How can I edit my profile name on MakeUseOf?

Mary L February 15, 2013

I realise that from time to time I want to comment on certain articles, but I refrain from doing so because my real name is attached to the comment I would leave. And don’t want my employer to stumble upon them by simply googling my name!

So my question is quite plain: how do I edit my user profile on How do I create a nickname?

Thanks for any help,

  1. Tug Ricks
    February 16, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    I too would like the ability to have a bit more privacy. Would it be possible to change my username to my first name and last initial? Thanks!

  2. muotechguy
    February 16, 2013 at 8:46 am

    No, there is no way to do this currently, and I'm not sure we will add it in the future. Comments made by people with a real name have more credence than those left anonymously. If you're so worried about your boss finding those comments, perhaps they would be best left unsaid? Are they about the company or could be considered harmful in some way? Are you commenting during work time?

    • Mary L
      February 18, 2013 at 4:23 pm

      I'd prefer to base comments' credibility on their contents, not on the name... I don't think my comments could be considered harmfull but who knows how welcome their criticisme might be?
      Most of all, I'm concerned with the trail I leave on the net.

      • Tina Sieber
        February 18, 2013 at 6:48 pm


        I changed your displayed name to Mary L. Hope that works for you.

        • Maryline Latorre
          February 18, 2013 at 6:56 pm

          Many THANKS! Super!
          I will not hesitate to comment on all the great stuff I read on MUO from now on!

        • Tina
          February 19, 2013 at 9:07 am

          Well, seems like it doesn't work. I was making a change on the wrong end and only our developer can change the actual username. And quite understandably, he's not willing to manually change usernames. Sorry!

        • Tug Ricks
          February 19, 2013 at 2:51 am

          If you're feeling bored, I would also appreciate having my username shortened to my first name and last initial. Gracias.

      • Muo TechGuy
        February 19, 2013 at 9:33 am

        Input noted Mary, I'll have a chat and see if we can make some adjustments. I don't think opening up any username you want should be allowed, but there should certainly be some middle ground...

  3. Tina
    February 15, 2013 at 11:29 pm


    I manually changed the name associated with this question, otherwise your full name would have shown up.

    The name shown with your MakeUseOf login is taken from the social media account you used to create an account with MakeUseOf. You can go to your profile and connect other social media accounts with your profile, but I'm actually not sure whether that will change your name.

    We can update your name manually, but James will get back to you in case there is another way that I'm not aware of.

    • Mary L
      February 18, 2013 at 4:17 pm

      Thanks Tina,
      I connect on MUO through my social network account... So, changing my user name there may be the only solution, but is going too far for me.
      If you could manually change it though... ;) that would make my day!

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