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Prince33

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Gary

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Message Posted: Nov 6, 2012 6:54:05 AM

Suggest having a Retired Members list that shows the GB's total point and Members last ranking at the time of retirement. Thus heading for current Point Leaders as we have now and one for Retired Points Leaders.
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TxJeans
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Message Posted: Nov 11, 2012 12:33:57 PM

I agree with kwzh regarding the boulders. And, with Scoutmaster on annotations when known (hard to know when someone retires, dies, etc unless it comes to light like the recent case). As far as those that leave, some may leave to do service for our country, or other reason and return later. As for banned, only those that are permanently banned, can I see being removed. If they are permanently banned, they obviously did something truly egregious to be banned and not "timed out".
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scoutmaster
Champion Author Pittsburgh

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Message Posted: Nov 11, 2012 6:32:32 AM

I don't think the retired/left/banned need to be removed, just notated.
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kwzh
Champion Author San Jose

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Message Posted: Nov 11, 2012 4:22:34 AM

Probably not in this case, since Trixie mentioned low-score non-earners. But even when we're talking about high-score members, I don't see a benefit. Once you stop counting the non-moving cars, you may find that everybody at the top of the list is moving at maximum speed, and you'll never catch up to them. I'd much rather measure my progress in passing the road boulders one at a time, as I reach each of the levels where one or more of them retired.
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Byte_Doctor
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Message Posted: Nov 10, 2012 8:51:19 PM

I suspect the benefit to be "I would be higher up in the list" :-)
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kwzh
Champion Author San Jose

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Message Posted: Nov 10, 2012 3:33:30 AM

TrixieMugsy, what benefit would be gained by removing them? Why does it bother you to see them in the list?
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TrixieMugsy
Champion Author Colorado Springs

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Message Posted: Nov 9, 2012 9:18:32 AM

I think members that have been inactive for over 6 months should be removed from the database or place in a inactive file so they do not show up on our leader board or our local list of GB. We have one that just barely got enough points to make our local points then stopped posting - over 5 years ago!!! We have 218 GBs on our list and at least 30 of them no longer post.
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kwzh
Champion Author San Jose

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Message Posted: Nov 7, 2012 3:30:02 AM

If the purpose is just to identify active vs inactive members on, say, the scoreboard, then I'd say yes -- 1st day or 10 years should be treated the same. I'd call them "inactive" rather than "retired". If the scoreboards were changed to show the car icon alongside the name, then a good indicator would be a car with the hood up.
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scoutmaster
Champion Author Pittsburgh

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Message Posted: Nov 6, 2012 10:07:19 PM

OK CK so a member joins, earns 120 points on the 1st day of membership and is never heard from again. Should they be considered retired the same as a 10 year member who quits?
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CampKohler
Champion Author Sacramento

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Message Posted: Nov 6, 2012 5:19:18 PM

This suggestion has been added to the Suggestion Tracking List as a new subject.

One way of determining "retiredityness" would be to set an arbitrary time frame of inactivity, say, six months. Should the member manage to break loose from the South American tribe of cannibals holding him captive and earn points with his remaining body parts, the system would automatically put him back on active duty.

[Edited by: CampKohler at 11/6/2012 5:24:48 PM EST]
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Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Nov 6, 2012 2:14:25 PM

I guess the simple question is, how do you determine a member retired versus simply no longer takes part.

It's not as if you "turn in your papers" when you retire from Gas Buddy and there's an official notification to the moderators. For most members, their membership is a stand-alone entity, just as their e-mail account is. Granted it's possible that someone posts in the message boards "Charlie has passed away...", but it's seldom the case that people do that.

If you were suggesting that there be an "All-time leaders list", that would be different.

Perhaps you can explain how a "Retired Members" list can be compiled.

And, if a member is added to the list, what happens if the member wants to post a fuel price or respond to a topic in the future? Will he/she be prohibited from doing so without re-joining Gas Buddy under a new identity? Do they have to request they be taken off the Retired Member list? Or does a posting automatically invalidate their Retired Member status?

What might be a better solution, to recognize non-participating members, is that as asterik (or other identification) be annotated next to their name on the list if they haven't participated within (for example) the past 90 days. That would be easier to identify, in my opinion, than trying to determine who's willingly or willfully "retired" from Gas Buddy.

[Edited by: Gas_Buddy at 11/6/2012 2:15:22 PM EST]
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scoutmaster
Champion Author Pittsburgh

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Message Posted: Nov 6, 2012 7:22:33 AM

How will a retired member be determined?
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