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Deleting Accounts

So, we have been told that inactive accounts on the site will soon be deleted to make room for a limited amount of new users, but what counts as inactive?

This site has barely been around, and most of the members haven't been here for more than two weeks or so. That's not even really time to be able to be inactive. Most sites define inactivity to being 3-6 months without posting, but the way people have been making it sound is that a couple of days without posting here MAY get your account deleted.

Sigh. It's sad to see such a good concept have to fall to deleting accounts so early for basically nothing.

Now, I'm not bashing the site or their owners, I'm just speaking my piece on the matter since it seems that so few people actually are.

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AdrienneJenkins wrote on June 21, 2014, 10:08 AM

I think all you have to do is login and you're active.

kcmaice wrote on June 21, 2014, 10:13 AM

I looked in the members area before accounts were deleted and read the post from Ashley which stated that these account holders were emailed first. The ones deleted joined back in May and early June, whom never posted or posted once and never logged back in. Honestly I think they handled this properly. We can't have dead accounts if we want to succeed.

Randajad_The_Traveller wrote on June 21, 2014, 10:17 AM

I am a bit busy that's why I don't make much articles but I am still active on commenting, so It is considered active right?

elitecodex wrote on June 21, 2014, 10:33 AM

Right now, yes that's correct. We currently only base 'activity' on the last time you logged in. We haven't come up with a policy yet for inactive posting but that is a ways down the road. The initial pruning was mainly for either accounts that were not confirmed or people who signed up but never logged in. Although some 'semi-active' members were caught in the first round we have changed some of that around.

elitecodex wrote on June 21, 2014, 10:35 AM

Well, the first round only went back 7 days (which was actually a programming error) but we have since changed it to 14 days. So long as you login once every two weeks (which isn't too much to ask for) then your fine. This doesn't take posting into account (yet) but if when we get there we'll let everyone know ahead of time.

elitecodex wrote on June 21, 2014, 10:35 AM

Yep you're fine... just logging in for now is all you need to do.

kcmaice wrote on June 21, 2014, 11:02 AM

Thank you for clarifying elitecodex

Ruby3881 wrote on June 21, 2014, 10:50 PM

I don't know what sites you're talking about, but on Hotmail for example not logging in for 60 days gets your account flagged as inactive. You then have to reactivate in order to access your inbox. On another writing platform, a login in required every 90 days to be considered active. Yet another has a policy that a user must either post or comment once within the first two weeks after they sign up, otherwise their account will be deleted for inactivity.

It's a fairly common concept to delete or at least archive accounts if a new user never becomes active, and I think two weeks is quite a reasonable amount of time for someone whose activity was never properly established. Nobody is getting deleted because they don't post often enough. Nobody is being forced out. The admin are just trying to make room for a few new members, in order to help give traffic a boost.

momathome wrote on June 22, 2014, 10:10 PM

Ruby3881 I agree, and when I first joined I noticed several accounts that were from the beginning of May which had not posted anything in about a month. Typically when that happens they have just signed up and never come back so I think its an excellent idea to go ahead and close those out in order to allow new members waiting in the wings a chance.

vserrao1 wrote on August 6, 2014, 4:02 PM

I hate wasting my time reading posts from inactive accounts. I think if someone has not logged in within a month, it is inactive.