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Posted 3/22/14 , edited 3/22/14
Is it possible to change your user name at all, maybe with the help of the site support, I have my reason for wanting to change. I think it's be nice if we had some system where we got to have the chance to change once and only once instead of having to delete our account. I'd probably delete my account and make a new one, keep some old friends on here, but that option isn't the best for me. Considering the fact that I am a paying member if I deleted me account, i'd assume it'd be like canceling the subscription I paid a year for. So my question is, is it possible to get a name change ] ?, if so i'd cut all ties to what i don't care about on here, and start fresh in a way, with a new name and old friends that I want to keep. Starcraft 2 had a similar thing, where you could choose to change your name but you could do it once and only. I'd imagine you guys would only add such a thing if it had tons of support cause nothing changes with one guys opinion.

Anyways I didn't see anything similar about this so I decided to make a topic on it hopping to get a response
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This question has come up here quite a few times in the past and the answer from support has always been: no, the user name is tied to billing (or somesuch). There is even a FAQ directly addressing it here /help?topic=account#1
/forumtopic-837841/name-change
/forumtopic-825237/how-do-i-change-my-nickname-on-crunchyroll
/forumtopic-840731/move-items-to-another-account
/forumtopic-812603/changing-usernames
/forumtopic-835797/in-correct-spelling-of-name

Your only possible action if the answer leaves you unsatisfied, is to contact support /help?topic=contact and ask again there, but in all likelihood you will most probably just get the same answer in apologetical terms.

In hindsight, it probably would have been a simple matter to separate the account name from the screen name, if it had been programmed in from the start, as other sites have done since. But I can tell you that trying to change a system that was written and implemented for this long, one without using a surrogate key to begin with, it is a nearly impossible task to change in place without a total rewrite, and trying to transfer data from one system to another while everything is still live creating, deleting, updating, banning, etc. (without a complete outage) would create many new issues where they don't exist now.

I'm not disagreeing that it's a pain not being able to get rid of something that may embarrass you now, or that you may want to hide from a stalker or something, but it's pretty unlikely that they will do anything that major to change it now.

Edit: Also, since you're a premium member, don't just immediately completely nuke your account without first taking care of your subscription and billing cancellations if you do happen to decide to go that way... Which you may need support to help if there is any amount of time left on it. Both cancelling your sub and nuking entirely are immediate actions with different results, and you don't want to be left with a recurring payment, or even potentially wind up with two of them.
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Posted 3/22/14

asharka wrote:

This question has come up here quite a few times in the past and the answer from support has always been: no, the user name is tied to billing (or somesuch). There is even a FAQ directly addressing it here /help?topic=account#1
/forumtopic-837841/name-change
/forumtopic-825237/how-do-i-change-my-nickname-on-crunchyroll
/forumtopic-840731/move-items-to-another-account
/forumtopic-812603/changing-usernames
/forumtopic-835797/in-correct-spelling-of-name

Your only possible action if the answer leaves you unsatisfied, is to contact support /help?topic=contact and ask again there, but in all likelihood you will most probably just get the same answer in apologetical terms.

In hindsight, it probably would have been a simple matter to separate the account name from the screen name, if it had been programmed in from the start, as other sites have done since. But I can tell you that trying to change a system that was written and implemented for this long, one without using a surrogate key to begin with, it is a nearly impossible task to change in place without a total rewrite, and trying to transfer data from one system to another while everything is still live creating, deleting, updating, banning, etc. (without a complete outage) would create many new issues where they don't exist now.

I'm not disagreeing that it's a pain not being able to get rid of something that may embarrass you now, or that you may want to hide from a stalker or something, but it's pretty unlikely that they will do anything that major to change it now.

Edit: Also, since you're a premium member, don't just immediately completely nuke your account without first taking care of your subscription and billing cancellations if you do happen to decide to go that way... Which you may need support to help if there is any amount of time left on it. Both cancelling your sub and nuking entirely are immediate actions with different results, and you don't want to be left with a recurring payment, or even potentially wind up with two of them.


heh, thanks for the help
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