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2012-04-11 11:39 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I definitely know this is opening up a can of worms. We've always said, though (as recently as
February in dw-news
) that while usernames are generally first-come-first-served, we reserve the right to take action against people who are username squatting -- we did that back at the beginning of open beta, when some people were grabbing up a bunch of usernames all at once, for instance. We've definitely tried asking people not to namesquat in general, and most people have been great about not doing it.
I'd say it's probably about a dozen people who are doing what I'd consider egregious namesquatting right now, which in the grand scheme of things isn't a
of people (although, heh, it is a lot of usernames), but I've seen this play out on LJ before, and I worry that if we don't nip it in the bud quickly, the problem will only get worse and worse. We definitely could have just approached those people directly (and will, once we approach a closer consensus on what should be done), but we didn't want to do that without having an open discussion about it first -- you know how rumors get started and we wanted to avoid any kind of "omg, DW is confiscating usernames" panic.
(I'm also definitely not talking about somebody having a few dozen accounts for different characters, a few accounts for backups, one or two variations on a username -- I'm mostly talking about people with hundreds and hundreds of accounts, or people who register names and then immediately put them up offsite for sale/trade, although there are definitely some grey areas, like I said in section 3 above. All of the examples you name are definitely things I would consider legit use.)
I wonder if you're onto something with the confirmed email address thing. Maybe a "if you haven't confirmed your email address in X days from account creation, the account will be unregistered" type thing should be part of the solution.
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