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I looked through the FAQ but I can't seem to find the answer: do free lj accounts expire after a while if you don't log in?

The reason I ask is, there's a particular username I'd love to have, but someone is squatting on it and not using it (they have one entry, have never made any comments in anyone's journal, have one friend, and apparently haven't logged in in about 3 months (which is when it was set up.) So will it eventually expire and then I can grab it? or will that never happen?

I would consider contacting the person and offering a bribe to delete it, but there's no email address or anything.

Is there a standard way to go about this, or is the answer pretty much "be original, find another name"?

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maninblack
Jul. 25th, 2003 11:46 am (UTC)
AFAIK journals never expire. Also, deleting a journal doesn't necessarily release the name (there are a few people on my friends list who deleted many moons ago, yet a placeholder is still there). Maybe if you rename the journal it relinquishes its hold on the name...
spoonless
Jul. 25th, 2003 12:00 pm (UTC)
Well, so much for that idea. is the one I wanted, but I guess it's just not going to happen :(

I think they ought to have some expiration time for free accts if you're not logging in. It would at least save some space. Of course, they should send an email first and give you 30 days to log in and renew it, but still... I bet that would clean up a lot of excess accounts that people only ever made once and forgot about.
gustavolacerda
Jul. 25th, 2003 06:15 pm (UTC)
can't you comment on the one entry?
spoonless
Jul. 26th, 2003 08:42 pm (UTC)
smack me on the head!... I didn't think of that :)

Anyway, from what maninblack says, it might not help that much.
I guess I'll try it but I need to find out first what happens when an account is deleted, if the name gets recycled.
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