Contact with the outside world
In the case of, oh, say something like the following:
It’d be nice if there was a method of contact with the wp.com folk which doesn’t involve having an active and accessible wordpress.com account. A simple email form such as the Automattic site provides would do (unless you want us to point them there, which I doubt).
We make it pretty explicit that when you delete your blog you can’t get it back. I’ll update that page to make it more so, but I’m afraid this fellow is out of luck.
I think people are meant to sign up for a new account so they can get to the feedback form from there ;)
So, when you leave, your username is suspended for good, forever?
And noone will ever be able to use it again? Why?
Because otherwise it’s a pain to deal with. If you want to try it again later, why delete your account?
Thanks Matt. At least “sorry, but it’s gone” is an answer. Or better than “dunno.”
“If you want to try it again later, why delete your account?“
Oh I see, you want people to act logical.
*snicker* Oh, THERE’S an idea. Logic. Yeah right….
What about when somebody deletes an account, but later on somebody else wants the username? Since one person registered it in the past, the username is gone for good? Even though the person deleted the account because he/she obviously did not want it?
At the moment (and probably for the foreseeable future), if an account is deleted for whatever reason, the username is not available ever again.
Well – isn’t that dangerous. Somebody could maliciously take several login ids (all you need are several e-mail addresses!!) and delete all of them thereby preventing them to be used ever by anybody. That would not help wordpress.com.
Well, is’nt it possible to make a half year delay until the deleted username will be available again? Because I fear that if wordpress.com will be bigger and bigger, there will be problems with usernames, that are not available any more, because someone just wanted to take a look at wp.com and deleted that blog thatafter and blocked the username for other user. So in a few months someone has to register as “claudia399alcnalsc” to get a free username. That’s not very nice in my opinion.
“Well – isn’t that dangerous.“
I’m lost on this. Just how is what you describe ‘dangerous?’
““Because I fear that if wordpress.com will be bigger and bigger, there will be problems with usernames“
It is a…um, danger, but it’s the way most services of this kind handle it. Just ask Blogger.
Yes, but isn’t wordpress.com the company which makes things not like others, but cleverer? ;-)
Somebody could maliciously take several login ids (all you need are several e-mail addresses!!) and delete all of them thereby preventing them to be used ever by anybody. That would not help wordpress.com.
Wrong. It would help wordpress.com, because they could claim x number of registrations without having to suffer the extra server traffic of actual blogs. It would not help potential wordpress.com users, but many names will already have been snaffled by people who just wanted an API key and have no intention of blogging here, and most people are used to not getting their desired usernames anyway.
Having said that, I do agree that the ‘never re-use a deleted username’ policy is going to cause some frustration among users. Livejournal’s practice of final deletion a month after the initial request, after which the name is released for re-registration, seems to me a sensible one; though of course I don’t know whether it would be possible or desirable to replicate that here.
Wrong. It would help wordpress.com, because they could claim x number of registrations without having to suffer the extra server traffic of actual blogs.
I just made a change on the backend to record self-deleted blogs, and we’ll make these stats public when we make the signup stats public. Our numbers stand on their own, there is no need to artificially prop them up by the rounding error of deleted blogs.
It’s a bit misleading because when an existing user registers a new blog, the page says:
Here are the blogs you already have:
If you’re not going to use a great blog domain, leave it for a new user. Now have at it!.
We had another thread this morning which mentioned something else messed up with the sign up procedure for those who just want an account. Podz mentioned that it was to be worked on. I would send in a feedback so they can keep tabs on this as well.
Perhaps this is a fine point to make but one does not at this point in time “delete” an account, one “eliminates” a name domain.I don’t want to see elimination of the re-use of a blogger’s name removed from consideration. Granted there’s a strong feeling that drives all of us to negotiate for freedom and escape from the confines of all rules, but responsibility is what choosing to eliminate ones domain name is all about and that shouldn’t be done lightly.
Also in a forum thread I have suggested a total of three rules that I believe are worthy of consideration. Others contributed to this lengthy and interesting thread too. Please see my post “Web logs and Wills” http://bloggersblurt.wordpress.com before the dialogue proceeds further. I believe there are aspects to the re-use of names issue to consider that have not been discussed in this thread. Thanks for listening.
Just to calify when one deletes a blog, the data for the blog is deleted from the database. Reinstalling it whould mean going back through backups to find it. At least that’s with the standard MU install.
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