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Upcoming Pruning of Dead Accounts

Discussion in 'Announcements and Rules' started by tehelgee, Jul 31, 2020.

  1. tehelgee

    tehelgee The stern gaze of justice. Administrator

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    QQ has about 14400 dead accounts that have zero posts and have not been logged into for a year or longer, or did not complete registrations. That's 14k usernames inaccessible, and some falsely inflated user numbers.

    So, a solution:

    In one week, on August 7th, 2020, I will be purging all accounts that meet all parts of a set of specific criteria.

    Those criteria are as follows:

    • Set A
      • Registered on or before July 31, 2019
      • Zero posts
      • Last logged on date was July 31, 2019 or earlier
    • Set B
      • Registered on or before July 31, 2019
      • Have not completed email registration

    For most of you, this means nothing at all and will not affect you. However, for a very small number of our lurkers this post is being made in advance of the account pruning so that any lurkers that fall under the Set B criteria can finish email registration beforehand.

    Please ignore the screaming~
     
    Last edited: Jul 31, 2020
  2. CrossyCross

    CrossyCross LADY OF LOVE

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    Yeah, no problem with this.
     
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  3. phantomdemon2

    phantomdemon2 Well worn.

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    Hope all goes well, and nothing unexpected pops up.
     
  4. Nicodemus

    Nicodemus Mr. Archleone

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    Damn. My 50 sock puppets will all need to become active users now. :V

    But seriously, this could only be a good thing.
     
  5. SomeRandomeGuyAsWell

    SomeRandomeGuyAsWell Work at HotDog Restaurant. (SEND SCOLLARSHIPS)

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    Hopefully this all goes well enough with no issues. Surprised me with the amount of inactive accounts as well.
     
  6. kentter

    kentter I trust you know where the happy button is?

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    I know I had no post the first year and a half after I made the account. I just made it to see the NSFW section of the site after I'd been lurking on SB for a few years then made an account over there to follow stories. One of the stories the author mentioned they posted the lewd scene over here skipping it on SB so I popped over made the account then read the post before leaving the site for over a year till I remembered this place and felt like reading some lewd fics.
     
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  7. Gedou_Meta

    Gedou_Meta I trust you know where the happy button is?

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    Can I instead try and put the screaming to a heavy bass accompaniment and have it play in the background?
     
  8. The_Collection

    The_Collection Making the rounds.

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    Would this delete posts done by inactive accounts? Asking because I want to know if I should start double-checking my story backups.

    Edit: NVM, I apparently just fail reading comprehension. This is deleting accounts that have never made a post, not accounts that haven't posted since July 31.
     
  9. alethiophile

    alethiophile Shadowed Philosopher Administrator

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    No accounts that have ever made any posts will be deleted. All posts will remain on the forum.
     
  10. Canadian Leprechaun

    Canadian Leprechaun Lur-king

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    So basically anyone who made an account with even the tiniest iota of a dream of an intention of actually being part of QQ is fine?
     
  11. Biigoh

    Biigoh Tanuki Moderator

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  12. kaimodi

    kaimodi Your first time is always over so quickly, isn't it?

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    Posting just to make sure
     
  13. inverted_helix

    inverted_helix Connoisseur.

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    Kind of insane that 30% of the users are dead accounts that have never posted.

    Makes me wonder how many accounts are even active.
     
  14. alethiophile

    alethiophile Shadowed Philosopher Administrator

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    Because most of QQ's content is in the NSFW section that requires login, a lot of people who would just stay as guests on other forums instead register lurker accounts.
     
  15. KinKrow

    KinKrow Dead Air

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    Greetings, Lurker, a pleasure to witness your sole post!
    [​IMG]
     
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  16. HeyaUser

    HeyaUser Your first time is always over so quickly, isn't it?

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    Oh boy that's a lot more than you'd think!
     
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  17. tehelgee

    tehelgee The stern gaze of justice. Administrator

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    Depends on what you call active. My definition, in that they have completed email registration, made at least one post, and have visited the site in the last month returns about 10.3k accounts.
     
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  18. Candcg

    Candcg Your first time is always over so quickly, isn't it?

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    Might be an idea, if there's a relatively easy way to do it, to send out a short e-mail to the second group (set B) about this, there's probably at lest a couple of 'people' that have not finished registration, and have also not noticed this event or have convinced themselves that they won't be affected. Dread the thought that the next masterpiece post is lost in this purge, because the user got mega discouraged after their account was deleted the day before they posted, gave up on writing compleatly, and became a sculptor or something.

     
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  19. monsterphantom

    monsterphantom Know what you're doing yet?

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    Oh dang, that's a crazy amount of dead accounts! :eek:
     
  20. Rakdos92

    Rakdos92 Goosh Goosh

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    Wait, is there a way to check if you have completed e-mail registration?
     
  21. KaiserMoon

    KaiserMoon The Dragon on the Moon

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    Just to be clear, accounts of members who are no longer living won't be deleted right? Cause that would be kinda disrespectful considering their accounts are like memorials for them now.
     
  22. Dnile

    Dnile Getting some practice in, huh?

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    I have to break my lurking stretch? aw man...
     
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  23. The_Collection

    The_Collection Making the rounds.

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    Click on your name at the top, then find 'contact details' on the list of things
     
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  24. Belenus

    Belenus Not too sore, are you?

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    It's fine.

     
  25. magic9mushroom

    magic9mushroom BEST END.

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    tehelgee does "post" here only mean forum posts or profile/PM posts? It'd suck if someone had a PM conversation with one of these members (prior to PMs requiring one post) and it got vaporised due to recipient existence failure. There's also the question of what happens if there's a dead account whose profile has posts from live users.


    The lurkers who are actively here won't get their accounts deleted, though, right? (Set A requires not logging in for a year.)
    If you haven't, you can't post. Ergo, if you have any posts the software clearly thinks you're registered.
    It's a bit hard to check whether someone who's never posted here is dead. Probably at least one of them is, but it's not that much of a memorial if they've never done anything.
     
  26. Shinkiro

    Shinkiro verified bugpone

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    in these strange aeons even death may die~

    i fully expect a bunch of lurkers first post in this thread.
     
  27. tehelgee

    tehelgee The stern gaze of justice. Administrator

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    All that's needed to is to log in with the account, making a post isn't necessary.
     
  28. 67844sdfsd

    67844sdfsd Your first time is always over so quickly, isn't it?

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    I don't follow? Surely some accounts that have made posts can still fall into set B? Or are people unable to post until they have registered their emails.

    If that's the case who cares? If people want to get around the login filter without giving out their emails, what's the harm? Who on earth could possibly care about an inflated user count?



    Ps. Reassigning user names and account numbers is more trouble than it is worth. Newly registered users may encounter bugs unless someone has checked all mention of old account ids are purged from things like pms, ignore lists, etc. Waste of developer time imo.
     
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  29. TheOtherSandman

    TheOtherSandman Well worn.

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    As someone who finds things like name squatting in mmos to be douchey as all get-out, the purging of the inactive and unregistered has my wholehearted support. To the firing squad with the lot of them!
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  30. KaiserMoon

    KaiserMoon The Dragon on the Moon

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    I meant the known ones, the ones whose walls are memorials. I'm not stupid enough to think the mods can tell if most of the accounts belong to dead people or not.
     
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