The Username Recycling policy has to change.
Yes, I'm aware: per the recycling policy on the website, "Once you have changed your name, the abandoned usernames will be held by Twitch for a minimum of 6 months"
But they're clearly not being recycled. I've been waiting on an old name since the policy was announced, and it had already been changed for at least a year when it was. I had changed it as part of an effort to rebrand some aspects of creation, which has changed directions since then.
Six months is absolutely a reasonable amount of time, but these names are clearly not being recycled. If you're not going to recycle them in a timely manner, please allow us some manner to request old names if available rather than telling us you can't help and we just have to wait when asked.
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I've been waiting 6 years
Twitch are liars because they don't stick to their policy.
I'm still waiting for my username for over 6 months
Please change this policy or make it easier to reclaim names that are locked up.
Been waiting almost 2 years for the username I want to free up. And for an entire year it has displayed the "Unless you have a time machine" error indicating that it has been put on the list for recycle but still hasn't been.
I would honestly pay actual money to have the username free up at this point because I am getting sick of waiting.
Waiting for almost 3 years for a username - he follows one accoutn (justin) and doesn't seem to do anything in the platform ever since.
Waiting for a username since 3 years now and twitch gives a fuck at it. I wrote 2 emails in 3 years and i only get these standard blah blah response.
Kennedy Warren commented
There are 2 names that i've been waiting for and they have been inactve for over a year now.
Same here. I've been waiting for quite a long time (ever since the blog was posted explaining that this would happen), hoping that the username I want becomes recycled. This has not happened, and I've come to doubt that I will get it or that they recycle any names at all. Please Twitch, our usernames are important to us.
Michael Greening commented
I agree been waiting on a new name for over a year
Its Invis commented
Yeah something has to be done.
I'd give it at least a year before trying to recycle an inactive name, but other than that I agree 100%
I don't mind how Twitch fix it, but 'just keep checking it for a few years' really isn't an acceptable solution.
Very much agreed, especially when they say one thing and do/dont do another. Along with emailing support about it and only ever getting an automated response back that answers nothing,
We need this.
Angel Cayuela commented