The absentee person(s) I refer to is not even registered on the server. They have not even created an account on the new server. When the website was re-launched last year, we were required to make a new account here on swgr.org, then tie it into the Resto discord by joining that as well. Those "names" are not in game. But still show up in abandoned housing and in over 50% of guild lists. Some players left of their own volition and others due to the hands of someone else. Purge and show an active guild, active player city and active server. Or don't have packup option in player cities or if you do, offer it widely on server. This is a ongoing discussion with a number of players and new players to server.
A point of clarification: All accounts from the old website were transferred to the new website. The required account-related action was that all users needed to reset their passwords, not that they needed to register again. Their usernames and email addresses are still properly attached to their account identity and associated with the characters they created before the transition.
We previously announced
our intention to activate the Housing Demolition Program
such that houses owned by players that hadn't logged in for 90 days would be subject to demolition and packed up to the player's datapad but ultimately delayed activation due to concerns. We can, however, revisit this now and activate the program.
We could drop inactive members from guild membership after a certain period, and we could disband guilds that have been inactive after a certain period as well, but I don't fully understand what exactly that will achieve or how it is impacting others.
We will not release the names of players that have already been created even if their account goes inactive indefinitely.