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All Accounts with Zero Posts will Be Deleted with Sanctuary v3.0

Arnox

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In order to combat spam, all users who haven't made a single post on this site will have their accounts completely scrubbed from the database before we transition to our massive v3.0 update.

Since we do not require a user account to view or download anything, there is no reason to have an account just to lurk. We don't ask much at all of our users here, but we will be asking that they make at least one damn post on this site that follows the rules.
 

Houseman

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I think he just doesn't want to give all those users free storage and have it essentially be wasted space.

He could, instead, only give storage to users who HAVE posted once, but that's probably harder to implement with his current tools.
 

Vendor-Lazarus

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Pre-crime? Get rid of potential "criminals" before they commit a crime?

Some people might just want to make an account to have no trouble later. Or take advantage of possible members-only stuff, that gets added/removed as time goes on. Or to have age/history "clout". Or anything else. They're not doing any harm. For now.

Although I do dislike when sites boast about massive number of members and it's 75% non-posting lurkers or inactive accounts..

Like Houseman says, just don't afford them any storage or privileges until they actually start posting.
 

Arnox

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That isn't combating spam though
Before, we got so little users coming in that I used to verify them all manually. I started to slip with this though and, after the amount of users got to be too much to verify, I just let it go. But I would like to return to manually verifying every user while things are still slow and I have the opportunity to do so. Once activity massively picks up, then we'll switch to the more usual and thorough bot counter-measures. I also would love the opportunity to boast that every single member in the member list is a verified human instead of it being like 99% of all forum member lists out there which are composed mostly of sleeper bot accounts.

I think he just doesn't want to give all those users free storage and have it essentially be wasted space.
Well, not exactly, but a little, yes. Basically, free storage will be unlocked once I verify via PMs that the user is actually a human. Anyone who is a Sanctuary Legend won't have to verify and will automatically get it. We don't have to do it that way though. I could make file storage unlock once one makes a post on the forums, but I personally prefer PM verification.

Pre-crime? Get rid of potential "criminals" before they commit a crime?
They're not getting banned. lol They can certainly make an account again. And hell, it may actually be preferable as, perhaps they made an account with an email that is no longer available to them anymore and they don't know the password.

Or take advantage of possible members-only stuff, that gets added/removed as time goes on.
The only thing I plan to be members-only is file storage. I'd honestly like to have as little as possible restricted to members only, but for file storage, that's just not realistic at all.

Or to have age/history "clout"
It would be fake age/history/clout though.

They're not doing any harm.
Yeah but they're not doing any good either and are, if anything else, obscuring our true member count.

Some people might just want to make an account to have no trouble later.
This is actually the one valid point and one I understand. Registering is annoying. I do get it.
 
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Signa

Libertarian Contrarian
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No! Don't delete my account!
 

Signa

Libertarian Contrarian
Sanctuary legend
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Yep, Signa. Your account is going first. There's absolutely nothing on it!
I KNEW IT! Everyone else will be like "Nothing of value was lost"
 

CharlieTheStooge

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Do not know if you are dealing with any particular problems but not uncommon mechanism by spammers is to create a bunch of burner accounts on forums or whatever - let them be dormant and wake up at a later date. The idea is an aged and email-verified account is sometimes considered more 'genuine' by some.
 

Arnox

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Do not know if you are dealing with any particular problems but not uncommon mechanism by spammers is to create a bunch of burner accounts on forums or whatever - let them be dormant and wake up at a later date. The idea is an aged and email-verified account is sometimes considered more 'genuine' by some.
Nothing overwhelming in the slightest, thankfully, but we've gotten a few worrying trends in the spam category. A zero-post account purge would reset the playing field nicely.
 
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