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Yahoo Now Accepting Request For Desired Usernames ~ Make Your Wishlist by August 7th 2013

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  1. Goal Line Technology

    Goal Line Technology Senior Member

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    Just recently posted from Yahoo
    Hope you find it usefull :)

    Yahoo now accepting request for desired usernames


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    Yahoo has announced that it is now accepting requests for desired usernames -
    a month after it announced that it said that accounts, which haven't been used for over a year,
    will be deactivated and will be up for grabs.

    Users can now request their desired usernames, in order of their preference, through the Yahoo Wish List page by providing
    as many as five desired usernames and a contact email address.

    Yahoo is planning to inform users about the availability of their desired username in mid-August.


    "If your first choice isn't available, we'll try one of your backups," Yahoo said in a blog post.


    The first question would be - what about the spam messages that the inactive account was receiving for over a year?

    Yahoo has revealed that it has been "working with partners, like e-commerce and social networking sites,
    on identifying that you're the new owner of a Yahoo username, and not the previous one."
    Users can video further details about this on Yahoo developer blog.


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    Reclaiming Yahoo! Usernames In A Way That's Secure:
    Require-Recipient-Valid-Since


    As we move forward with making unused Yahoo! usernames available to new owners, we've always thought about making the process as secure as possible.

    I wanted to share one measure we're taking to protect the privacy of our users who had an e-mail address that may be re-used, which is a very small percentage of the accounts that we will be recycling. We encourage anyone using e-mail to communicate with their users, especially for e-commerce and recovering their accounts, to adopt this measure to ensure the security of their users.


    To communicate that a username has a new owner to e-commerce sites like "JoesAntiques.com," or social networking sites like Facebook, we'll allow them to "ask" for a new type of validation when sending an email to a specific Yahoo! user. The field, which can be requested via an email's header is called "Require-Recipient-Valid-Since."


    We feel that our approach, which we've worked on with our friends at Facebook, is a good solution for both our users and our partners.


    Here's how it works:
    If a Facebook user with a Yahoo! email account submits a request to reset their password,
    Facebook would add the Require-Recipient-Valid-Since header to the reset email, and the new header would signal to Yahoo! to check the age of the account before delivering the mail. Facebook users typically confirm their email when they sign up for the service or add new emails to their account, and if the "last confirmed" date that Facebook specifies in the Require-Recipient-Valid-Since header is before the date of the new Yahoo! username ownership, then the email will not be delivered and will instead bounce back to Facebook, who will then contact the user by other means.



    This example illustrates how Facebook will do this - others will have their rules for determining their age requirement for the recipient / receiving account.

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    Get Your Yahoo! Username Wish List Ready!


    Last month, we told you about being able to grab the Yahoo! username of your dreams, where the first step was letting people keep their account
    by logging in if they hadn't in the past year.


    That part is over, so it's time for you to start filling out your wish list.

    To get the Yahoo! username you've always wanted, we've set up a page where you can request your top five choices.
    If your first choice isn't available, we'll try one of your backups.

    In mid-August, you'll get an email letting you know which of your picks is available, with link to claim it within 48 hours.
    And just like that, it's all yours.

    Your Yahoo! username is what you use to log into all our services daily, so we want it to reflect who you really are.

    Since we take privacy and safety seriously, we're announcing exactly how we'll be working with partners,
    like e-commerce and social networking sites, on identifying that you're the new owner of a Yahoo! username, and not the previous one.
    You can read all about that process here.


    This is a cool opportunity for you to get creative, so have fun picking out your new username.
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    Get your Yahoo Username You always wanted here, but make your wish list before midnight August 7th 2013.
    Code:
    https://wishlist.yahoo.com/
    Is this a worthwhile step from Yahoo?
    Do you like it?
    What advantages / problems to you forsee with this?
    How will members of BHW use this?
     
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  2. Untouchable

    Untouchable Supreme Member

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    Create bot to claim every word in the dictionary.
    You now have an army of sensible usernames.
    Flip and bank.
     
  3. Goal Line Technology

    Goal Line Technology Senior Member

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    Glad you find it Useful Untouchable :)
    Thanks
     
  4. ramenman

    ramenman Power Member

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  5. Goal Line Technology

    Goal Line Technology Senior Member

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    that was quick lol j/k :)
    Thanks
     
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  6. Roparadise

    Roparadise BANNED BANNED

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    Just logged into one email that I hadnt in like 2 years to see if I had important info that could be deleted, had to delete like 3300 spam messages.
     
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  7. Goal Line Technology

    Goal Line Technology Senior Member

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    You are right Ropa.
    It is a timely reminder to all of us to do the same :)
    Thanks
     
  8. Bostoncab

    Bostoncab Elite Member

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    I put in a request.. and I sitll won't use yahoo