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Title: Forum member turning into guest status ?
Post by: BravoV on January 15, 2014, 04:47:52 pm
Discovered this when I was trying to find the post made by this particular fellow member, and I just can't find it through the search post by user in the forum search function (->Forum search (https://www.eevblog.com/forum/search/)), also through search member (->Search member (https://www.eevblog.com/forum/mlist/?sa=search)), and still no luck. Then checked posts made by that member in my own threads that I know & remember, and all his posts are still there, but it has a "Guest" as status just below the nick, and without any post count at all, for sure he is/was a long time member in this forum with relatively high post count.  :-//

Any idea why is that ? Banned ? or the member deleted or withdraw his own account from the forum ?   ???
Title: Re: Forum member turning into guest status ?
Post by: nanofrog on January 15, 2014, 06:16:32 pm
From what I've seen, banned members show "Banned" under their userID, so I would think the particular member put in a request to the mods to change their status to "Guest".
Title: Re: Forum member turning into guest status ?
Post by: GeoffS on January 15, 2014, 06:22:43 pm
When the admins delete an account (moderators can't do this) they can just delete the account or delete the account and all posts from that account.
If the posts are left in place then the user shows up as a guest (I think)

A banned user stays in the system as does all their posts but the account can no longer be used until the ban is lifted or expires.
There's no indication that a user is banned except in a few cases where the users persoanl text has been changed. We no longer do that. There is a mod that displays a banned status, perhaps it will be installed one day.
Title: Re: Forum member turning into guest status ?
Post by: BravoV on January 15, 2014, 06:41:45 pm
Here, the forum user that I'm talking about, his post example that I found -> alm's post in Dec 2013 (https://www.eevblog.com/forum/testgear/tek-475a-with-dmm44-service-manuals-schematic/msg350271/#msg350271), a well known (at least to me) for his wealthy knowledge and experience in T&M instruments, contributed and helped a lot of people here in this forum in the past.

Too bad if he really withdraw his membership, it will be a great loss to this forum.  :'(
Title: Re: Forum member turning into guest status ?
Post by: GeoffS on January 15, 2014, 07:09:51 pm
That's not something I can check as a moderator, needs admin access at least.  For an account to be deleted, it would have to be at the user's request.
If it was for some serious breach of forum etiquette then they would only have been banned.
Title: Re: Forum member turning into guest status ?
Post by: dr.diesel on January 15, 2014, 07:14:48 pm
Too bad if he really withdraw his membership, it will be a great loss to this forum.  :'(

Bummer, man that is too bad, I liked him.
Title: Re: Forum member turning into guest status ?
Post by: BravoV on January 16, 2014, 02:07:38 am
That's not something I can check as a moderator, needs admin access at least.  For an account to be deleted, it would have to be at the user's request.
If it was for some serious breach of forum etiquette then they would only have been banned.

Ok, I guess we'll have to wait for Dave.
Title: Re: Forum member turning into guest status ?
Post by: EEVblog on January 16, 2014, 02:13:56 am
Ok, I guess we'll have to wait for Dave.

I didn't delete alm's account!
Hmm, not sure what happened there at all. User can't delete their own accounts, they can only ask for it be deleted.
Title: Re: Forum member turning into guest status ?
Post by: BravoV on January 16, 2014, 02:16:04 am
Ok, I guess we'll have to wait for Dave.

I didn't delete alm's account!

Huh ? so any ordinary forum user can delete their own account like that ?  ???
Title: Re: Forum member turning into guest status ?
Post by: xrunner on January 16, 2014, 02:17:42 am
Huh ? so any ordinary forum user can delete their own account like that ?  ???

Wonder why he deleted his account?  :-//
Title: Re: Forum member turning into guest status ?
Post by: rolandpenplotter on January 16, 2014, 02:18:29 am
Ok, I guess we'll have to wait for Dave.

I didn't delete alm's account!
Hmm, not sure what happened there at all. User can't delete their own accounts, they can only ask for it be deleted.

Sounds a bit like...

(https://www.facebook.com/images/fb_icon_325x325.png)

(https://www.eevblog.com/forum/Smileys/default/smiley_laughing.gif)


... except that EEVblog respect their users, and will take WAY less than 14 days.

Title: Re: Forum member turning into guest status ?
Post by: c4757p on January 16, 2014, 02:22:32 am
When the admins delete an account (moderators can't do this)

I didn't delete alm's account!
Hmm, not sure what happened there at all. User can't delete their own accounts, they can only ask for it be deleted.

This is what I have. Note that it just says "moderators" must approve the deletion. :-//
Title: Re: Forum member turning into guest status ?
Post by: BravoV on January 16, 2014, 02:24:04 am
Ok, if Alm really did it, then its too bad, but if he didn't, then I think you have a serious problem there Dave.
Title: Re: Forum member turning into guest status ?
Post by: EEVblog on January 16, 2014, 02:28:46 am
Ok, if Alm really did it, then its too bad, but if he didn't, then I think you have a serious problem there Dave.

Yes indeed.
No complaint from alm directly to me though, so it if was some bug or accident then you'd think he'd contact me about it.
Annoyingly, I don't get alerted about such requests, so I just check periodically and automatically tick all the boxes and group action it.
After all, you are clearly warned about it and have to re-enter your password to do it, so it's not like it can happen by accident.
So I can only presume that alm did it deliberately and I just didn't realise the name at the time and group deleted with a bunch of others?
Title: Re: Forum member turning into guest status ?
Post by: BravoV on January 16, 2014, 02:32:19 am
Ok, if Alm really did it, then its too bad, but if he didn't, then I think you have a serious problem there Dave.

Yes indeed.
No complaint from alm directly to me though, so it if was some bug or accident then you'd think he'd contact me about it.
Annoyingly, I don't get alerted about such requests, so I just check periodically and automatically tick all the boxes and group action it.
After all, you are clearly warned about it and have to re-enter your password to do it, so it's not like it can happen by accident.
So I can only presume that alm did it deliberately and I just didn't realise the name at the time and group deleted with a bunch of others?

Time to trace the log maybe ?

To be honest, from Alm's posts all this years, and also I had few offline PMs with him discussing things, he seems like a very mature and adult person that it is very unlikely this to happen, not 100% sure though.  :-//
Title: Re: Forum member turning into guest status ?
Post by: EEVblog on January 16, 2014, 03:21:41 am
Time to trace the log maybe ?

The moderation log doesn't seem to track account deletions...
Title: Re: Forum member turning into guest status ?
Post by: rolandpenplotter on January 16, 2014, 03:22:42 am
Time to trace the log maybe ?

The moderation log doesn't seem to track account deletions...

Are you familiar with the "bash" command line?
Title: Re: Forum member turning into guest status ?
Post by: BravoV on January 16, 2014, 03:25:35 am
Time to trace the log maybe ?

The moderation log doesn't seem to track account deletions...

Do you still have access to Alm's email account ? Maybe an email asking at least a confirmation on this matter.
Title: Re: Forum member turning into guest status ?
Post by: EEVblog on January 16, 2014, 03:26:23 am
Do you still have access to Alm's email account ? Maybe an email asking at least a confirmation on this matter.

No, once the account is gone, it's gone. Maybe in my personal email somewhere...
Title: Re: Forum member turning into guest status ?
Post by: GeoffS on January 16, 2014, 04:42:34 am
Time to trace the log maybe ?

The moderation log doesn't seem to track account deletions...

Are you familiar with the "bash" command line?

Relevant how?
Title: Re: Forum member turning into guest status ?
Post by: rolandpenplotter on January 16, 2014, 04:46:13 am
Time to trace the log maybe ?

The moderation log doesn't seem to track account deletions...

Are you familiar with the "bash" command line?

Relevant how?

You've just answered the question; forget I asked.
Title: Re: Forum member turning into guest status ?
Post by: xrunner on January 16, 2014, 01:25:13 pm
I wish I could search his posts for any signs of frustration with the forum.

Oh it does allow you to search for alm's posts still, provided you search for a word he used in one or more posts. I'm going to look at some of them.
Title: Re: Forum member turning into guest status ?
Post by: peter.mitchell on January 17, 2014, 08:41:58 am
just had a quick look around on google, cant find a trace since the end of december - looks like a new years resolution.