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New blog address is disallowed even though it is not in use.

  1. I have been trying to start a new blog with the blog address middleofnowhere.wordpress.com.

    WordPress does not allow me to register that address claiming it is already in use. But when I visit http://middleofnowhere.wordpress.com/ it tells me that the blog is no longer available and that the authors have deleted the blog.

    If the blog has been deleted, why can't I register it for myself?

  2. When we try to delete a blog there are 3 warnings given that doing so is forever. There is an email with a verification link sent to us to complete the final step.
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/settings/delete-blog/
    Once a blog has been deleted the deleted blog address ie. URL cannot be reused or recycled by anyone. http://en.support.wordpress.com/recycling-blog-names/

    What you can do is purchase a domain name of your own via a domain mapping upgrade and then what the underlying .wordpress.com subdomain URL is will not matter.
    http://support.wordpress.com/domain-mapping/register-domain/
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/domain-mapping/

  3. Gone is gone forever and WordPress.COM does not allow recycling of blog names.

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