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Zero-posters Purged
« on: March 16, 2015, 03:08:14 pm »
The regular purge of zero-poster forum accounts had occurred.
Now counting about 17000 active accounts.
Just keeping the stats tidy!
 

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Re: Zero-posters Purged
« Reply #1 on: March 16, 2015, 03:22:51 pm »
While you're busy doing the housekeeping, why not make a country flag compulsory?

Anybody else second this?
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Re: Zero-posters Purged
« Reply #2 on: March 16, 2015, 03:43:58 pm »
While you're busy doing the housekeeping, why not make a country flag compulsory?

Anybody else second this?
Not only country flag , but region as well
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Re: Zero-posters Purged
« Reply #3 on: March 16, 2015, 04:50:13 pm »
Not only country flag , but region as well
Not only region, but address, income and size of household as well.

It is generally handy to better assist people but I'm OK with not forcing those who have personal reasons to not want to make their location public.
Indeed. More information helps in better giving advice when people ask where to buy such and such, but if they don't indicate location in their profile you can always ask. Plus if you make it mandatory, people who don't want to give a location will just select any ole random location. :-//
 

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Re: Zero-posters Purged
« Reply #4 on: March 16, 2015, 04:54:25 pm »
There was a thread a few years ago about country flags. Some people were reluctant as I recall. I think that was where the black flag may have come into use. Not certain about that.  I may have just noticed it then for the first time.
It is generally handy to better assist people but I'm OK with not forcing those who have personal reasons to not want to make their location public.

The final opinion seemed to be that it would force many to put a false country, so just as bad or perhaps worse as no country?
 

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Re: Zero-posters Purged
« Reply #5 on: March 16, 2015, 05:37:39 pm »
There was a thread a few years ago about country flags. Some people were reluctant as I recall. I think that was where the black flag may have come into use. Not certain about that.  I may have just noticed it then for the first time.
It is generally handy to better assist people but I'm OK with not forcing those who have personal reasons to not want to make their location public.

The final opinion seemed to be that it would force many to put a false country, so just as bad or perhaps worse as no country?
I for one have NO problem with anybody that chooses to display a Black flag, it demonstrates they at least have taken the time and effort to do so.  :-+
Sure some members must remain anonymous, that's what the black flag is for.

Many newbies are just too lazy.
Many of us are just tired of asking them to display their country for pertinant advice to their queries.
To nearly all newbies credit, they do raise their flag when asked.

Failing enough support for this topic Dave, would you consider amending the Newbies guides to strongly recommend the inclusion of a flag in their profile?
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Re: Zero-posters Purged
« Reply #6 on: March 16, 2015, 05:43:02 pm »
While you're busy doing the housekeeping, why not make a country flag compulsory?

Anybody else second this?
Not only country flag , but region as well

I read that as religion initially...  :o So much for speed reading.

That reminds me of a true story:
Years ago, a British pilot friend of mine had to fill in some forms for the South African government. The clerk, on noticing he had left the 'religion' field blank, asked him: Don't you believe in anything? He thought about it for a while and then wrote: Pratt & Whitney.
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Re: Zero-posters Purged
« Reply #7 on: March 16, 2015, 05:48:50 pm »
Just need to force them to select something, even if it's "i dont want to tell you my country"

We just want to stop people clicking right through and not bothering to answer.
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Re: Zero-posters Purged
« Reply #8 on: March 16, 2015, 05:51:32 pm »
Forget about flags, you have a bot posting nonsense:

http://www.eevblog.com/forum/profile/?u=105916

At least I hope it's a bot :)
 

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Re: Zero-posters Purged
« Reply #9 on: March 16, 2015, 05:58:52 pm »
Already deleted :( .
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Re: Zero-posters Purged
« Reply #10 on: March 16, 2015, 06:07:06 pm »
Already deleted :( .

You didn't miss much, some random crap with some links on gold investment or something to that matter.
Not even remotely interesting.
 

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Re: Zero-posters Purged
« Reply #11 on: March 17, 2015, 05:58:08 am »
That reminds me of a true story:
Years ago, a British pilot friend of mine had to fill in some forms for the South African government. The clerk, on noticing he had left the 'religion' field blank, asked him: Don't you believe in anything? He thought about it for a while and then wrote: Pratt & Whitney.

So that is where those odd selections at Horror Affairs comes from.
 

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Re: Zero-posters Purged
« Reply #12 on: March 17, 2015, 06:24:42 am »
why not make a country flag compulsory?

While we are on it. Is that the country of residence, my nationality or sth else?

 

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Re: Zero-posters Purged
« Reply #13 on: March 17, 2015, 06:59:19 am »
why not make a country flag compulsory?

While we are on it. Is that the country of residence, my nationality or sth else?
Its primary utility is to localise advice about equipment and component buying and similar matters, so country of residence.

Nationality is personal information which should be left up to the forum member to reveal if he or she wishes.
 

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Re: Zero-posters Purged
« Reply #14 on: March 17, 2015, 07:05:52 am »
IMO the you should be forced to select a country, but with an "I prefer not to say" option - I'm sure most flagless accounts are just laziness.

Is it possible to restrict the buy/sell/wanted section to users with a specified country?
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Re: Zero-posters Purged
« Reply #15 on: March 17, 2015, 07:26:31 am »
BTW, what happened to Bored@Work?

He'd gone silent from Nov 19. Either he's too fed up to contribute to the forum or he was silenced by the evil admins  >:D
 

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Re: Zero-posters Purged
« Reply #16 on: March 17, 2015, 07:56:57 am »
IMO the you should be forced to select a country, but with an "I prefer not to say" option - I'm sure most flagless accounts are just laziness.

Is it possible to restrict the buy/sell/wanted section to users with a specified country?

 

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Re: Zero-posters Purged
« Reply #17 on: March 17, 2015, 09:09:19 am »
IMO the you should be forced to select a country, but with an "I prefer not to say" option - I'm sure most flagless accounts are just laziness.

Is it possible to restrict the buy/sell/wanted section to users with a specified country?

In a poll last year by far the largest vote was in favour of requiring new users to specify a country, provided that the 'black flag' opt-out was available. Only 14% were in favour of the status quo.
 

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Re: Zero-posters Purged
« Reply #18 on: March 17, 2015, 01:27:28 pm »
The final opinion seemed to be that it would force many to put a false country, so just as bad or perhaps worse as no country?

+1 
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Re: Zero-posters Purged
« Reply #19 on: March 17, 2015, 01:29:57 pm »
While you're busy doing the housekeeping, why not make a country flag compulsory?

Anybody else second this?
Not only country flag , but region as well

Like FEMA region IX?
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Re: Zero-posters Purged
« Reply #20 on: March 17, 2015, 01:53:44 pm »
BTW, what happened to Bored@Work?
He'd gone silent from Nov 19. Either he's too fed up to contribute to the forum or he was silenced by the evil admins  >:D

IIRC he was given an ultimatum to pull his head in or else. I think he chose the former.
 

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Re: Zero-posters Purged
« Reply #21 on: March 17, 2015, 02:14:59 pm »
Buggered if I can find the option to change this!
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Re: Zero-posters Purged
« Reply #22 on: April 22, 2015, 01:40:08 am »
IMO the you should be forced to select a country, but with an "I prefer not to say" option - I'm sure most flagless accounts are just laziness.

I'd like the option to display the country name rather than the flag. For some reason I instantly associate flags with racism and jingoism.
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Re: Zero-posters Purged
« Reply #23 on: July 16, 2015, 04:55:36 am »
I'd like the option to display the country name rather than the flag. For some reason I instantly associate flags with racism and jingoism.

And for obvious reasons the official name of the country should be shown, not the english version.

For example Thailand.
Very few people know what that flag looks like.

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Country: Krung-thep-maha-nakorn-boworn-ratana-kosin-mahintar-ayudhya-amaha-dilok-pop-nopa-ratana-rajthani-burirom-udom-rajniwes-mahasat-arn-amorn-pimarn-avatar-satit-sakattiya-visanukam

Yup, much better this way.
 

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Re: Zero-posters Purged
« Reply #24 on: July 16, 2015, 06:17:00 am »
While you're busy doing the housekeeping, why not make a country flag compulsory?

Anybody else second this?
Not only country flag , but region as well

Like FEMA region IX?

Even that is not a good indication:
Like FEMA region II - NY, NJ, PR and VI
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Re: Zero-posters Purged
« Reply #25 on: July 16, 2015, 06:22:18 am »
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I'd like the option to display the country name rather than the flag. For some reason I instantly associate flags with racism and jingoism.

+1

that way I would know if a black flag was ISIS  (the first time I saw the black flag I thought it was a ISIS flag, boy was I surprised).  Is there a chance of a white flag? 
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Re: Zero-posters Purged
« Reply #26 on: July 16, 2015, 07:46:21 am »
While you're busy doing the housekeeping, why not make a country flag compulsory?

Anybody else second this?
Not only country flag , but region as well

Like FEMA region IX?

Even that is not a good indication:
Like FEMA region II - NY, NJ, PR and VI
Region can be catered for in Profile and under Location.
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I'd like the option to display the country name rather than the flag. For some reason I instantly associate flags with racism and jingoism.

+1

that way I would know if a black flag was ISIS  (the first time I saw the black flag I thought it was a ISIS flag, boy was I surprised).  Is there a chance of a white flag? 
Black flag should still be retained as a valid option for those that NEED to remain anonymous.

The facts are it is bloody hard to give many relevant LOCAL advice when they won't disclose location when joining.
We've seen all sorts of  :bullshit: names added to location, and when I look and see this: some other sucker can help this plonker.

So Dave, please can you have another attempt at a compulsory flag requirement when joining up.
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Re: Zero-posters Purged
« Reply #27 on: December 28, 2017, 05:05:23 pm »
Doing another user purge now.
Anyone with zero posts, not a supporter, and hasn't logged in for a month gets the boot.
Most are obvious spam accounts that got through.
 
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Re: Zero-posters Purged
« Reply #28 on: March 06, 2018, 12:22:09 am »
Doing another user purge now.
Anyone with zero posts, not a supporter, and hasn't logged in for a month gets the boot.
Most are obvious spam accounts that got through.

As of about five minutes ago I counted 6824 members with zero posts in the members list,  68 pages of 100 plus 24 on page 69 some of which date back to 2012. I thought if purged they would disappear altogether thus freeing up some good user names, not the case apparently unless I'm missing something.
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