Member clean-up??

Discussion in 'Site Discussions & Suggestions' started by Chris6647, Jul 2, 2004.

Jul 2, 2004

Member clean-up?? by Chris6647 at 9:13 AM (1,881 Views / 0 Likes) 21 replies

  1. Chris6647
    OP

    Member Chris6647 GBAtemp Fan

    Joined:
    Nov 12, 2003
    Messages:
    395
    Featured Posts:
    0
    Country:
    Denmark
    I belive that the most of the members are never online....
    So...
    i think that u guys soon should clean-up and delete all thoose 0 post members who never uses their account.... it prob also fill up some space..

    if u are gonna do this then you could write a list with all the names of the members u are gonna delete.. and then let that list be in a topic for 2 weeks or so... and thoose who uses that account have to PM the creator of the topic or any mod/admin and say that his/her account shouldnt be deleted....

    What do u saY???
     


  2. Luse

    Banned Luse Now with more MOOSE!!!

    Joined:
    Nov 5, 2002
    Messages:
    3,773
    Featured Posts:
    0
    Location:
    Scotland
    Country:
    LOL, you know my second or third post on GBAtemp was asking KiVan to think about deleting all accounts that were created just to leech, or people who just join and never post...

    He said he didn't want it done in 2002, and the last time it was brought up he still didn't want it done.

    While the idea you mention is sound, the thing is it's easier just to say we're going to do it in a newspost, and then get rid of all those accounts a week later, than it would be to list people 1 at time...

    When all's said an done, it doesn't matter... There are tons of lurkers who will never post, and unless it clogged up alot of space that then made it nessasary, it's not going to change anything with how people interact on the board...
     
  3. Darkforce

    Former Staff Darkforce DERP!

    Joined:
    Nov 5, 2002
    Messages:
    2,911
    Featured Posts:
    0
    Location:
    UK
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    Personally I think this is long, long over due...

    You don't need to register just to browse the forum and it is pretty annoying seeing 0 posters as "member of the moment" on the front page all the time. Also they're taking up usernames people who want to post here might want... plus of course are taking up space on the database.

    I think like Luse said a message/warning should be posted on the main page... plus prehaps if it can be done a warning email sent out to those the users addresses.

    It's good to keep the forum tidy. [​IMG]
     
  4. Dragonlord

    Member Dragonlord Linux-Dragon of quick wit and sharp tongue

    Joined:
    Sep 17, 2003
    Messages:
    3,513
    Featured Posts:
    0
    Location:
    Switzerland
    Country:
    Switzerland
    btw... gegenerating a list of all 0 posters is a matter of kivan (or another admin with DB access) pulling off one SQL query and posting the output.

    in fact i am with you there. 0 posters are in fact annoying. for reading the forum you need no account but for posting. so if you create an account but do not use it it's like buying a house not using it... others that would like to have a house stand in the rain and you do not use it. isn't kinda helpfull too i think.

    (p.s.: there are also people 'claiming' user names just to avoid them beeing taken but never use it because the forum doesn't please them. have been f*ked up a couple of times due to a name-snagger myself [​IMG])
     
  5. Hovercraft

    Member Hovercraft Brain dead since 1989

    Joined:
    Nov 6, 2002
    Messages:
    827
    Featured Posts:
    0
    Location:
    Newfoundland
    Country:
    Canada
    and maybe some members just read posts and dont post themselves. and is there anything left to leech off this forum?
     
  6. Garageboy101

    Banned Garageboy101 GBAtemp's personal GooK -('.-)

    Joined:
    Jun 28, 2003
    Messages:
    1,420
    Featured Posts:
    0
    Country:
    Vietnam
    well... we are getting new people.... ok then... this was a spam ... but those people are on alot...and they still got like 2 post
     
  7. Lily

    Former Staff Lily One Scary Lady

    Joined:
    Jun 18, 2004
    Messages:
    5,727
    Featured Posts:
    0
    Location:
    British Columbia
    Country:
    Canada
    Getting rid of all those dead accounts would probably drop the total member count here by a good few thousand. Might be a good thing, might not. After all, a community with 17,000+ registered posters is attractive to newcomers, right? Even if only 2 or 3 hundred actually post on a fairly regular basis.
     
  8. dice

    Former Staff dice pansy-ass ex-staff member

    Joined:
    Oct 26, 2002
    Messages:
    9,541
    Featured Posts:
    0
    Location:
    England
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    Guys there's no point discussing this until KiVan returns. Haven't seen him in a while :0
     
  9. privateers69

    Member privateers69 Advanced Member

    Joined:
    Aug 4, 2003
    Messages:
    79
    Featured Posts:
    0
    Country:
    United States
    I've registered so I can hit the new posts since last visits button. And on a small chance that I might have something worth while to say. [​IMG]
     
  10. C-Man

    Banned C-Man Banned

    Joined:
    Jul 3, 2004
    Messages:
    25
    Featured Posts:
    0
    Country:
    then it wouldn't matter since you can register again
     
  11. Mclaren_84314

    Member Mclaren_84314 Advanced Member

    Joined:
    Nov 8, 2002
    Messages:
    90
    Featured Posts:
    0
    Country:
    I can somewhat agree with deleteing zero post members, but for a member who has been here as long as I have, with as little post that I do, I agree with Hovercraft. Many just read the posts. Like me, I personally visit this site multiple times a day, this is the first web page I look at [​IMG] EVERY SINGLE DAY and the last page too. But I read more often than I post. And when I do post I believe it has more value to the board than some other for frequent posters. I think you can all agree that this bored has change over the years and not just the look of it. So many unneccesarily rude, flamming, or just dumb posts and topics are made by people who just want to make some controversy. I usually find that the comments made by older members are highly more inteligent and use full than many new comers with high post counts.
     
  12. Xanthious

    Member Xanthious Scratch & Sniff

    Joined:
    Sep 19, 2003
    Messages:
    751
    Featured Posts:
    0
    Location:
    Go Notre Dame !!
    Country:
    United States
    I dunno about deleting zero post members. I was a zero post member for almost a month before my first post and I didnt start posting regularly til just the past month or so. It may take SOME zero post members some time to warm up to this place and get the feel. Now if its a long running thing like multiple months then I could see maybe deleting the account. But Id hate to lose someone who could turn into a solid poster just cause it may take him a while to warm up to all of us here.
     
  13. DarkLordXX

    Member DarkLordXX Advanced Member

    Joined:
    Nov 4, 2002
    Messages:
    68
    Featured Posts:
    0
    Country:
    Austria
    i think if u start to delete the zero posters they might start to spam the forum just to prevent to be deleted... it also took me a while with my first post... and i still don't post very often in the forum... i more like to observe... sorry for my bad english...
    greetz DarkLordXX
     
  14. Dragonlord

    Member Dragonlord Linux-Dragon of quick wit and sharp tongue

    Joined:
    Sep 17, 2003
    Messages:
    3,513
    Featured Posts:
    0
    Location:
    Switzerland
    Country:
    Switzerland
    hm... ok... one point i didn't take into account... without an account you can't use the 'active posts' under the assistent panel which is the only way i browse the forum... for that you need an account, even if 0 posts.
     
  15. MadBob

    Member MadBob Nostalgia ain't what it used to be!

    Joined:
    Nov 6, 2002
    Messages:
    1,524
    Featured Posts:
    0
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    Gawd I can't remember the last time I posted .... DOH!
     
  16. lazrhog

    Newcomer lazrhog Member

    Joined:
    Nov 5, 2002
    Messages:
    42
    Featured Posts:
    0
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    Well don't remove me please ! I have been around a long time [​IMG]

    I might not post very often, but I read this forum every day [​IMG]
     
  17. dice

    Former Staff dice pansy-ass ex-staff member

    Joined:
    Oct 26, 2002
    Messages:
    9,541
    Featured Posts:
    0
    Location:
    England
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    I'm pretty sure that if it does go ahead that it's just for those 0 posters [​IMG]
     
  18. Sonstwer

    Newcomer Sonstwer Newbie

    Joined:
    Mar 11, 2004
    Messages:
    8
    Featured Posts:
    0
    Country:
    Germany
    Hmm, I'm not even sure if I'm targeted with this thread... Anyway: There is one very large reason to register on GBATemp without posting - a registered user can switch off the other poster's avatars and signatures. It makes a rather large difference while reading on a slow connection (which usually includes my univertity's clogged WLAN).
     
  19. Murdock

    Member Murdock GBAtemp Regular

    Joined:
    Dec 26, 2003
    Messages:
    133
    Featured Posts:
    0
    Country:
    Netherlands
    True. I read much, but i just dont post that much.

    And btw, a long time ago, u could leech (Read the sticky about " No more rom links" or something like that.
     
  20. cerberus

    Member cerberus GBAtemp Regular

    Joined:
    Apr 2, 2004
    Messages:
    167
    Featured Posts:
    0
    Location:
    Here!
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    ^^ Very good point Sonstwer. Having done this before on a similar forum, the way to approach anything like this is to check for periods of inactivity. All UIDs have timestamps, so if someone hasn't been active for a set amount of time its easy to spot them.
    So maybe it should be 0 posters who haven't been active in the last 6 months. that way it would prevent unnecessary deletion of active accounts, imaterial of post counts.

    But then nothing can be done without Kivan's say so. And chances are he won't want it done.
     

Share This Page

Loading...