I’ll be frank: I would like the username of an account that has never contributed anything to the platform since its creation in 2015 and has not been active for a long time. Could be since 2015. Is this something that is accommodatable?
Now that all accounts are linked to an email, I would imagine it might be possible to send emails to users that had never been active, asking them to confirm they still want the account, after maybe 3 or 5 years, and if they don’t confirm, deactivating the account after some reasonable period, maybe another 1-2 years. I don’t know if staff will agree. Users who have been active (even adding a single observation or ID) should of course be maintained in perpetuity.
Please contact the Helpdesk for these sorts of account-related questions.
I highly doubt the staff would remove someone’s account or change their username for someone else to use it. I have also seen people return to iNaturalist after many years.
I agree that an account with any level of contribution should be maintained in perpetuity. Contacting the person directly is my best bet. Thanks everyone!
Yes, we don’t remove inactive accounts or change their usernames, I’m sorry.
Perhaps no identifications, observations, or curatorial action, but it’s impossible for us to know for sure that they haven’t left comments or edited checklists. I even know of users who just have an account for the email notifications they get from other people posting observations.