Inactive Accounts in the Forums
Posted 14 September 2017 - 08:48 PM
Posted 14 September 2017 - 09:06 PM
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Posted 14 September 2017 - 09:50 PM
Plenty of people create accounts just to to lurk with member features, liking posts and voting in polls - there's no requirement to post. As for usernames, if someone wants a username of an old inactive account, a mod can just change the account's name to free it up for someone else.
I was thinking about that too, as I've seen people that just create an account for voting or similar stuff, and not only here, also on some others web pages, so that makes me say "why we don't have the option of deleting or deactivating our accounts?" "Why we have to get in contact with a moderator or administrator for doing that?" Most of the new users don't know how to contact them but obviously, the fault is by themselves because they just sign in without reading the terms & conditions and the "beginner" guides (forum rules).
One possible solution could be the option of voting as Anonymous, Guest or with external accounts, without the need of creating an account.
Posted 15 September 2017 - 06:54 AM
It's a tricky one. When it boils down to it, everybody has a right to register and come back years from now to make a single post and then disappear again. That one post could wind up contributing more than an entire post history by somebody who cares more about quantity than quality. It isn't fair to assume that somebody should have their account deleted/rebranded just because they registered in 2009 and hasn't posted since sharing a GTA IV swing set glitch. Registering an account gives people the option to return if they want to. If it's the forum stats you're concerned about, yeah they're interesting to look at but ultimately they don't reflect much on day to day browsing.
Posted 15 September 2017 - 09:31 AM
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