I hate to post this here, since it's not about MV's, but the very helpful Paulster2 said there were helpful people here and such and I honestly have looked in dozens of other places for an answer 🕵🏻.... How do I change my user name?? (&/or image) I've looked all over the ios app and the desktop sites and can't find anything to let me do that. I can't find a "SE Community", or even a "how to" use the site, or a Meta for profiles, or an understandable, simple contact / feedback form. SE is seemingly unique, with "membership" to the individual sites within, and a different profile for each (kinda like meetup.com?) But, much harder for me to navigate (&, I'm usually pretty good at this stuff!)

If you're not used to people asking questions like this here, then just imagine I'm IN my car and have lost my way... 🚘🗺

Thanks, in advance!!

~a somewhat embarassed noob (aka maria)

(Also, sorry for the tag, SE made me pick one and wouldnt let me create "profile" b/c i'm new)

  • Welcome to the site. Cheers! Commented May 24, 2016 at 19:59
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    Welcome from me too! It's really cool that you cared enough to ask you question instead of leaving a place that can be a bit complicated. Though I'm new to this site, I've been on the SE Network for over a year, and still have trouble finding answers to the questions that other people can find so easily. You've definitely found a great community. Everyone here is really nice, and I'm hoping you stay around. Now that you have over 20 rep, feel free to go to the Motor Vehicle Maintenance & Repair Chat room. People in there love to answer questions, not just about the site, but about the system. Have fun! Commented May 25, 2016 at 2:08
  • @DucatiKiller - many thanks! 😊
    – maria
    Commented May 25, 2016 at 4:33
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    Sue - thanks for the encouragement!! Yes, it's been very frustrating trying to learn and navigate this site (SE) as a member!! That's with having used it as a non-member several times! And, I consider myself a fairly seasoned web user (have even designed a few sites, myself)! In fact, and I'm being 100% truthful here, had it not been for the nice folks like @Paulster2, rviertel, Bob and others (&, now, you!), I would have totally thrown in the towel!! ~maria
    – maria
    Commented May 25, 2016 at 4:45
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    @Sue thanks for pointing to the chat. That saved me a step. Everyone should feel free to stop by the chat anytime. I'll likely be there talking about almost anything except cars because I'm weird that way.... ;-)
    – Bob Cross Mod
    Commented May 26, 2016 at 13:28
  • Hi maria - just a welcome from me too. I'm not anywhere as good a mechanic as the others here, but I take part in a lot of SE sites, so get a reasonable overview. One of the additional things you can use is the meta for all SE sites at meta.stackexchange.com - which has answers to many of the questions around how SE works in general, as opposed to meta.mechanics, which is focused on this single site.
    – Rory Alsop
    Commented Jun 1, 2016 at 10:47
  • @RoryAlsop - thanks for the clarification and added tip!
    – maria
    Commented Sep 11, 2016 at 23:26

3 Answers 3


Welcome to the site!

Quesitions on how this site works go here in Meta.Mechanics.Stackexhange.com

I can't find a "SE Community", or even a "how to" use the site

Start by taking The Tour

How do I change my user name?? (&/or image)

Click on your icon at the top of the page, the area inside the red circle below

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This takes you to your profile. There you will find a lot of information including your Questions, Answers, Reputation etc.

Click on the Edit Profile & Settings

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Then you can change your display name and picture

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Finally the contact us and feedback (just a link to Meta) are at the bottom of every page

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  • You're the man, Larry. Thanks for helping @maria out. I hate how little you should actually do in comments, but I did what I could. Commented May 24, 2016 at 21:16
  • BTW, your illustration annotations leave a little to be desired :o) Commented May 26, 2016 at 1:15
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    @Pᴀᴜʟsᴛᴇʀ2 My circles have souls! :) See here, and here Commented May 26, 2016 at 5:45
  • But all circles have holes .... I don't see the big deal ... :o) Commented May 27, 2016 at 3:07
  • I don't fully understand all of this, but the answer was helpful and the comments were pretty funny. Thanks for the smiles, all-around! :)
    – maria
    Commented May 31, 2016 at 12:56
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    @MoveMoreCommentsLinkToTop Those are very nice red circles in your pictures. Skillzzz Commented Jun 9, 2016 at 0:58

We're building a Q&A dedicated to help new site users as well:

Helping our new users make the transition

We'd love it if you could contribute there as well.


Let's also not forget the FAQ on Meta.SE which include answers to many of the questions new users might have. For example: How do I contact other users?

This leads me to my next point: the best way to contact individual site users is to use the site chat. On Mechanics we have The Pitstop. Here you'll find many connected users who will be happy to answer your (imho not so) trivial questions. You'll probably need a bit of rep to join.

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