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Any way to get an unused gem removed so the name is available?

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Jake Marsh

01 Aug, 2017 07:04 AM

I have a project I'm thinking about and the gem name I want to use is taken by a gem that has one version with no content inside, and hasn't been touched since 2009 it seems. (Installing it and inspecting the code reveal its just the generated gem template files). It's no longer on Github. (The page actually 404's).

In this case, it seems reasonable that there would be some way to make the name available again, if nothing else then upon the request of someone else.

Should I just use the "Report Abuse" feature for this? That seem harsh, and I certainly don't want to negatively affect anyone's account or anything.

I looked around a bit and couldn't find any answer or policy about this, so forgive me if this has already been discussed at length. (I found one mention of a policy on the way here from a year ago but couldn't locate anything else).


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