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If they're not using my name, let me use it

by Anonymous Monk
on Dec 03, 2000 at 00:08 UTC ( #44582=monkdiscuss: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??

I was about to register as a new user, but much to my dismay I found that my standard username, Monolith, was already taken. Curious to learn who the person was, I went to their homenode and found that the user account was completely unused. I'm wondering if that account may ever be deleted so that I can use it.

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Re: If they're not using my name, let me use it
by AgentM (Curate) on Dec 03, 2000 at 00:42 UTC
    This has been recommended before: something like 3 months never logged in gets deleted. Unfortunately, no matter how much we wish for this, this has not been implemented by the all-knowing. Sorry.
    AgentM Systems nor Nasca Enterprises nor Bone::Easy nor Macperl is responsible for the comments made by AgentM. Remember, you can build any logical system with NOR.
(redmist) Re: If they're not using my name, let me use it
by redmist (Deacon) on Dec 03, 2000 at 01:46 UTC
    I think that if this feature ever does get implemented, it should be turned off for Monks above a certain level. For example, if BBQ goes away for a while and can't get to a computer or is too busy, his account should not be deleted because he is a proven member of the community.

    redmist
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      I was thinking more along the lines of folks who have never logged in. According to jcwren's stats, there are almost 1000 users who have never logged in! Imagine the MySQL clutter! I don't think it would be fair to "require" newer users to be logged in at least every three months, though.
      AgentM Systems nor Nasca Enterprises nor Bone::Easy nor Macperl is responsible for the comments made by AgentM. Remember, you can build any logical system with NOR.
        Or to simply recycle accounts that have been registered, but not logged in within the first 30 days. I'd be in favor of that.

        -- Randal L. Schwartz, Perl hacker

      The above two posts sound good to me.

      redmist
      Silicon Cowboy
Re: If they're not using my name, let me use it
by elusion (Curate) on Dec 03, 2000 at 05:35 UTC
    This is a really good idea, and I think there are a few more things that could be added also. Such as changing your name and deleting your name. I know that I won't want to be punkkid forever, I like my name, but when I'm older I won't want to refer to myself as a kid. This also would need some limits though, so people aren't doing it all the time. Allowing name changes would probably lower the number of new monks to because people wouldn't need too create new accounts. Deleting your name for those who make an account, use it for a while, and then just leave, but those are just my thoughts.

    - p u n k k i d
    "Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one." -Albert Einstein

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