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2012-04-12 08:55 am (UTC)
I can give you another case of username squatting, certainly not as malicious as the land grabs you're seeing, but just as annoying if the name you want isn't available.
There will be a crapload of accounts kicking around DW from early adopters. People who jumped in from other communities to secure a username they use elsewhere, but who never ended up using the site.
Is it worth auto-flagging accounts for potential recycling if they've never had any activity beyond creation after a set period of time? I know LJ do this every so often, but it took them ten years to recycle one username I know of. That's a really long period of non-use prior to recycling, so possibly not a good lead to follow.
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