I have a suggestion, which I think is somewhat fair- it's in use on another giant forum related to game hacking, and it seems to work flawlessly- everyone gets what they want, nobody has any issues. Basically, when asking for a name change, I was looking around, and saw a bunch of nice names that hadn't been accessed in years, except for the day they were created, maybe more, but generally untouched, basically just parked, forgotten usernames. It appears that the policy regarding this is to now allow to change names to occupied ones, but here's what I think it should be, and why (it's basically word for word, mostly copy-paste, what this other large forum has in place): Taken usernames can be solicited so long as the following conditions are met: The account has been unused for at least five years. The account is not above Advanced Member. The account is not part of former staff or any special groups. Additionally, they have it so that you must have at least 1,000 posts to request a name change- and name changes may only be requested after every 1000 posts. They have a premium donator tag thing where if you're a premium member, you can request a name change as much as you want, but as far as I can tell, this site doesn't have a premium member system. I personally believe that this would be a good addition/change to GBATemp's name change policy- 95% of the time, these old accounts were only registered for the sake of reserving the username- and 5 years of inactivity seems like it's more than enough to determine that the owner of the account isn't coming back (regardless of post count). I just feel that it'd be a good use of these nice old, unused usernames, as opposed to having them sit forever dormant for no good reason. (Random, but Microsoft does this a lot, with EMAIL of all things- and XBL Gamertags. If they're comfortable doing this with email accounts with less than 5 years of inactivity, that says something.) Edit: Considering the scale of that forum compared to this, I think 1000 posts may be a bit much. 850 per username change might be better for this forum when comparing activity and size, but 1000 probably isn't too bad. Also, forgot to mention this, but if it's a banned username you aren't able to request your name to be changed to it, simply due to the fact that the name is associated with whatever it is that got banned, and it's not worth having users change their name to that and potentially get flak.