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Post Count

Discussion in 'XenForo Questions and Support' started by Davyc, Oct 3, 2011.

  1. Davyc

    Davyc Well-Known Member

    I wasn't quite sure where to post this, but I reckon it's a support question lol.

    I mentioned to my members that I was going to do some pruning - remove inactive members who joined, never posted and never came back, remove members who joined did post and then never came back for whatever reason. Prune old threads that have no further use and just taking up space in the database. The usual housekeeping that most forum admins do.

    Now, when I told my members that this process would most likely see their post count go down if they had replied to these members posts, or had posted in threads that are going to bite the dust, they were less than happy. I've done some pruning of threads I posted myself and my post count dropped by a few hundred after the event.

    Below is a quote from one of many prolific members with her reasoning as to why member post counts should not be culled:

    She also pointed out:

    As you can see this has caused some concern and I was wondering if there was a solution to this whereby members post counts are not affected by the removal of deadwood.

    I understand the logic of the process in that you can't have a count of something if that something is no longer there to be counted, but try explaining that to non-technically minded people lol. Hope there is something I can do to keep them happy lol.

    BTW: I didn't tell them I was pruning initially, but they're such an observant and astute lot and asked "why has my post count dropped" so I had to tell them what I was planning lol.

  2. Russ

    Russ Well-Known Member

    I guess you could move the unwanted post into a "graveyard" or archives, keeping the count in tact.
  3. Davyc

    Davyc Well-Known Member

    Yes I've done that now by moving everthing into an archive forum - but it's a waste of space keeping thousands of posts that no one looks at anymore and I don't really want the database growing to a point where backups become unmanagable. It's a tough call between keeping order and keeping members happy lol.

    Thanks for the quick response which is appreciated.

  4. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    You can manually adjust post counts for individual members in the ACP, if it really bothers them that much.

    As for the board post count not being reduced, well that value indicates the number of posts on the forum.
    If you have 100,000 posts and delete 90,000 of them, would it be accurate to display a board post count of 100,000?

    Clearly not.
  5. Davyc

    Davyc Well-Known Member

    I didn't know that - do now, thank you. This may go some way to keeping those that complain happy lol.

    Absolutely right, but all my attempts to explain that to them - well it's like banging your head against a brick wall lol. I've always said that it's quality not quantity that counts.

    I'll inform everyone that if they want their post count unaltered they will have to make a note of where they are and let me know so I can manually adjust their count lol. Think I'll make mine 2,000,000 lol. ;)
    GeeksChat likes this.

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