Memberlist removed for now

Discussion in 'Site and Forum Feedback' started by arn, Nov 7, 2008.

  1. arn macrumors god

    arn

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    I've removed the memberlist as I suspected that that might be what was causing some slowdowns. It maybe that bots were crawling it at too fast a rate. But I removed it for now to see if that helps things.

    arn
     
  2. iBlue macrumors Core

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    Is there a way to make it so it cannot be viewed unless you are registered? Maybe even with a few posts under the member's belt? (like with the PMing thing) I think that would be nicer anyway, internet snoops and all.

    :)
     
  3. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    Oh noes! How will I know if my post count is catching iBlue's (she was the member with the next highest post count last time I looked) or not?
     
  4. dubhe macrumors 65816

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    you could always update it once a day rather than keeping it 'live'
     
  5. Dejavu macrumors regular

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    How are we supposed to stalk members now? :D

    Can you deny guests and bots permission to view the memberlist?
     
  6. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

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    Running on greased rails now. Especially helpful for mods. :)
     
  7. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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    since i know that i've used the Memebers List in the past and have found it helpful i would like to see something like this perhaps, since its a useful tool.
     
  8. redwarrior macrumors 603

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    Maybe people could post alternatives here?

    Like right clicking on the member's name in posts.

    I have to admit though, that I enjoyed watching my user name go up on the list as my post count climbed.:D

    Edit: It does seem to be faster. I'm willing to give up the list for speed any day.
     
  9. rdowns macrumors Penryn

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    I don't get what you mean by internet snoops. This is a public forum and what you post is visible to all. How does the member's list relate to that?
     
  10. MacNut macrumors Core

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    Just curious how the member list can slow the site down, isn't it still tallying the numbers in the background after being taken away?
     
  11. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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    if profiles and the memberlist are hidden to all but registered users it does give you some more privacy in that people can search for your latest posts/threads via the profile or easily find out if you're online/what you're reading. yes i know this is able to be disabled elsewhere, but it does help make things a bit harder to dig through, no?
     
  12. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

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    I'm guessing it's not the member list per se, it's the bots crawling it to weasel their way into our sensitive parts for various purposes.
     
  13. MacNut macrumors Core

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    Can't the bots crawl in a bunch of ways.
     
  14. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

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    Now there's an bit of vivid imagery I could have done without! :eek:
     
  15. MacNut macrumors Core

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    Is it possible to block all sensitive material to outsiders. Only allow profiles to be viewed by registered users.
     
  16. rdowns macrumors Penryn

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    But anyone can register in a few seconds with phony information and a throwaway email account. I just don't see the point.
     
  17. arn thread starter macrumors god

    arn

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    it's a combination of factors.

    we have a larger membership list than most forums so it took a while to generate the list - and the list is generated each time the page is loaded. It would end up locking the db, so that other requests would have to wait.

    compounded by the fact that search engine bots were hitting it frequently, it is what I believe to be the reason the site would get very slow for random periods of time.

    we can bring it back in a variety of ways, including caching the results, blocking bots.... we'll look into it. but I do think it helped, and things are moving faster since it's removal.

    arn
     
  18. dmr727 macrumors G3

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    No memberlist but faster page loads >> Memberlist but slower page loads
     
  19. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    I don't like having the Forum Spy link shifted to the left. :(
     
  20. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    I didn't use the list much, but I liked having it available

    And yeah, the shifted link takes some getting used to :eek:

    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]
     
  21. iJohnHenry macrumors P6

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    Then create a tab for Spy. :confused:

    The speed increase is much appreciated. I only went to the list maybe one a week, if that.
     
  22. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    Then I would have to get used to THAT ;)

    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]
     
  23. MacNut macrumors Core

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    The link looks to be just about where it always was.:confused:
     
  24. chilipie macrumors 6502a

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    It's now slightly to the left of where it used to be.
     
  25. Dejavu macrumors regular

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    Perhaps make memberlist available to members with over 50 posts? Of course a new group would have to be created...
     

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