Abandoned Account Treatment/Request Process
Short, concise description of the idea
Allow members who have demonstrated good faith and evidence of and abandoned account to request purging, handover, or purchase of such account.
Full description of the idea
LiveJournal. Home to 16,715,335 journals.
But how many are actually active in some way?
That's right, as of 10/2/08, 14,871,814 LiveJournal accounts are inactive. (Source: http://www.livejournal.com/stats.bml).
Therefore, in an effort for existing and active members to finally get that certain username they have wanted for months and ever years (names taken out of the username population for many reasons--squatting, troll accounts, or pure abandonment), I suggest that LiveJournal have a process for members to request an account.
The request would require a formal application process to LiveJournal. Certain criteria must be met including but not limited to: evidence of account inactivity and evidence/good faith in contacting journal owner. Once that criteria is met, LiveJournal would make an additional attempt to contact the journal owner. If no response is heard from within a pre-determined time period, the account would be purged, handed-over, or sold to the requestee.
It would be nice to have something in place for members to request names. In my case, there is a name I want and have wanted for close to a year now. The name has no friends, created in 2004, no virtual gifts, no journal entries, only 5 comments posts (has not changed since I began to make an effort to contact the owner), 0 comments received, no interests, no user pics, no customization to the journal, no customization to the profile, no communities, no AIM screen name, no e-mail...nothing. I have made 11 good-faith attempts to reach this user with no success. I have no other avenue to go down to obtain this obvious abandoned account.
- Members finally getting the names they want
- Reduction in inactive accounts
- Possible money for LiveJournal if they decide to "sell" the name to the requestee
- Decreased frustration over the account name process
- Request review process may be time-consuming and subjective (which is why solid criteria needs to be set forth)
- Risk of more people squatting (but if LiveJournal charges for the handover of the name, this may deter people from squatting)
- There will still be a number of abandoned accounts which will remain abandoned. Given the number of new accounts made each day, the 14 million number may not fluctuate as much.