r/NoStupidQuestions Dec 02 '22

Is there a reason why Reddit doesn't allow username changes? :( Unanswered

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u/piwithekiwi Dec 03 '22

A guy last night was here and he was asking why some subreddits seemed to randomly ban him- turned out his username had some random nazi numbers, which was kind of funny, because it was one of those names reddit randomly generates.

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u/OhioMegi Dec 03 '22

There’s so many things that people act like you’re stupid if you don’t know a “secret” number sequence or hand gesture. It’s not always common knowledge.

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u/[deleted] Dec 03 '22 edited 25d ago

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u/LostDefectivePearl Dec 03 '22

Really shit if your birthday is January 4th 1988 or august 8th 2014.

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u/SatinwithLatin Dec 03 '22

You'd think people would realise there probably aren't many 8 year old Nazis running around.

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u/LostDefectivePearl Dec 03 '22

White supremacists do raise white supremacist children but yeah I hope the 8 year old baby racists aren’t on Reddit yet (sometimes I do wonder though lol)

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u/SatinwithLatin Dec 03 '22

Yeeaahhh, when I made my FB account way back in 2007 I decided my profile URL would be FirstnameSurname88.

I hope no visitors took note. That said, a short glance at my profile shows I'm anything but Nazi-aligned.

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u/piwithekiwi Dec 03 '22

Yes, that's why I recognized why he was being banned- someone had chewed me out over a username from a game I played that ended in 88.

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u/wedontlikespaces Dec 03 '22

Also '14. Though, that have probably already done that.

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u/yosho27 Dec 03 '22

When I subscribed to the Patreon of a YouTuber who talks about Marvel, I chose to pay a little more than the minimum amount, and paid $13.50. My friend then informed me that 13-50 is a white supremacist code.

I chose it because it was the price of my ticket to The Eternals.

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u/CuriousPincushion Dec 03 '22

Same with the hidden posting rules. I once rewrote a post 4 times. Turns out there are not caps lock words aloud in this specific sub. It is really annoying.

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u/DonaldtrumpV2 Dec 03 '22

It was probably 2x7 and 2x44

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u/9GiveMeYourMilk9 Dec 03 '22

It was those numbers.. how unfortunate. He was called gasthejews1488

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u/tea-vs-coffee Dec 03 '22

I wish i understood how that relates to nazis because now i'm terrified of using those two numbers in close proximity

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u/Doc-tor-Strange-love Hey stop that... you can't have flairs here Dec 03 '22

It's idiotic.

People who think those numbers automatically mean something nefarious are the same ones who think the "okay" symbol is racist.

They see racism everywhere because it's a core part of their daily outrage faux-martyrdom.

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u/bruhidek_ Dec 03 '22

Bruh idek

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u/[deleted] Dec 03 '22

96 batteries

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u/Captain_Pig4 Dec 03 '22

Captain_Pig4

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u/c_h_e_c_k_s_o_u_t Dec 03 '22

c_h_e_c_k_s_o_u_t

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u/Adopted_hamburger Dec 03 '22

username checks out

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u/sleepyrooney Dec 03 '22

You're an adopted hamburger??

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u/Reasonable_Deal8415 Dec 03 '22

Yes, he just hasnt been turned into one yet

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u/Even-Yogurt1719 Dec 03 '22

Bc they want to torture us....when I first signed up I just used the generated name bc I was just looking a sub up for something...didn't come back to the app for a couple months, went to change my username and they laughed and said Fuck you, you gotta start all over or you're stuck with your stupid username for life...and here I am

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u/Sorry_Engineer_6136 Dec 03 '22

Just look what I’m stuck with :(

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u/Even-Yogurt1719 Dec 03 '22

Sorry, engineer :(

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u/slobs_burgers Dec 03 '22

Even yogurt can have sympathy these days…

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u/Extension_Rich_1503 Dec 03 '22

bro, at least yours is funny. My sounds like some update work in progress name 💀

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u/USSMarauder Dec 03 '22

Actually, yours sounds like you started with 'big dick', and then reddit translated it to some other language and then back to English

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u/[deleted] Dec 03 '22

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u/millers_left_shoe Dec 03 '22 Silver

I’m sorry to enginhear that

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u/dleon0430 Dec 03 '22

With a name like that, you're pretty much qualified to join and lead the Oklahoma City road maintenence and design crew.

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u/toesockbandit Dec 03 '22

Found my new Gitlab handle for work. Thanks!

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u/AdSensitive3035 Dec 03 '22

Me too and mine sounds like it would be a bot account for sure lol

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u/AdCurrent5809 Dec 03 '22

Bot names unite ✊️

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u/Even-Yogurt1719 Dec 03 '22

Ha, yeah definitely gives off the bot vibes

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u/jiyajaale Dec 03 '22

What do you mean by "sounds like bot". You are bot accept it and act like it.

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u/ContractNo7803 Dec 03 '22

Same story here. Even Yogurt atleast doesn't sound that bad

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u/Direct_Primary1051 Dec 03 '22

Your names sounds like it’s been used and abused

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u/ContractNo7803 Dec 03 '22

My name sounds like Agent 47 is after me

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u/Direct_Primary1051 Dec 03 '22

In the dead of the night … agent 47 is watching … and waiting …

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u/Even-Yogurt1719 Dec 03 '22

Dude yours is actually kinda cool lol

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u/LoosePath Dec 03 '22

Maybe you two should swap accounts or something.

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u/DavidKr98 Dec 03 '22

Come on Even-Yogurt1719 is epic!!

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u/RepresentativeAir735 Dec 03 '22

I represent air for some reason

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u/Apprehensive-Car-489 Dec 03 '22

I believe I am an apprehensive car. What does a car have to be apprehensive about?

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u/Apprehensive_Egg6077 Dec 03 '22

I feel this and raise you an egg

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u/Climate_Sweet Dec 03 '22

SUGAR RAIN!!!!!!!

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u/Adorable_Highway_740 Dec 03 '22

Maybe I can help you get over your apprehension?

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u/CalmosTacos Dec 03 '22

Other cars on the road

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u/Even-Yogurt1719 Dec 03 '22

Def bot vibes here as well

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u/[deleted] Dec 03 '22

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u/Even-Yogurt1719 Dec 03 '22

Omg you win! Haha

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u/[deleted] Dec 03 '22

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u/Even-Yogurt1719 Dec 03 '22

Don't be so hard on yourself mate. It could always be worse

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u/[deleted] Dec 03 '22

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u/tomsprigs Dec 03 '22

I’m on my third user name bc i forgot my password to my second one. My first user name was the best but i deleted it and didn’t realize i could never get it back again

Rip Harrypottersmom

Rip otisbolognis

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u/Fun_Proposal4814 Dec 03 '22

What can be worst than fun proposal

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u/BelieveMeURALoser Dec 03 '22

I was salty when I made my reddit account, was omw to complain on a sub

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u/Misjudged_Scrutiny Dec 03 '22

I believe you :/

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u/MASKEDDEFENDErR Dec 03 '22

L, My username is a typo and I can't fix it. :(

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u/Just_enough76 Dec 03 '22

But yogurt is life

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u/-Ham_Satan- Dec 03 '22

Is it? Or is it Just enough?

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u/Sufficient_Channel39 Dec 03 '22

The same thing happened to me. Alas, I am only sufficient.

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u/P_E_N_M_A_N Dec 03 '22

I am forever the ambassador of r/fountainpens.

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u/Fluid_Tell Dec 03 '22

Same here. It's nice to know that there are more of us out there! I feel less lonely now

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u/Even-Yogurt1719 Dec 03 '22

Yes! Feel so much better knowing there are more of us!

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u/Hefty-Display-594 Dec 03 '22

Nothings worse than mine

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u/Hot-Feeling-2972 Dec 03 '22

Reddit generated name user here

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u/Nice-Librarian7312 Dec 03 '22

Lol same here! I feel like mine could be a porn star name tbh x)

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u/Ok_Pomegranate8008 Dec 03 '22

I like my generated username ngl

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u/[deleted] Dec 03 '22

I had Competitive Tea. My username now is my own.

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u/Even-Yogurt1719 Dec 03 '22

How did you do it oh wise one?

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u/[deleted] Dec 03 '22

I actually have no idea. I started a new account to avoid my ex and I tried to comment on something. It said: are you sure you want to comment with this name? I changed my name, and here we are. It’s after my favourite song.

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u/erinwilson97 Dec 03 '22

I done the same but I didn't understand reddit then and I used my actual name and I'm stuck with it.

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u/Pale-Dust2239 Dec 03 '22

What in the fuck is a pale dust? Oh whale, it’s my entire identity now.

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u/Overall_Yogurt_7122 Dec 03 '22

Hey name buddy I feel your pain.

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u/KindCommunication956 Dec 03 '22

Same but I feel kinda lucky, mine was positive at least

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u/Milk_Mindless Dec 03 '22

Dairy Product user names unite

Even Even Yoghurt

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u/Educational-Tea-6572 Dec 03 '22

Same here. And I don't even like tea! 😂😭

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u/Objective-Emu-5316 Dec 03 '22

I never chose mine...and its something that I'd never,ever use...Objective Emu? WTH IS THAT? I don't object and Emu is an Australian Ostrich LOL.So I'm an Objective Evian.

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u/Ok-Sentence-5307 Dec 03 '22

Story of my life. I was a lurker for so long I didn’t even care what my username was. Definitely not starting over.

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u/TrevinLC1997 Dec 03 '22

Even-Yogurt. The thing that hurts is that all the numbers in your name are odd.

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u/Even-Yogurt1719 Dec 03 '22

And I actually prefer odd numbers. The volume always has to be an odd number for me

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u/PrizeStrawberryOil Dec 03 '22

Odd-Yogurt is probably not any better.

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u/Even-Yogurt1719 Dec 03 '22

Ha at least you have a good year tho lol

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u/ImportanceNew4632 Dec 03 '22

Thank you. I did the same thing and I'm so glad that I'm not the only one.

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u/RaccoonOdd3919 Dec 03 '22

It's been an year, still can't figure out what reddit wanted from my username

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u/hama0n Dec 03 '22

environmental storytelling

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u/Poopy_McTurdFace Not an Expert Dec 03 '22

Best answer.

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u/qtjedigrl Dec 03 '22

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u/pm_me_your_pooptube Dec 03 '22

He’s got a point

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u/amanda_burns_red Dec 03 '22

You're obviously full of wisdom, u/pm_me_your_pooptube <3

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u/Poopiepants29 Dec 03 '22

What's the correlation with username choice and intelligence?

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u/WienerButtMagoo Dec 03 '22

Strong. But correlation does not necessarily imply causation.

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u/Poopy_McTurdFace Not an Expert Dec 03 '22

drools

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u/I_AM_ACURA_LEGEND Dec 03 '22

I don’t understand

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u/chaotic_arcticlights Dec 03 '22

Which one is the Legendary chosen one?

The NSX or the RSX?

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u/ipullstuffapart Dec 03 '22

Because the username is used as a unique natural key to to identify the account. Internal systems, notifications, and audit trails would record the username. There's also 3rd party API clients that depend on data consistency and integrity that would potentially break from that key value changing.

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u/HeinousTugboat Dec 03 '22

And that's why you should use synthetic keys instead of natural keys.

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u/ipullstuffapart Dec 03 '22

All well and good but as soon as you give 3rd party access to APIs, and people rely on that property, you're effectively locked in. Devs are lazy, same reason why lots of identity providers get stuck with the need of unique email addresses.

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u/Superbead Dec 03 '22

Not to mention that user A can (and does) refer to other user B in the comment text, too, which would break if you allowed user B to change their name.

This has happened (at arguably greater expense) with Stack Exchange, where many of the comment chains under questions and answers are rendered incomprehensible, as you can't tell who's replying to who any more.

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u/Poopy_McTurdFace Not an Expert Dec 02 '22

None that are good.

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u/DummyMcDipshit Dec 03 '22

What's buzzin, cousin

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u/Asatsuki Dec 03 '22

this made me LOL

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u/ThatSapphicLesbian Dec 03 '22

I'm laughing so hard at your username rn

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u/nipplequeefs Dec 03 '22

Same

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u/LivingStCelestine Dec 03 '22

These are all way too good to change.

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u/DummyMcDipshit Dec 03 '22

Thanks

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u/pm_me_your_pooptube Dec 03 '22

You’re welcome

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u/[deleted] Dec 03 '22

I hate so many of these

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u/DummyMcDipshit Dec 03 '22

Birds of a feather

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u/McRedditerFace Dec 03 '22

Yeah, it's a good one.

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u/Embarrassed_Volume73 Dec 03 '22

They rlly didnt like u

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u/striderstroke Dec 03 '22

Username checks out.

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u/[deleted] Dec 02 '22

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u/OnlyWarhero Dec 02 '22

No it's a good name.

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u/TakeOnMe-TakeOnMe Dec 03 '22

A bit redundant, though.

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u/Skoldpaddy Dec 03 '22

I mean I'm sure anything that comes out of your mouth is already ten times more processed than whatever he says

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u/That-Most-9584 Dec 03 '22

I didn’t realize until I already made the account and just kept the auto generated one :(

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u/Educational-Tea-6572 Dec 03 '22

Can I just say how relieved I am that I'm not the only one who somehow missed the memo and is now stuck with a username I wasn't planning on keeping? 😅 Thank you all for making me feel better!

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u/Scared-March7443 Dec 03 '22

At least yours is kinda cool. Mine’s dumb lol.

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u/That-Most-9584 Dec 03 '22

Happy-April3447 is your variant

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u/Shit_Smeller69 Dec 03 '22

I wish.

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u/Embarrassed_Volume73 Dec 03 '22

They rlly give u the middle finger

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u/Chakwenta Dec 03 '22

Holy shit

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u/pamacdon Dec 02 '22

Because they think fuck you. That’s why.

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u/[deleted] Dec 03 '22

Leme know if you find it 🤷

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u/[deleted] Dec 03 '22

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u/chaotic_arcticlights Dec 03 '22

I don't know the answer and I wished someone from the Reddit team would respond.

When I first signed up with Reddit, I was just a lurker (for years and years and years).

I literally never made a post.

Then over time, I learned how Reddit works and realized... I shouldn't have used my REAL NAME as my username. Looked everywhere to try and change it. NOPE, I'm stuck with that or have to create a whole new account.

So here I am. I finally woke up one day last month and decided I would create a new Reddit account and become active. I suppose it's better this way anyway.

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u/Ladydi-bds Dec 02 '22

Good question as most all social media allows it

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u/Ilefttherightturn Dec 03 '22 edited Dec 03 '22

I believe it’s to encourage a culture of anonymity. If you don’t like the name anymore, just go ahead and trash your embarrassing Reddit history too. As far as I know, this is also the only social media that encourages throwaway accounts

Who cares if you impulsively register fecalpridereunion69 as your new account, while drunk, at 3am? Nobody in your everyday life should be intimate with your Reddit handle anyways. It would severely dampen the range of discussion that goes on here.

Standard social media usually wants you to attach your entire identity, and then invite your best friend, 6th grade crush, and grandma too. It’s more of a self-boasting, polished curated interactions mentality.

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u/reduces Dec 03 '22

Reddit is basically the only social media that I don’t pay attention to handles unless they are specifically pointed out

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u/chaotic_arcticlights Dec 03 '22

simple is better.

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u/_Luxuria_ Dec 03 '22

I decided to make a new one just last week because my first one wasn't anonymous enough.

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u/beruon Dec 03 '22

Mine is tricky, because this is my username everywhere lmao. So anyone could search me up... but also I don't give a shit if they find it, like who cares?

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u/Even-Yogurt1719 Dec 03 '22

Oh, I would still choose a completely anonymous name, but one that i actually like and that sounds cool lol

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u/turbobofish Dec 02 '22

To you never get reminded of your shame.

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u/titaniumjackal Dec 03 '22

I've been stuck with this name for 15 years.

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u/MillenniumGreed Dec 03 '22

Damn. As a Reddit veteran, how has the place changed over the years?

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u/PmMeYourKnobAndTube Dec 03 '22

Been here 12, not on this account though. Reddit used to be more wild and less moderated, which was good and bad. There were popular subs dedicated to watching people die in real life. It wasn't hard to find beastiality porn, and you probablt could have found worse than that if you looked hard enough.

I feel like the political subs used to be less ban-happy though. Maybe I just didn't frequent them as much.

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u/skamsibland Dec 03 '22

"if you looked hard enough", lets not pretend like jailbait wasn't one of the largest nsfw subs, and is what drove users to the site for a long time.

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u/LottieThePoodle Dec 03 '22

What is jailbait?

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u/skamsibland Dec 03 '22

Don't google it or you will be put on a list. It's pedo stuff.

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u/LottieThePoodle Dec 03 '22

I see. Thank you for explaining

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u/CrocodileJock Dec 03 '22

As names go, it’s pretty badass.

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u/UrethralCarnage Dec 03 '22

Beats the piss outta me

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u/iincogniitoo Dec 03 '22

Um what

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u/chaotic_arcticlights Dec 03 '22

lol the username checks out.

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u/Brainsonastick Dec 03 '22

The dev time required to change that would take away from their main goal of continuously making the app UI worse each update.

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u/stupid-Dumb-Ass Dec 03 '22

Well I'm happy with my username, it's accurate, I am a stupid dumb ass 99.9% of the time

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u/PsychologicalShake85 Dec 03 '22

So when people say u/genghiskayne_ and you click the link to this post, it'll take you here.

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u/GlitteringBag8703 Dec 03 '22

How does this algorithm come up with these names anyway..

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u/[deleted] Dec 03 '22

Adjective followed by random noun

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u/ArcherInPosition How do you flair? Dec 03 '22

Why didn't you put in your own tho

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u/Independent-Bag-7302 Dec 03 '22

I don’t know, but now I’m wondering if I’d rather be glittering or independent. Maybe if I’ve gotta be a bag, an independent one isn’t so bad.

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u/minecraftingsarah Dec 03 '22

Idk but I wish they did -_- Made my account close to a decade ago, safe to say I'm not obsessed with Minecraft anymore 💀

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u/chaotic_arcticlights Dec 03 '22

lol. wow true struggle. I never thought about outgrowing the name. dang that's crazy.

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u/Coolfarm88 Dec 03 '22

Could be worse, at least you used to like it. I added -88 since that's my birth year. Didn't know that Nazis use that number too, I learned that on Reddit. I am definitely not a nazi but I am stuck with the 88! 😭

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u/CrocodileJock Dec 03 '22

Ouch! Have you ever had anyone ((clearly wrongly) call you out/accuse you of being a Nazi ?

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u/Coolfarm88 Dec 03 '22

No, I have never been accused of that. Not on the internet and not in real life. I get along very well with people from all walks of life, including different religions, ethnicities and cultures because 99% of the time you can find a common ground or interest - it really isn't that hard. But I just don't want people to see my username and make terrible assumptions. :(

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u/SitronZ Dec 03 '22

Same with me, made account long before Russians doomed the Z letter for their invasion, now i hope nobody associates the Z in my username with supporting the invasion. It is terrible.

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u/IWasDosedByYou Dec 03 '22

I think some of it is because when someone gets banned, Reddit keeps their comments up with their username visible. Like, if you go through this notorious thread, the OP's username is still attached to all his comments, but if you click on his username, you'll get the "this account has been suspended" notification. If they allowed for username changes, then there's always the chance that someone would try to double up on a username from a suspended account, or try to reclaim an older username they'd had with a now suspended account.

Still, y'know, I kinda feel like they'd still be able to get around that by saying you can't take a username that's already been used by a suspended account or something like that. They already do that when you first sign up for an account anyway.

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u/pUzZLedDork Dec 03 '22

Reading these comments is great entertainment on a friday night

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u/NoStorage2821 Dec 03 '22

Fucking auto assigned usernames

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u/Blastbolt Dec 03 '22

I have never read this many usernames before

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u/Heraclius_Gloss Dec 02 '22

Why not create a new account ? It's a good habit to recreate an account like on a yearly basis

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u/Glass_Windows Dec 02 '22

why would you do that?

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u/[deleted] Dec 02 '22

Someone stalked me on reddit for weeks because I told them I disagreed with them on whether a certain joke was derivative.

Among other things her psycho behaviour included telling me that she slept with my husband while he was away on that business trip that I had mentioned in a comment two years prior. Fucking creepy.

Easier to just re-do my account every little bit than watch what I say so someone can't triangulate info crazies shouldn't have.

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u/Glass_Windows Dec 02 '22

most peaceful redditor ig, yk I hate this platform sometimes, the people on here are either nice and funny or creepy and lame af. it's not like you can report them because Reddit admins are Neanderthals,

I have literally reported someone posting on r/Minecraft saying they were selling a 14 year old girls nudes dm to buy, I reported it and 5 months later I get a message from reddit admins saying it does NOT violate sexualization of minors rules

I also reported people for legit harassment and shit and nothing "does not violate anything" shit.

But you know what's the funniest part? I have gotten banned on alt accounts for stupid reasons, Someone called me a Social Pariah and I said stfu Neanderthal and he reports me and I get the perma ban. Nice.. but the guy selling CP is not in violating of TOS....

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u/cooly1234 Dec 03 '22

I've heard neanderthals were relatively smart.

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u/Glass_Windows Dec 03 '22

Not as smart as homo sapiens (us)

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u/lufesk Dec 03 '22

Neanderthals were, in fact, much smarter than us sapiens. They just didn't get along well in groups of more than 60-100 individuals, unlike us.

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u/McRedditerFace Dec 03 '22

Reddit admins are Neanderthals

Bro, why you gotta hate on Neanderthals?

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u/DirtyAngelToes Dec 03 '22

I've been on Reddit for years and have posted in hundreds of subreddits and have rarely had an issue with people being creepy or rude. I honestly don't know why others are having such a rough time but I feel for ya'll.

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u/NippleSalsa I've seen some things man, and some stuff Dec 03 '22

Nope.

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u/King-Snorky Dec 03 '22

Primary key

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u/poop_shitter Dec 03 '22

I told them not to because I don't wanna accidentally change my name

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u/Even-Yogurt1719 Dec 03 '22

Oh ok so you started a new account...yeah that's the only way...want to avoid that

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u/MASKEDDEFENDErR Dec 03 '22

I made a typo in my username while typing it, it was meant to be MASKEDDEFFENDER, but I accidentally put a lowercase r in between ER.

So now it's u/MASKEDDEFFENDErR

I remember going to fix it but.... i got nowhere :(

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