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Offline bulrush

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Do usernames here expire after 30 days of inactivity?
« on: February 27, 2017, 11:38:25 PM »
I registered in January 2017 and tried to login today and I got an error "Username does not exist". So I registered again and here I am. Do usernames expire after 30 days of inactivity?

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Re: Do usernames here expire after 30 days of inactivity?
« Reply #1 on: February 27, 2017, 11:43:48 PM »
If you never posted, then yes you may have been swept away. its a cleanup process that occurs from time to time.
 

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Re: Do usernames here expire after 30 days of inactivity?
« Reply #2 on: February 28, 2017, 12:01:09 AM »
If your post count is zero then your account risks getting purged.
 

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Re: Do usernames here expire after 30 days of inactivity?
« Reply #3 on: March 01, 2017, 06:56:23 PM »
Interesting information!
Does "this" count as a post, so I don't have to re-register?
 

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Re: Do usernames here expire after 30 days of inactivity?
« Reply #4 on: March 01, 2017, 07:03:10 PM »
Interesting information!
Does "this" count as a post, so I don't have to re-register?
It does.
Welcome to the forum.

We look forward to your ongoing contributions.
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Re: Do usernames here expire after 30 days of inactivity?
« Reply #5 on: March 01, 2017, 07:19:31 PM »
Ok, this explains a lot....
I was 100% certain I registered here a few years ago as 'MrB' but none of my usual password combinations worked.
I followed the 'Forgot your password?' link but never received the email so I decided to search that username's posts.... nope, don't recognise any of those... D'oh! been re-registered by someone else.

So, if MrB happens to read this, apologies for the reset password email a while back!  :palm:
 

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Re: Do usernames here expire after 30 days of inactivity?
« Reply #6 on: March 15, 2017, 03:36:37 AM »
If your post count is zero then your account risks getting purged.
I had a zero post count for a full year, could be that the purge happened just before I registered and not since.
 

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Re: Do usernames here expire after 30 days of inactivity?
« Reply #7 on: March 15, 2017, 04:04:31 AM »
I don't believe Dave runs the great purge automatically on any kind of set schedule. 

I think it only gets run manually when he notices the unused account numbers going up and wants to clean up the database so it is entirely possible to have had a dormant account for a year if your timing was just right.  :)
 

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Re: Do usernames here expire after 30 days of inactivity?
« Reply #8 on: March 15, 2017, 04:12:40 AM »
I think it only gets run manually when he notices the unused account numbers going up and wants to clean up the database so it is entirely possible to have had a dormant account for a year if your timing was just right.  :)

Isn't that what I just said?  ;D
 

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Re: Do usernames here expire after 30 days of inactivity?
« Reply #9 on: March 15, 2017, 04:34:11 AM »
So, if MrB happens to read this, apologies for the reset password email a while back!  :palm:

Does it really work like that? I would expect you would have to enter an email address, otherwise that might could be an exploit?
 

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Re: Do usernames here expire after 30 days of inactivity?
« Reply #10 on: March 15, 2017, 03:16:01 PM »
So, if MrB happens to read this, apologies for the reset password email a while back!  :palm:

Does it really work like that? I would expect you would have to enter an email address, otherwise that might could be an exploit?
Nah, the other MrB has a dot after Mr and that's enough to make the difference.  ;)
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Re: Do usernames here expire after 30 days of inactivity?
« Reply #11 on: March 15, 2017, 04:45:15 PM »
Does it really work like that? I would expect you would have to enter an email address, otherwise that might could be an exploit?

You can enter either an email address or a username.
For an email address it will either come back as "There are no usernames associated with that email."(which is what I kept getting) or if it is a valid address it would email to confirm the reset.
For a username, only the address registered to that username would get the email to confirm a reset. (or to ignore if it was not initiated by that user)

Not sure how/if that could be exploited. Not interested in it anyway, I was not particularly attached to MrB. A few extra letters doesn't bother me ;)
« Last Edit: March 15, 2017, 04:48:43 PM by MrBungle »
 

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Re: Do usernames here expire after 30 days of inactivity?
« Reply #12 on: March 24, 2017, 03:05:28 PM »
New here too. Don't delete me. I want to read a bit before I open my mouth and stick my foot in it  ;D
 
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Re: Do usernames here expire after 30 days of inactivity?
« Reply #13 on: March 24, 2017, 03:56:01 PM »
Don't panic.

You've made a post, so you won't get scrapped by the default clean-up.

Reading is always a good idea, especially if you ask something that has already been addressed.  If it's 10 pages back on a long thread, people won't be too worried - but it would be a little embarrassing if it was only 6 posts previous.
 

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Re: Do usernames here expire after 30 days of inactivity?
« Reply #14 on: March 26, 2017, 01:25:14 AM »
While Dave does dump zero posters after a while ( basically whenever he has time, feels like it and thinks "gee it's been a while since I did this") there is almost no reason to not do a single post on the welcome new members thread ( sticky for your convenience) to both see how the SMF works here, and gets you a single post as a bonus.
 

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Re: Do usernames here expire after 30 days of inactivity?
« Reply #15 on: March 26, 2017, 03:47:18 AM »
But, but i view every day!  Not much of a poster. To busy burning things up - poof.
 

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Re: Do usernames here expire after 30 days of inactivity?
« Reply #16 on: March 29, 2017, 04:32:28 AM »
Thought it might me a good idea to say hi so I don't get deleted too.

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Re: Do usernames here expire after 30 days of inactivity?
« Reply #17 on: March 29, 2017, 02:39:40 PM »
There's an "Introduce yourself" thread which can not only serve to do that, but to share a bit about yourself if you wish...
   
Here's the link: New Member, Please introduce yourself
 

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Re: Do usernames here expire after 30 days of inactivity?
« Reply #18 on: March 30, 2017, 10:06:42 PM »
The never active account deletion is due to things like spambots that signup, then come back weeks/months later to post spam.
 
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Re: Do usernames here expire after 30 days of inactivity?
« Reply #19 on: August 28, 2017, 11:10:22 PM »
seems like a post is in order so I can lurk with username security
 

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Re: Do usernames here expire after 30 days of inactivity?
« Reply #20 on: August 28, 2017, 11:41:47 PM »
While Dave does dump zero posters after a while ( basically whenever he has time, feels like it and thinks "gee it's been a while since I did this") there is almost no reason to not do a single post on the welcome new members thread ( sticky for your convenience) to both see how the SMF works here, and gets you a single post as a bonus.

There are 10000 of them if my calculation is correct. User manosv is one who registered 5 years ago. I think there is more than just post count involved. Admittedly most are much more recent 2015 or later. Which may be around the last time I recall this being done.

Personally I don't see the point and perhaps Dave has decided to not bother anymore.
 


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