Registering with a purged account's name
Short, concise description of the idea
It would be great if someone who does not have an account could take a purged account's name without having to pay $15, especially since they receive no extra benefits. This should be a seperate process from ordinary 'rename' tokens.
Full description of the idea
For someone whose ideal username is available and not being used, but happens to have "deleted and purged" status, it seems like a huge waste of money to get a free account with simple features for the same price as six months' paid account time.
I can see four ways to solve this, and will list them from best to worst.
1) Make it possible to register using a purged account name--either for a small price (say, $5) or with authorization on a case-by-case basis.
2) Make it free to rename an unused account--that is, one which hasn't left any comments or made any entries.
(The last two suggestions are inferior.)
3) Include more for the $15 'rename' token price--perhaps a few months of paid account time.
4) Make 'rename' tokens less expensive.
- 1) Those who are hesitant to register (due to the fact that the account they want is the only one that costs money) would be able to join the LiveJournal community.
- 2) Complaints and confusion over 'rename' tokens would decrease dramatically.
- 3) Many perfectly-good (and currently wasted) usernames could come back into circulation.
- 4) If incidents were addressed on a case-by-case basis, the history of why the account was originally deleted could be taken into consideration.
- 5) My stubborn but loveable husband would finally get a LiveJournal!
An ordered list of problems/issues involved
- 1) Anyone with a previously-used username could be mistaken for their predecessor. However, since such situations are already possible, this issue should already be dealt with.
- 2) If rename tokens are made cheaper, people may well use them more frivolously. However, if only the registration process is affected, this won't be an issue.
- 3) Time involved to make the change.
An organized list, or a few short paragraphs detailing suggestions for implementation
- It seems sufficiently explained, but then, I am inside my own head. I'll participate in the conversation.