On Memory Alpha, you are allowed to change your username. This can be done once and only once. Therefore, it is very important to be sure your new name is the one you want to be called, and that the username is not already taken. Once you have decided to change your name, you can trigger your username change by filling out the form at Special:UserRenameTool.
Choosing a new name
Memory Alpha allows names that are made up of normal alphabet characters found in common languages. Furthermore, be aware that you may not be renamed to:
- a name that another person has already registered
- an offensive name
- a blocked name
- a name that attempts to impersonate another Memory Alpha user
- a name that contains non-alphabetic characters, for example, card suit symbols or trademark signs, or starts with an uncapitalized letter
Check if the name is available
In order to make sure your chosen name has not already been taken, you can do a search on Community Central. Simply type in the user name you're interested in renaming your account to at:
For example, if I wanted to rename my account to "
IWantThisAccountPlease", you would end the URL with
If the name is available, you should see a message in red text reading "User account "
NAME" does not exist or has never logged in on this wiki."
Renaming your account
When making your request, please go to the form located at Special:UserRenameTool and ensure that there are no typos (e.g. that uppercase and lowercase letters are correct) as the tool doesn't know if you meant something else. Please keep in mind that usernames cannot begin with a lowercase letter.
Simply enter your desired new name (twice, to ensure the spelling and punctuation is correct), your password, and check the box indicating you are aware of the tool policies.
If your request is allowed to proceed, the tool will begin the process after you confirm the request. Please note, If you have thousands of edits or you have edited across various communities, the rename can take up to several minutes. You will receive a confirmation email once the rename is complete. You can go ahead and edit while the process runs – it will be properly attributed to your new account name.
A rename will move your contributions on all communities and will move your user pages and contributions to a new name. Your password, email account, and preferences will remain the same. Existing signatures, though, are not changed, so you will need to edit affected pages yourself if you want to change these.
Note: your old username will remain reserved and cannot be used again.
An alternative way to change your username is to create a new account with your new name. After doing so, you can redirect your old userpage to your new one by typing
#REDIRECT[[User:New name]] on the page. If you've already renamed your account, this is a good alternative. Just be sure to tell your community that you're changing accounts, lest they think you're an impostor!