I changed my name a couple years ago on the stackexchange family of sites. It was an overall good experience.

I would share links to my answers to my facebook friends and coworkers, but I don't. This is because they might see a comment @'ing me and that would reveal my previous name to people that don't know it.

I know I'm not the only person to have this issue and it would be nice if there was some way to change the comment text - either changing or removing the @'ing.

Edit: When an account is closed, the user name changes to a generic one: user35135 - When this happens, @'ing in comments are automatically edited with the generic name. It seems to me that the code to do the rename in comments already exists.

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    It might be better to ask this on meta.stackexchange.com, since this would most likely be a feature affecting every site on the network. Beyond that, I don't know if mods have the ability to edit comments like that to begin with.
    – MBraedley
    Commented Sep 4, 2019 at 12:21
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    This was asked about very early on, on Meta.SE and has been brought up a few times since then. I think I brought it up a few years ago at some point. Generally people like the idea but don't think it's practical. Commented Sep 4, 2019 at 13:41
  • @MBraedley - Mods can edit comments, but it's a manual process. It would be impractical to expect Mods to manually edit every comment that mentions someone when they change their name.
    – Robotnik Mod
    Commented Sep 5, 2019 at 1:12
  • Having said that, if there's a specific thread or set of comments that you want updated @Amy - I think we could accommodate it as a special request. (Of course, if the comments aren't even relevant any more we could just purge the thread in its entirety)
    – Robotnik Mod
    Commented Sep 5, 2019 at 1:13
  • Thanks for the offer. Here are comments with my old name on any answer to a question where I have an answer with 10 rep or more: gaming.stackexchange.com/a/107775/9192 gaming.stackexchange.com/a/77215/9192 gaming.stackexchange.com/a/38744/9192 gaming.stackexchange.com/a/108460/9192 gaming.stackexchange.com/a/108898/9192 gaming.stackexchange.com/a/86331/9192 While going through these, I found an answer which used my old name and I was able to edit it (yay!) gaming.stackexchange.com/a/78695/9192
    – Amy B
    Commented Sep 5, 2019 at 11:32
  • @AmyB - Done! I hope I didn't miss any :)
    – Robotnik Mod
    Commented Sep 7, 2019 at 5:01
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    Thanks! I really appreciate this.
    – Amy B
    Commented Sep 7, 2019 at 12:13


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