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Shaker
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 08, 2014 11:45 am    Post subject: Purge of new but inactive members?  Reply with quote

Lately we seem to be acquiring a number of new members who seem to have made it clear that they have absolutely no intention of contributing anything to the forum, since in one case there was about one (IIRC) post from such a member and in the other cases absolutely no posts at all. It's nobody's place to tell anybody how much they should post, but when somebody signs up and contributes absolutely nothing at all, what's their point in being here?

We can all speculate freely on the reasons why this may be so, but since these members have gone to the bother of registering so that they can read the entire forum but can't be bothered to post anything, perhaps there should be a clear-out? Maybe there should be a probationary period after registering - if there are no posts made within that period the account closed and deleted? That grace period may be 28 days or 90 days or any point in between, I have no idea.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 08, 2014 11:50 am    Post subject: Re: Purge of new but inactive members? Reply with quote

Shaker wrote:
Lately we seem to be acquiring a number of new members who seem to have made it clear that they have absolutely no intention of contributing anything to the forum, since in one case there was about one (IIRC) post from such a member and in the other cases absolutely no posts at all. It's nobody's place to tell anybody how much they should post, but when somebody signs up and contributes absolutely nothing at all, what's their point in being here?

We can all speculate freely on the reasons why this may be so, but since these members have gone to the bother of registering so that they can read the entire forum but can't be bothered to post anything, perhaps there should be a clear-out? Maybe there should be a probationary period after registering - if there are no posts made within that period the account closed and deleted? That grace period may be 28 days or 90 days or any point in between, I have no idea.


Agreed.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 08, 2014 11:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was under the impression that Lexi was already doing this.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 08, 2014 12:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was going to suggest that an introductory post should be a condition of full membership plus a probationary period where a certain number of posts should be made.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 08, 2014 2:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Boyg wrote:
I was under the impression that Lexi was already doing this.


So was I.

I think it sensible that new members should be required to introduce themselves, and take a fairly active part in the forum, or forfeit their membership.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 08, 2014 3:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't know for sure but I suspect redfred's already been culled and it must be entirely coincidental that there's been a very recent visit of *ahem* others.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 08, 2014 3:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sock it to me?
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 08, 2014 8:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

IvyOwl wrote:
I was going to suggest that an introductory post should be a condition of full membership plus a probationary period where a certain number of posts should be made.

Personally I wouldn't go for a certain number of posts as that's akin to enforcing how much people should post, which in my fairly long experience tends to make people merely come out with fatuous, trivial guff to ramp up the post count.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 08, 2014 8:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ketty wrote:
I don't know for sure but I suspect redfred's already been culled and it must be entirely coincidental that there's been a very recent visit of *ahem* others.

redfred dropped by very recently (at time of writing) but once again declined to pass comment on anything.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 08, 2014 9:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

He probably joined, had a look at the areas he didn't have access to, as a non member, and thought better of it!

Ketty's stalker like posts, badgering him to introduce himself, would have been enough to scare him off, if nothing else did!

Creepy!

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