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Fine go ahead, laugh, a first it may be, but... but... well, that's about it.
Anyways, for this idea of mine, on TLA, once the member count gets too high, they do a purge. A simple button press where every member that:
A) Doesn't have an article
Yields a rank less than Warrior
c) Has less than 100 posts
Are banned, and their accounts deleted. (if you're wondering, you have to fit all those segments, or I would have had my account deleted many times). What it does is save bandwidth, considering about 70% of members are ridiculously inactive anyways. I was wondering if it would be beneficial to do something like that here. Sure, it would drop our member count, but it could potentially speed the site up.
Such purges on TLA result in the member count going from 10K members to about 4K.
There, I've said it. Would anyone else be interested in such a purge or a deriviative thereof?
Maybe not exactly those guidelines, but LO does have a ridiculously high amount of inactive members. Some sort of purge would be a fantastic idea; since we can check user activity, perhaps users inactive for more than 3 months should be removed as members?
Good, but a bit unfair as some active members go on holiday for extended periods.
Maybe, those who have less than 100 posts, not part of any Usergroups, and haven't been on for 3 months. Though that's open for dissection.
If a member is inactive for 3 months and has less than X number of posts, they could be applicable for a purge. I don't see that usergroups are needed as a requirement; there are plenty of people without usergroups, etc., merely because they aren't interested (and/or haven't hit Enhanced yet).
The goal being to purge straight-up inactive members or just to purge members who registered and then never did anything? Also, logins would presumably be activity to account for folks who just like to lurk. I don't even know if I would set the minimum as high as 100.
If this would have a significant impact on available bandwidth I can see the logic behind it. I'm not aware enough of the server particulars to comment on that front, but I would have to say limit it to make sure it only purges users who register and then disappear. Lurkers and folks on extended absence should be free to post when they see fit.
This topic came up a while back, a long while, if I remember correctly. Blackhat jumped on and said that there would be no purges. At least then, he was very against the idea and wanted members, however inactive, "to always have a home here." I believe those were his exact words, and I don't know why they've stuck with me all these months.
Spambot kill tally. . .337
I imagine that would have been before the site found difficulties. If there's a way to send out mass-PMs to all members, they could be sent out to avoid knocking off members whilst they're still oblivious to the fact.
But hey, if we want members to stay, then I'm cool with that too. Just an idea.
if someone is inactive, how can they be wasting bandwidth?
However I am with Blackhat, I am against pruning inactive users unless it is an absolute must
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