How do I get rid of the formerly known as under my name?

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I didn't have it up until a couple days ago. Can I remove my old name or does it go away?

Thanks
 

Methodical Management

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We'll need those to help reduce confusion with so many people all changing their account names at once. We may remove those labels after a year or so, once everyone's had a chance to change their name and adjust to the name changes of others.
 
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Can I request to remove mine sooner or something? I changed my name to get away from my old name. I could have just left it alone if I'm going to have to keep it for a year or so.
 

Methodical Management

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If someone tries to @mention ballerific703, it won't work. Even if someone follows you, it would be difficult for them to know who you were without that "formerly" label. If you want a complete break, you can replace your current account with a new one. For those who change from an established name to a new one, we're adding those user titles to help minimize the chaos.

There isn't a feature in the system we can use to schedule everyone's title removal automatically after a set amount of time has passed, so, rather than trying to do them all individually and by hand, which would be a nightmare, it makes a lot more sense to just clear the slate on the custom titles a set amount of time after the relaunch. It could be less than a year, depending on how many users continue to use the feature.
 
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Will this be the same if we want to reformat our username from lowercase to uppercase?

EDIT - Nevermind I see the other thread.
 

MetalMario

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I'm the opposite Meth... I still haven't gotten my formerly yet and I would like it lol
 

Mr.Guy

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If someone tries to @mention ballerific703, it won't work. Even if someone follows you, it would be difficult for them to know who you were without that "formerly" label. If you want a complete break, you can replace your current account with a new one. For those who change from an established name to a new one, we're adding those user titles to help minimize the chaos.

There isn't a feature in the system we can use to schedule everyone's title removal automatically after a set amount of time has passed, so, rather than trying to do them all individually and by hand, which would be a nightmare, it makes a lot more sense to just clear the slate on the custom titles a set amount of time after the relaunch. It could be less than a year, depending on how many users continue to use the feature.
Were allowed to replace accounts with a new one?
 
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