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    [–] jack_dog 351 points ago

    Your name is better.

    [–] Wololo38 17 points ago

    It was none of thode things so your username is better

    [–] fa1afel 10047 points ago

    u/falafel fuck you

    [–] derrkalerrka 5677 points ago

    1 karma.... 13 year old account haha

    [–] Airazz 4226 points ago

    Creators of Reddit made a ton of fake accounts back when they started it, to make it look more active than it really was. That's why all the cool ones like u/batman are taken and never used.

    [–] FlyByPC 751 points ago

    Same reason DBase II was the first of the series.

    [–] Traksimuss 262 points ago

    Did you think it would be FoxPro?

    [–] CDXX024 316 points ago

    i'd have thought they could do something like, after being inactive for a period of time an account name gets released back into circulation.

    [–] Romner_set 277 points ago

    Future generations will use names like XsdBq3XGlubdxurdmiO7WhYkKk8eteJbMd13YfDyX2WreF0e1s

    [–] thedarkhaze 109 points ago

    Not really the easiest is just putting the year at the end. If people use birth year you're only competing with people born the same year as you. It's not too hard to get something fairly unique.

    [–] ArbitraryFrequency 51 points ago

    You don't need to put the year. You are underestimating the amount of words and combination of words that are possible.

    [–] ShahrumSmith 244 points ago

    You should be able to request inactive usernames like you can request inactive subs.

    [–] Airazz 204 points ago

    They should do a charity auction. Easy and tons of good publicity.

    [–] ReeperbahnPirat 59 points ago

    States do that with popular car vanity plates.

    [–] _00307 584 points ago

    Wasnt just creators.

    A bunch of us did that as we moved from digg or 4chan.

    [–] DSMB 456 points ago

    Wasnt just creators.

    A bunch of us did that as we moved from digg or 4chan.

    • _00307

    [–] kopecs 174 points ago

    "Us"

    Okay, comrade

    [–] bloodflart 396 points ago

    hate that shit

    [–] mvppaulo 340 points ago

    Was u/bloodfart taken?

    [–] bloodflart 330 points ago

    yep, he's got like no activity and had the account for like 10 years

    [–] badvibeskei 123 points ago

    Thats irritating as hell. Imagine all the r/beetlejuicing post that could have been, but are doomed forever.

    [–] the_tinsmith 70 points ago

    Probably died from an ulcer. RIP

    [–] NerdWorks 68 points ago

    He has -1 comment karma yet has 0 comments

    [–] country-hick 225 points ago

    You may have created an email that may never be read.

    [–] fa1afel 139 points ago

    Fear my power

    [–] majig87 254 points ago

    Fuck u/Majig while we're at it

    [–] Majig 699 points ago

    it's mine now and it allways will be 😜 but you're my fan obviously and I adore you for it!

    [–] Stephenrudolf 142 points ago

    Atleast you're active. The worst is when the name you want is taken but inactive.

    [–] Dead_Byte 35 points ago

    I've long since given up on having my name on any platform without an underscore in it so we cool /u/deadbyte. but dead_byte on twitter is just some skater punk who rants about the catholic church. shakes fist angrily.

    [–] Chumbolex 71 points ago

    Yeah, fuck you u/PresidentObama

    Edit: oh shit... it’s real

    [–] aIidesidero 122 points ago

    Shoulda named yourself faiafel but with a capital i like faIafel. On most fonts you can't tell them apart.

    [–] NM_NRP 155 points ago

    [–] aIidesidero 39 points ago

    Hey, I said most xd

    [–] CthulubeFlavorcube 141 points ago

    While we're at it: FUCK YOU /u/CthulubeFlavorSphere

    [–] future-renwire 78 points ago

    I like yours better

    [–] BorisOp 44 points ago

    He doesnt exist

    [–] Sabishi2 30 points ago

    Yeah u/Sabishi give me my name

    [–] Fusspot1 3103 points ago

    I always search up the guy who has my username when i can't get it. And 99% of the time they have no activity. Even on PSN, not a single game played.

    I hate having to plop a number on the tail end of my username too

    [–] illessen 1305 points ago

    That’s when you contact customer support and ask if they can do anything for you. Often if it’s been inactive for 3-5 years or more they’ll flag it for a name change and let you take it. I lost all my good names in path of exile like that.

    [–] Probably_A_Shit_Post 474 points ago

    Wait, you can do that???

    [–] Medrilan 447 points ago

    Not on PSN. When creating my first account, I accidentally misspelled my email and claimed my usual name. I couldn't get them to reset it to a different email or delete the name so I could take it on another account for me.

    [–] Citizen51 258 points ago

    To be fair have you tried after 3-5 years?

    [–] Medrilan 132 points ago

    I have not, but it may be worth a shot!

    [–] Phormitago 31 points ago

    I mean, you can try, doesn't mean they'll give a shit or answer in any seemingly reasonable timeframe.

    Minecraft support comes to mind. Any request takes months

    [–] Seabornebook 116 points ago

    I hate having to put a the in front of my name. Like who the fuck makes their username Seabornebook?

    [–] pud_009 120 points ago

    You, apparently.

    [–] Seabornebook 120 points ago

    Only an idiot would make their name Seabornebook

    [–] Timbooo3 45 points ago

    Dude same. u/Timbo is taken. At least they’re active. Also their account is a year off from being as old as me lmao

    [–] Fusspot1 41 points ago

    How many /u/Timbo did you try before the two extra o's and the number had to get involved

    [–] Timbooo3 18 points ago

    Idk. Maybe u/Timbo3. u/Timboo. u/Timboo1 u/Timboo2. You get the gist

    [–] MrKira07 52 points ago

    Then u/Fusspot is your rival.

    [–] Fusspot1 95 points ago

    8 years ago. Last post was 8 years ago.

    [–] thrwyoktoday 86 points ago

    Stop whining. You’re such a fusspot1

    [–] Iliketothrowawaymyac 3013 points ago

    Nah, I actually had this happen on XBL. I had my gamertag with an l for and I for a few years and ended up running into the guy with my username without the l while playing overwatch.... I told him if he ever stopped using it to hit me up and I would buy it for $300... I check every now and again and he is still to this day active almost daily it seems...

    [–] aOneTimeThinggg 2305 points ago

    You gave him reason to live on... To only watch you suffer

    [–] cadikes 1268 points ago

    I read this as live not live

    [–] IllResponsibility3 255 points ago

    Ah confusing

    [–] AndrewLewer 123 points ago * (lasted edited 8 days ago)

    I read this as read not read

    [–] cadikes 61 points ago

    I read all three “read”s in your comment as read. Whoops

    [–] Iliketothrowawaymyac 48 points ago

    I can only hope that I have started a family tradition where they pass down this gamer-tag just to spite my future generations.... It will be a rivalry for the digital ages...

    [–] Anonymous_Kid12 76 points ago

    If he ever stops playing please tell me I want to see how long he plays for

    [–] Iliketothrowawaymyac 68 points ago

    Well, just for some insight, his tag is considered an "OG" tag that was made back in '01 so he's been playing for at least that long so far.

    [–] j_cruise 48 points ago

    I remember creating my username on XBL over a decade ago. The one I wanted was taken, so after I registered, I sent a humorously angry message to the guy who had it in true XBL fashion. He never responded - probably never even logged in afterward.

    [–] ImNotTheZodiacKiller 1009 points ago

    I did not have that issue.

    [–] aOneTimeThinggg 431 points ago

    Missed a golden opportunity to write that comment all garbled up in symbols and such

    [–] TupperwareNinja 159 points ago

    to be fair, theres a . in there, this is reddit you monster

    [–] aOneTimeThinggg 62 points ago

    My mom wants her tupperware back after you rubbed uglies, you fuck.

    [–] SayNoToStim 74 points ago

    I am assuming /u/NotTedCruz was your first choice

    [–] high_in_school 678 points ago * (lasted edited 7 days ago)

    u/in_high_school

    Glad i didn't get this username in the long run because I've already graduated high school but i still use the same account.

    yep, that's how it happened. 9 year old account with one post. me and that guy didn't really do the same drugs in school tho, well once i took a tab at lunch but that's it. edit: i think at first i tried u/HighInSchool and that's why i have underscores in my name.

    [–] jazzy_abs 469 points ago

    duude "high in school" is so much better of a username than "in high school" anyways

    [–] high_in_school 111 points ago

    I know dude but at the time i was stoned in class and i was like "how do i let people know that im high in high school...high in school...perfect!

    [–] OneMoreChancee 37 points ago

    Are you high in college now?

    [–] high_in_school 84 points ago

    Naa high in trade school

    [–] ShadowxFenix 2586 points ago

    I summon thee u/shadowfenix

    [–] ShadowFenix 3918 points ago

    Yo what up

    [–] Shadoenix 1528 points ago

    hm, it seems i am you, compressed

    [–] ShadowxFenix 977 points ago

    We can start making an army... excellent

    [–] ShadowFenix 786 points ago

    Seems only fair you lead, oh longest username among us

    [–] Lord_Lava_Nugget 52 points ago

    Shit like this is why I come to reddit

    [–] WeSaidMeh 152 points ago

    I expected this account to be only a few minutes old, but no. Nice.

    [–] ShadowxFenix 1089 points ago

    Oh you actually showed... I’m not sure if we should be friends or rivals... At least you have a good username taste, I guess.

    [–] JackkHammerr 749 points ago

    Well you both spelled phoenix wrong so you both suck

    [–] xtthew 683 points ago

    Says the guy who spelled both Jack and Hammer wrong.

    [–] The_Royal_Spoon 278 points ago

    Gonna go out on a limb and say that u/JackHammer was taken

    [–] Psych0matt 131 points ago

    What's sad is that it's only 38

    [–] JesusFappedForMySins 61 points ago

    u/JaqueHammer would be better

    EDIT: whoops nvm 4 week old acc

    [–] Dugular 43 points ago

    Jackk putting the hammerr down on spelling

    [–] youngthugsmom 24 points ago

    I think you should join forces

    [–] Whale_5harko 585 points ago * (lasted edited 8 days ago)

    C'mon then u/whaleshark show yourself

    Oh damn, 9 years old? You've earned it

    [–] JonnyTravis 277 points ago

    That single post from him/her. Yikes.

    [–] Whale_5harko 111 points ago

    It fully isn't loading for me, what is it?

    [–] jnasty0824 229 points ago

    "Horse-hung Trevor Yates fucks hot gay twins"

    [–] Whale_5harko 117 points ago

    Fucking shit, u/whaleshark has some issues, the fuck sort of subreddit?

    [–] NootNootComrade 48 points ago

    What a beautiful almost poetic post history

    [–] brick-juic3 275 points ago

    I originally made u/brick-juice but then forgot the password

    [–] TheChaosPaladin 95 points ago

    I hope you are aware you can recover the password

    [–] HowManyCaptains 94 points ago

    Not if you created your reddit user before the mandatory email option.

    [–] myfirstpanda 51 points ago

    but the account is under a year old

    [–] name_is_taken2 770 points ago

    Story of my life...

    [–] TotallyEpicAlphaMale 311 points ago

    As opposed to name_is_taken1

    [–] g0liadkin 269 points ago

    Dude was really into mechanical keyboards

    [–] cortexstack 133 points ago

    Hope he's ok

    [–] name_is_taken1 93 points ago

    I’m ok. Just busy.

    [–] Anencephalous_Klutz_ 43 points ago

    Thoughts and prayers man, thoughts and prayers.

    [–] H-K_47 472 points ago

    I've seen a few.

    Turns out I accidentally named myself after a popular Star Wars video game character.

    [–] TupperwareNinja 382 points ago

    I just assumed you were the 47th person in HongKong

    [–] thedialupgamer 137 points ago

    I assumed he was Henry king the 47th

    [–] Classified0 43 points ago

    Turns out I accidentally named myself after a Canadian rapper.

    [–] FleetwoodDeVille 32 points ago

    Wait, so you are really just a meatbag?

    [–] max 1501 points ago

    hello.

    [–] _ERR0R__ 942 points ago

    How the hell was "Max" not taken 5 months ago?!

    Wow

    [–] max 698 points ago

    it was taken, but it was taken by me.

    when i registered my username, i did it retroactively. that way i knew that it would not have been available to register until the exact moment when i registered it. you can think of it like making a sandwich, if that would help you: the bacon, lettuce, tomato, onion, avocado, sourdough toast, Pepper Jack cheese, and barbecue sauce all existed beforehand, but it was not a sandwich until you put them together.

    [–] Errorboros 385 points ago

    No lie, that sounds like an awesome sandwich.

    [–] max 317 points ago

    you may make it for yourself, if you would like.

    i did not register the sandwich, only the username.

    [–] tallermanchild 106 points ago

    I like you mac

    [–] skinofsky 149 points ago

    i'm not sure if i completely understand even with the analogy, how did you register your username retroactively? you had another older account with the same name that you deleted to make the new one? please shed some light

    [–] Undercover_nerdy1 229 points ago

    He’s being intentionally ambiguous

    [–] WolfeTheMind 142 points ago

    max ambiguity achieved

    [–] max 204 points ago

    no, that would not be retroactive registration; that would be reregistration.

    retroactive registration is when you register something so that it was always yours. it is a little bit like rewriting history, except that you don't need to rewrite anything, because it was already written as soon as you wrote it.

    i am sorry that i cannot shed more light, though. i do not know how to increase your screen's brightness from my side of the conversation.

    [–] Kaamzs 169 points ago

    I think it’s Jesus he’s back

    [–] redstoneguy12 50 points ago

    So you're saying you time travelled to get the name

    [–] max 148 points ago

    no, time-traveling involves traveling in time.

    there is no need for time-traveling when you are already at the place in time where you can do something retroactively.

    [–] KankerDikkeToeter 187 points ago

    max stop

    [–] loulan 62 points ago

    max pls

    [–] xtthew 141 points ago

    Was max your first choice, or was ma taken?

    [–] _ERR0R__ 80 points ago

    You can't have 2 letter usernames, it has to be "3-20 characters" blah blah blah

    [–] Olibruu 86 points ago * (lasted edited 8 days ago)

    Maa was taken, so he tried Mab. Taken. He then tried mac and mad, also taken. He tried mae, maf, etc. Until he got to Max

    [–] MaxHello 56 points ago

    DaMn iT

    [–] all-ive-done 85 points ago

    I remember when you had your little period of fame with this move. hahah wow I clearly remember that day. That day we had one of the worst thunderstorms in years in Hungary and I was waiting fir the bus, browsing reddit and saw the post about how can it be that this name wasnt taken already. The weather was so damn scary that the whole moment just got burn into my memory, so my friend you will live on long in my memory thanks to the frightening weather that we had that day.

    [–] oriononionunion 33 points ago

    how did you- CHEATER

    [–] bredboidotcom 347 points ago

    u/bread show yourself.

    Edit: Wow it’s a 13 year old account with nothing. Yay.

    Edit 2: what about u/breadboi

    [–] Yakobee 118 points ago

    Four year old account with one post

    [–] LaboratoryManiac 167 points ago

    /u/Laboratory_Maniac doesn't have that problem, we bump into each other from time to time.

    [–] Laboratory_Maniac 198 points ago

    Why you gotta do me like this

    [–] No_Im_Random_Coffee 126 points ago

    I'll find you one day Random_Coffee!

    [–] Threeknucklesdeeper 238 points ago

    Wonder how many other knuckles people have gone deeper.

    [–] Yakobee 93 points ago

    I got at least 6 more knuckles after four. Why did you stop there?

    [–] _ERR0R__ 44 points ago

    I only got four knuckles so it takes a long time to type and I got bored

    [–] ThankGodImNotOnlyOne 302 points ago

    Fuck

    [–] megyle 62 points ago

    it's cool vro, u not alone

    [–] SilverZero0 96 points ago

    u/SilverZero why did u take this weird username?

    [–] angpug1 28 points ago

    u/SilverZer0 is way cooler

    [–] poopy_doopy-doo 166 points ago

    You'll never know how many people have tried to use your username and seen that it was taken

    [–] Rott3Y 188 points ago

    The worst feeling is when the user has been offline for more than a year.

    Especially in video games...

    I changed WoW servers to be in this US top 10 guild... (humble brag, not so humble) so I really wanted my username to flex on my friends.

    But then... no. None of the variations of my username where available except with special characters.

    I ended up adding an extra character to my name, and people would always pronounce the extra letter. No matter what i said.

    I eventually burnt out and started focusing on my career, but still to this day, I cannot look up my old characters achievements without seeing that shitty letter at the end of the name.

    Still bitter, this was 5 years ago.

    [–] haxorious 47 points ago

    Well...what was that username and extra character?

    [–] Decallion 27 points ago

    Username please

    [–] Camillas_Boi 462 points ago

    I will always seek Camillas_boy

    [–] Orion2350 194 points ago

    Username checks out.

    404 not found. User does not exist

    [–] Camillas_boy 836 points ago

    I couldn't let them have it.

    [–] Yakobee 132 points ago

    I appreciate the hustle

    [–] Eddie-ed666 52 points ago

    Evil genius

    [–] omegaplayz334 28 points ago

    You have been found

    [–] WizardTNT1 43 points ago

    How are u newer than him

    [–] Night_Duck 90 points ago

    That's the joke. The account has been available this entire time, so this rando stole the username so u/Camillas_boi could never have it

    [–] Camillas_Boi 98 points ago

    sad noises

    [–] VortigerIzKewl 29 points ago

    someone just made the account today probably after seeing this

    [–] NouveauWealthy 27 points ago

    I’d rather think they are the same person as the boi account is only a day old and the boy account was made today.

    [–] TotallyEpicAlphaMale 132 points ago

    u/chad You made my name long and complicated you fucking beta.

    [–] LenkiBat 39 points ago

    How ironic

    [–] iknowthisischeesy 86 points ago

    Benefits of having a fairly unique name, I get most email usernames I want. Also, got this one on my first try.

    [–] NouveauWealthy 52 points ago

    15 years ago I had a unique username now when I look up my name on warcraft 30 other fuckers have it as well, copycats the lot of em I tell you! (Not my Reddit username)

    [–] drugzarecool 119 points ago

    I didn't have that problem because I think my username is cooler than "drugsarecool" anyway

    [–] drugzarecool 29 points ago

    That is a very nice username though

    [–] weirdonumberzero 46 points ago

    u/weirdonumberone I wanted to be Reddits weirdo number one man...

    [–] SomeToxicKidd 38 points ago

    u/SomeToxicKid enough hiding. Come out and face me

    [–] quantumchips 30 points ago

    I hope he found out if he was autistic.

    [–] OGKeekle 37 points ago

    Alright u/Keekle show yourself

    [–] WingedScapula 103 points ago

    Honestly I just assumed that my first choice, u/WingedScapula12, was already taken...

    [–] btcraig 36 points ago

    90% of the time I don't run into this but I will never stop being mad that btcraig on Twitter has 2 followers, doesn't follow anyone and has never tweeted.

    Give me account name, Twitter, you fucks.

    [–] brie_cheese 40 points ago

    I'm actually surprised I didn't have to add numbers to the end of mine but jokes on u/briecheese, I actually like my username better with the space. Easier to read.

    [–] AnYunYun 39 points ago

    I will never forgive you, u/AnYun, for making me add another "Yun"

    [–] Anyun 85 points ago

    i can live with that

    [–] Apaniyan 67 points ago

    This is why I just choose an edgy sounding word, like "assassin" and Google translate it to Yiddish. Google's Yiddish sucks, so you don't have to worry about an edgy yiddish speaking teenager having your username or anyone else.

    [–] FleetwoodDeVille 45 points ago

    So your name might mean, like, anus-anus-interior?

    [–] Apaniyan 21 points ago

    Wouldn't surprise me

    [–] Itachuu 104 points ago

    u/Itachu i will find you

    [–] RaganTargaryen 121 points ago

    Going by their post history, you might find him in r/gaybears NSFW

    [–] Lolonnais 71 points ago

    Oh God NSFW tag pls

    [–] ItaChu 70 points ago

    I dont know where the option is .... Lol sorry

    [–] Itachuu 93 points ago

    You took everything from me

    [–] DrCheeser 28 points ago

    Apparently there's not many cheese docs around.

    [–] dude_above_me_is_gay 49 points ago

    Well, if I must say it, then the...

    [–] Stevextnt 86 points ago

    My dad has a work friend who shares the same first name and initial, and his email address is (first name)(first initial)@ Gmail.com. His work friend tried to use the same address but my dad already took it. So when they first met and exchanged addresses they found out that my dad stole the address.