James answered this in his original email:

> It will now only be possible for accounts to be renamed globally; the 
> RenameUser tool will no longer work on a local basis - since all accounts 
> must be globally unique - therefore it will be withdrawn from bureaucrats' 
> tool sets. It will still be possible for users to ask on Meta for their 
> account to be renamed further, if they do not like their new user name, once 
> this takes place.

On Tue, Apr 30, 2013 at 10:02 AM, Magnus Manske
<magnusman...@googlemail.com> wrote:
> Will the affected users be given a one-time offer to have their accounts
> renamed, or are they stuck forever with the "~" ones?
>
>
> On Tue, Apr 30, 2013 at 5:01 AM, James Forrester
> <jforres...@wikimedia.org>wrote:
>
>> On 29 April 2013 20:59, Fae <fae...@gmail.com> wrote:
>> > Thanks James, personally I'm comforted by your prompt reply.
>>
>> Happy to help. :-)
>>
>> > My intuition is that this would be unlikely to affect any accounts
>> > with more than 5,000 edits, possibly fewer. I have no doubt that you
>> > intend to take special care to help users with significant
>> > contributions, such as those with a well established contribution
>> > history at this level.
>>
>> Yes, I'll be personally reviewing the renaming list to make sure we
>> can catch any particularly-major issues early.
>>
>> Yours,
>> --
>> James D. Forrester
>> Product Manager, VisualEditor
>> Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.
>>
>> jforres...@wikimedia.org | @jdforrester
>>
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