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Denise ([staff profile] denise) wrote in [site community profile] dw_news2009-05-03 01:17 pm

Temporary community creation rate limiting

This afternoon, someone called to our attention that a group of people are creating a high number of communities to "squat" on popular/in-demand usernames, then offering to give away, trade, or sell those usernames to the people who want them. While we don't want to place limits on the number of journals or communities people can maintain on Dreamwidth for personal use, bulk registration for malicious use like that falls into the category of exploiting the service, and in the interest of fairness for everyone, we do need to place limits on that.

We've renamed the accounts that were registered in bulk, in order to free up those usernames for legitimate use, and we've temporarily instated a rate-limit on the number of communities an account can create. For a limited time -- probably just during our open beta phase -- accounts will only be able to create up to three communities per week.

We think this strikes the right balance between encouraging legitimate growth and preventing automated abuse. If this limit turns out to be too low, we can raise it, and this is intended to only be a temporary measure. For the time being, though, we'd like to make sure that everyone has an equal chance to have access to resources.

Again, this isn't meant to place restrictions on legitimate usage. You're welcome to create multiple personal accounts, or maintain multiple communities. We're just taking steps to block things like people registering 100+ communities with popular usernames and then trying to trade or sell those usernames. If you run into problems with this rate-limit, you can contact us through Support and we can see what we can do.
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[personal profile] naughty 2009-05-03 08:23 pm (UTC)(link)
I get why there's a need to do this, but my communities were all wiped by this, and they WEREN'T being "hoarded", they were actually being used. I'd changed the layouts in a lot of them, put up posts, had information in the profiles, they all had icons. I have opened a support request about this, because I was actively trying to create communities here.

And given that I upgraded to a paid account VERY soon after registering here, I am incredibly disappointed.
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[personal profile] havocthecat 2009-05-04 04:32 am (UTC)(link)
I believe I saw [staff profile] denise say that you could open up a Support ticket if you believe your comm's usernames were changed by mistake.
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[personal profile] naughty 2009-05-04 04:34 am (UTC)(link)
I did that, but I haven't had any response. I was able to recreate those comms, but I'm still disappointed.