[Operators] Remove old unused accounts?
migri at i-pobox.net
Wed Dec 9 09:17:52 CST 2009
Mathias Ertl wrote:
> I added the policy that old accounts on our XMPP-Server will be deleted
> after a year of inactivity. The CCC (jabber.ccc.de) seems to practice
> the same, and I *think* jabber.org also deletes unused accounts.
> But some of your Users complained that such a practice is questionable,
> at least if you allow the usernames to be reregistered: Somebody could
> reuse your ID, and if someone else used your ID before, you could
> unwillingly inherit what the one before you posted on the internet.
> So what is your practice on deleting unused accounts? Do you block
> reregistering? And if yes: how do you implement this with ejabberd?
We are deleting all accounts without any login at the day after the
registration and all accounts that are unused for over a year. That works
wonderful in a cron-script using ejabberdctl. We wrote this handling in the
For security reasons ejabberd automatically unsubscribes the deleted user
from all contacts in the roster. There is no lock on the username that was
deleted. Everyone can (re)register thst username. I don't see a big problem
in this, as the account either was never used or was not in use for over a
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