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Automatic recycling of usernames from inactive members?

Discussion in 'Forum Management' started by Stuart Wright, Oct 28, 2014.

  1. Stuart Wright

    Stuart Wright Well-Known Member

    So we have lots of inactive members with obviously popular usernames like Dave and Bob. Does anyone recycle user names from members who haven't visited for years?
    E.g. change those login names to 'Member nnnnn' (where nnnnn is the user id) so someone else can use that name?
    I don't advocate deleting the members altogether. They might want their account at some point and it does no harm to keep their record. But by not visiting for so long, I think they have forfeited their login name.
    Any thoughts?
  2. Chris D

    Chris D XenForo Developer Staff Member

  3. Daniel Hood

    Daniel Hood Well-Known Member

    I wouldn't be upset if a community I was a member of did that. I'd commend changing it to like "Stuart50" though. And you should make sure it's in your TOS.
  4. RoldanLT

    RoldanLT Well-Known Member

    I deleted those users who visited the forum last 3 years and has zero post. :)
  5. Stuart Wright

    Stuart Wright Well-Known Member

    Perhaps an addon which automatically recycles user names after n days of inactivity (maybe a year?). Changing them to username + n where n is a number to use the first available free name. Would just need to check that the length of the new username does not exceed the maximum number of characters allowed. Otherwise fairly straight forward?

    A courtesy email to the member warning them their username is about to be changed?

    How about automatically doing it for members with permanently bouncing email addresses?
  6. Daniel Hood

    Daniel Hood Well-Known Member

    Are you asking for an add on or asking if it's possible? lol
    It's definetely possible for an add on to that
  7. Jeremy

    Jeremy XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    There technically was a Jeremy when I joined staff. :whistle: But they were unlicensed and last visited in 2010. Lol.
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  8. Stuart Wright

    Stuart Wright Well-Known Member

    How would it decide whether a user name is worth recycling? Would it have to not have any numbers at the end?
  9. Bob

    Bob Well-Known Member

    Stuart Wright, Amaury and Chris D like this.
  10. thedude

    thedude Well-Known Member

    We do this quite a bit on our big board
    Bob likes this.
  11. Stuart Wright

    Stuart Wright Well-Known Member

    When I have some money, I'll commission this.
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  12. Fred.

    Fred. Well-Known Member

    I like the idea. :)
  13. The Forum Heroes

    The Forum Heroes Well-Known Member

  14. Daniel Hood

    Daniel Hood Well-Known Member

  15. mjp

    mjp Well-Known Member

    I think "recycling" or deleting users who were ever active - even for a small handful of posts - is a terrible idea.

    People do come back, even after many years, and re-enter communities. Why would you want to prevent them from using their original name? The name everyone recognizes as that person? An established user changing names is even worse. Even if it's a change to a name they prefer.

    What about consistency and accountability and knowing who's who? These are communities we're building after all, not hourly-rate motels.
    dieketzer likes this.
  16. dieketzer

    dieketzer Well-Known Member

    i cant imagine doing this myself.

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