How do I change my username?
The short answer is that, if you are a paid user or you are hosted by CKR/Mediawood, you may request a rename here:
and ZR will change your account name when she has a chance. You may only do this ONCE, for free.
Please be aware that if this courtesy gets abused, it will no longer be offered. And ZR's prickly, she doesn't want her ass kissed; a simple, polite request will do.
Now for the technical stuff...
If you are a paid user, you can request a new free-level journal to use, with the new journal name you want. Or you may wait for one of the times when free account creation is turned on, and create a new journal for yourself there.
JournalFen identifies your account by your user number, not your user name. Renaming an account simply changes the name associated with that number - everything else about the account remains the same. Paid or Permanent account status, user privileges, Friends, personal info, and other account-related data will be the same with the new username. All existing comments in other journals and posts in communities will display the new username.
What happens when someone tries to access the old username? You have two options. The old username can automatically redirect users to the new username - using this option is encouraged, so links to posts in your old journal don't break. This redirection will remain in place as long as your account exists. Alternately, the old username can be marked as deleted, so anyone who visits the journal will receive an error message. The old username will remain unavailable for at least 30 days.
As a convenience, you can also choose whether or not to preserve Friend-Ofs when renaming a journal. If Friend-Ofs are preserved, then everyone listing your old username as a friend will continue to list your new username as a friend. If Friend-Ofs are not preserved, you will be removed from the Friends lists of all other users when your account is renamed. (Of course, they can then add you again.)
If you want to hide your journal from someone who has found your username, the rename feature is probably not what you want. See "Can I make my whole journal Friends-Only or Private?" (http://www.journalfen.net/support/faqb
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