I've attempted to contact quite a few local people here and at my previous location. A couple of yesrs ago I got some responses from messages. None at all now. Could lapsed people be taken off the map or shaded in grey or something?
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I've had some of the same results, so to let others know that I'm still active here, I put a "Last Updated:" on my profile and my group's profile :)
It'd be nice if it was automatic, but we make due with what we have :)
nice idea-glad to hear I'm not the only one :)
I'm wondering if people even remember that they have accounts on this site.
I think the best course of action would be to detect when email to someone is bouncing and then leave a note on their profile. This is right after the map improvements on my todo list.
I'm a little reluctant to add a "hadn't visited in X months" kind of warning because every day someone who hasn't logged in for a year gets a message and comes back to the site. There isn't yet a strong reason for people to return to NG regularly, so a lot of people create an account and then wait for messages.
Maybe a reminder email (as on some mailing lists) would be the way to go. How about only sending it only if that account has be idle for a month? But that could still be too often.
I get a yearly email from a PGP key server to confirm that the email addresses in my public keys still work.
Maybe a yearly email with these options would suffice: "click here to continue", "click here to remove" and "if you ignore this email, your account will be marked as inactive, and after 3 more years it will be removed".