Free inactive usernames after a time period.
We’re reviewing this. Curious how long you think would be ok.
The underscore proceeding my username Kilraki_ has been bugging me since 2017-2018. I've checked back regurlarly since then to see if this "Username Rename and Recycling Policy" committed to freeing up inactive accounts usernames. As apparent in the comment section, that is simply not the case. #underscorepleasenomore
AGREE SO ******* THIS. I wanted to change my name to something that doesn't even seem to be taken since i couldn't find the channel with this name i thought of, but still says "name not available" and its nothing TOS or anything of the sort.... so frustrating
2015 and still nothing, wow lol Imagine it letting me have Irishbloodhound_ but not just irishbloodhound. Absolutely no one else has this name, ridiculous.
Please allow banned accounts to have their names freed too. It's not fair to have certain names permanently taken out of the system because some dude was an idiot and got site banned.
please I stream and my username is a bit hard to search for, it would be a very good idea
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last update was may 14, 2015 and this is the top feedback question?! come on twitch!!!
please please please please please. i've been able to do this on other platforms and desperately want my naaaaaame.
Please 6 months till inactive users to become redeemable, I had wait for an account be deleted that I know no one is using but twitch hasn't done anything to it.
I would love the username Lxcid but the username is taken a an inactive account it would make my day to have that username
For the record, I submitted a ticket about this issue with the following explanation:
"The 'Username Rename and Recycling policy' doesn't provide strong enough guarantees about whether or not certain accounts are inactive, and is not predicated on a strong enough definition of an active account. This is either an oversight, or indicates that the policy does not actually reflect the process for determining which accounts are inactive and may be recycled."
"Active accounts are currently defined as 'having logged in/visited the site' and 'having viewing activity' in a 12-month window. However, these are the only two actions which do not require an account. Users who want to use Twitch for solely viewing channels can simply browse to a channel without creating an account."
"The qualifications for an active account 'ought to rely on whether or not users have recently taken advantage of the features that actually require an account (i.e. interacting with other users, using the chat, following channels, subscribing to channels, etc). There is no reason for an account to be 'active' if none of these features are used, because any 'use of the platform which doesn't involve these features' is indistinguishable from 'use of the platform without an account.'"
"This is a serious issue for individuals who are actually invested in using the platform beyond simply 'browsing to the site and viewing a channel,' because usernames are most important to those people. In the same sense, it also puts an unfair amount of 'power' in the hands of people who may register an account but do not actually use the features that are offered by registering an account (in the sense that, if the current policy is truly accurate to the process used, it would be trivial for unfaithful users to park accounts with desirable usernames, among other things)."
A simpler way of putting this is that the qualifications for an inactive account are *not strict enough.* In fact, they're so lax (or at least, *appear to be*) that it's hostile to people who actually have a reason to use the Twitch features which actually require an account.
The whole service benefits from stronger guarantees (which Twitch should *communicate* to users) about whether or not accounts are active-enough for Twitch to not deactivate and recycle, so much so that it's hard for me to believe that the current policy tells the whole story.
I've been waiting on an inactive Justin.tv username from 2007 for as long this account has existed (since 2013), and it's frustrating because the policy and process for username recycling does not reflect any actual guarantee that certain accounts are inactive.
If the current username recycling process depends on other factors, Twitch should make this clear. Otherwise, the current definition of an active account is very confusing.
"Log-in activity and viewing activity every 12 months" does not adequately capture whether or not a real human being uses the service, and does not capture whether or not someone uses the service in a way that's substantially different from not having an account at all. Those requirements are two things that you do not need an account for: visiting the site, and watching video.
The requirements for an active account should depend on parts of the service that one actually *needs* an account for, i.e. chatting, following accounts, interacting with other users, etc. That way, Twitch provides an *actual guarantee* that seemingly-inactive accounts are being used by actual human beings.
Well I also find this policy terrible as well. Because I accidentally changed my username recently, and even though I didn't click on "Save Changes"... My username still got changed.
I heard that it will take a minimum of 6 months for the username to be back on the "pool of available usernames". Which is weird. Because can't it be like on (most) social medias, where if you change your username. And you felt like you shouldn't have. You could just immediately change it back to the way it was. Because the username that was previously used, would be immediately be marked as a available username.
I agree, because recently I accidentally changed my Twitch username (and I didn't even click on "Save Changes"). And I feel like it should be more like other social medias, where if you change your username. The username that was previously used will be directly be sent into the pool of available usernames.
Edit: So that if you accidentally changed it, you can just go back and chnage it back. Without needing to wait so long to change it back.
im the only HoboUnderwear in the world and I'm forced to put an underscore in my name HoboUnderwear_ <------------------------
Yeah I agree with this. My twitch username is , well, MekeruTTV, but there is a channel that is just named "Mekeru" with no following at all. I feel like if I could get this username, me having the username "MekeruTTV" in games would help me out more, since people would probably search up Mekeru.