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Old 06-28-2011, 10:21 AM   #1
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Posting frequency

I guess this is more for the Admin

Maybe not the frequency of posting, but more the frequency of logging in. I was looking at the Forum members and noticed that there are 51103 members on this site!!! Then I started looking into it some more and noticed that, out of that many members only 25875 have posted at least 1 time. Then I looked some more and 6,315 people have posted ONLY 1 time. I didn't want to keep looking further because I am starting to lose interest, but I bet some even those that have more than a few posts haven't logged in here and posted in quite some time... even a year or more.

What I'm getting at. I'm on another forum, actually a couple, and on one of them they have a system that if you don't log on every once in a while your account cancels. I guess this gets rid of the spammers and unwanted people. I believe it was log in once every 4 months or so, at minimum.

Question. Moderators or Admin, is this something you have thought about? Is this something this forum can benefit from or there is really no benefit to this?

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Old 06-28-2011, 10:29 AM   #2
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Not a mod on this forum, but have played one on several others. A couple with traffic figures similar to this one.

My humble $.02 is that it really depends on the forum's needs. Car/truck/Jeep forums tend to keep your ID "active" no matter what because there are thousands of users who only come to the forum to answer a specific question. "Hey I need a part number" type questions. They don't stick around to read up on other issues or topics, and they don't hang out in the Off Topic area. They use the forum for reference purposes only. These users often times don't post because of a variety of reasons. Anything from the fear of "search first, noob" replies (regardless of the validity of the fear) to not feeling they know enough to offer anything to the topic. There are lots of other reasons many members remain "lurkers". For a forum like this, however, the lurkers count as "traffic" just as much as the posters do. Traffic=clicks=ad revenue for the forum owner. A lurker may not post, but he is very likely to read a few threads trying to find his answer.

So the forum usually won't delete their account or make it inactive, in the hopes the person will come back more frequently. Even if it is only to lurk and read.

Again, just my $.02.

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Old 06-28-2011, 10:34 AM   #3
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But if you are lurking then you are still logging in. So the frequency of logging in isn't an issue with them. I meant for people who come on here and then never come back.
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Old 06-28-2011, 01:48 PM   #4
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But if you are lurking then you are still logging in. So the frequency of logging in isn't an issue with them. I meant for people who come on here and then never come back.
What hes saying is there a hope they will come back, click, pay day. IF they come back and find they cant log in they might not take the time to register again they would type in the address of another jeep site that didnt delete their account.


FWIW I am a moderator on a few motorcycle sites, not this site. I agree with is points mentioned but understand yours also. Old inactive LARGE threads are usually more of a problem then members not posting or logging in. We clean up threads but usually dont delete users unless an active member needs the name.
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Old 06-28-2011, 07:21 PM   #5
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what about people like me that never log off,, except when the puter crashes. witch is 3-4 times a day..





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I'm on the staff of a few boards and the only one that prunes members is a small local truck forum. we only have about 30 active members so we clean house once a year with the 0 post users and any one who has not signed on in over 3 years.
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Old 06-28-2011, 08:38 PM   #7
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Yeah you aren't going to find member pruning going on very much on large national boards. More likely on local forums that are catering to a specific group or club.

You have to be able to turn traffic into members, which is why you put different items on the non sign in pages that entice someone to sign in to view the board unobstructed or view all of the content. You also want for a user to return or stay longer when they do sign up. That doesn't always happen though, or they might forget their login etc....There really aren't many spammers that get thru the programming that exists to keep them out.
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Old 06-28-2011, 08:43 PM   #8
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green, it's a sad state of affairs when someone with such wealth of knowledge as yourself are "desperately in need of a job"

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Old 06-29-2011, 10:16 AM   #9
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I'm on the staff of a few boards and the only one that prunes members is a small local truck forum. we only have about 30 active members so we clean house once a year with the 0 post users and any one who has not signed on in over 3 years.
What are the benefits of "PRUNING"? Does this help with having the site run smoothly?
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Yeah you aren't going to find member pruning going on very much on large national boards. More likely on local forums that are catering to a specific group or club.

You have to be able to turn traffic into members, which is why you put different items on the non sign in pages that entice someone to sign in to view the board unobstructed or view all of the content. You also want for a user to return or stay longer when they do sign up. That doesn't always happen though, or they might forget their login etc....There really aren't many spammers that get thru the programming that exists to keep them out.
You are saying that it will work best on smaller boards that don't use advertisement? I did see a couple of similar login names in this forum that probably belong to the same person. One example is "CHADWICK", besides that login he also has "CHADWICK101". I know its the same person since its the same picture and same information with the exception of location. Does this hurt or does this not affect this board any having multiple log in accounts?
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I am one of those people who have not been on as often, or I lurk for the support, when I am feeling a little blue being with out my Wrangler. I made the huge mistake of trading my Wrangler when I bought my house, for financial reasons. But plan to buy another one when I get back on track.
What I am leading up to is, being a supporting member is my connection to the Jeep community. The Jeep experience will always be in my blood until I am back in the saddle again. And It would be pretty depressing if I logged on to see my account cancelled because of infrequency.
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But someone who doesn't use their account in over a year is probably not going to use it at all. Maybe an automated system that sends out an email to the registered email on the account that informs you of your inactivity and that you need to log in sometime soon or your account could be closed. Kind of like a message that says, "Hey, hello, we are still here. Are you interested?"
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But someone who doesn't use their account in over a year is probably not going to use it at all. Maybe an automated system that sends out an email to the registered email on the account that informs you of your inactivity and that you need to log in sometime soon or your account could be closed. Kind of like a message that says, "Hey, hello, we are still here. Are you interested?"
If someone has not posted in a year or better, than I agree. They more than likely lost interest or they are not true jeepers.
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You are saying that it will work best on smaller boards that don't use advertisement? I did see a couple of similar login names in this forum that probably belong to the same person. One example is "CHADWICK", besides that login he also has "CHADWICK101". I know its the same person since its the same picture and same information with the exception of location. Does this hurt or does this not affect this board any having multiple log in accounts?
Yeah in instances like that there could be some pruning that could occur. However it's hard to know what's real or not, you could search them by IP addy however that will not always work. I used to run this board and also run a much smaller board locally here in PHX and I regularly prune members that have never posted etc. That is not something that is really important on a national board such as this.

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