Free inactive usernames after a time period.
We’re reviewing this. Curious how long you think would be ok.
With the amount of new bot-accounts every day, the amount of "usable" usernames is getting less and less. Might be time to release some old once back into the wild The username i would love to have is almost 14 (!!!) years old and as far as i can tell, has never followed someone nor has been followed by someone (except me). 14 years is a long time. Some Twitch-users haven't even been born back then
It's a frakin' need for some ppl who have auto-business and can't claim their own usernames (like me and this frakin "Alzhe" username).
Please do this. I really would like to change my name, but some person has the name I want and they have been inactive for years
+1 to this idea. To the anonymous admin, what's the progress on this? What work has been done, and how has it been prioritized against other tasks in the backlog? It's been 7.5 years.....
Would love to have some more clarity on this. I've been waiting for a few years since they announced an original release in 2017 yet the account I've been waiting for has never been released but shows no indication of being active in any capacity.
I think if an account has not been signed in to for 18/24 months then the owner should be contacted and told if they don't sign in within the next 30 days the account will be deleted and the username immediately released for others to choose.
Additionally, the 6 month wait for usernames to be available is pointless, especially as only some usernames get released whilst others have been deleted years ago and are still not available for others to have. Please release ALL unused usernames!
I'd say 3 years of inactivity should be plenty of time to free a username.
oh man twitch 2017 was there a policy update from you where it is said that a ccount is inactive as soon as there was no login activity for 12 months my account I want to ahben has no activity for 9 - 10 years so how can it be that this is not yet in the pool I hope but quickly on a response
i recently saw an article that twitter is releasing 1 billion usernames, i hope twitch does the same and also releases old usernames, this has been in review for 7 years.
2 years. if the account has been active more than once, if the account has only once ever logged in, then 1 year.
"We’re reviewing this. Curious how long you think would be ok." - I think to review, 1 day should be ok. Or couple of hours :) One of the longest review in the history of a software development. :)
Banning topic: Ban the account, not the name. Name could be renewed, account not...or...idk. Maybe bad idea. If a banned user create a new account, could take the name again. Or if it is a troll name to harsh somebody, it could be used again and again and again.
I would say 1-2 years is good enough to wait.
I waited ...idk. 3-4 years till I could get mine name and leave the extra chars out from my name. The account was 7 years old that time when I started (Justin TV account), so I the account was in the last 11 years inactive...then it was suddenly without any mention freed up. I think a kind of claim system could help in this. Like if I wanna claim an user name, it could be decided, that when you get. Like contact the actual owner of the name, try it 3 times, and if no answer in 3 Months, 1 year, 2 year, could be given to somebody else.
This is important for creators most likely. So you should have a lot of Information regarding users to be able to contact them.
fingers crossed something is in the works i would love to get my hands on the account ive been waiting so long to get
agreed & it has been 2.5 years of regular checking — please kindly recycle the inactive usernames ♡
same here, I wanted to change my name long ago! Please Twitch, listen to your community.
This idea was originally shared back in May 2015... What progress we've made...
The amount of inactive accounts having usernames that multiple channels that actually stream want/need are impeccable. Twitch should either allow us to take their name or remove the inactive account from being on twitch.
Most of them are accounts that are just made to have the username, none of them have any sort of customisation, activity or presence on Twitch.
This should be implemented asap. The fact that this hasn't been fixed/implemented is beyond me.
Please for the love of God Twitch do something about this.
Please free inactive names. I have been trying to change my name for over 2 years now and the name i have wanted. The account doesnt stream nor makes appearances in channels.
I know there is a current idea.. which is about 7 years old now... please, change the inactive account usernames, allow some of the active Twitch accounts to have their name.
Seria muito bacana se as contas com mais de 1 ou 5 anos ausentes fossem excluídas para não prejudicar os novos usuários. Minhas redes sociais todas tem o mesmo nome mas aqui infelizmente não consigo por causa de uma conta inativa a 5 anos que aparentemente não tem nenhuma configuração ou melhoria no canal, apenas foi criado.
"We’re reviewing this. Curious how long you think would be ok."
Maybe 7 years? At least it has the same time range as your planned status for this. :)
If you do add this, please release an API for developers so we can see if a username lock has been released.
This system, while I understand the request, would play **** for any banlists.
With the year-long string of attacks and the ever-growing lists of bad accounts as a result, this would become quite the headache.