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How do I change my "handle" on CH?

  • kwass Sep 20, 2013 03:45 PM
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I'd love to change my name on Chowhound. How would I go about doing this?

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  1. I don't know HOW you do it but you will lose all your posting history. I'm sure someone will chime in.

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    1. re: c oliver

      I don't really care about that. I just want to change my name :)

    2. Changing your username is not an option, unfortunately, so you'll have to register a new ID. You will lose your posting history (though the posts themselves will remain under the old ID) and start from scratch if you register a new username.

      Only one username can be registered per email address, so if you want to switch usernames, you will either have to use a different email address, or, if you don't have one, let us know at moderators@chowhound.com, and we can work some magic on the back end to free up this address for you.

      If you decide to go with registering with a different email, please let us know when you're done so we can deactivate this account, as having two active accounts isn't permitted.

      Feel free to contact us at moderators@chowhound.com to let us know what you end up deciding.

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      1. re: The Chowhound Team

        Thank you. I have to think about this. But, in the event that I do it, I only have one email address.

        1. re: kwass

          Hi kwass,

          Feel free to email the moderators if you have more questions about how and whether to make this switch.

          Thanks!
          Dave MP

          1. re: Dave MP

            Thank you Dave. I appreciate that.

        2. re: The Chowhound Team

          When you say that I'd lose my posting history, does that mean that I wouldn't get emails from the threads that I'm involved in when there's a new post?

          1. re: kwass

            Yes, you'd start with a blank slate, which would mean no email notifications, since there are no past discussions for your new ID.

            1. re: The Chowhound Team

              But OP could post on existing threads and then sign up for notifications, right? I know y'all probably don't love it when we do this but sometimes it's the only way for me to keep up with something that I may not have anything current to contribute.

              1. re: c oliver

                True. But kind of a pain in the a@#

                1. re: kwass

                  I don't get the notifications anyway so not a problem for me.

                  1. re: c oliver

                    I live getting the notifications! They're so convenient.

                    1. re: kwass

                      Whenever I go to my profile, I see them anyway.

                    2. re: c oliver

                      Same here. I prefer e-mails that are a bit more worldly.

                2. re: The Chowhound Team

                  Chowhound, just curious why you have it set up this way?

                  1. re: kwass

                    The coding in our software doesn't allow people to change nametags, and since your posting history is attached to your nametag, there's no way to transport posting history from one account to another.

                    1. re: The Chowhound Team

                      Gotchya

            2. I was going to suggest that you get a throwaway email somewhere and then change your current CHOW profile to that email. Then re-register with your preferred new name and your old address. You'd still be able to log in and check for updates on your old profile just by clicking on your profile name in the top right corner.

              Unless CHOW doesn't allow the addresses to be reused. I have no idea about that.

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              1. re: Leepa

                That's brilliant!

                1. re: kwass

                  They catch the "old address". If you have nothing to hide, there is a go -around. Why the furtiveness?

                  1. re: Veggo

                    There's no furtiveness @ all. I'm being completely upfront.

                    1. re: kwass

                      Our friendly exchanges were deleted, but I want you to know you are my pal - by any name!

                      1. re: Veggo

                        Awww...thanks Veggo!

                  2. re: kwass

                    Wont work.

                  3. re: Leepa

                    Genius!

                    1. re: Leepa

                      Having more than one active account simultaneously isn't permitted, so if a user reregisters with a new username, we will deactivate one of the two accounts (which of the accounts is up to the user). See: http://www.chow.com/faq#multiplenames

                      1. re: The Chowhound Team

                        Would my scenario of changing to a different email for the old account and then reusing the old email for the new user name work?

                        1. re: Leepa

                          We don't allow multiple accounts, and when the old account is deactivated, the email notifications won't be sent anymore.

                          1. re: The Chowhound Team

                            How many times can you say no? Lock this thread before I do.

                            1. re: James Cristinian

                              My apologies to you, James Cristinian. I was just looking for information.

                    2. Hmm, well, if you DO change your name will you keep your same Butter tart avatar so I can figure out who you are :)

                      I always wondered if I should have used a different user name on each forum I joined before joining... I don't think I posted anything crazy on any forums but still I feel uncomfortable thinking that is real world people did find out my username they can know quiet a bit about me and my dining habits/etc :)

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                      1. re: ylsf

                        I will definitely keep my butter tart avatar.

                        I don't want to change my name because of anything embarrassing that I may have said. I've just never liked the name I chose. It's an amalgamation of my 1st initial and the 1st four letters of my last name, but it's so boring. I just want to change it up.

                        That said, I'm very concerned about losing my posting history, i.e. not receiving notifications from posts that I've been a part of.

                        1. re: kwass

                          "but it's so boring"

                          a fermented drink is boring?

                          1. re: bcc

                            Huh?

                            1. re: kwass

                              Kvass is a fermented Russian beverage made from rye bread. The spelling "kwass" is used in German, and it also appears sometimes in English.

                              1. re: bcc

                                Interesting! I didn't know that.

                          2. re: kwass

                            Unless I'm mistaken kwass, you've been on these threads for a couple of weeks now. If I were you, I'd just re-register (I'd just sign up for a hotmail or yahoo e-mail account) and go with a better user name right now. I too chose a rather boring user name, but it's too late for me to change it now because I've been here for a few years. If I changed it now, people would probably recognize me from the old user name and then I'd have to say, 'yes, it's me and explain that I have a new name. If you make the change now, it's not such a big deal.

                            1. re: John E.

                              I've been on here for 3 years now, so it is kind of a big deal.

                              Even though I'm dying to change my name, I think I'm just going to leave it. It seems too complicated @ this point.

                              1. re: kwass

                                I'm an idiot. I did not scroll down to the bottom of the page to see how many pages of threads you have. I only saw the latest page. I agree that you should probably just keep it. At least your user name has a meaning other than your first name and initial. If I had lurked for a while before registering I might have come up with something more creative.

                                1. re: John E.

                                  Me too!

                                  I guess this should be the worst problem we have in our lives...lol!

                                  1. re: John E.

                                    And mine is my first initial and last name. But really what diff does it make? Sometimes people just get too clever :)

                          3. Let me chime in with my thoughts and opinions which I'm sure will be proven irrelevant by those far smarter than I.

                            I give you this information based on something similar our IT dept did at work. I am NOT a tech guy so I do apologize in advance if I waste everyone's time with this.

                            Lets say your current handle kwass is tied to a hypothetical email address of kwass@aol.com.

                            You now want to create a new handle kwassthegreat as your new chow handle. You create a new aol email kwassthegreat@aol.com for this new handle, mission accomplished, new handle and new email to support that handle.

                            Now forward either kwass@aol to kwassthegreat@aol.com or vice versa.

                            We have several email accounts at work which all direct to one gmail account which we use like outlook.

                            Does this make sense to those more knowledgable than I? Seems like this should be able to be sorted out facilitating email forwarding from one email account to another.

                            Please be gentle when calling me an idiot!

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                            1. re: jrvedivici

                              That sounds so confusing. Not being tech savvy @ all, it kind of makes my head spin :)

                              I know you can forward individual messages, but how do you forward all messages from a specific address?

                              1. re: kwass

                                Yes, I know we do it at work. You just direct the old (or current for now) email address to whatever you set up for the new handle. I know with work the emails only forward once or twice an hour (export I think is the tech term) so it won't be instantaneous, but I think it would solve your issues or concern.

                                FYI although I uses AOL as an example I believe they are the most difficult to do this with. I believe gmail is more user friendly for this type of setup.

                                1. re: jrvedivici

                                  And how do you direct the old email to forward to the new email?

                                  1. re: kwass

                                    That's what I pay IT people for! Lol I'm pretty sure you can google "how to forward gmail to another email" etc and find out how.

                                    I catch my people googling solutions like that all the time when they get stumped.

                                    1. re: jrvedivici

                                      Ok. Thanks jrvedivici!

                              2. re: jrvedivici

                                But what will that accomplish? Chowhound won't allow the OP to register the new username at her old email address, so she will still "lose" her posting history.

                                1. re: carolinadawg

                                  Her posting history will always be under her old (current handle) but any new notifications to this will forward to the email of the new handle. So she will have her new handle, new email and her old handles notifications being forwarded. What am I missing?

                                  1. re: jrvedivici

                                    There might be confusion if someone with a user name different than kwass responds to replies post to kwass on Chowhound threads. Then they have to add an explanaition to each response.

                                    1. re: John E.

                                      I didn't see that as a concern of the OP, if I missed that I'm sorry. There can several potential issues with posting new vs old, however I didn't see that as a concern.

                                      1. re: jrvedivici

                                        That's the only reason I have not re-registered with a new user name. I don't wish to over value my contributions here, but I have developed online relationships and I have a backstory here. (Maybe I share too much personal stuff.) I would not wish to feel the need to explain the change of the user name just to have a more interesting user name.

                                        1. re: John E.

                                          That's exactly the situation that I'm in. And because of it, as much as I'd like to change my name, I think I'll just keep my current one.

                                    2. re: jrvedivici

                                      When her old handle is deactivated, it will no longer receive notifications.

                                      1. re: The Chowhound Team

                                        Just out of curiosity what determines if an account is deactivated? Does Chow clean house and deactivate accounts that don't have activity for a certain period of time? Or is deactivation strictly user driven, chow is notified by a user then they deactivate?

                                        1. re: jrvedivici

                                          We ask that users who are changing usernames let us know so we can deactivate their previous account.