when can I use a domain name for a blog which has been deleted by previous users

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  • #1248570

    adamanduna
    Member

    a domain name which I would like (talkturkey.wordpress.com) is unavailable and yet the blog has been deleted by the owners. when will this domain name be available again or how can I get in touch with its current users?

    The blog I need help with is thewindyblog.wordpress.com.

    #1248682

    timethief
    Member

    The short answer is “you can’t”.

    #1248683

    timethief
    Member

    Deleted blog URLs are not recycled http://en.support.wordpress.com/recycling-blog-names/
    However, you can register another blog with a similar name. http://en.support.wordpress.com/register-a-blog/

    Or you can register a domain via a domain mapping upgrade and it will not matter what the underlying .wordpress.com address is.
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/domain-mapping/
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/domain-mapping/register-domain/

    #1248687

    adamanduna
    Member

    thanks for the info,
    I’ve been looking into about 5 different domain names and they are all unavailable – either deleted or opened 5 years ago and never used. Contact information for the owners is not available on their pages. It seems unfair that we cannot contact the owners through WordPress to request a transfer of the domain name they are no longer using.
    I hope that this issue will be addressed again in the future to allow for easier contact between WordPress users.

    #1248688

    timethief
    Member

    re: unused blogs

    There is no expiration date on blogs unused or otherwise. If you can make contact on your own with the owner of an unused blog then there is a means of a consenting blog owner to transfer the blog to another username account. http://en.support.wordpress.com/moving-a-blog/#transferring-your-blog-to-another-user-or-account

    In the case that there is no contact information Staff will not breach the privacy policy and provide you with an email address.

    WordPress.com is a business that makes money from upgrades so fairness does not enter the picture here. Providing a free blog with outstanding free features as well as free hosting is what’s on offer as well as upgrades and you can take that or leave it.

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