January 30, 2006 at 10:40 pm #21488
Deactivation of Accounts.
There has been so much talk about accounts being deactivated.
I don’t think there is really a definitive answer as to why this happens, but I’d like to share some of the information some of us came up with, and some information I found online on the subject.
In reviewing the information below, please make sure that:
1. Your email account has not been deactivated. Every once in awhile send each of your names a mass email, to keep the email active. If it is deactivated, then reactivate it.
2. A two or three times a year, use your briefcase.
None of this will work of course if someone gets your name and deactivates your account, or if someone sends in a MASS complaint about that particular name.
From Yahoo “Briefcase” info
If a Yahoo! Briefcase account has not been logged into for six months, it will become “dormant.”
When an account becomes dormant, it will be deactivated, and the data contained in it will be deleted. Once an account becomes dormant and is deactivated, you will no longer have access to, and Yahoo! is unable to retrieve any of the data that was formerly stored in it.
Note: SBC Yahoo! accounts and accounts with Premium Storage are exempt from deactivation and data deletion.
From Yahoo’s Privacy Statement
If you ask Yahoo! to delete your Yahoo! account, in most cases your account will be deactivated and then deleted from our user registration database in approximately 90 days. This delay is necessary to discourage users from engaging in fraudulent activity.
This could be the cause of some program that is sending a false email to yahoo asking that an account be deactivated. The reason you wouldn’t know it was deactivated for awhile is that it takes 90 days.
From Yahoo’s TOS
You acknowledge that Yahoo! reserves the right to log off accounts that are inactive for an extended period of time.
a)[FONT="] [/FONT]breaches or violations of the TOS or other incorporated agreements or guidelines,
b)[FONT="] [/FONT]requests by law enforcement or other government agencies,
c)[FONT="] [/FONT]a request by you (self-initiated account deletions),
d)[FONT="] [/FONT]discontinuance or material modification to the Service (or any part thereof),
e)[FONT="] [/FONT]unexpected technical or security issues or problems,
f)[FONT="] [/FONT]extended periods of inactivity,
g)[FONT="] [/FONT]engagement by you in fraudulent or illegal activities, and/or
h)[FONT="] [/FONT]nonpayment of any fees owed by you in connection with the Services.
From online Article
Yahoo! continued Wednesday to refuse e-mail access to a Michigan father of a Marine killed in Iraq early last month.
The family of Justin Ellsworth, 20, is trying to gain access to the e-mail before the Yahoo! account is erased at the end of next month due to the company’s policy of deactivating unused accounts after 90 days.
JUST AN ADDED NOTE
Users of Microsoft’s Hotmail e-mail service who don’t sign in at least once every 30 days will find their account deactivated, the company confirms on Friday.
Previously a Hotmail account was set to expire after 45 days.
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