I would like to use a particular name for a blog, but when I tried to register it, WP.com said it was already being used. I went to the site and it only had 3 test posts from Nov 2005. Is there a way to get that blog removed? If not, is there a rule for how long a blog can be inactive before it is deleted?
Sorry, I just found this post, but the question was never answered by an administrator. I agree with the API key problem, which is the reason I signed up with WP.com to begin with.
However, I want to start blogging about a particular subject and that subject name has an empty blog on wp.com right now.
You should be able to find a different name that still suits the blog though. What is the name you want, I am sure people would have suggestions :)
According to the developers, they have looked into the possibility of making deleted usernames available for re-use, but it isn’t worth the hassle.
Besides, there are all sorts of pitfalls involved in automatically deleting sites for inactivity (what if the owner is temporarily without web access but plans to return? what if they’re dead and their friends want to keep the blog up as a memorial?). As a general principle, unless they’re breaking the ToS, deletion should be left up to the blog owner.
You are right, wank. I didn’t think through the consequences of automatic deletion. However, I do think it would be nice if I could convince the user to delete that blog and then I could reclaim it. But it sounds to me like that isn’t even a possibility? Is there proof of this in the forums our in the documentation/FAQ?
Why don’t they have a new clause in the TOS or a message on the sign up page that if they don’t post for a certain amount of time, their account will be deleted?
There could be a system whereby the blog author could nominate another person (using the person’s email address) so that if something happens to the blog author, that person who is nominated can state something on the blog or write to WordPress. The nominated person and the blog author can recieve multiple warnings.
William, see the post 2 posts above yours for reasons involved.
Yep. Regarding Wank’s post:
“(what if the owner is temporarily without web access but plans to return? what if they’re dead and their friends want to keep the blog up as a memorial?)”
– that is why I said about having a nomination.
Maybe there could be a checkmark when deleting a blog that says “okay to let someone else have this subdomain.” This wouldn’t address the unused blog issue, but I know that I have deleted a blog and it’s a shame that nobody else will be able to use that subdomain that I don’t even want. And it sucks to see cool blogs have subdomains like c00lstuff-7439.blogspot.com.
I think the only way to close this support topic is for me to get some sort of confirmation from WP.com staff that they are at least looking into the issue. I understand certain situations to keep an inactive blog. But, I don’t see any harm in the staff looking into a request like mine and setting some sort of policy or rules to delete a blog that has 3 test posts, then release the subdomain.
Wank, you said “according to the developers” in your post. Do you have proof of this somewhere? Have they blogged about this or posted it somewhere in the forums? I don’t doubt you, I just want to know where this information is, so I can blog about it and get the word out.
Thanks everyone, for your responses so far.
I’ve looked into deleting old blogs with no posts, but that would at most give us 8-12 days before the number of new blogs created has brought us back to where we started, so it’s not worth it given the risk involved.
Further down the same thread he doesn’t consider namespace crowding a problem until we get to the 2 million mark, so basically if you didn’t get here early enough to grab your desired username that’s tough on those of you who weren’t 133t enough to get an invite from a geek friend (or pretend to be using Flock like I did ;) )
That looks like good information, drmike and wank, but shouldn’t there be something on the FAQ about this? I don’t think this post should be closed until there is an easier way for WP.com users to get that information. I’m going to send some “feedback” through my dashboard and reference this post, but I want to keep it open until there is an official response from WP.com about this issue.
I will take the above and enter it onto http://faq.wordpress.com
“I would like to use a particular name for a blog, but when I tried to register it, WP.com said it was already being used. I went to the site and it only had 3 test posts from Nov 2005. Is there a way to get that blog removed?”
No there is not.
“If not, is there a rule for how long a blog can be inactive before it is deleted?”
No there is not.
This may or may not change in the future.
FWIW I found as an “old” writer that I got hung up on certain words and phrases. It took some teenagers to stimilate my braincells into creative thinking so this is what I offer.For every seemingly “perfect” word, name or phrase synonyms and viable substitutes can almost always be found. So while you are awaiting for WP administrative change – why not think creatively – you may come up with an even better name :)and you have nothing to lose.
Thanks, podz. When that shows up in the FAQ, you can mark post this as resolved. If you don’t have that authority, just reply back to this post and I’ll mark it.
timethief, thanks for the suggestions.
I see that the entry has been added to the newly designed FAQ. Here’s the entry:
http://faq.wordpress.com/2006/05/07/recycling-blog-names/. The new FAQ layout is MUCH better as a categorized list. So, I’m marking this as resolved! Thanks to everyone who helped.
A parting opinion, however: These accounts should be run like domain name registration. You choose how long you want to have the account, and then within X days of the expiration you will be notified by the system that you need to renew your domain. If you don’t renew your domain, then it’s up for grabs.
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