Harassment / Username Squatting

First, my thanks to anyone who takes the time to read this and try to help a stranger on the internet.

My troubles began (though I did not suspect it at the time) roughly five years ago at university, when I complained about a classmate submitting plagiarized coursework.

Shortly after, someone (I can only speculate who!) registered my given name as a github account. There is no visible activity on it since it was created five+ years ago, though I understand there my be private activity.

The github terms of use say:

“GitHub prohibits account name squatting, and account names may not be reserved or inactively held for future use. Accounts violating this name squatting policy may be removed or renamed without notice.”

https://docs.github.com/en/github/site-policy/github-username-policy#name-squatting-policy

I submitted a ticket, and patiently waited a month, only to be told that the policy has been changed and given a link to the very policy I show you, which has not been changed.

I am using an alternate account to make this post because I fear the individual may be monitoring my main account’s activity, might see my request for help, and would then have cause to make the account bearing my given name sufficiently “active” to negate the claim of squatting.

Again, those who read this with the intent to help me, you have my utmost gratitude.

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I am unfortunately in a similar situation. I have also reported a user for name squatting (account has been publicly inactive since its creation 7 years ago) and all I got back is that they are no longer releasing usernames, and a link to the same username policy you linked.

This is not even about releasing usernames, this is about GitHub not honoring or doing anything about their own policy, which is sad. So basically, people are free to violate GitHub’s policies, as long as they are too busy to deal with them…