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Davlin    2,279

Prior to upgrading to IPS4, we utilized the Manage Inactive Members application to automate the removal of dead accounts and demote inactive members to a custom group (aptly named Inactive Members). As with several IPS3 apps / hooks, some have been abandoned by their authors and many others just aren't yet updated, so MIM is no longer an option for us. With IPS4, we'll be taking a slightly different approach and I wanted to take a few moments to highlight how the new system works.

Previously, users were required to post at least once every six months to ensure their accounts remained in good standing (e.g. "active"). In an effort to encourage activity with some tough love, the following mechanics are now being used:

  • If you are in any group other than Staff and Inactive Member, and have not logged into the site for two months, we will regularly dispatch a re-engagement email to your email on file, in hopes of seeing you return.
  • If you are a Member and do not post at least once every 30 days, you will be demoted to Inactive Member and a reminder email will be sent out.

Inactive Members have several restrictions placed on their accounts:

  • Cannot view or download files.
  • 300 second flood control (as opposed to 30 for Members).
  • Cannot update status.
  • A maximum of 1 PM can be sent per day, with a stored quota of 1 and a maximum of 10 stored notifications.

Getting your previous rank restored is simple: make five (5) non-spam posts.

We understand that life sometimes gets in the way of hobbies, so please do not presume that if you are demoted to Inactive Member, that this is some sort of blemish on your record.

The current setup is just a first pass and is subject to change; it currently does not delete any account from this website (as opposed to the old MIM system on 3.4).


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