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Someone (quite possibly me) has registered a wiki account using "my" OSM username. As noted on my OSM profile page, I only quite recently rediscovered that I even had an account.

The account in question had [links removed] no user page or talk page, never made any edits, and according to the log was never even created (which raised its own side-question about how an account could exist without having been created)... in short there seems little evidence that the account actually exists other than that I am blocked from registering an account in that username.

It also doesn't seem to have an email address associated with it if I ask it to send out a password reset.

Is it possible to reclaim that account, or do I have to register a new ID everywhere across the OSM project in order to have a consistent ID across the site?

asked 02 Aug '11, 15:18

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closed 04 Aug '11, 17:07

The question has been closed for the following reason "The question is answered, right answer was accepted" by banoffee 04 Aug '11, 17:07

You need to contact a sysadmin to help. Sysadmins list

I'm part of the sysadmin team, contact me here (osm wiki) or contact me here (

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answered 04 Aug '11, 10:04

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Done. Problem resolved, and new "Banoffee" account created. Thanks again for your assistance.

(04 Aug '11, 17:03) banoffee

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