I want to set up a WordPress blog for my website, grammarnow.com, but someone stole that name (grammarnow.WordPress.com) in 1998 and has not posted anything after the initial post. I have commented on their site that they don't have the right to use the name, and it's obvious that they don't want to use the blog anymore, so what do I do about getting it deleted so I can use it? Thanks.
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Someone stole my name!
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.
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:
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"Someone stole my name" translates as "I thought of something years after someone else and now want to claim I'm original".
@raincoaster, I don't think anything is completely original. Everything has been said and done and thought of before :-)
We had a guy here once complaining that someone was "impersonating" him by using his name as a blog URL. His name was John Smith. I kid you not.
John Smith?? hahaha
Stole your name? Unless it's your real name AND they knew you before you started your blog AND you had another blog elsewhere with the same name, then no one stole anything. That's why people have to research the name first on Google and social networks before settling on a name.
Well, he did stay at a Holiday Inn last night. :D
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