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Deletion of Blog

  1. please help. i have deleted my blog, because i messed up BIG TIME on it. when i try to make one with the same web address, it says "Sorry, that blog already exists!". I really wanted that web address... If it still doesn't work, then can some of you people help me think of some alternatives web addresses instead of "thepenguinzone.wordpress.com"

  2. @darkblader
    I'm not providing you the links this time but suffice to say when you delete a blog it's gone and the web address is too. But not to worry because you can have as many new ones as you want.
    hmmm ... name suggestions how about
    inthepenguinzone.wordpress.com
    penguinhomezone.wordpress.com
    penguinzone.wordpress.com

  3. Thanks TT! Glad you're on the WordPress forums often. Thanks for the suggestion, it worked. this time I will keep it safe...

    But still... when you say the web address is gone, do you mean the whole thing erased, or just the contents, and not the address itself?

    Thanks - Dark Blader

  4. OOPS! I'm so busy I'm now giving out poorly worded advice. What I meant to say is that when you delete a blog the contents cannot be brought back and the blog domain cannot be used again .
    Thanks for the thanks. :)

  5. Ah that's a shame about the blog title's being gone forever once the blog has been deleted.

  6. I don't really think it's a shame. Did you know that there is a wordpress.com blog that's been established where you can register blog names you don't want any more and they can be matched to users who do want them. (Use google search to find it).

    We have free blogging now and I wouldn't want to see staff wasting their precious time retrieving blogs, archiving them, contacting past and present bloggers and re-distributing names from old owners to new ones.

    IMO if we start demanding that kind of service we'll be marching down the road of paying to blog instead of having free blogging.

  7. You can put a - or a _ in the url address to seperate the words.

  8. When pawpads said she thinks it's a shame that the blog title's is gone forever once the blog has been deleted, I believe she meant that no one would be able to register it ever again.

    "I wouldn't want to see staff wasting their precious time retrieving blogs, archiving them, contacting past and present bloggers and re-distributing names from old owners to new ones"

    Is not about retrieving blogs, archiving them or redistributing names from old to new members, but to make those names available again. If by accident someone deletes his blog, like darkblader did, well... to bad, and of course, he would have to start from scratch, but the name should be made available so that he can re-register it again... that would be great.

    "Did you know that there is a wordpress.com blog that's been established where you can register blog names you don't want any more and they can be matched to users who do want them."

    True, a blog has been establish for that, but I bet that not so many members know about it. In my case, I know it exists because I happened to read alphonse's post (which, IMO, the title and tags he used are not useful for searching purposes). But let's say, I don't visit these forums regularly (thus I'm not aware of such post) nor I'm a regular wordpress.com user and I think "man, I don't really use my coolname.wordpress.com blog, I'll just delete it and move on" I go to my control panel and delete the blog. The name was wasted and no one can use it again...

  9. well open your E-MAIL and look at the E-Mail they sent you. dont click the link that deletes it. Otherwise, i don't know how 2 recover them. :(

  10. @devblog

    It's not about retrieving blogs, archiving them or redistributing names from old to new members, but to make those names available again.

    Don't you think making names available again would take up a lot of staff time? I can't imagine any way this could be done without staff involvement myself.

  11. @timethief

    "Don't you think making names available again would take up a lot of staff time? I can't imagine any way this could be done without staff involvement myself."

    No, it wouldn't. Seeing this from a developer's point of view, without going too deep, let me try to explain you how I guess wordpress.com might work:

    When you register a name, the names are store in a database table. This table has many columns and one of them may be called 'status'; its values might be 'active' or 'deleted'.

    Once you register the name, there's a piece of code in the program that will create a virtual host with the same name, and a server alias with the 'full' domain name (i.e. devblog.wordpress.com).

    When a user comes and sends the request to the server, there's a SQL query that will check the status of the blog. If it's 'active', show it to 'em. If it's 'deleted', show 'em the "user has deleted this blog" message.

    Now, whenever a new member wants to register a blog, the program will send another SQL query checking if that name exists in the database regardless of its status. If it's found, the new member will get a "blog already exists" message. Out of curiosity, the new user types in the blog name to see who has it or what it contains, but when he/she finds out that it has been deleted and still he/she can't re-register it, he/she might wonder 'but, why?'

    So, a possible solution might be one of the following:

    a)When a query is made to the database checking the status of a blog, if its value is set to 'deleted', then put the name up for grabs. If the system allows someone else to have it, it might even be helpful for the admins because they would have statistics of who previously 'owned' that name and who currently has it.

    OR

    b)When someone deletes his/her blog, the program could delete the row containing the name in the database AND the virtual host, so automatically the name would be up for grabs as if it was never registered.

    All these could be done programmatically. No staff involved.

    Again, this is just a guess. Most probably I'm not even close to how wordpress.com really works, but I hope this helps to clarify my point of view :)

    BTW, Happy Holidays!

  12. @devblog
    Thanks for taking the time to explain this in an understandable i.e. non-geeky way to me. I really appreciate it. And happy holidays to you too. :D

  13. Not allowing reuse of deleted blog names may have nothing to do with the technical possibilities, but rather the aethetics relating to 'readers/users' perception of what they will get based on a concept of continuity, and blog reputation built up over time. How would TT react if she deleted her blog to find someone had put a porn site up there?

  14. @forestneeds
    As for my reaction to "Stolen Moments" turning into a porn site ... YIKES! Sheesh ... I hadn't thought of the continuity and reputation aspect of blog history at all. I've always assumed if I wanted to quit I could talk someone else into being a administrator on my environmental blog and then get them to eliminate me from the blog users.

  15. @forestneeds,

    Well, just think about this: If she already has regular users/reader, before deleting her blog, I'm sure she would put a notice about it. Something like: "Due to some reasons, I'll be closing this blog soon". This notice would stay up for, I don't know, maybe a month? allowing her regular and not so regular readers to get informed about her decision. Her readers might even try to persuade her not to do it.

    Also, putting a porn site in wordpress.com goes against the TOS. But let's say timethief deletes her blog, and John Pornn calls dibs on her 'new available' blog name and puts up some indecent stuff. Someone can report the blog as 'mature' so that the admins can review it and delete it if needed (which I'm sure it would). Maybe, even something like the example a gave in point a), might come in handy for admins to track who's registered the blog and stuff.

    I don't know. There can be so many reasons why they don't allow the reuse of a deleted blog name, but it would probably be nice if they did. See? I have 2 other blogs besides devblog.wordpress.com. I registered them before they allowed you to have more blogs under one account. I was about to delete one of them and try to register it under devblog... good thing I didn't.

  16. Thanks much, Mark!

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