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Not Planned Add Rebuild IDs to Tools > Rebuild Caches

Discussion in 'Closed Suggestions' started by Amaury, Mar 25, 2014.

  1. Amaury

    Amaury Well-Known Member

    I think this would be useful if, say, you remove a lot of spam bots, which results in a large ID gap.

    It would rebuild based on the date of threads, registration, etc. For example:
    • User ID 1: Legitimate user joined on March 20, 2014
    • User IDs 2-9: Spam bots joined on March 21, 2014
    • User ID 10: Legitimate user joined on March 22, 2014

    Rebuilding user IDs would make user ID 10 user ID 2 and any future registrations will start at user ID 3.

    Or if IDs got changed when importing:
    • User ID 1: Joined on March 25, 2014
    • User ID 2: Joined on March 20, 2014

    User ID 2 is actually user 1, but got changed around when importing. Rebuilding IDs would give user ID 1 to user 1 again.
     
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  2. Jeremy

    Jeremy XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    This would essentially continually break links to your site, quotes, and plenty of other features. It isn't as easy as you suppose it is.
     
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  3. Chris D

    Chris D XenForo Developer Staff Member

    Also the benefits of such a thing are miniscule. I mean, what actually is the point? Is the gap in numbers a problem? It really isn't important.
     
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  4. Amaury

    Amaury Well-Known Member

    Oops. I actually forgot to write about that in my post. I know it wouldn't be easy to do, but running this would also deal with links already posted on the forum.

    Not at all. You're correct. I mean, the same thing could be said for things like bold, italicize, and underline. Do we really need them?

    It's just something I thought would be useful.
     
  5. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    What about existing indexed links on external sites?

    Those would either no longer work or resolve to a different member.

    Reusing IDs for an existing forum for any content, be it members, thread, posts, etc. is a bad idea.
     
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  6. Jeremy

    Jeremy XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    It really isn't as easy as you would think and would be quite time consuming and nearly impossible to cover all the bases.
     
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  7. Amaury

    Amaury Well-Known Member

    Good point. I thought of links already posted on the forum, but oversaw links posted on external sites.

    Unfortunately, I can't think of any way to work around that.

    Yeah, I guess this was a bad idea.

    I remember I asked the same question on vBulletin.org and was given similar responses, I think. I thought it might be possible on XenForo since it's structured differently, but I guess not. :)
     
  8. Mike

    Mike XenForo Developer Staff Member

    Changing IDs is never something I'd recommend to people. If you really want to redo them, then I'd have to recommend a reimport, but consider all the side effects of that.
     
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