Free inactive usernames after a time period.
We’re reviewing this. Curious how long you think would be ok.
Is there any update to this yet? It's been 1 year to the day that this was marked as under review.
I'd suggest making a name available for the pickups after a month of inactivity, but without deleting the account. Basically if the name does indeed get taken after that month, the user of the taken name gets to choose a new one on their first log on.
I saw this sort of mechanism in several places before.
You can also set up so that the followers of the account that has lost its name get an automated message and/or email, and the account gets temporarily suspended (until holder decides on a new name) or renamed to some random gibberish (randomly generated usernames. Temporarily, of course).
Erik Anderson commented
After a year. There's a name that I really want that has never had any activity on it, with the channel's only 2 views being the 2 times I went on it to see!
Matthew Kelley commented
I'd suggest a total year of inactivity to put the account user at risk. A warning email at 6 months, and another every two moths after until the year is up. After that point, I'd release the username and backup the account, providing a link in the last email to reactivate the account. Once 3 months past that point are gone, I'd delete the account permanently.
Possibly a sweet spot between the end of 1 year and 6 months may be desirable. Also, logging in would, of course, reset the timer of inactivity.
One way or another this would be good to have. There are a lot of old accounts that aren't being used. Several from justiv.tv's days. Just my two cents.
Fi Potter commented
A month of inactivity
I would say after 1 year of no activity let it go. Clearly the person doesn't have any vested interest in the site and if they really want to get back on, they can make a new one. I would really like my name without the number at the end, but someone with only 1 follower and no content has it taken.
After 1 year of inactivity + 1 month per each month account was active. Example. Account was inactive for a year, but during it's activity it went online during period of 36 months. Which means that after 1 year + 36 months of inactivity, account name should be open for request. Something similar is in place in League Of Legends, where I actually acquired account I wanted. It was inactive since 2013, there was 1 year of inactivity grace, plus 1 month per account level (max 30). I was able to acquire it two months ago.. I think that this is fair. Basically if you are active enough, no one will be able to steal your account name, but if you don't login for 4, 5 years, sorry bro.. Ps. I also need one account to become available as it's inactive for yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeears
I agree with the last two comments. After 6 months, an email could be sent warning another month of inactivity would result in deletion of that account.
Jeffrey Wright commented
I second Reptiilraisk's suggestion
6 months to keep user active and another 3-6 months to keep user reactivateable for registered email
6 months to keep user active and another 3-6 months to keep user reactivateable for registered email seems reasonable. lots of longtime channels will drop MAD follower count.
I think 30 days like all sites that does delete account
Vladimir Sobolev commented
6 months will be reasonable
5-7+ years seems reasonable. I made an account with a throw away email and password in the early days and i was never able to recover it.
Please release deleted channels/names and old Justin.TV accounts, please and make them available for re-use!
There is one channel that is inactive for nearly about 6 years now! It got created in the early days of justin.tv and I would totally appreciate it to get it. (twitch.tv/nimolo)
because it would be confusing if the name of someone who was once an active streamer's name got picked up by a new streamer after just 6 months of inactivity.
Xangold, theres been an account i have been waiting to free up for 2 years! the guy has no followers and no information it was an old justin.tv account. I would love for this to be a feature sometime soon.
It would be best to delete the account after 4-6 months, so people who want a username taken by someone not using the account don't have to wait a year for the name to be freed up. This would be great, because this guy took my main username, and no one would know it's me if I choose something else. There are also no ways to remake "Supercojo" either. Also, if the person was just taking a break, they would get an email once a week in the 4-6th month stating their inactivity and potential account deletion, so someone taking a break wouldn't just lose their account for taking a break. I, and many others would be very grateful if this went into effect soon, and if the current number of months of inactivity applies when this goes into effect!