Adopting Orphan Communties
Short, concise description of the idea
A way for members to take over communities that have been abandoned when there is no way to contact the original owner.
Full description of the idea
I'm part of a community where the maintainer's journal has been deleted and purged, so there's no way to get the community's ownership transferred to someone else.
But...wouldn't it be great if there WAS a way to 'adopt' the community without needing anything done by the original owner?
Maybe there could be a request system of some sort. Where you enter the community's name, you account, and the original maintainer's account, and then give a reason of why you want the community.
LJ would then attempt to forward the request to the original maintainer, and if the maintainer didn't respond in a certain amount of days, then the community would be yours.
I know it might be just as easy to create an entirely new community and PM all the members to join that one, but I thought this idea could be useful in reducing the amount of communities that were 'Never updated'.
- Less communities listed as 'never updated' (because people would 'adopt' and make use of them).
- The community memberlist would stay the same.
- If the original maintainer was just on a prologued vacation, or had to go without internet for a year for whatever reason, they may come back wondering why their community belongs to someone else. (*However, a responsible mod might make mod post warning that they were going to be absent for a long amount of time, just to let the comm know.)
- Might anger original maintainer if they decide to come back under a new account and see that their community has been hijacked?
EDIT-- Hey, guys; thanks for discussing the idea so thoroughly.
(For the curious, the community that made me suggest this about was rarepairings. I quit it about a month ago (check the date), though, and it looks like it's been striked.)