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I think the cull is a sensible move, I have a mate who is a member of all the known airgun forums but has never made a single post and seems to be unlikely to break his duck. I have absolutely no idea why he bothered to register. :pyth:

 

Unlike your friend Luddite, I was one of the first members of this forum, and posted regularly. I did not visit for a while, and was deleted.

 

I still have a lot to learn about shooting and the guns we use. So I am making my customary 'keep my account open post'.

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Not been on here for ages - so I had better post rather than lose the resource

 

 

cheers Dave L

 

 

Roger ( who still has much to learn !!!)

Edited by BSFNUT

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Guest Sabot

I don't see why members have to make posts if all their needs are satisfactorily met and ergo not having anything to say. Some members delight themselves in wasting space and incrementing their post count for qudos gains.

 

I always enjoy reading other members comments but am I forced to acknowledge every post I come across - me thinks not. If I have something to say then I will act accordingly.

 

I have shaved the back of my neck in anticipation the chop will be quick and painlessly executed .. RIP

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I'm sorry you find it difficult to either contribute or join in. Those who really object to this policy are saying they can't manage a single post per annum. If they can't, then all they have to do is re-register and log in just once in the first three months, then they're good for up to 13 months from registration. There's more work involved for admin in processing re-registrations than leaving the database alone to fill with dead bodies. It's not done to punish people, it's as the starter post says, it keeps the database tidy and provides a much more realistic count of members and hopefully encourages a "community", even if that annual post is confined to snapping at the hand that provides.

 

It DOES get rid of the passing trade who register but aren't interested. It also gets rid of the multiple registrations that some are prone to make and never use; hopefully it does encourage a bit of interaction. To my "tidy" mind, managing a database of 5k potentially interactive members is preferable to managing the same 5k plus a further 5 or 10k of "dead wood". If it were possible for admin to cull based on logins rather than posts, that would be preferable, but that tool does not exist.

 

Finally, Sabot, methinks you overstate your case when comparing making one post a year with the wild exaggeration of "acknowledging every post you come across".

 

DaveL

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Guest Sabot

Hi DaveL

 

I admire your efforts in keeping the dead wood at a manageable level where warranted and I certainly don't envy you in attempting this arduous weeding out task.

 

You are right in that perhaps me doth protest too much and I didn't mean to offend the membership or the administrators and the laudable work they do on behalf of this forum.

 

As you say a login count would be more desirable than a post count but alas not available.

 

Unfortunately some of us are not vocal or gregarious and I readily admit I am one but don't necessarily feel handicapped. I agree with the spirit of contributing and the creation of a community and long may this succeed especially considering the numerous constraints placed upon law abiding air gun enthusiasts.

 

Happy shooting

Sabot

 

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Guest Copperjacket

As a long term lurker I have undoubtedly learned more than I have contributed - not difficult given my post count!

 

It is always difficult when joining a forum to strike a balance between asking a question for the sake of it and attempting to make a positive contibution.

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Test Bump

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Better to be thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.

 

 

Just remembered why i dont post too often. :abiggrin::abiggrin::abiggrin:

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I'm not going to join the Dodo yet!

 

Member No99, and proud of it!

 

Don

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Guest Beanwood

I've stopped lurking (12 months plus), but I'm still learning !

 

I've got thousands of questions I can ask (e.g. Does anyone know of a decent airgun shop or club in Bristol ? I'm keen to try a PCP before I buy one...), but in honesty little to contribute, as I've done so little shooting to date. I know it's a community (And I'm grateful to you all) but I don't want to be the virtual equivalent of the village idiot :confused:

 

ATB

:sign_help:

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Here's something that will please Hare's Ear!

 

A few months ago, I was able to change the way in which the cull was working. Now, it no longer relies on whether a member has posted or not.

 

For the last few months, the cull has removed members who have not logged in for over a year.

 

So, right now, I'm about to remove 228 members who haven't logged in since July 2008. Members who haven't logged in from earlier than July 2008 have already been culled

 

DaveL

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I've stopped lurking (12 months plus), but I'm still learning !

 

I've got thousands of questions I can ask (e.g. Does anyone know of a decent airgun shop or club in Bristol ? I'm keen to try a PCP before I buy one...), but in honesty little to contribute, as I've done so little shooting to date. I know it's a community (And I'm grateful to you all) but I don't want to be the virtual equivalent of the village idiot :confused:

 

ATB

:sign_help:

 

 

nobody is an idiot that asks a question.

if you never ask,you never find out or learn.

took me a while before i posted and some questions i asked seemed silly but,i learned and that is what matters.

nobody knows all and all of us have had to start somewhere and there is nowhere better than at the beginning. :)

al

 

 

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Hares Ear

 

Clever that :qq:

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Guess What?

I'm still learning. :D

Well I think you may wanna try 'special needs learning' cos at less than 4 posts a year- you aint quite grasped the concept of active forum participation yet!!! :f2:

 

atvb

 

sg1

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Wind how to deal with , all answers on a post card. :)

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Wind how to deal with , all answers on a post card. :)

 

Activated Charcoal Underpants. Guaranteed.

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Well I think you may wanna try 'special needs learning' cos at less than 4 posts a year- you aint quite grasped the concept of active forum participation yet!!! :f2:

 

atvb

 

sg1

 

I am so awfully sorry, I had no idea I had to participate as well as read and learn.

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To save anyone the trouble of returning to this thread's starter post, here's what it says. I have taken the liberty of highlighting something it seems our readers may have missed, lest it be thought it had not been said.

 

Membership of this Forum has always been intended to be an act of participation, of sharing knowledge and experiences, of exploring a common interest that has brought us together as a community.

 

The Forum is now over two years old an I've noticed quite a lot of early registrations that have never made even a single post.

 

I can only assume that these were registrations made out of curiosity or that interests have moved on. There are quite probably a number of registrations where passwords were forgotten and so another registration was made.

 

As we're not gripped by the number of registrations on the board, I propose culling the dead wood. My apologies in advance to anyone who's been a long-term watcher and non-contributor who gets chopped, but the solution is to simply re-register and participate.

 

Addendum June 2005

The cull policy has now been in use for 18 months and appears to be working well. Membership figures are around the 2k mark and registrations are approaching 7k.

 

Addendum August 2009

The cull policy was changed a few months ago, and is working as intended. The cull now removes people who have not logged on to the forum for 12 months or more. The cull is now no longer based on whether a member has posted or not. That policy removed members who looked in, but did not contribute (post).

 

I hope and trust that resolves any questions about participating. :)

 

DaveL

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Guest raygun

Hi Robin,

To be honest I don't think Jim will know how much you contribute to shooting and also Dog handling.

It's rather easy for us that do know you personally to understand that you not that bad :abiggrin:

 

A quiet, retiring Countryman would perhaps be an apt description :Wheeze:

 

ATB

Ray.

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My comment was intended mostly in jest!! , however Wiki's explanation/definition seems to sum it up quite nicely :) .

 

ATVB

 

sg1

 

ps: if this were the R.C.D.H.F (Retired Countryman Dog Handling Forum)then I wouldn't have a leg to stand on :D

pps: :cheekkiss:

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I must say I have been a forum member for a while and have only made eight posts so far. Its not because of lack of interest, its because I spent most of my time on a similar forum with a lot more members?? Only problem with that was a fair proportion of them were either semi-illiterate, couldn't be bothered to reply to posts or pm's or didn't have a clue about most things. I will be logging onto this forum more from now on, so look out, I just love a heated debate!!! :fume:

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Zzzzzzzzzzz - erm huh, grunt -rub eyes, scratch bits - check!

 

Coooool, who'da thought it - wakey, wakey time.......

 

Or is it time for 40 winks?

 

 

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Hi Robin,

To be honest I don't think Jim will know how much you contribute to shooting and also Dog handling.

It's rather easy for us that do know you personally to understand that you not that bad :abiggrin:

 

A quiet, retiring Countryman would perhaps be an apt description :Wheeze:

 

ATB

Ray.

 

I'm still lurking. :D

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