Free inactive usernames after a time period.
We’re reviewing this. Curious how long you think would be ok.
I deleted my old account nearly two years ago and the name still has not been recycled. Many people I have seen online share similar experiences with a very sub-optimal recycling system. A system that automatically recycles any usernames from accounts deleted by their owners would be very nice.
It's a corporate identity issue, and accounts that really want to actively stream and launch their careers are deprived of that identity by having brandable names taken by "account corpses" that are never removed due to Twitch's lack of recycling system.
It is absolutely necessary that this system is revised or even made to work.
Even at the end of 2020 Twitch does not put any visible effort to finally solve this long overdue problem in the account management system.
There are plenty "dead" Twitch account with brandable names, that are just waiting for someone to claim them...
But without a proper working recycling process, these names are just ... there. And the ones who want to make their career (including me) have to use a variation of this name, which is less brandable and viewer-unfriendly.
Please, just finally fix this long overdue thing. It is nevertheless alone already a substantial relief of the support inquiries, since I can think that hundred other users ask daily whether one could not get the one or the other name...
I have found the account waves is inactive since 2017 and i want to get the name but this recycle name is terrible
Anyone with an account that’s inactive for more than 6 months should have the account deleted because it’s honestly just a sad thing when you can’t have a name you want because someone made a pointless account that they won’t use and let’s be honest, if you were done with twitch you wouldn’t delete your acc you would’ve just left it there and the people that would want that name wouldn’t be able to have it, I’m not saying they have to stream everyday to keep it all they have to do is get on the account at least once and there 6 months will start over.
Is there a plan for username names that are inactive? For example, I want to put a specific username, but it is already chosen and it seems that the person using the account is inactive. Will you have a system that after so long the name will be available and if chosen by someone else the inactive person has to enter another username when entering the account due to inactivity? It would be great
the account 'serenity' has been inactive since 2017 and I would love the user serenity, I have attempted to get into contact with the account they have no links no user names and no way to get into contact other then whisper. No response yet but if there was a way to be alerted when they account is active or deactivated that would be amazing
is there a possibility i can get the name "damin"?
Bumping this - I am following a bunch of usernames with zero activity, zero followers or account info and have been in touch with all of them and clearly nothing there... Been like that for over a year.
Any official response?
my name on virtually everything is TacoLlama and I've only really had any problems getting the name on Twitch and Twitter, but I would also be for randomizing every persons specific link unless/until they actually go live if that is a more reasonable solution since there are probably hundreds of thousands to millions of people waiting to grab a specific username
lots of people have been waiting to change there usernames and yet, it hasnt happened. the recycle process of names hasnt happened. i have been trying to change my name for a while and i have been waiting. yet, the username isnt being used by an account at all and i dont understand why i cant have it. it just makes no sense and this needs to be changed. not to mention the accounts taken usernames that havent been used in years. its a waste and a frustration.
i have been wanting to change my name for a while now but the name i want has no trace on twitch, when you look it up no account comes up. yet, the username is still un-available. i would just like to switch it.
I've wanted to change my user for a while but apparently the username I want is taken by a kid who hasn't been active for 6 years
Just made a similar post!
Come on Twitch. User name should be random unless you stream. They should make it similar to Youtube! Only the serious stream gets a User ID.
Please delete any 90+ day inactive accounts!
There are tens of thousands of accounts are inactive never stream just preventing someone else from using the UserID. This is not fair and especially on a platform where users create and build their identity. The user name is a big thing for a streamer.
I am requesting Twitch to delete any account that not used for over 90+ days and release their User ID to the public.
Freeing inactive usernames every 365 days would be insanely helpful to people who want to create on your platform. There are forums all over the internet filled with people asking if there's a way to communicate with twitch about an old account that has the username they want. I'm a streamer struggling with this as well. The username "moony" has been taken for years and inactive, but I can't get it, and I actually use Twitch Daily.
It is important to have the username you want. It’s your calling card, your online persona, your identity. It’s you. ens of thousands of new Twitch accounts have been created every day for a long time. Some of these accounts belong to people who used Twitch many years ago. But what about all those great usernames?! Why should a dormant account have that username you want so badly?
Can we get this feature?
There are far to many people waiting on unused usernames that are not released in a timely fashion. 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 category are the old staff, partner.. ect names. So we know we won't get it. Transparency! 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 in case 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.
Pafon22 commented · September 6, 2020 7:
There desperately needs something to be done about this, especially for names that display a "time machine" error and yet are not eligible to be claimed after two+ years.
I've been checking a "time machine" name almost every single day for probably two years now as part of a global name change for my online presence and it still remains unavailable to this day, with zero way to know why. Is it banned? Is it an old partner name? Is it a reserved CurseID name? Who knows. Maybe in four years it'll be free, or maybe it'll just never be recycled!