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Freeing up subdomain names for abandoned blogs

  1. You should really put time limits on blog names so that they are freed up if they are inactive for some period of time, such as one year. For example, I just tried to set up a new blog on my account (kidelectric.wordpress.com). I found out that the name kidelectric was taken, but when I looked at this site, it was just someone who started a blog two years ago and never added anything to it. I am sure there must be thousands of blogs like this. You would be encouraging new, more active blogs by doing "cleanup" and freeing up these names. It's no longer necessary to brag about how many hundreds of thousands of blogs you have under management. It would be better to run a more attractive service.
    Blog url: http://copyrightandtechnology.wordpress.com/

  2. I’m sorry, but we do not reuse or reassign blog names on WordPress.com.

    If you like, you can attempt to contact the owner of that blog and ask them if they would like to transfer it to you. You can do this by either leaving them a message using a contact form if it exists, or leaving a comment on an existing page or post requesting they contact you.

    If you are able to reach the blog owner and they are willing to transfer the blog to you, here are the instructions they can use to do that.
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/moving-a-blog/#transferring-your-blog-to-another-user-or-account

    If they do not respond or refuse the transfer, you will need to select a different name for your WordPress.com blog.

    Keep in mind we also offer an upgrade for custom domain names and you can use any WordPress.com blog URL underneath a custom domain. For more details about how domain mapping works:
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/domain-mapping/

  3. I'm sorry, this policy is a bunch of nonsense. "If you are able to reach the blog owner"... your management knows as well as I do that the owners of blogs which have been untouched for two years are going to be unreachable.

    Your management also knows very well that something like 75% of all blogs are abandoned.

    This policy made sense a couple of years ago when it was important to create an impression that WordPress has lots and lots and lots and lots of blogs. Now everyone knows this to be true. Wouldn't you rather create the impression that WordPress has lots and lots (but not lots and lots and lots and lots) of blogs that are being actively maintained and may be interesting to read?

    Please start a policy of retiring inactive blogs. You can send warning messages. They will either be ignored, or the owner will start posting again. In the former case, you delete the blog and free up the name and the storage space. In the latter case, you have another potentially interesting blog. It's win-win and easy to implement.

  4. Blog names are the same as usernames here. Just because a user doesn't use their blog on WordPress.com does not mean that they aren't using their username on other blogs or for other services like Akismet, IntenseDebate, Jetpack, and Gravatar.

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