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
    Commented May 26, 2015 at 3:09
  • @TheToad, thanks. I remember now:) Commented May 26, 2015 at 3:32
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    Closely related question
    – m_goldberg
    Commented 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 Commented May 26, 2015 at 4:34
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    @TheToad Or just guess Commented May 28, 2015 at 0:58
  • There's the WayBack Machine. Searches don't work (it seems), but the "Users" button does.
    – Michael E2
    Commented 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
    Commented Jun 2, 2015 at 9:18
  • …that is, if the user in question also participates in the chatroom. Commented Jun 2, 2015 at 15:50

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

  • It is not completely accurate, but it does help. +1 Commented May 27, 2015 at 12:11
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    @OleksandrR. Yeah, nice. Except for the fact that you may become slightly paranoid Commented May 28, 2015 at 0:56
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    @belisarius hmm, I had not noticed that as I used my meta user as a test. Apparently I have been called FilterRules in the past. I've been called worse things, but... Commented May 28, 2015 at 0:59
  • The link is dead.
    – Johu
    Commented Sep 17, 2018 at 23:32

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