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How Do I Change My Nickname?

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How Can I Change My Nickname (Username)?

Go to Settings on the top right of the page in the menu section.

Click on the Profile Tab and from there you can change your Nickname.

Or use this direct link: https://kickass-torrent.to/account/change_nickname/

You have the possibility to change your nickname / username:

- One courtesy name change before you have 1000 rep points. Please contact a Staff member
- Once per 30 days after you've reached 1,000 reputation points.

Please use good judgment when choosing username and avatar. Anything obscene, racist, hateful, threatening, or that otherwise violates of any site-rules will be removed by the Moderating Team.
Usernames are case sensitive - so think before you type.

Any attempt to imitate a Mod, Admin or Staff username will be seriously punished.

If your new username is approved by KAT staff it will be changed.
(it is wise to check first to see if anyone else is using your new choice of name)

If you encounter the message "Invalid Nickname" it probably means that you are trying to enter a username that is already in use or is restricted, see the section below.

What Happens If I Change My Username?

If you decide that you want to change your username, nothing will happen to your posts, profile, torrents and reputation. They will all be preserved but appear under your new username, however your old nickname will be available and can be taken. Also wherever you were mentioned (with full nickname & rep) will be replaced with wrong user link instead.

What Usernames Can I Use or I May Not Be Allowed To Have?

There is a general guide in the rules that requires all members to use good judgement on KAT.
Any username that is considered obscene, threatening or insulting is not allowed. You would be wise not to test the system by creating such accounts, it takes you longer to create the account than it does a moderator to delete it.

To ensure there are no misunderstandings about who a site member is and their status on the site any name that is similar to a name of a moderator, staff or admin member is likely to be changed without notice or warning.

Usernames that are prefixed Mr. are reserved for admin members.

Just because a particular format of username is not listed as banned here does not imply that it is automatically allowed.

When creating or changing your username I suggest you see what it looks like first on screen and also consider exactly which letters you wish to make Capital Letters first, it can be irritating for you to have to wait 30 days before you can correct an error that was caused by typing before thinking.

Usernames can be up to 13 characters long including punctuation but no spaces are allowed. The use of some punctuation and special characters will cause problems for you as the site software is better adjusted to "normal" characters/letters. Again careful consideration and good judgement is required.

Usernames that are website domains are forbidden and will be declined.

Why did my username get changed without my knowledge?

If your username contains any of the things in the list below, you will have your username changed when it's been reported to a staff or a staff notice it.

- Usernames that are offensive or abusive in any way
- Usernames that imitate major releasers, mods, admins or staff members
- Usernames that are meaningless or registered for the sole purpose of nickname squatting
- Usernames meant to advertise/spam (including website names or anything with .com, .net, .org, etc...)
- Usernames containing special symbols
- 'Mr.' (including 'mr', 'mr-', 'mr_', etc) names are reserved for admins only, any user that already has 'Mr.' prefixed username will have their name changed.
- Usernames may not have more than 13 characters.

If your username is changed without your knowledge you may request it changed to something else your prefer within the rules.

Usernames may get changed with or without a warning!

Will changing my nickname (username) affect my reputation or followers?

No, changing your nickname will not affect anything on your account except that your name is changed.

What happens to usertags when a user changes their name, do they get updated?

What happens? User tags are tags that show the username of a user, their online status, their rep, and their rank. It is KAT's BBCode and is constructed by wrapping user tags around a user's nickname/username. For example the usertag for Mr.White is constructed like so:
[user="Mr.White"]
which shows:
Mr.White9236

Do they get updated? If a user changes their name from Mr.Username to Dr.Username then all tags like [user="Mr.Username"] will show wrong user link (with the user's old name showing when you hover your mouse over it).
So no, they do not update.

Which special characters/symbols are allowed to be used in nicknames?

KickassTorrents only allows certain Eastern European characters, numbers, and a very limited set of symbols/punctuation in usernames. Use of special characters and symbols is not allowed, this is because special characters can often cause problems and/or glitches around the site.

Allowed characters list:
0123456789QWERTYUIOPASDFGHJKLZXCVBNMqwertyuiopasdfghjklzxcvbnm-_.[]
Numbers 0-9, letters A-Z/a-z, hyphen (dash), underscore, period (full-stop) and brackets (square ones).

Yes, this excludes spaces, commas, parentheses, dollar/pound signs, etc etc.

Note: some users may have characters which are forbidden, this is because their usernames were set before the restrictions took place.

How long does it take to get my profile name change? Do I at least get a message saying that it's not going to be changed?

Once you have submitted your new nickname change it may be done immediately but can also take a while depending on the staff workload. It is safe to say that it will be done within 24 hours.

You will receive an automated PM stating it has been changed only if this is the case.
If your requested name change is not allowed and it is against KAT rules you will also be notified by automatic PM which will include the reason.

Can I change the color of my nickname (like Super Users, for example)?

Short answer: no.

The colors for our ranks (Verified Uploaders, Super Users, Moderators, Staff, etc) are unique to the rank they belong to, so the colors can be used as recognition and identification of the different ranks here on KAT.
This means that you cannot be a blue user or a pink VUL, for example.

If you change your nickname to something different, are you allowed to change it back if it's still available?

Yes of course, provided that no one has taken it in the meantime. However there is a 30 day waiting period for users with over 1,000 rep.
New users will only be able to change it when they join then wait until they have over 1,000 rep.

When I change my username does my old one become available to others user?

Yes, the old username becomes available, with one exception. Team Kickass names are protected to ensure users are free from possible abuse.

How do you cancel a Username Change?

Send a PM to any of the Staff. If it's already approved, just PM them and they'll change it back for you.

How do I see previous username of a user?

It is not possible to see previous usernames for security/privacy reasons.

Related FAQ:
FAQ: What do all these Statuses mean? User, Uploader, VUL, Super User, Moderator

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FAQ: How Do I Change My Nickname?

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Anomolous31.16K
When you change your name, your old name is up for grabs (except for very high level members who may keep their old names in reserve just to avoid this sort of shenanigans). Of course, your rep, cheevos, etc... will follow you to your new name. So no one can acquire rep just by changing username.

If a user had a very high rep, and someone took over their name, (that happens sometimes) people notice and ask questions. So it's not likely anyone will be fooled ... at least not for long. And of course if the squatter was actively trying to use the new name to mislead members, that would be acted upon.

I hope that answers your question.
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Anomolous31.16K
Hey there. I'm going to send you this as a PM too, just to make sure you'll see it. And I'll leave this here for others to read.

That particular cheevo is probably not a problem. A little hard to abuse, since you can only change it once a month. But in general, you've got to be mindful about unlocking the cheevos. I think most of the purple one's are safe to try and get -- the ones where you just have to download a movie or something like that. But the other ones like (for instance, but not limited to) commenting or giving feedback or ratings are different. You shouldn't make any effort to unlock those. Those should just happen naturally. Otherwise someone's liable to notice that and then they'll come down on you for rep abuse ... and remove points and the cheevo and all that. I hope that answers your question. :)
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Rausch198766
Hello KAT ! I wanted to unlock that "quick,hide!" achievement. But i wanted to change my nickname and then change it back again to what it was. I just want to unlock that achievement. If i do this, i will get some kind of punishment from the adms ? By the way, i already know that i can change my nickname only when i reach 1K of reputation and only 1 time per month. But i just wanted to make sure that i would not be punished for that. Thank you very much for the attention. Have a wonderful week ! Hug !
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Anomolous31.16K
By "face" problems... do you mean you always find problems, whichever way you face? Or that you never turn your back on problems? Just curious.

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"or registered for the sole purpose of nickname squatting"..
Give a better explanation.Thank you
fake/phishing nicknames (like axe_1) i guess.

Looking forward to have 1k reputation !
Translated to Hebrew.
Perhaps under the title 'What Happens If I Change My Username? the word 'placed' could be replaced with 'replaced'.

Thank you for all of your hard work.
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You are right, thanks :)

Last edited by Sr.Dr4cuLa, 1 month ago

Also you could replace the link site-rules to widget rules ..and Related FAQ..delete s
1000 rep points really? cry
You can have one courtesy name change before then. Send a polite PM to someone listed under "Staff" on this page people

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