I was looking for some answer and comments on a question where I found that there are tags to some users who are not in the comments.

I first thought the users deleted their accounts but I realized that the display names were changed.

How would I know for example when I check the users page (here) that some users change their display names (I just guessed using the reputation and some other info in the user's accounts to know who is)

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    Only moderators can see the full history of a user's display names. Others will have to use memory or context/links to figure it out.
    – rm -rf Mod
    May 26, 2015 at 3:09
  • @TheToad, thanks. I remember now:) May 26, 2015 at 3:32
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    Closely related question
    – m_goldberg
    May 26, 2015 at 4:15
  • @m_goldberg it is not closely related, I can say it is a duplicate. the question answered what I asked about. Thanks May 26, 2015 at 4:34
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    @TheToad Or just guess May 28, 2015 at 0:58
  • There's the WayBack Machine. Searches don't work (it seems), but the "Users" button does.
    – Michael E2
    May 30, 2015 at 18:08
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    The chat preserves old user names, but links them to the current account.
    – Yves Klett
    Jun 2, 2015 at 9:18
  • …that is, if the user in question also participates in the chatroom. Jun 2, 2015 at 15:50

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Use this to recover the list of former names for a given user.


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