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Re: Re: Old, unused nick desired..

by footpad (Monsignor)
on Jun 05, 2001 at 01:15 UTC ( #85616=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re: Old, unused nick desired..
in thread Old, unused nick desired..

I'd support this so long as it didn't get out of control. Certainly clean up those that log in once but do not post and those who never log in at all. I'd make the limit about six months or so.

However, I'd be careful about cleaning up 'nyms from those who've simply wandered off for an extended pilgrimage. For example, a certain monk recently rejoined us after an extended (~9 months) absence. It would be nice for those folks to have a home node to return to.


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Re: Re: Re: Old, unused nick desired..
by LD2 (Curate) on Jun 05, 2001 at 01:22 UTC
    I agree with footpad, possibly this is a good reason to use the email. Maybe email those users after a six month period and ask if they still are interested in being a part of the community? Or just see if they respond (give them a time period of which a response should be expected, I'm not sure what that should be).. if not, reap 'em - and free them up for others.

      For those who have requested a username but never logged in, I advocate a quite short lifespace: Purge such usernames after 60 days or so, no confirmation e-mail required (the e-mail address likely doesn't work anyway).

      For those who only used their username within 24 hours after creating it (so called "logged in once, never posted"), after 90 days, e-mail them stating that if they don't use their username in the next 90 days, then it will be deleted. Don't use e-mail replies to save an ID (that requires too much work to match up received e-mails to IDs).

      If you've ever created a node, then you shouldn't ever lose your ID.

      For the rest (used their ID a bit but never posted), we'll get around to those when things get too boring.

              - tye (but my friends call me "Tye")
        If you've ever created a node, then you shouldn't ever lose your ID.

        Agreed. That should really be the bottom line. If somebody goes away for 18 months, since they still created a node, then they shouldnt loose the nick. If somebody logged in and never posted, for X number of days, thats another story.

        Maybe this should be slowly implemented with the past accounts, and something that should become procedure, and process with the new accounts. If they know they'll get reaped without participatning (IE: Logging in..) then its simply a matter of procedure.

        _14k4 - (

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