Free inactive usernames after a time period.
We’re reviewing this. Curious how long you think would be ok.
@SabinFails That makes no sense. Search Engines parse almost all Twitch-Profile-Pages on a daily basis. According to your logic, no name will ever be recycled.
Part of the problem is that people are going to the profile page to see when they were last active, and the act of viewing the page causes the timer to reset.
At least create a tool that shows people the last time a username connected to a web server. I have been eyeing a username for a long time. It is only following one other channel from three years ago and that channel stopped streaming and posting videos three years ago.
I ve changed my username many times mostly because I regret changing it in the 1st place, tried to get it back but it was taken by an a user thats been inactive from the moment he took the username, I think his account has been completely inactive ever since, A good idea would be to just change the inactive username by adding a word or number at the end of it after a set period of inactivity, ex: 1`year if the account was created for the sole purpose of taking the username, so even at the odd ocasion that the inactive user decides to come back to the platform as an active member he can still have his account and part of his username and decide again if he wants to keep the deafult one given by twitch or change it. When youtube had the terrible idea to add a second identification for peoples channels by adding "@" before your username people just stormed in to take already used usernames and people that didn't notice in time now have two diferent identifications that sometimes dont match, I do understand that usernames/channels can be sold for profit, I do disagree with the practice but there has to be way for active users to be able to have the username they realy want rather than beeing forced to have something else just cause a bot-account claimed their username for potential profit. ty for your time.
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 want the name coatu but someone has it and they haven’t been active in 2 years please do something about this.
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.