I'm pretty liberal, but sometimes users pick rather offensive usernames.

Unlike questions and answers, which have a "flag" link where you can mark them offensive, I couldn't find a similar functionality on the user's home page.

Is there a way to do this that I missed?

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    \$\begingroup\$ You can flag any post they make. \$\endgroup\$
    – The Photon
    Dec 15 '14 at 23:41
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    \$\begingroup\$ Shouldn't this be moved to Meta Stack Exchange? This topic obviously goes above Electrical Engineering alone. \$\endgroup\$
    – Mast
    Dec 17 '14 at 18:48
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Mast these support / discussions are fine for the per-site metas (and it would be a duplicate on MSE). If it was a feature request it might make sense to move it because it would affect the whole network, although pretty sure that's been asked and declined before because the existing 'other' moderator flag can be used for the same thing. \$\endgroup\$
    – PeterJ
    Dec 18 '14 at 11:03

It has already been flagged, and the user has been notified. It will be changed within the next 12 hours, one way or another.

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    \$\begingroup\$ That doesn't really answer my question, how does one go about flagging offensive usernames -- if I come across something like this in the future, what do I do? Whoever flagged this user, how did they do it? As a moderator, is this something only you can do? Or does it require a certain rep? (I guess my next level is 20k, I don't know if I get additional privileges or not.) \$\endgroup\$
    – tcrosley
    Dec 15 '14 at 23:11
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    \$\begingroup\$ @tcrosley you can't really flag a profile, all you can do is flag something they post. Just flag it as "Other" and say that the name is offensive. It's not too hard to take care of once we know about it. \$\endgroup\$
    – W5VO
    Dec 16 '14 at 2:13

Just for the sake of completeness I've only seen it rarely on Stack Exchange sites but there are a couple of ways an offensive usernames can become visible without them making a post:

  • They make a reasonable suggested edit as user1234 that's accepted and then go back and update their profile with an inappropriate username. Then it appears on the main page as the person who last modified it.

  • They pick a username that people are likely to search on such as a moderator or high-rep user with something that ends "is a ..." or similar on the end.

In those cases you can flag either the post they edited or any post of your own for the latter with "other (needs ♦ moderator attention)" with a description of the problem. I only remember doing it once but make it easy for them and include a full description in the message such as:

This doesn't relate to this post, but the username https://electronics.stackexchange.com/users/1/offensive seems offensive and they have just made an approved suggested edit that makes the name visible.

  • \$\begingroup\$ Again, you can flag the post that got edited and a mod will be able to take care of it. Just flag it as other and give a note as to what is going on. \$\endgroup\$
    – W5VO
    Dec 18 '14 at 14:56

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