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Postby Mr. Tines » Thu Feb 14, 2019 4:37 am

There are over a thousand accounts with zero posts, many of which have been inactive for years (many last active for only a few hours after sign-up). We are proposing a clean-up of zero post accounts not active since the end of 2017 at the end of March, which should give enough time for lurkers to check in.
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Postby Mr. Tines » Sun Mar 31, 2019 4:32 am

A total of 631 zero post or never activated accounts have now been removed.
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Postby robersora » Sun Mar 31, 2019 4:04 pm

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Thanks for the purge :)
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Postby Blockio » Mon Apr 01, 2019 3:09 pm

631. Jesus,that is one hell of a big number
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Postby DarkBluePhoenix » Mon Apr 01, 2019 8:17 pm

^ If 631 is a big number, what do think of a number over 9,000?
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Postby Shamsiel-kun » Sun Apr 07, 2019 9:54 am

View Original PostBlockio wrote:631. Jesus,that is one hell of a big number


No, that would be 666. :emogendo:
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Postby TheFriskyIan » Tue May 07, 2019 1:24 pm

Question: Do inactive accounts such as those pose a problem for the site as a whole? Just out of curiosity, I have no problem seeing inactive accounts getting purged just for cleanliness sake.
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Postby pwhodges » Tue May 07, 2019 2:26 pm

Programs and databases can both accumulate out-of-date parts and data (sometimes known as "cruft", a term originated in an article by a former colleague of mine) which, while they may not be harmful in themselves, can obscure the form of a program or valid data and reduce performance simply by being there. Programmers therefore like to keep their code and data as clean as possible - not because any particular cleanup will make a material difference, but to prevent the possibility that over time the accumulated cruft really would get in the way.
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Postby Mr. Tines » Tue May 07, 2019 4:36 pm

In this case, while having the effect of bringing the headline membership count on the front page back to something closer to reality, the main point was to make it easier to spot throwaway accounts created just for the purpose of link spamming.
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