Free inactive usernames after a time period.
We’re reviewing this. Curious how long you think would be ok.
I completely agree, the recycle program needs a massive overhaul.
There are far to many people waiting on unused usernames that are not released in a timely fashion. There are plenty of topics about this but have been completely ignored by Twitch, without even so much as a comment of acknowledgement. That is why I'm going to post this both in an existing request and make a new one. Hoping it some how bumps the issue.
I have been watching two names for years now. One is simply completely inactive with zero information on the profile and has never followed anyone, for years. That account also has never responded to private messages to even suggest someone logged in. **** I'd buy their account name from them if there was anyway I could contact them.
The other has the "Unless you have a time machine." message and may be an old twitch staff, or previous partner, but i have no way of knowing that. Can't they supply some reason to why I can't change to that name?
Such as: "This username is unavailable and is exempt from the recycle program"
Then in the FAQ they can just state the names that fall into this catagory are the old staff, partner.. ect names. So we know we won't get it. Transparancy! And it wouldn't be difficult, Twitch I'm sure already has a list of names it will not release in its database, just tell us why. What is the point behind all the secrecy? This isn't some massive company top secret policy gaining them millions, its the exact opposite. Dead names don't make them money and only cost Twitch storage space.
I would like to suggest that there be way when we go to change our name and it says its "unavailable" for name change, that we can request a flag on it. That it can then be checked for activity and if it is actually inactive within the username recycle programs guidelines it can be put in an upcoming recycle. I'm sure this can be automated, Twitch can see if a name has logged in within six months or a year and if not then flag it, and actually do this, not like right now where inactive names MAY be recycled but probably won't be in any timely manner.
Inactive accounts under threat of recycle don't have to be deleted, you could just append the name with a bunch of random characters incase the owner comes back and you can be sure to send out multiple emails letting them know what is about to happen if they don't log in. Though this would defeat the purpose of clearing up space due to inactive accounts, at least you wouldn't be worried about someone not returning later because their name is gone (their own fault, not Twitch's or the new name owner).
They should also in some way be required to actually use the name. Why are some names taken but are not in use? Is there protection from possible name sellers? (Not that i've ever seen one for Twitch but its common in other areas, such as website urls, mmos usernames, social media handles) What if someone has taken a name and only logs in once a year on that alt account but that account has zero activity, they don't chat or watch any videos? Is that fair or right? Why is that allowed? Shouldn't that name be available for someone who will use it?
The current system suggests that inactive accounts will be recycled but it could take as little as six months or it could take years. We have no way of knowing when that will be or even if the name we want is eligible for recycle. I had a **** of time just getting twitch to tell me if Curse usernames from when Twitch bought Curse and automatically created accounts for them would be eligible to recycle. I was told all those names have already been recycled, but it took multiple emails and explaining on my end as the twitch staff responding just wanted to send me copy paste responses that never addressed my question.
Of course partners/affiliates and old staff names should be exempt from this to avoid possible fraud/impersonation.
Start: 14 May 2015
Today: 06 Sep 2020
Completed: __ ___ ____ (Waiting...)
how long review?
Keeping it alive.
I don't think Twitch reads this anymore. It's just an outlet to make us feel like we're being heard. It's been five years since they last replied; well over 1825 days.
This is still a thing? Why not make it 6 months, and give us active users the names we want so we can stay here.
Every good username shows this: "Sorry. Unless you’ve got a time machine, that content is unavailable"
Please FREE all those millions of good usernames that give you 0 traffic to your website. Dont force us to register dumb looking usernames with numbers and underscores.
I created an account many years ago using my real name. A first name that literally only about 36 people on the planet have. Damned if I can figure out my credentials or the address that was used. It'd be wonderful to have that account recycled so I can pick it back up.
That said, it should be a very generous time period and a notification should be sent to the address on the account something like 90, 60, 30, 7, and 1 day before killing the account. There should also be an option to mark an account as "deceased" or something, so that the account can't just be recycled if the person has passed away (imagine if your entire identity online is usurped by someone some day, simply because you passed). It'd also be great to designate a backup emergency person who can be notified after a lot of inactivity that can be granted a method to access the account on behalf of the user (just like Google and other services do).
Jon Wayne commented
It's kinda frustrating when a blank account, that has ZERO activity whatsoever, prevents you from using a name that would help your channel branding. :(
Michael Greening commented
Its been a year and still nothing. Please sort this out.
how do i got about getting the name kinglyfe from an inactive acct it has 0 following and 2 followers
my username on twitch rn is kinglyfettv
Its Invis commented
I thought it was a year and that felt mine to me.
Come on Twitch get this sorted already.
Please recycle some accounts there are so many inactive ones
This DEFINITELY needs to be done, I made the mistake of changing my username on an alternate account because I wanted the name on my main account, i did this as I misread the policy as 'will be released after 6 months' not a minimum of 6 months. I've waited months and months, tried contacting twitch support about my mistake. Nothing.
The twitch username policy is an ABSOLUTE JOKE.
What a horrible company when it comes to supporting the people that make them cash.
For years have I been waiting to use a use a username on an account that's been inactive since the launch of justin.tv.
What a joke, no wonder people are massively switching over to Mixer.
Beats twitch by a large margin.
At least they care about their partners and streamers.
I've been waiting so long for an unused username. It's been in the "Sorry. Unless you’ve got a time machine, that content is unavailable." state for years.
Please make this happen there are so many inactive accounts
Its been a year since I changed a placeholder alts account name to free it up for my main Twitch account. Still hasnt been released.