So I stumbled across an idea and draft of an SCP written by SlenderHunter, who looks like he is now inactive. It was called "I'm with Anomalous" and was published to the mainlist before getting deleted. I sent him a message asking if I could write that idea but got no response after multiple weeks. Because the account is inactive and the SCP is deleted, what is the site policy on using that idea in my own SCP?
I don't know if there are any solid rules in place for this, but I personally don't think anyone should be taking other writers' material without permission.
Alright thanks, I will try to get in touch with the original author. If he replies, who do I send evidence to?
I say notify someone on the rewrite team (members of that team should be listed on the contact staff page) so they can vouch for you when you have a draft up for review. And make sure to credit the original author when you post the finished work.