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How I got the Github username of my dreams

lucis profile image Lucis ・1 min read

TL;DR: If the user with the username you want is inactive, report it to Github on his profile. It's part of their name squatting policy, and you'll probably receive feedback.

It's been a long time since I've wanted to change my Github username, and I had the perfect candidate: 5 letters, exactly my nickname, and easy to say it (well, at least in portuguese...). But, unfortunately, it was already taken.

After reading about Github policies, I found this one telling that my long-desired username might be possible to get, since the user that had it previously was not active and his displayed e-mail address didn't exist (as I tried to contact him).

So, with a bit of hope, I've reported him explaining that the user was not active (didn't have any repositories nor activity in the last 5 years). One day later, I received this:

Github Support responded positive to my solicitation

Instantly I've made the switch! I was already aware of the downsides (gists and mentions to you are not updated), but I've decided that it was worth it.

And, now, you can reach me on @lucis

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R+

Just login to say thank you! I also got the account name that I wished for a long time after sending a Name Squatting Notice to GitHub according your advice.

It also works for GitLab.com, though the wait time is a bit longer.

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Emma Goto 🍙

How long did it take the support team to get back to you?

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Lucis Author

Only one day, Emma!

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Emma Goto 🍙

They just replied for me - looks like emma isn't available :(

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Lucis Author

Yeah, sorry about that. Seems @emma is an organization, so their policy might differ...

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Emma Goto 🍙

I think it had some private activity, so that's why :)

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Costin Giorgian

don't forget to update your profile with the new github account

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Lucis Author

Yeah, I will probably have to login again, because Dev.To failed to update it (it's not an input field).

Thanks for the heads up ;)

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Belkin

Congrats and thank you for the awesome idea. I've tried it and got my dream nickname. It was one week talking to support and to the old owner but apparently he had more than one account so he agreed to transfer it to me. :)

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Yo

Nice I got one too! github.com/yg

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Jingles (Hong Jing)

Congrats! I wanted a username too, I found it to be inactive, but it contain a repo. So they didn't released it for me

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Lucis Author

Try again later!

I think mine used to have a forked repo years ago...

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