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JT

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Message Posted: Jul 27, 2007 12:21:56 PM

When should be "recycle" and make available again, old GasBuddy user names where people registered but never did participate in the website?
After 6 months of non-use
After 1 year of non-use
After 2 years of non-use
After 3 years of non-use
After 5 years of non-use
Never Recycle Old Unused Names

Post your thoughts about this poll below.
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X1962X
Sophomore Author Indianapolis

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Message Posted: May 3, 2014 8:31:51 PM

I say 2 years, after all attempts to contact the user fail. with smart phones and web based phones there is really no reason not to at least check in once a month even if you are overseas.
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MandyMae88IL
Rookie Author Illinois

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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2014 1:34:41 AM

When I first seen the question I thought 6 months then I thought no, 5 yrs or never. Esp when considering our military that may be engaged in an overseas operation, just stationed overseas or anything. Not to mention a username may be someone/something that means the world to a person/pet that is no longer alive.
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Panama19
Champion Author Louisville

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Message Posted: Dec 16, 2013 9:44:58 PM

Never
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NWsteelhedrguy
Rookie Author Tacoma

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Message Posted: Dec 16, 2013 8:23:09 PM

after 2 years no use
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datsundriver
Champion Author Houston

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Message Posted: Aug 3, 2013 3:47:04 PM

There is no need to "recycle" or reuse a name. There are billions of combinations available. if someone wants to be anything1 or anything99999 that is fine with me. look at all the variations of "gashog (164 that I was able to find) and nobody has a problem with that.


again, this seems to be an attempt to fix something that is not broken.

Houston has several members at the top of the list who have not posted for ages. We know some of them are deceased, and do not want their names removed.

[Edited by: datsundriver at 8/3/2013 4:47:30 PM EST]
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RZF350
Rookie Author Tacoma

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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2013 8:07:00 AM

Don't recycle old names. Take off from the system after two years of inactivity but don't recycle them.

Some people have to leave the country due to work sometimes for one year at the time.
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rumbleseat
Champion Author Winnipeg

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Message Posted: Dec 12, 2012 8:46:15 PM

How about a time constraint. Any member who has used their account should have the name locked up.
But some bozo who makes one post and never comes back? The name should be available for re-use. Of course, many of those will never be asked for, but why should a one-off post-n-run come up with a clever name and take it out of the pool forever?
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coffeebrake1015
Champion Author Florida

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Message Posted: Dec 12, 2012 8:36:27 PM

after 6 month's
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coffeebrake1015
Champion Author Florida

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Message Posted: Nov 26, 2012 8:56:16 PM

6 months of non use
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Gas_seekr
Rookie Author Philadelphia

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Message Posted: Nov 7, 2012 6:51:47 PM

Never. When I first considered this question, I thought a year should suffice. But after reading previous response, I've reconsidered and now think usernames should never be dropped from the system or recycled. For several reasons: 1. usernames are chosen that have meaning for that individual, if another person chooses the same username, it should be only a moment for that person to pick another username, and 2. perhaps more important, some members obviously are able to associate a username with a real live individual. Recycling usernames would only create confusion.
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pricewar
Champion Author Ogden

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Message Posted: Sep 28, 2012 3:02:47 AM

nope
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IB2ChillE
Champion Author Los Angeles

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Message Posted: Sep 11, 2012 9:30:43 AM

no recycle... it could lead to confusion
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ggg452
Champion Author Manitoba

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Message Posted: Jul 26, 2012 8:40:34 AM

Should never reuse old names...
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pobaldwin
Rookie Author Detroit

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Joined:Apr 2012
Message Posted: Apr 11, 2012 10:40:42 AM

This happens all the time to me when I loose interest in a site. Make them be active or give-up the user name! You get 6 months buddy!
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uxrs75
Rookie Author Victoria

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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2012 6:32:24 PM

6 months: for user names associated with accounts that were never active.
2 years: for accounts that were active, but never posted.
Never: for accounts with posts associated with it.
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SuperMoto
Champion Author Connecticut

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Message Posted: Feb 11, 2012 4:44:44 PM

After 2 years of non-use
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Panama19
Champion Author Louisville

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Joined:Sep 2005
Message Posted: Feb 10, 2012 11:19:17 PM

Never Recycle Old Unused Names

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herndonks
Champion Author Baltimore

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Joined:Dec 2011
Message Posted: Feb 10, 2012 6:38:35 PM

I recently was using the wayback machine to look at some old versions of the gasbuddy websites. I noticed that in May of 2006 there was a member with the username "dakotajoe" who was on the list of Baltimore point leaders. There is now a member with the same username who joined in January 2011, but has not been active since joining. It is my opinion that a username should not ever be recycled if the original member accumulated more than 35,000 points.
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gws2980
Champion Author Philadelphia

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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2012 10:47:13 AM

I think that if someone becomes inactive more than six months they should be notified by email that they will be deleted. If they forgot their password there should be a way for them to get it back.
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frank0077
Champion Author Calgary

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Message Posted: May 13, 2011 8:20:40 AM

I think if users forget their passwords, this site should have a way of sending the password to the users registered email address first. People will occasionally forget their passwords after a period of non-use.
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WoofRU1
Sophomore Author Long Island

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Message Posted: Apr 13, 2011 9:33:50 AM

I think the names should be recycled after 2 years, with the following actions-
@ 18 months of inactivity, an automatically generated email is sent to the default email used to open the account, request them to post in the next six months, at the end of the six months they have no new posting, they are deleted.
I do not believe unused accounts should remain forever, no matter how many points are accumulated. No email service allows dormant accounts to remain forever.
Sadly people do expire at some point, so should their inactive accounts.
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svtom
Rookie Author Indiana

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Message Posted: Mar 6, 2011 2:03:31 PM

Never 'recycle' user names. As stated above,they are frequently used elsewhere by members and and reusing them will lead to confusion and other problems. Close their accounts or other sanctions.However,if unused for say,one year,then it should go in the trashbin.

[Edited by: svtom at 3/6/2011 3:05:55 PM EST]
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Lukeduke
Champion Author Arkansas

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Message Posted: Jan 2, 2011 12:34:23 AM

My thinking is that anyone who just gets to 35000 points or less and not post for 3 years should have their user name "recycled". GasBuddies who have posted for 1,000,000 points or more and have not posted in the past 5 years should be noted as such and maybe moved into a inactive category but not recycled for at least another 5 years.
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SundayDriver92
Rookie Author Indiana

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Message Posted: Jun 27, 2010 4:42:51 AM

I'm with bcheap1217; people may have a temporary annual need, may have a temporary relocation off the continent, or get the data through another user in the house. 18 months seems about right to me.
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bja0030
Champion Author New Mexico

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Message Posted: Apr 9, 2010 2:24:09 PM

SOON AS THEY FORGET THERE PASS WORD
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bcheap1217
Rookie Author Tacoma

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Message Posted: Jan 29, 2010 9:18:32 AM

i think 2 years. reason being, that some members may be sent to foreign
countries where they may not have internet access. for many of these individuals, it may be a year or more before they can log back on.

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BobD2009
Champion Author Long Island

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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2010 8:50:05 AM

4-6 Months.
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HFAJR0034
Champion Author New Mexico

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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2010 10:53:47 AM

6 MONTHS
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bja0030
Champion Author New Mexico

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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2010 8:17:36 AM

after a year
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kegga_99
Champion Author Maryland

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Message Posted: Nov 14, 2009 11:48:36 PM

After 1 year of non-use
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IamWhoIam
Champion Author San Francisco

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Message Posted: Nov 14, 2009 11:46:08 PM

I agree with atater. There are a lot of people who manage to get to the 35,000 level and then just vanish. I also like the in memorium in the Forum for those who have passed on. Perhaps we might consider making it easier to find, or more visible for the use of those who do not know about it. I have noticed a lot of our GBs do no understand basic navigational use of this site but should be learning it. We have a lot of inactive members on the SF site who just sit there and never put in points. We should have a never-never land available for their transfer off the active lists. Oh yes, and if they return then reinstate them just as is done in other areas. However, leaving them on the list when they do not post anymore is counterproductive.

[Edited by: IamWhoIam at 11/15/2009 12:47:08 AM EST]
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atater
Champion Author London

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Message Posted: Nov 14, 2009 5:16:16 PM

I would like to make THREE suggestions.--

1. A user name belongs to the individual who managed to get it, and as such, it should remain.

2. A user who becomes inactive should have his/her "Rank" removed from the "Points Leaders Lists" after a period of inactivity. I would suggest a sliding scale, based on the points level achieved at the last posting of the member. I would also suggest that if, or when, that member recommenced activity, his/her points level should be reincorporated.

3. If a longstanding member dies and GasBuddy is made aware, then his/her achievements should be recognized, if not in the 'Points Leaders', then in a "Remembrance Link".


My second point pertains to the number of Buddies who reach the floor of 35,000, or higher, and then move on. In our List, there are 147 members on record. Over the past year, less than 43 are active (meaning two years or less between postings). Most of the rest have left permanently. Like all organizations, web sites, OSes, etc. there comes a time when it is necessary to clean house.
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jrsva
Champion Author Virginia

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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2009 1:41:27 PM

Look at what the question asks: “...where people registered but NEVER did participate in the website?” [emphasis added]

A new member who has never participated will have exactly 100 points. Give them a year to do something, anything, and then recycle the user names if nothing has happened.

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Naturenut99
All-Star Author Illinois

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Message Posted: Nov 9, 2009 9:50:48 PM

I was going to say after a year or two. but then I scrolled down and read UnfortunateSUV's comment and I think I have to agree with him. or some combination of.

How about...
wait at least 3 years for those who have not posted since signing up. Giving them a chance to come back to use their username.
Then keep those who had above ??? 15,000 ??? points about five years.
And for those who have passed on and had above ??? 100,000 ??? points
... "hang their jersey/username" in memoriam.

I dont think it could or should be a simple after 1 year you lose your right to the acct you set up.
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GT2er
Champion Author Toronto

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Message Posted: Nov 9, 2009 11:06:42 AM

After 6 months of non-use.

I think any registered user should participate more than twice each year. If a username has sentimental value, the member should maintain it.
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HFAJR0034
Champion Author New Mexico

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Message Posted: Nov 7, 2009 3:37:33 PM

I DON'T THINK WE SHOULD CHANGE,I'M HAVING FUN WITH THIS ONE
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Tigersplane
Rookie Author Texas

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Joined:Jul 2008
Message Posted: Aug 2, 2009 11:13:58 PM

My user name is my username. I consider it very personal. It should not be someone elses. I use it everywhere, so it should never be available for others to use. To close the account or membership for non use is fine, but not to allow the usage of my username except by my return.
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MnSwede
Champion Author Twin Cities

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Message Posted: Jul 14, 2009 3:59:08 PM

After 1 Year
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llooll
Champion Author Alabama

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Message Posted: Jul 14, 2009 9:53:01 AM

After 6mos of no activity unless they had a lot of activity on the website i.e. posting forums, gas prices...really good contributor and to that I would say 1 year.
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gass12
Champion Author Omaha

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Message Posted: Mar 21, 2009 3:06:58 AM

1 Year is more than fair. People could move to another State and it takes a while to get everything togaether.
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UnfortunateSUV
Champion Author Ventura

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Message Posted: Mar 4, 2009 3:50:04 PM

Never

I am a member who tracks and reports statistics on Ventura County activity. It is fun, entertaining, and even competative. MANY people sign up and immediately become "inactive." But many become active again when they remember, or gas prices start changing. Some of our MOST active (post 975 points per day & 1075 on Sunday) did just that. I am opposed to "writing off" anyone who went to the trouble of finding this site to begin with. They really are only hurting those of us who track everyone's activity and not those of you who don't.

And one more thing: Please do not dishonor those who founded some of our groups and have now passed on....like JIMBO and his wife CYNCYN1 in Ventura. We hope their name, points & legecy will live forever on GasBuddy.
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lidude25
Sophomore Author California

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Message Posted: Nov 22, 2008 1:17:57 AM

1 year.
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veteranstaxi
Rookie Author Massachusetts

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Message Posted: Nov 20, 2008 9:01:40 AM

2 YEARS SHOULD SUFFICE
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nilandfred1wa
Champion Author Washington

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Message Posted: Nov 18, 2008 5:07:49 AM

1 year
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nilandfred1wa
Champion Author Washington

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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2008 1:55:49 PM

1 year
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Paulfmco
Champion Author Washington

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Message Posted: Nov 10, 2008 10:36:36 AM

I'd say 18 mos, but since that's not an option, then 2 yrs.I agree, some members amy be unable to post due to ongoing military or other commitments.
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kegga_99
Champion Author Maryland

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Message Posted: Nov 8, 2008 10:03:00 PM

After 1 year of non-use
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bwatchin
Champion Author Texas

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Message Posted: Nov 8, 2008 8:51:35 PM

Ya know I voted for 1 year. But now I think I was in error. Some of the Gas Buddies are active or reserve military and can't post for a year or more when they are on overseas duty. In fact there are several who are in that status now. Maybe those folks need to have a special allowance for those times.
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Harley Dave
Rookie Author Jacksonville

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Message Posted: Nov 5, 2008 1:16:44 PM

After 6 months of non-use
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SadCubsFan
Sophomore Author Indianapolis

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Joined:Oct 2008
Message Posted: Oct 30, 2008 9:20:48 AM

This is for people who signed up but never did anything, I think six months is actually too long. I feel bad for the next generation who will only have extremely long online names available with many numbers in them, since all the short ones will be gone!
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clutchcargo
Sophomore Author North Carolina

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Joined:Feb 2006
Message Posted: Oct 5, 2008 4:28:22 PM

six months is fair...
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