ANNOUNCEMENT! Users with Zero Posts to be Pruned

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Re: ANNOUNCEMENT! Users with Zero Posts to be Pruned

Post by baileyjet2000 » Fri Jul 29, 2011 8:14 am

I agree with your process. However I am one of those who very really post as I live quite a distance from NY. I do however like to see what is happening up in NY so i hope i am noe affected by this process.

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Re: ANNOUNCEMENT! Users with Zero Posts to be Pruned

Post by Jeff Smith » Fri Jul 29, 2011 8:53 am

Only those with zero posts will be affected.
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Re: ANNOUNCEMENT! Users with Zero Posts to be Pruned

Post by pawprivate » Fri Jul 29, 2011 9:49 am

Here's my obligatory post. I love reading the RR News even though I don't post.
I hope my doing this at least once a month will enable me to escape deletion!

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Re: ANNOUNCEMENT! Users with Zero Posts to be Pruned

Post by flexliner » Fri Jul 29, 2011 10:17 am

I posted on the nyc subway forum a few months ago and will just post here to say hello.
I also live far far away but am still interested in the (mainly) NE goings on.
keep up the good work!

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Re: ANNOUNCEMENT! Users with Zero Posts to be Pruned

Post by MEC407 » Fri Jul 29, 2011 10:29 am

Lurkers will still be able to lurk as much as they want, as the forum is "open" and posts can be viewed by anyone regardless of whether they're logged in with an account or not.
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Re: ANNOUNCEMENT! Users with Zero Posts to be Pruned

Post by John_Perkowski » Fri Jul 29, 2011 4:46 pm

All moderators are volunteer ... it's a labor of love thing.

Jeff, as the Admin, is paid, but it's not his day job.

If you want to step up to the plate and help, PM Jeff! :-)
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Re: ANNOUNCEMENT! Users with Zero Posts to be Pruned

Post by David Benton » Fri Jul 29, 2011 5:46 pm

oh no ! this move will get rid of virtually all our female members . i cant dream of meeting a female railfan from Serbia , with a website bringing in the dollars from gold watches anymore . oh well .
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Re: ANNOUNCEMENT! Users with Zero Posts to be Pruned

Post by Uzi-Cat » Fri Jul 29, 2011 6:16 pm

David Benton wrote:oh no ! this move will get rid of virtually all our female members . i cant dream of meeting a female railfan from Serbia , with a website bringing in the dollars from gold watches anymore . oh well .
Actually, a very good point! Perhaps we could reconsider this? Think of the consequences Jeff!
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Re: ANNOUNCEMENT! Users with Zero Posts to be Pruned

Post by MEC407 » Fri Jul 29, 2011 6:20 pm

Maybe have a RAILROAD.NET Ladies Night. :wink:
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Re: ANNOUNCEMENT! Users with Zero Posts to be Pruned

Post by lpetrich » Fri Jul 29, 2011 7:09 pm

I'm an admin at another board, and I've been very successful at keeping out spammers. I have these lines of defense:

A captcha: reCAPTCHA

A challenge question. I installed "NoSpam!", a vBulletin add-on that implements challenge questions. I use simple ones, like
2 plus 3 equals:five:5

Putting new members into a moderation queue so I can check them out before admitting them.

A geolocator for IP addresses. I've found this one to be very reliable: http://whatismyipaddress.com/ip-lookup

Sites that list known spammers. My favorite is http://www.stopforumspam.com though I've used http://www.botscout.com

IP banning. I mostly use that for spammers coming from a certain place.

I also log every spammer that tries to register, so I can look for repeat cases and patterns.

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Re: ANNOUNCEMENT! Users with Zero Posts to be Pruned

Post by Jeff Smith » Fri Jul 29, 2011 9:00 pm

Thread cleaned up, including my own self-indulgence.
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Re: ANNOUNCEMENT! Users with Zero Posts to be Pruned

Post by Jeff Smith » Fri Jul 29, 2011 9:02 pm

Uzi-Cat wrote:
David Benton wrote:oh no ! this move will get rid of virtually all our female members . i cant dream of meeting a female railfan from Serbia , with a website bringing in the dollars from gold watches anymore . oh well .
Actually, a very good point! Perhaps we could reconsider this? Think of the consequences Jeff!
Maybe we should put up a railroad.net poll on the FB page asking gender? LOL.
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Re: ANNOUNCEMENT! Users with Zero Posts to be Pruned

Post by BostonUrbEx » Fri Jul 29, 2011 10:22 pm

What about deleting accounts based on their last log in instead? If you haven't logged in for a year AND have less than 50 posts, safe to say you're not that interested. Also, may I ask what the intent is? To free up usernames? To reduce resources spent on storing accounts?

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Re: ANNOUNCEMENT! Users with Zero Posts to be Pruned

Post by CVRnut » Fri Jul 29, 2011 10:56 pm

I guess I am one of the first that has had to re-register. My former handle was Wess and due to Life having a way of wrecking my hobby time hadnt been able to even check in much here. You might find it interesting that I have been employed by a shortline railroad these last five years. Other than a recent post in the Western Railfan Forum this is the only other post for the moment. I will probably spend most of my time lurking though. Strangely I have noticed that I cannot PM any of the moderators and am locked out of some of the forums, mainly the general discussion forums. I do hope to contribute some but for now am just getting settled back in here.
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Re: ANNOUNCEMENT! Users with Zero Posts to be Pruned

Post by markhb » Fri Jul 29, 2011 10:57 pm

Jeff Smith wrote:
Uzi-Cat wrote:
David Benton wrote:oh no ! this move will get rid of virtually all our female members . i cant dream of meeting a female railfan from Serbia , with a website bringing in the dollars from gold watches anymore . oh well .
Actually, a very good point! Perhaps we could reconsider this? Think of the consequences Jeff!
Maybe we should put up a railroad.net poll on the FB page asking gender? LOL.
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