re: Changing your name is a hard unsolved problem in Computer Science VIEW POST


I’ve learned PayPal is one of the places that doesn’t allow for a change in username/handle/url—on the PayPal.me service …which is probably to prevent money not getting sent to the wrong person, but if username reuse was disallowed that wouldn’t even be a problem. It’s sooo frustrating; I’m probably going to end up deleting that account, even though I don’t ever use paypal.me! Square (merchant account) was another one I had to just delete.


PayPal primarily doesn't allow handle changes to help combat fraud. Imagine creating one PayPal account and letting a bot with a name list a million handles long just cruise around. Not allowing reuse in that world would quickly destroy all sensible usernames.

Combating fraud is the primary reason most popular services make name changes difficult. Allowing aliases connected to a single point origin account like Google is the compromise.


The policy may have changed, but Google used to restrict name changes to once per year. I think that is a pretty reasonable strategy for dealing with this sort of thing.

I agree, and in the rare case where you need to change it more than that I think having to contact them manually to get it done isn't at all unreasonable.


PayPal also doesn't let you change your country of residence. I have moved internationally three times in my life, twice since getting my primary email address. Since I don't want to create a new email address just for PayPal, I have just stopped using the service entirely.


Outlook let's you create alias for the same your account. you can have a@live.com, b@live.com, c@.live and login with same password and get everything in one place.


The problem with that is that then one user would be using two (or 10) usernames. And usernames are valuable. People don't want to have MyN4m31zJohn as paypal handle

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