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How to @ a user with non-Latin characters?

I am not sure about people using mobile devices, but on desktop using comment replies doesn't seem that different for users with non-Latin usernames. If I am in a comment where such user can be pinged,...
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Recognizing identifiable users changing user names

Let me summarize what was said in commments and in chat. There are a few related feature requests on Meta Stack Exchange, but my impression is that they are unlikely to get implemented: Make the “past ...
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Why are usernames not unique?

MathOverflow has been part of the Stack Exchange network for a very long time, and the Stack Exchange network doesn't enforce this. (I'm not sure how it was back in the days.) Just as in real life, ...
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Ability to flag user accounts as spam

I brought this up in the Charcoal HQ chat (about Charcoal). They pointed out a few technical hurdles, and also pointed me to evidence that SE has simply decided this issue is not important enough to ...
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Why are usernames not unique?

It should be noted that one is allowed to change the display name at will. (This has caused some problems; I have seen the downside of being impersonated in this way.) Indeed, many of the display ...
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How to report intrisically spammy user accounts?

I've tried destroying a few accounts with spammy profiles, and it takes less than 30 seconds to do each one. However, looking through the list of "autobiographer" badge recipients, I would ...
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Recognizing identifiable users changing user names

In addition to the wonderful work already done by Martin there is one other table in SEDE that holds past DisplayNames of users. The PostHistory table record contains for certain events a JSON blob ...
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