Whilst reading the thread about Nominations for Moderators, I looked at the List of Users

I was surprised that (as well as me) there is another user Andrew. I appreciate that the name isn't unique in the big-wide-world but usually forums and similar don't allow the same name?

At the moment, this isn't an issue as he's not active, but I can foresee confusion if the other one started to be active on the site!

Is this expected behaviour on SE?


That is intentional, user names are not unique on SE sites (the user ids are, though). It isn't a problem usually, even when multiple users have the same name they usually have a different gravatar.

If you want to avoid any possible confusion you can just use a user name that isn't just a first name. You can freely change your name once a month.

  • Ta... it just surprised me, as I've not hit a "conflict" on any other SE site that I'm active on. – Andrew Oct 28 '12 at 15:56
  • just upload a photo! ;) – jmort253 Oct 30 '12 at 0:36
  • I don't actually look like a bunch of green polygons. – American Luke Oct 30 '12 at 18:20

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