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7 September 2016
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It will no doubt be another bug in the system, but a very minor one.  

Only spammer accounts are deleted; if someone else wants their account deleted the individual concerned has to contact Joe personally and discuss it with him due to events in the past. Post-wise I highly doubt Joe has had the time, patience or desire to go thru all the accounts and delete the less active ones.

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William Shears Campbell said

Wait , but that was moths ago.  The birthday things are happening right now.  

In the wayback machine archive, on August 2nd, there were 3605 members. Now there are 2113. It is a common practice on forums to cull the accounts that never posted or logged in.

That might not be what is going on here but it could be why some birthday people stop showing up.

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7 September 2016
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Starr Shine? said

William Shears Campbell said

Wait , but that was moths ago.  The birthday things are happening right now.  

In the wayback machine archive, on August 2nd, there were 3605 members. Now there are 2113. It is a common practice on forums to cull the accounts that never posted or logged in.

That might not be what is going on here but it could be why some birthday people stop showing up.  

Is that automatic as I cant see Joe deleting 1500 members?

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7 September 2016
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It may be my imagination but I seem to remember Joe saying somewhere recently that he had deleted a lot of inactive accounts.

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7 September 2016
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Did he?

Shows how much i know about what goes on around here.

Actually i do remember something about posts being deleted and Joe apologising that some people's post #'s may have been reduced.

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This is the post by Joe i'm remembering.

I just cleaned out some caches for things like user stats. You might see your post count go down a little, if some of your older posts were deleted at some point. Hopefully it won't wreck anything else.

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7 September 2016
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@William Shears Campbell I don't know why the birthdays might not be showing on the actual day. I'll look into it.

Culling accounts. Yes, I delete obvious spam accounts. If someone registers and leaves a spam message, we'll delete it and I'll zap the account. All new users get a welcome message which makes it clear that only Beatles-related own-projects are allowed to be self-promoted here, and they must go into Pimp Your Stuff. If people don't bother reading the instructions I tend to think they care more about spamming their own stuff than they do about being a good forum member. Bye then.

As MMM said, I did reset the cache on user stats. I don't know if that made a significant difference to the numbers. What's probably more effective was adding a 365-day limit on non-used accounts. This means that if someone signs up and doesn't post within 365 days, their account gets automatically wiped. I only implemented this last week, so it might have cleaned out several hundred accounts.

What does this mean? Well, if anyone has an old account which they used to use, but have left dormant for more than a year, it won't get deleted. This is for people who signed up and never used their accounts for whatever reason. I once had problems with people not receiving their welcome emails and passwords, so a number of the unused accounts were probably due to that. It was my fault (sorry to all those people) but the system seems to be working fine now. More of the unused accounts will be from spambots which signed up but never posted. I had a lot of those back in the day.

I don't go through old accounts and delete them manually, unless there's an obvious reason to do so.

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Wow just as I bring the birthday topic to light, the next two birthdays actually go through.  I swear it happens! I'm not going crazy!a-hard-days-night-paul-3

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The "what are you listening to" thread has an unmovable add at the bottom, preventing me from navigating the pages. This is on mobile. It is strange because it is only this one thread. 

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11 September 2016
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@sir walter raleigh said
The "what are you listening to" thread has an unmovable add at the bottom, preventing me from navigating the pages. This is on mobile. It is strange because it is only this one thread.   

It's actually a video or something that doesn't exist anymore and now it is still there and for some reason on the new format it decides to block the page numbers.  It's not an ad, its something in the last post on the page.  Its on a couple other threads as well, and to get around it i just type "page-[whatever number page you want to go to] at the very end of the URL.

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That why I put videos under spoilers (and why I avoid that thread)

I would use desktop mode on your phone.

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11 September 2016
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@Starr Shine? said
That why I put videos under spoilers (and why I avoid that thread)

I would use desktop mode on your phone.  

Except on desktop mode on the phone with the new layout.  The post's text overlaps the profile picture making hard to read posts.

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Benefits out weigh the costs for me.

Can see who is online and get the drop down box.

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@Starr Shine? said
Benefits out weigh the costs for me.

Can see who is online and get the drop down box.  

Well I come on here primarily to read the posts, so if that function is hindered, I'll stick to editing my URLs on mobile.

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I'm not getting that problem in that thread. Is there a specific post with a missing video? I could try editing that post to see if it helps.

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@Ahhh Girl said
I'm not getting that problem in that thread. Is there a specific post with a missing video? I could try editing that post to see if it helps.  

It's only on mobile

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I checked it on mobile and didn't get that same problem. I will go to that post now and see what I can do.

EDIT: I would have sworn that you had written that it was post 449 that was causing the problem.

Here's the page number bar from my phone on mobile version while viewing the what are you listening to thread.Screenshot_2016-09-12-06-59-42.pngImage Enlarger

I see page numbers. Can you (or SS?) post a picture of the number bar covered up?

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@Ahhh Girl Here's a picture.  

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The numbers are sometimes visible but you can't click on them.  Also it's only on the "What are you listening to right now" and a couple other threads.  It's something in the bottom post that's causing it.

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Strange. It isn't happening to me. I (am) paul-mccartney-facepalm_gif on an Android using the mobile version. Maybe @Joe will have an idea of what might help.

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@Ahhh Girl said
Strange. It isn't happening to me. I on an Android using the mobile version. Maybe @Joe will have an idea of what might help.  

Maybe it doesn't happen on Android.  I don't know what @sir walter raleigh or @Starr Shine? are using but I'm using an iPhone.

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I use android though I view the forum on desktop mode so it would be different.

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