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Glitch in member registration process?

Why do I have to keep re-registering under this same member ID?

     
6:01 pm on May 25, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Today I "joined" webmasterworld for the *third* time. On every occasion, I have asked for and been granted the very same member name, and on every occasion I have logged in immediately after registering.

This should not be happening. Is there a serious glitch in the member registration/logging process here?

6:32 pm on May 25, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Welcome back orlady, and thanks for sharing your concern with us.

No, it isn't a glitch. We don't tally numbers, only active members are carried on the rolls. The files are purged periodically, so if someone hasn't posted for a few months chances are the membername will no longer be among active members.

Posts don't count in the local category, but if you join in discussions and participate, you'll be able to keep your membership active.

Glad you're back with us.

9:32 pm on May 25, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Well, I think that the forum owners should be concerned that a new user could "hijack" the identity of an old user.
10:11 pm on May 25, 2003 (gmt 0)

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I see, you joined today, and already posted in 2001.

How did you do that ;-)

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11:32 pm on May 25, 2003 (gmt 0)

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I would guess that's because the posts are tracked by the text of the username, versus some unique identifier.

I think this highlights orlady's argument perfectly.

12:12 am on May 26, 2003 (gmt 0)

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We do protect members that HAVE posted...
12:14 am on May 27, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Brett says "We do protect members that HAVE posted...", but how?

As has been pointed out here, I posted to [webmasterworld.com...] in 2001. I believe I made other posts in my previous memberships (always as "orlady"), but I don't remember them specifically (the experience was not so intensely exciting as to have become permanently imprinted in my memory ;-) ). Although my post in that old thread seems to have been deleted, the last post in that thread still refers to it ("Orlady is right though ... and you should head her advice."), and I believe I could do a pretty decent job of reconstructing the advice I gave back then.

So: I joined and posted here, then stopped posting and my membership was expunged, but subsequently I have joined twice again, always under the same name. How has this protected me?

11:31 am on May 27, 2003 (gmt 0)

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I think that the point is that the system is concerned with people who are active members, and that is where the priority lies.

It would create an extra burden trying to cater for people that register, post a few times and then leave (and I am speaking generally here). From an administrative point of view, I imagine that purging the member name file is an advantage for the system.

 

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