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    Default FYI: Old accounts cleanup - accidentally deleted members show up as "Guest"

    As some of you have noticed, our registered users count was above 35,000! This can pose a high burden on our server and database, and so I have started to do some housecleaning.

    Tonight, I have cleaned up about 1200 old accounts (registered more than 1 year ago) that did not have a verified/authorized email address. These never-completed new registrations are probably not going to finish by now...

    In the near future, I will also be deleting the horde of registered bot accounts, there are about 3500 of those. Note that all 3500 were banned one-by-one by the moderation team over the course of the past year. That's a lot of work!

    This is just an FYI. If anyone experiences any problems with their account or is suddenly unable to login, please contact the mod team. Thanks!


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    Default Re: FYI: Old accounts cleanup

    Quote Originally Posted by Dianyla View Post
    Tonight, I have cleaned up about 1200 old accounts (registered more than 1 year ago) that did not have a verified/authorized email address.
    Thank you!

    In the near future, I will also be deleting the horde of registered bot accounts, there are about 3500 of those. Note that all 3500 were banned one-by-one by the moderation team over the course of the past year. That's a lot of work!
    Thanks to the mod team for all their hard work!
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    Default Re: FYI: Old accounts cleanup

    Just a question though: if they aren't able to log in, how exactly are they going to contact the mod team? Is there some kind of general email address visible to non-registered members?
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    Quote Originally Posted by chopandchange View Post
    Just a question though: if they aren't able to log in, how exactly are they going to contact the mod team? Is there some kind of general email address visible to non-registered members?
    Anonymous/unregistered members will hopefully see this here in Site Support, and then they can email the TLHC Staff account: tlhcstaff@gmail.com

    ETA: They used to be able to reply without logging in here in Site Support but no longer.
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    Oh I see! Thank you, Dianyla. I didn't know that.
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    Default Re: FYI: Old accounts cleanup

    Great idea, Dianyla. Have you also considered deleting members who've never posted and haven't even logged in after x-many years? Their accounts would be considered dormant, yes?

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    Default Re: FYI: Old accounts cleanup

    Quote Originally Posted by Dianyla View Post
    Anonymous/unregistered members will hopefully see this here in Site Support, and then they can email the TLHC Staff account: tlhcstaff@gmail.com

    ETA: They used to be able to reply without logging in here in Site Support but no longer.

    Thanks for posting this just in case. I didnt know this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LaurelSpring View Post
    Thanks for posting this just in case. I didnt know this.
    If you also happen to need a way to remember it in the future, it's associated with the "Contact Us" link at the bottom of every page.

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    Last time there was a clean-out I went from #4600 to #3028. I'm looking forward to seeing what my number will be now.
    ...Because I am a dork.

    Thanks for your hard work, Dianyla!

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    Quote Originally Posted by snowbear View Post
    Last time there was a clean-out I went from #4600 to #3028. I'm looking forward to seeing what my number will be now.
    ...Because I am a dork.

    Thanks for your hard work, Dianyla!
    You mean our numbers change?!?! I had no idea. I wonder if mine has ever changed? Do the mods always announce clean-outs? I don't think there's been a clean-out since I've joined. Fascinating!
    Note: My starting length of APL is from long before I'd ever heard of the LHC. That's just when I started consciously growing my hair out again.

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