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« Reply #15 on: June 30, 2013, 03:07:56 PM »
Still here, just read more than post.
 

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« Reply #15 on: June 30, 2013, 03:07:56 PM »

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« Reply #16 on: June 30, 2013, 03:19:16 PM »
I'm still just a noob and learning as I go so I really don't have anything worthy of posting just yet. I visit a lot and find this forum to be a great resource. Helps me a lot.  Hopefully I'll be able to contribute more in the near future as I get more familiar with my gear.

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« Reply #17 on: June 30, 2013, 03:24:17 PM »
Thanks for the update.  I'm alive too!
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« Reply #18 on: June 30, 2013, 03:24:25 PM »
A little further explanation.  We had spammer robots automatically signing up with a huge number of accounts each day.  They never post anything, because they would be quickly reported by the members and removed.
 
What they did do was attempt to put links to commercial sites in their signature field.  We spent weeks removing thousands of these, and found a way to stop the links, but let the robots keep signing up.  Finally, there were so many that most of the members online at any time were the spam robots.
 
We modified the new member signup method to require a code posted in the site information.  This means that only human spammers can sign up, and only a few bother.
So, how do we get rid of those 300,000 accounts, most of which are obvious spammers. There are far too many to remove one at a time, or even 25 at a time, so we used a feature in the forum software that lets us remove accounts of those who have not logged in, and have zero posts for the past "X" days.
Then we did just that, removing one days worth at a time starting at 360 days.  Even removing one day's worth brings the forum to a halt for 1-3 minutes while 1000-3000 accounts are removed, so I usually did it once a day when there was little posting going on.
At the same time, I used the administrator search facility to find recent spammers by e-mail, IP, etc and removed thousands of the most active ones that way.  I worked at it for a hour or more every day.
 
Finally, the moment came when all those with no posts and no logins in the past 45 days were gone, and I went thru every remaining member one at a time (those no posts) and removed a few hundred more that were obvious SEO spammers.
 
That reduced their number to what is likely just a handful that I can't detect.  I'm not currently purging additional non posters, but might limit them to 6 months at some future date.  The main thrust was to remove SEO spammers, not inactive members.
 
Along the way, I found one member with no posts who was faithfully logging in every day to read the forum.  He was one of the very first CR members.  I sent him a e-mail, and he sent a nice note back saying that he just preferred to lurk.  I changed his post count from zero to 10 just so he would not get caught up in a future sweep.
I now review recent new members to see if any look like spammers (they are usually obvious).  Much to my surprise and delight, 9 of 10 new members start posting right away.  Keep it up!!

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« Reply #19 on: June 30, 2013, 03:30:38 PM »
Even though I don't post much, please don't delete me!  I already was deleted once I think (about a year ago), because I created an account to ask a question then didn't get on for a while... The thread stayed around and just showed my name forum status as "guest."  Any way to look back at the posts before you delete people, as long as they have posted at least once?

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« Reply #20 on: June 30, 2013, 03:36:19 PM »
How can I unsubscribe to a thread?  Because I kinda don't care about the replies in this topic.
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Re: NOTICE!! Members with no posts or logins being purged.
« Reply #21 on: June 30, 2013, 03:39:25 PM »
Don't give me the boot!  ;)
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« Reply #21 on: June 30, 2013, 03:39:25 PM »

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« Reply #22 on: June 30, 2013, 03:44:40 PM »
Well, I just made my post then... 8) Only kidding, I like the CR forum too much ;-)
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Re: NOTICE!! Members with no posts or logins being purged.
« Reply #23 on: June 30, 2013, 03:51:47 PM »
I'm not currently purging additional non posters, but might limit them to 6 months at some future date.  The main thrust was to remove SEO spammers, not inactive members.

That cleanup operation sounds like fun...  :-\

So what should an inveterate lurker like myself do to avoid being purged? I read the forum about once or twice a week, but only log in if I actually want to post, which isn't that often (clearly, as I just had to re-register).

If you do need or want to have another purge, could you perhaps post a warning somewhere prominently? I completely missed this thread, probably because I usually only go into a handful of sub-fora.

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« Reply #24 on: June 30, 2013, 04:05:11 PM »
still alive
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« Reply #25 on: June 30, 2013, 05:57:36 PM »
Here
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« Reply #26 on: June 30, 2013, 06:20:23 PM »
Here too. 
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« Reply #27 on: June 30, 2013, 06:44:42 PM »
Kill all the spammers and let God sort them out.   ;D
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« Reply #28 on: June 30, 2013, 07:37:56 PM »
Guess I am safe.
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« Reply #29 on: June 30, 2013, 08:05:55 PM »
I'm real.

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