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"Lurker" Thread-New Members or Those w.0 Posts Post Here

Post by Jeff Smith » Mon Sep 19, 2011 10:09 am

Welcome to railroad.net! Please make one post here to prevent "pruning", or deleting, your account. Say something as simple as "new member", or quote my post and leave the rest blank. If you have already posted on the site, no post is necessary here, but feel welcome to post even so.

This is a spam prevention measure to prevent phantom registrations. Thank you for your patronage, and again, feel free to "lurk" as long as you like!
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The Pruning Begins - IMPORTANT - New, Inactive, & "Lurkers"

Post by Jeff Smith » Mon Sep 19, 2011 10:11 am

Don't be alarmed.

A few weeks or a month or so ago, I mentioned that I would start pruning inactive accounts, or accounts with zero posts. I get about 250 registrations a day, the vast majority of which are spammer accounts. If you do register here, please activate your account immediately; this will prevent your registration being caught up in the daily pruning of inactive accounts I perform

The last few days, I've been looking at new registrations with zero posts and deleting those. To prevent your account from being pruned, I ask new users to make a post here: http://www.railroad.net/forums/viewtopi ... 41&t=86230. Something as simple as "new member" is fine.

Today, I pulled up those accounts that have been registered, but never logged in, and pruned those. This was more or less a test of how this process will work.

You'll see a corresponding decrease in the number of members, but gives me a much better picture of how we're doing.

Primarily, this is a spam prevention measure. Spammers do not always attempt to post; often, they are content to mearly register a profile, put up some bogus information in their profile, including web-site links, and never return. This generates "back-links" to their sites, helping them in web searches.

If you are a "lurker", please don't think that you are not welcome. Lurking is actually a time-tested and proven technique where you can observe, learn, and enter at your discretion. I'm going to work on a process so that you are not arbitrarily deleted, including some things to our registration process which will prevent this type of activity in the future. This includes the above "lurker" thread where you make one post to prevent deletion of your user account.

I appreciate everyone's patience with these changes. Thanks!

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Re: "Lurker" Thread-New Members or Those w.0 Posts Post Here

Post by pmisisco » Tue Sep 20, 2011 12:41 pm

< delurk >

Hi, just checking in. :)

< /delurk >

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Re: "Lurker" Thread-New Members or Those w.0 Posts Post Here

Post by shifty » Tue Sep 20, 2011 3:07 pm

delurking temporarily

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Re: "Lurker" Thread-New Members or Those w.0 Posts Post Here

Post by truck1536 » Wed Sep 21, 2011 6:25 pm

Reading in the background.

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Re: "Lurker" Thread-New Members or Those w.0 Posts Post Here

Post by RKO36 » Wed Sep 21, 2011 10:33 pm

I am not a robot.

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Re: "Lurker" Thread-New Members or Those w.0 Posts Post Here

Post by slohands1408 » Thu Sep 22, 2011 8:20 am

lurky lurky

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Re: "Lurker" Thread-New Members or Those w.0 Posts Post Here

Post by upst8ny » Thu Sep 22, 2011 1:27 pm

New Member.

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Re: "Lurker" Thread-New Members or Those w.0 Posts Post Here

Post by AzMedic25 » Thu Sep 22, 2011 11:01 pm

I am new to the site and reading thru interesting posts. Will begin posting after reading thru more previous posts.

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Re: "Lurker" Thread-New Members or Those w.0 Posts Post Here

Post by paperman1111 » Fri Sep 23, 2011 6:09 am

Unless I have something worthwhile to say, posting something just for the sake of posting seems counterproductive. However, I will follow the rules of your forum.

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Re: "Lurker" Thread-New Members or Those w.0 Posts Post Here

Post by hrsn » Fri Sep 23, 2011 7:30 pm

Alive and lurking!

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Re: "Lurker" Thread-New Members or Those w.0 Posts Post Here

Post by foxtrot » Fri Sep 23, 2011 7:41 pm

Been a lurker for several weeks, decided to join. Posting will be rare. As a teenager hung around Albany Union Station and road my bike to Selkirk with my 35mm. Found the site while doing Google search for NYC Caboose picture to use a painting guides.

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Re: "Lurker" Thread-New Members or Those w.0 Posts Post Here

Post by Travelin' Jack » Sat Sep 24, 2011 8:49 am

I was told there'd be no math.

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Re: "Lurker" Thread-New Members or Those w.0 Posts Post Here

Post by pvrr2647 » Sat Sep 24, 2011 9:11 pm

Mostly just a reader,but i do post once in a great while.

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Re: "Lurker" Thread-New Members or Those w.0 Posts Post Here

Post by shonline » Sun Sep 25, 2011 6:53 pm

I lurk here a bunch but am not actively posting. Glad to be a member though!

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