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They have: 33 posts

Joined: Jan 2003

wouldnt it be better to search out all thos inactive members and remove there accounts?

surely this would relieve some of the presaure on the forums and maybe someone cannot use the name they want as some, inactive memeber is using it

just a suggestion

Liam :csaw:

They have: 33 posts

Joined: Jan 2003

i just read over that and realized how poor my spelling and grammer was
lol
i was munching Pizza @ the time, so thats my excuse

Liam :batman:

Mark Hensler's picture

He has: 4,048 posts

Joined: Aug 2000

I don't like removing records in relational databases. In this case, if we do delete old inactive members...

What do we do with their posts? Delete them?
What do we do with threads they have started? Delete them too?
What do we do to other people's posts that are in threads of an inactive member? Delete them too?

Or do we leave the posts from the inactive member, and just delete their account?
If we do this, how do we indicate who posted when we've deleted the member account? Move everything to Anonymous? Bleh.

Mark Hensler
If there is no answer on Google, then there is no question.

Megan's picture

She has: 11,419 posts

Joined: Jun 1999

I've always thought that we should jsut clean out all the members who have 0 posts (and there are somewhere around 2700 of them!)

They have: 33 posts

Joined: Jan 2003

yeah thats sort of what i mean
just delete the members, but leave the posts

Liam :batman:

The Webmistress's picture

She has: 5,586 posts

Joined: Feb 2001

I agree that it might be a good idea to clear off all members with 0 posts but leave anyone in who has posted.

Renegade's picture

He has: 3,022 posts

Joined: Oct 2002

Yeah clearing zero posters is a good idea and i'm sure many boards do, do that Laughing out loud but what about those with just one post?

Abhishek Reddy's picture

He has: 3,348 posts

Joined: Jul 2001

Why? Confused

Internet names are fair game. If someone took yours first, too bad. Sad

Just because 0-posters haven't posted doesn't mean they don't lurk. If anything, I think accounts whose members haven't posted at all and haven't been active for a few months could be deleted, as well as accounts that members have dropped in favour of a new one for the sake of a different name or because they forgot their password or whatever. Smiling

Still, I don't see what ill effect this is having. Sure, the member count stat is misleading, but aren't all statistics lies, anyway? Wink

mjames's picture

They have: 2,064 posts

Joined: Dec 1999

No need to delete inactive users. Why? Having them doesn't cause any strain on the server and there's no telling if they'll come back or not. Plus, as Mark said, it becomes tricky when deciding what to do with old posts.

Panky's picture

She has: 14 posts

Joined: Mar 2003

Just because a registered user doesn't post, doesn't mean they are not here. If you change anything, go by last log in date.

There's really not much of a concern. Inactives aren't using board resources. There's probably no limit on the script to say "too many registered users."

Technically, there is 6000+ members. So, it isn't like false advertising where the number count was intentionally inflated. It's good for marketing. You can advertise 6000+ members. That's 6000+ pairs of eyeballs who can potentially view the ads.

Laughing out loud
Panky
ICQ:51140074

They have: 447 posts

Joined: Oct 1999

'rob' registered in sept'99 and has never posted. i don't lose sleep over it, but it is rather annoying that i have to spell my nick R-zero-B when this fellow obviously doesnt want, need, or use the nick.

i say delete anyone who has zero posts and hasnt logged in for over a year.

Abhishek Reddy's picture

He has: 3,348 posts

Joined: Jul 2001

Quote: 'rob' registered in sept'99 and has never posted. i don't lose sleep over it, but it is rather annoying that i have to spell my nick R-zero-B when this fellow obviously doesnt want, need, or use the nick.

Are you saying he robbed your name? And now you want to nick it back? Wink

They have: 447 posts

Joined: Oct 1999

shirley you're on the mark.

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