# Users with identical names

Apparently, nothing prevents the users from having identical display names (since they are assigned different userID): here is another Vadim. I admit though that this name is not a particularly rare one, so I will have to think of a better nickname. Has anyone else been in a similar situation? How did you handle it?

Update:

Vadim --> Roger Vadim

• There are pages of users with common first names as their user name, type e.g. 'rob' into the search box here.
– ACuriousMind Mod
May 20, 2021 at 8:32
• I suppose I will just change the name, but keep Vadim in it, so that it remains recognizable. May 20, 2021 at 8:35
• I used my forename and surname. May 20, 2021 at 8:48
• @JohnRennie People from science will look right away where you work/worked and how many publications you have. May 20, 2021 at 8:59
• I dealt with this by winning a moderator election and getting a diamond attached to my name.
– rob Mod
May 20, 2021 at 10:53
• Moderator flex xD @rob May 20, 2021 at 14:05
• @RogerVadim - since a little sleuthing will allow one moderately skilled in the art to find out way more than you imagine about anyone, giving a few hints doesn’t really change things. Anonymity only holds up when people don’t actually care who you are. May 20, 2021 at 14:20
• I used to have my full name as my username. Then another user started being kind of creepy towards me, hence my username now. In any case, you are a fairly regular user here, so I don't think there is an issue of getting you mixed up with the user you linked to. May 20, 2021 at 14:32
• @rob You beat me to the joke. ;)
– Chris Mod
May 20, 2021 at 19:47
• Clearly, if I want to be a mod I need to shorten my name to just Jon… May 21, 2021 at 15:55

## 1 Answer

It's not much of a problem. While there may be users sharing a display name with you (many, if your name is Chris or rob), it's unlikely there are other prominent users that share a display name with you. As this SEDE query shows, there aren't many names with two high-rep users, and several of these appear to be alternate accounts of the same person.

For example, even though there are 173 users named "Chris," (ignoring case sensitivity), the next-highest reputation "Chris" has only 804 reputation and hasn't been active in years.

• That query is not trivial to understand. Can you update the description with an explanation of the columns? May 23, 2021 at 9:01
• @EmilioPisanty Sure. How is it now?
– Chris Mod
May 23, 2021 at 9:13
• Yep, that's better. Note that there is a dedicated description field, though. May 23, 2021 at 10:15