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Resysop request (KillerChihuahua)

After a period of inactivity, I find I am desirous of returning to the fold. KillerChihuahua (current rights · rights management · rights log (local) · rights log (global/meta) · block log) 14:10, 13 September 2019 (UTC)

Removed for inactivity on 2018-09-01; Last admin log on 2016-01-14. Appears to pass the 3-year and 5-year rules. There is a standard 24-hour hold for commentary on resysop requests, but I'm not seeing any blockers. — xaosflux Talk 14:22, 13 September 2019 (UTC)
In my defense, I was ill for a while. Good to see you still active, Xaosflux! KillerChihuahua 14:30, 13 September 2019 (UTC)
@KillerChihuahua: no excuses! (Well none needed :D) Welcome back! — xaosflux Talk 14:34, 13 September 2019 (UTC)
Ah, you are too kind. :-) KillerChihuahua 14:37, 13 September 2019 (UTC)
 Done, welcome back. Maxim(talk) 14:41, 14 September 2019 (UTC)
Welcome back! El_C 14:45, 14 September 2019 (UTC)
Thank you! KillerChihuahua 15:03, 14 September 2019 (UTC)


Request for move of admin rights from JamesBWatson to JBW

Resolved: Renamed instead.
JamesBWatson (current rights · rights management · rights log (local) · rights log (global/meta) · block log)
JBW (current rights · rights management · rights log (local) · rights log (global/meta) · block log)

Can my admin bit be moved from my current main account JamesBWatson to my alternative account JBW? For quite a long time I have been unhappy with using a pseudonym which looks like a real name but isn't, and would prefer to use one which nobody can imagine is my real name. I created the JBW account in April 2014, but I have never made any edits with it apart from a few edits in that same month setting up some user space pages. JamesBWatson (talk) 10:57, 19 September 2019 (UTC)

You actually can usurp that name and have the global account renamed; in this case, you do not lose the contribution history.--Ymblanter (talk) 11:02, 19 September 2019 (UTC)
@JamesBWatson: the usurp/rename process is more appropriate for this use case, and will also avoid you having to do this on meta-wiki and commons for access there. Functionally it would be along the lines of:
  1. Rename User:JBW to User:JBW (usurped)
  2. Rename User:JamesBWatson to User:JBW
  3. (optionally) rename User:JBW (usurped) to User:JamesBWatson
Any of your global-renamer peers should be able to help with that. — xaosflux Talk 11:28, 19 September 2019 (UTC)
Xaosflux, will that actually work in this case? I know that when Malleus became Eric, he had to create a new account and transfer the userrights across because the devs were worried that renaming an account with 140,000 edits would crash the database. ‑ Iridescent 11:32, 19 September 2019 (UTC)
  • There’s no need for a usurp. Like Iri suggested it’d be more difficult (it can be done, but requires sysadmin supervision.) Just make sure to clearly link the two accounts and the original RfA in the log entry and it’s fine. TonyBallioni (talk) 11:37, 19 September 2019 (UTC)
Yes, it's doable now. There was a software update a few months ago and developer supervision is no longer required for any renames (see [1] and global-renamer list, and example rename of >200,000 edits on dewiki [2] which went through within the same time as all the user's other local accounts even with zero edits). @JamesBWatson:, let us know if you want the rename route as xaosflux suggests. Maxim(talk) 11:38, 19 September 2019 (UTC)
@Iridescent: I was trying to find the tech news on this, but the links Maxim provided are fine. This isn't a very complicated one (say an account with 100's of thousands accounts on hundreds of projects or anything like that) - and the rename limit was relaxed. You are right that it used to be prohibitive. — xaosflux Talk 11:49, 19 September 2019 (UTC)
Oh nice. I thought 100K was still our “ask for help” limit. Good to know. TonyBallioni (talk) 12:09, 19 September 2019 (UTC)
I've done this kind of renames quite a few times as a S and happy to help you if you are fine to process this way. — regards, Revi 12:02, 19 September 2019 (UTC)
Yes, willing to process as well. Looks fine as a self-usurp. –xenotalk 12:11, 19 September 2019 (UTC)


If the rename method is doable then I would much prefer that. The only reason I asked for the other method is that I thought my account couldn't be renamed because of the number of edits. User:JBW (usurped) already exists, but something like User:JBW (old) should be OK. Just one more question. Does anyone know whether I can do the rename myself (I am a global renamer) or is renaming one's own account impossible? No problem with someone else doing it if necessary, but if I can do it myself I may as well. JamesBWatson (talk) 12:14, 19 September 2019 (UTC)
It should probably work. I'd say give it a try. There are two renamers and steward willing to do this, so there really should be no questions about impropriety. Maxim(talk) 12:17, 19 September 2019 (UTC)
You will be logged out (and cannot login) during your remames are being process. Just note this. I think nobody has tried self-renaming. — regards, Revi 12:26, 19 September 2019 (UTC)
OK, then maybe I was the first to try it. The answer is that the "Rename global user" comes up with a big red message saying "You cannot rename yourself". I have renamed JBW to JBW1, so that's no problem. -revi or xeno or someone, can you rename JamesBWatson to JBW for me? Being logged out is no problem, because I am out of time now, and need to go off and do other things. JamesBWatson (talk) 12:45, 19 September 2019 (UTC)
Gonna do it. — regards, Revi 12:48, 19 September 2019 (UTC)
Renames are complete and you should be able to log in. I think you can take care of the part 3, so leaving it to you. — regards, Revi 13:07, 19 September 2019 (UTC)
That's great, -revi. Thanks. And thanks to everyone else who provided information or advice above. JBW (talk) Formerly known as JamesBWatson 13:23, 19 September 2019 (UTC)