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LDMartin1959 Level 1 (5 points)
Is it possible to change my forum user name?

iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.7), forum, user, name, change
  • Niel Level 10 (293,655 points)

  • LDMartin1959 Level 1 (5 points)
    Okay, is there any way to associate my forum user name with my MobileMe account? I tried changing my email to my MM email but it wouldn't let me.
  • romad Level 3 (605 points)
    Did you try this:
    Click on "My Settings"
    On the Email line click on "My Info"
    In the resulting window, click on "Manage Your Account"
    Click on Sign In
    Under "Alternate Email Addresses", click on "Add Email Address"

    Once you've successfully added and verified an alternate email address, you should be able to modify the Primary address. There has to be a current verified address to send the request for verification emails.

    Message was edited by: romad
  • LDMartin1959 Level 1 (5 points)
    Apparently having a MobileMe account prevents me from adding my email as a second email address since it is already recognized as a unique Apple ID. Nuts. well I guess I just use my preferred user name which is tied to my old email address instead of an alternate user name tied to my new address. Thanks for the effort nonetheless.
  • Eme Level 5 (5,635 points)
    No, our user names are set in stone

    I find I also can not delete my shipping address because Safari doesn't save the changes, perhaps I need IE or Chrome.
  • Polacky radman Level 1 (100 points)

    Exactly why can't we change out user name? I see no good reason not to let us change it if we want? It's always tied to your account and email? What gives Apple? Are you control freaks?

    I changed mine to what it is now way back when after I was at a creative loss as to what to make it.

    C'mon let us have a Username one day amnesty so we can change it one time!

  • R C-R Level 6 (17,375 points)

    I believe the #1 reason usually given for not allowing user name changes is to prevent confusion. Imagine for instance that you are working with a user to solve a problem & one of you changes your alias. How would either of you know that you are still discussing things with the same person or what info matched up with which user?

  • LDMartin1959 Level 1 (5 points)

    Presumbably the database that links all of it together does so by data other than a variable. Generally there is an auto-incrimented number field behind the scenes that is the actual record link.

  • seventy one Level 6 (12,640 points)

    Hello LDM,


    As already advised, no, you can't change your user name … and it does have its problems.


    When I first registered I was delighted to hint at my age … but as the years have gone by my user name is well out of sync with reality.   

  • R C-R Level 6 (17,375 points)

    LDMartin1959 wrote:

    Presumbably the database that links all of it together does so by data other than a variable. Generally there is an auto-incrimented number field behind the scenes that is the actual record link.

    Behind the scenes info does nothing to ease the confusion I mentioned in my previous post. How would you prevent that?


    In any discussion, there is a fundamental need to know who you are talking with. Imagine this was real life & you were discussing something face-to-face with someone in a group. Would you be confused if they suddenly seemed to morph into someone else?


    It is no different here, except that the only thing we have to tell one person from the next is our user aliases. If I were R C-R one day & Joe Blow the next, how would you know who to reply to from day to day?

  • Polacky radman Level 1 (100 points)

    I would just prefer my actual nickname to the name I picked way back when while in a drunken stupor! At that time we could change it at will and I picked this current one while drinking a few beers and feeling polacky!

    I guess I better get used to Polacky Radman for a long time to come then eh?

  • LDMartin1959 Level 1 (5 points)

    It's not a big deal and I don't want to make it so. It's just that it would be nice if there were something in place to deal with situations like mine. I have a MobileMe account now that I have a Mac. There is no way to associate my MobileMe .ME email address with my current profile, and I would like to reconcile that email with my user ID. So, the logic goes, if I could change the user ID associated with my non-MobileMe email, then that would free up my current (and preferred) user ID to be usable with my MobileMe email address.


    Like I say, I'm not trying to make a big deal out of it, but it would be nice if Apple would make some provision to link a MobileMe email with an existing user ID instead of throwing up a brick wall between the two, thus forcing a new MobileMe user (and presumably a new Mac users) from having to choose between continuing to use their established (and presumably preferred) user ID and having to create a new user ID in the forums simply to be able to use their new MobileMe email address.


    That's all I'm trying to do.

  • R C-R Level 6 (17,375 points)

    If you just want to change the email addresses associated with your existing Apple ID, go to the main My Apple ID page, click on the "Manage Your Account" link, sign in, & you should be taken to a page where you can change your primary email address or add an alternate one.

  • LDMartin1959 Level 1 (5 points)

    Doesn't work with a MobileMe email. Those are reserved and can not be associated with an existing profile. Believe me, I've already tried.

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