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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?

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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.

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  • 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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