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Non-existent user account blocking creation of new account?
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When I try to register the account "User:Pine W" I am told that it is too similar to "User:Pinew". However, a search of the list of users on Meta shows that "User:Pinew" does not exist. Is there someplace else in the Wikiverse that this account exists or is there a bug here?

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Pine created this task.Nov 15 2018, 11:28 PM
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Legoktm closed this task as Invalid.Nov 15 2018, 11:32 PM
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In the future, places like are a better support forum then Phabricator.

There is a user named "Pinew", registered on Turkish Wikipedia: As all accounts are now global, you can't register that username (or similar usernames blocked by AntiSpoof) on any Wikimedia wiki.

(If you ask an administrator, they can create the account "Pine W" for you, they can override the AntiSpoof error using an extra checkbox on the signup form.)

Pine added a comment.Nov 15 2018, 11:35 PM

Aha. I thought that all accounts were supposed to exist on Meta, but I guess not.