Macrumor ghosts

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by Simgar988, Jun 20, 2010.

  1. Simgar988 macrumors 65816


    Jul 22, 2009
    When people we constantly cross paths with (most likely unknowingly) in a forum die, poof, they are gone. Never to post again. Most likely no one will ever know, or even notice on the forums. I wonder how many macrumors have perished unknowinglyvto the community.

    Weird huh. (it's late)
  2. Abyssgh0st macrumors 68000


    Jan 12, 2009
    I've always wondered this myself, and being very active on numerous forums for the last decade. I've seen it in the past where if a very prominent forum member passes away a family member will log in and post something about it, but sometimes members just go AWOL and death is a presumed cause.
  3. Shyfty macrumors member

    Jun 18, 2010
    If someone is well-known enough, word will seep out into the community. I've seen it happen before, and it's always amazing how easily the news gets out there.

    People who fly under the radar, though? Sure, I suppose it comes down to who knows personal details about you, and whether or not they're willing to do some searching.
  4. 0098386 Suspended


    Jan 18, 2005
    Funnily enough me and the girlfriend were just talking about this yesterday. Upon the event of popping my clogs she would log into my account here and post the news. And vice versa of course. This is pretty much the only site I'd want her to post it on.

    Sometimes when I read forums from 97-2000 I sometimes wonder what the posters are up to these days. Is that weird? It's probably weird.
  5. Melrose Suspended


    Dec 12, 2007
    It's cool thought. Somewhat more macabre, I wonder how many members actually die and nobody ever knows - everyone just thinks they left the forums?
  6. -aggie- macrumors P6


    Jun 19, 2009
    Where bunnies are welcome.
    I have a bot that will keep posting in case that happens.
  7. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    This... or...

    this? :)

    EDIT: I thought at some point I actually read about a service that specifically offered that kind of assistance -- it would go through and address your FB/MySpace/whatever online personas to inform people of your demise and make sure accounts were appropriate closed.
  8. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    I'd extend this not only to macrumors but to the internet at large. There's so many sites, both forum based and networking based, i.e., facebook that if a person were to disappear either by going off the grid, or passing on, how would that be noticed.

    I've been to other forums, where a valued member passed on and it was noticed and profoundly affected many people. On another board a Mod up and disappeared. People there don't know if he is ill, dead or off the grid. All modes of contacting him have been fruitless.

    We now live in an age where we can be more connected to someone via the internet then in person which produces its own ramifications.
  9. -aggie- macrumors P6


    Jun 19, 2009
    Where bunnies are welcome.
    Better yet, I am a bot that has been posting before this happens. :)
  10. Iscariot macrumors 68030


    Aug 16, 2007
    Should this disgusting meat popsicle expire, a new clone slug will be spat out from the throbbing void.

    There is no death -- there is only Zuul.
  11. TheAppleGeek macrumors 6502a


    Apr 18, 2010
    St. Louis
    I've wondered this myself. Pretty interesting, really.
  12. 63dot macrumors 603


    Jun 12, 2006
    Long time member here

    Since I first appeared here under a different name(s) in 2000-01, which I gave up as opposed to having been banned, I kept in touch with some old members. I don't know of any who have died, but there are some banned members I know who have come back under another name and in most cases they have behaved.

    Some members started here as high school students and have since finished college and graduate school and/or got married and now have kids of their own. In a few weeks, I celebrate 10 years on this forum, on and off.

    There was this one perennial banned user, college student in UK, who kept on coming back and terrorizing the Macrumors community via the many different computers at uni, but he/she really just said things in an opinionated way as to really being a trouble maker. But they really pissed off thin skinned politically correct, Mac correct types. :)

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