Wow, this topic got very popular. It is nice that the post doesn't have to be deleted if the user is, because occasionally helpful information does come up by 1-time posters. This forum is already better than most in the way it is run, and in my opinion, it is due in part to this section of the forum, and moderators that actually use the forum.
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i read the the posts every day,but only post something every once in awhile.so if these changes you guys are talking about are done,how will that effect me? i don't want to be labeled a one post user if i don't post for a certain amount of time.
Don't worry, we definitely won't be deleting any accounts for being inactive =)
The only real question is deleting accounts that have never been used ever, since they are just wasting available usernames.
LH,you have a great memory.actually i wanted to lose the 104 and just have mpc as my username. geek,if mpc comes availble, like LH suggests,i am officially putting in my request to change my username to MPC. thank you both.
I'm not sure about The Geek but I would only consider users with about 10 posts or less who haven't used the forum for 10 months for deleting. Even then I think it would be best to leave those accounts alone as even with 2 posts, it's possible someone could come back later. Far less likely with 1 post but it could still happen.
The main reason to delete accounts is when they take up a lot of space like email accounts.
For this forum, database space is not a concern due the small amount of space text takes up.
Besides the user accounts, this forum already stores the edit history of every post and keeps all the deleted posts around in the database for mods to view if they want to.
mpc104, you have 284 posts and still post within a time frame of a few months so I don't think your account would ever be up for deletion if accounts were being deleted.
Deleting accounts to free up user names seems a bit unimaginative. After all, how difficult it is for a person to whip up another user name, if the one he wanted is taken up already ?
There may be members, who may choose not to post (for whatever tinfoil reason) but would still like to browse here. It is unfair to them that their accounts will be deleted just because they are not contributing.
As for database management, how much space could a infrequent or no-post member could take up ?
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