With Earth Day coming up, we thought we'd join in and do some recycling of our own. After 7 years, we're finally going to do some username recycling! Don't worry, if you're here to read this post, your username won't be recycled because...(click here for full story)
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I don't know how I feel about this. Gaia staff had legitimate and decent reasons to not recycle old usernames, and they were stated countless times, so why the change of heart all of a sudden? It just doesn't seem fair to take away someone's name just because a newer user whined about not being able to have it.
While it's a good idea in theory I thought changing things would screw up the system. If you reset account names for people who haven't logged on for two years or more then what will you change them to? Will they be set to the account number? And how will people know what their new account name is if they do decide one day to come back and use their Gaia account. It is possible people can come back after being gone for two or more years like me. It's a very good thing I didn't decide to make my three year hiatus happen in 2007 because then I would lose a piece of my identity all over the net (I tend to use the same user name or some variation of it on every website I go to).
I really don't know if this is a good idea. Names are an identity. How do you deal with the confusion of seeing somebody new using the name of an old friend who was just on two years ago? What about people in the military & are away from their account for an extended period of time? What about users who are deceased that have friends who still drop by to pay their respects?