At some point we will do that, but right now we are just leaving them. The thing is, someone could be regged to keep their Read Posts set, but might not ever post. I woudln't want to delete someone like that on accident.
Of course, there is the last activity field too... but yeah, at this point we aren't doing it.
There are a few different ways you can do a redirect. For example, in Microsoft's IIS you can click on a file name in a directory and in the menus you can set that file to redirect to either a specific alternative file or to another location. For example: I could make it so that when you type in foo.htm it redirects your browser to foo1.htm instead - basically you would be transfered just like if someone transferred your phone call. This method is done on the back end by the Web hosting software. I don't know how you do it in Apache, but it can be done there as well.
Another way to do a redirect is to set up a META Refresh tag. This tag, if put in the header of a page, will cause it to reload after a certain amount of time. You can also specify a new url. Many people use this method when they change ISPs and are going to lose their old webspace - they put up a new index.htm with just the META Refresh in it and the new url. If you have ever seen a "You will be redirected in 5 seconds" type redirect, this is generally how it is being done.
Originally posted by JubukiDo you guys ever delete users who don't use their accounts? Say someone signs up an account and then never actually posts - do they get pulled after a while, or do they just become stale wieners?
I presume you're asking this because the randomly selected Wiener of the Day is a one-time visitor who never came back after registering?
Right now, inactive users linger in the database forever. (The "active" count on the front page is actually the number of people who have used their account in the last six months, which is why it fluctuates.) If the userbase ever gets too big, we'll probably work on zapping unused accounts...but I can't see that happening too far into the future.
Haha, no Chris - I just happened to go through the Wienerlist the other day, seeing if someone else I know had ever registered, and saw a lot of people who were "0 posts, level 1, 0 experience." Though, if they're inactive, they should have their Wiener-of-the-Dayness expunged from the record! Save it for someone who would appreciate it~!
It would be useful to have a 'Delete All' link on the private message list, for those of us who like to keep their privmsgs for awhile and are then lazy about going in and deleting each one individually.