People change their names from X to Y, but their older name is mentioned in answers and comments (like "as X explained in his answer" - while there's no link to the answer that now is signed by Y).

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    [i have a new meta-question ;) - "how can a bad question receive good answers?"]
    – user47206
    Commented Apr 6, 2013 at 10:16
  • There's even a badge for it. I think someone who isn't me may have thought it sounded like complaining instead of questioning. Commented Apr 9, 2013 at 13:26
  • so, i need a badge or an answer :)
    – user47206
    Commented Apr 9, 2013 at 15:28
  • Did you post the feature request on MSO? Commented Apr 9, 2013 at 15:32
  • @Call me V - did not. but was just joking. that's all there is to it. (thanx again for your involvement in the vlc extension: i like it a lot!)
    – user47206
    Commented Apr 9, 2013 at 15:46

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A better solution would be for the user's profile to have a field listing the older name, for some number of days. (30 would be reasonable.)

When referring to a post rather than a person, it's usually best to link to that post. Of course, not everyone does that. (This is something people may wish to consider when changing their names.)


I think this is related to me changing my name. Consider what happens if that takes place. I have 500 questions/answers combined. They don't need to know when I change my name. It would be a nuisance.

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    i am curious about the matter in general, i have nothing against changing name :) - and i guess is useful to hear more ideas on this
    – user47206
    Commented Apr 1, 2013 at 22:37
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    On the referred to in comments bit, that might be an interesting architectural change to field on MSO. Shouldn't tagged users not show up as strings, but as :user_id in source and be replaced by the appropriate username to remain in context after name changes? type of thing. Commented Apr 5, 2013 at 19:14

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