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Jan 14, 2008 05:53 PM

How to change my Chowhound name


I would REALLY like to change my Chowhound name - I was not inspired with a good one when I set up the account and now I finally have a better one. I could not find how to accomplish that in the settings - I also tried to set up a new account with the new name but that seems to be a no-go since I am using the same email address as the current account. What can I do?

Thank you

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    1. re: The Chowhound Team

      I also need to change my name as it's too similar to that of another frequent contributor. Could you advise?

      Thanks in advance.

      1. re: obsessive

        We've sent them to you, as well. For others who might search and find this thread, the best way to get these instructions is to email us at and we'll get them to you.

        1. re: The Chowhound Team

          Please send to me too. Someone "outed" me on this site so I no longer have anonymity.

      2. re: The Chowhound Team

        At one point wasn't it policy not to allow name changes? If you do change your name what happens to your followers?

        1. re: James Cristinian

          To the best of my knowledge, that user name remains "out there" with their posts but will show as "deactivated" (gray name instead of a blue hyperlink name), and followers and old posts will not tie to the new name.

          1. re: LindaWhit

            Actually, the gray, unclickable names you sometimes see indicate posts that predate the 2006 relaunch and our current login system. They aren't actually associated with any user account and (to my knowledge) never were.

            And James, your recollection is correct; see the post carolinadawg linked to below for further details.

            1. re: Engineering

              Oops, sorry. That's right - when I got this name with the 2006 relaunch, all the stuff I'd posted as LWhitt58 (I think that was my name pre-CNET) was gone. Which is sad. :-(

          2. re: James Cristinian

            Unfortunately, you can't actually change the name on your account, you can only open a new account, so you lose your history including followers. We let people know what'll happen if they make that choice, but it's not forbidden.

            People aren't allowed to have more than one name active at a given time, but changing one for another is okay.

            1. re: Jacquilynne

              I just don't think it's worth it if I lose all browsing history. Thanks for the answer.

          3. re: The Chowhound Team

            I would like to change my name. I hastily made it without thinking and since I'm getting a lot of discussion on my one post, I'd like to make it better. Thank you.

            1. re: Aycoayco

              And per the previous comments, Aycoayco, if you change your name, it's like you start anew. The posts made under this name won't be connected to the new name.

              1. re: LindaWhit

                I've got a guy in Tijuana.....$500. in Chilies gift cards and he can make you a new identity. An additional $250. in Walmart gift card and he can perform a sex change.

                1. re: LindaWhit

                  Can't I change my Chowchow nickname? Not my actual registered name. Thanks.

                  1. re: Aycoayco

                    What Linda wrote - if you change your user name, your CHOW/Chowhound history starts over again with a clean slate. Your current username posts will no longer appear on your new profile page and no one will know that the new and old names are the same person.

                    1. re: Aycoayco

                      Sorry, unfortunately that's not an option. As patsully mentions here, it's hopefully something that can be added in a future upgrade.

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