wiki we're currently trying to document the reasons username changes are allowed, and the ones we believe are the case are: 1. contains personal information, 2. accidentally inappropriate, and 3. gender dysphoria. Are all three of those valid reasons, and are there any other reasons we may have missed?
   @jvvg Hello! I'm interested in reading the specific article. Username changes are usually something we try to avoid if possible. In particular, I would not want someone to read the Wiki article and be under the impression that they could create an account and immediately get their username changed. From what I know, there are other things to keep in mind.
   @Za-Chary* https://en.scratch-wiki.info/wiki/Is_it_possible_to_change_a_username%3F is the article as it exists now. It currently says that basically that "Very few usernames have ever been changed" and that usernames are generally not changed upon request. On the talk page I floated the idea of listing the reasons to change them https://en.scratch-wiki.info/wiki/Talk:Is_it_possible_to_change_a_username%3F in case someone who falls under one of those categories needs assistance.
   @jvvg I'm reading it now, I will respond with notes as I come across them...
   @jvvg "If a username [...] causes arguments and Flame Wars" — I fail to see why we would change a username for "causing arguments and flame wars." In fact, I don't even see how a username could cause an argument or flame war, unless that user was looking for trouble to start with, in which case we would just shut down the account. At the very least, that part should be removed...
   @jvvg Not sure that this forum post needs to be referenced there, but if it seems like it is helpful, then I suppose it's okay: https://scratch.mit.edu/discuss/topic/339198/
   @jvvg About to read the talk page...
   @jvvg I would like to see if it is possible to word it in such a way that you are not giving a "complete list" of times when a username could be changed, while also highlighting that, in general, username changes are not possible. Typically, those whose usernames are changed have already established themselves as being a positive member of the Scratch community, e.g. by sharing lots of projects and having an account for a long time.
   @jvvg The only reasons I have ever seen a username get changed is for it being their real name and for gender dysphoria (the latter of which I have only seen one case for). I'm not sure that we would change a username because it is "inappropriate" — I would think we would catch the inappropriate username sooner than later. [Okay done, what do you think?]
   @Za-Chary* Thank you for your feedback! I have updated the article to reflect the two reasons you included and included wording saying username changes are uncommon and generally only available for well-established Scratchers.
   @jvvg Looks good, I think!

jvvg (talk | contribs) 16:57, 16 July 2021 (UTC)

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