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Offline EEVblog

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Forum Purge
« on: May 16, 2013, 09:40:01 am »
I just went through and cleaned up over 20,000 spam registrations (not verified so could never post), and purged any account with zero posts who hadn't logged in in the last month.
So the 7000 odd members should be a genuine figure now.
Will try and do this regularly.
 

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Re: Forum Purge
« Reply #1 on: May 16, 2013, 09:54:38 am »
Thanks Dave, not that that uses space but at least searching the memberlist becomes easier.

7000 active users, that is quite good, certainly among the most I have seen on a blog.

Did the bulk of those 20k of registrations occur during the multimeter giveaway?
 

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Re: Forum Purge
« Reply #2 on: May 16, 2013, 10:46:19 am »
Did the bulk of those 20k of registrations occur during the multimeter giveaway?

Nope, just the usually couple of hundred per day buildup. Yep, it's that frequent.
The forum software flags the spammers (based on global database), but unfortunately does not automatically delete the accounts or reject them. So if I don't periodically kill them, they build up.
 

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Re: Forum Purge
« Reply #3 on: May 16, 2013, 10:48:08 am »
7000 active users, that is quite good, certainly among the most I have seen on a blog.

Yes, it's quite impressive. Almost all of those have made at least one post (the rest are zero posters in the last month).
 

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Re: Forum Purge
« Reply #4 on: May 16, 2013, 12:56:32 pm »
So the 7000 odd members should be a genuine figure now.

Yes, but how many normal members?  ;)
 

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Re: Forum Purge
« Reply #5 on: May 16, 2013, 01:35:28 pm »
A shame there's no effective way to purge stupid with a script...
I didn't take it apart.
I turned it on.

The only stupid question is, well, most of them...

Save a fuse...Blow an electrician.
 

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Re: Forum Purge
« Reply #6 on: May 16, 2013, 01:47:20 pm »
Almost all of those have made at least one post (the rest are zero posters in the last month).

Those with zero posts in the last month are most likely Mechanical Turk accounts being dormant for a 3 month period, where most blogs then unflag them from monitoring so then they will start posting spammy links......
 

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Re: Forum Purge
« Reply #7 on: May 16, 2013, 01:55:49 pm »
Those with zero posts in the last month are most likely Mechanical Turk accounts being dormant for a 3 month period, where most blogs then unflag them from monitoring so then they will start posting spammy links......

They don't get unflagged here, just deleted  >:D
 

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Re: Forum Purge
« Reply #8 on: May 16, 2013, 02:01:40 pm »
just said they are more intelligent spammers, not actually intelligent. Sort of slightly above pond scum in intelligence, well below that of a worm.
 

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Re: Forum Purge
« Reply #9 on: April 23, 2020, 01:31:51 am »
Just did another forum purge of zero post accounts pre 1/2/2020 for account creation and last active.
 

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Re: Forum Purge
« Reply #10 on: April 23, 2020, 02:19:12 am »
So the 7000 odd members should be a genuine figure now.

Yes, but how many normal members?  ;)

Most of us are distinctly odd!
 
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Re: Forum Purge
« Reply #11 on: April 23, 2020, 02:27:09 am »
Just did another forum purge of zero post accounts pre 1/2/2020 for account creation and last active.
I'm not sure how the purge works but I still see over 4 pages of zero posters in the members list going back to 29/05/2012. Click Members - View the members list, then click the furthest right column header Posts, wait for the page to load then click Posts again to display post counts starting from zero. The member count is currently 44158.
https://www.eevblog.com/forum/mlist/?sort=posts:start=0
 

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Re: Forum Purge
« Reply #12 on: April 23, 2020, 02:29:50 am »
Just did another forum purge of zero post accounts pre 1/2/2020 for account creation and last active.
I'm not sure how the purge works but I still see over 4 pages of zero posters in the members list going back to 29/05/2012. Click Members - View the members list, then click the furthest right column header Posts, wait for the page to load then click Posts again to display post counts starting from zero. The member count is currently 44158.
https://www.eevblog.com/forum/mlist/?sort=posts:start=0

Don't forget the "and last active" part. Spot-check a few of those, see if you find any that haven't been active this year. There are a LOT of people who read some part of this forum regularly but have never posted.
 

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Re: Forum Purge
« Reply #13 on: April 24, 2020, 03:28:33 pm »
So the 7000 odd members should be a genuine figure now.

Yes, but how many normal members?  ;)

 Normal? You think ANY of us here are normal?  :-DD :-DD :-DD :-DD :-DD :-DD
 

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Re: Forum Purge
« Reply #14 on: April 24, 2020, 04:29:26 pm »
A good EE is anything but "normal".

Case in point: tidiness.
Any normal person sees the workbench of an EE who is developing a product, and is appalled by "The Mess".

A fellow EE comes by and marvels at the complexity of it all, the snaking of all sorts of wires, the inscrutability of all the test equipment,  and the ability to find that elusive SOT23 transistor scattered among a random pile of components.

Everyone here must be familiar with the workbenches of Jim Williams and Bob Pease, arguably some of the greatest analog designers ever.
If not, google them.
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Re: Forum Purge
« Reply #15 on: April 24, 2020, 04:34:18 pm »
A good EE is anything but "normal".

Case in point: tidiness.
Any normal person sees the workbench of an EE who is developing a product, and is appalled by "The Mess".

A fellow EE comes by and marvels at the complexity of it all, the snaking of all sorts of wires, the inscrutability of all the test equipment,  and the ability to find that elusive SOT23 transistor scattered among a random pile of components.

Everyone here must be familiar with the workbenches of Jim Williams and Bob Pease, arguably some of the greatest analog designers ever.
If not, google them.
When you're as good as either you can have a desk like that.  >:D
 

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Re: Forum Purge
« Reply #16 on: April 24, 2020, 04:56:03 pm »
Yeah, I’ve tried the Jim Williams route, it doesn’t seem to help, I’m still dumb as a rock. But, I must say that this web site and the internet in general has helped. With my technical abilities, not the bench. Now if I could only find a solution to my people skill issues... nah. Screw it, too old to change now.

One of the smartest people I’ve had the privilege to work with would put every tool back in its pre-ordained space every night before going home. Every probe, every lead, everything, every night. Seemed like a waste of time to me. He said doing that helped to clear his mind towards a problem and that most times he’d solve the problem getting everything out again in the morning and starting fresh. It’s about routine. Whatever works  :-+
 


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